My friend, Larry, died a few months ago. It seems he was always wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Funny, the things you don't really notice when someone is alive but once they are gone...it makes you think.
His sister-in-law mentioned his shirts at his memorial service; in fact she brought them to the service. I immediately saw "FABRIC" and offered to make a memory quilt with the shirts.
She gave me 13 of his shirts. I chopped them into 4-1/2" strips because I knew I wanted to make a St. Louis 16 patch to show off the prints on the shirts and get it done pretty fast.
This is what remained of the shirts. I was able to get about 12 strips per shirt.
Mr. R and I took the quilt to our local park for a photo shoot on a lovely evening.
I named this quilt Larry's Gone Fishing...I don't think it needs any further explanation.
Larry was an amazing fighter. Diagnosed with cancer of the hip bone (in 2006) just 6 months after his beloved wife died after a 7 year battle with breast cancer, he could often be seen walking around our local lake with his walker. He was not an old man, just 65 when he died, but he didn't have a hip joint! He hired a golf coach to re-teach him how to golf so he didn't have to give up the sport he so enjoyed. He traveled to Hawaii, often, and went camping with his friend and caretaker. He never gave up the fight. Whenever I saw him at the grocery store he had a smile on his face and always said "life is good". I learned so much by knowing Larry.
This quilt will be given to his sister-in-law and her family. Larry and Kim did not have any children and he was an only child, but you would never have believed this at his memorial service. The church was full of people who called Larry "family".
I met Larry and Kim in 2001 when we were all training for a 3-Day, 60 mile walk to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We lived in the same neighborhood, but it was through the many hours of training that we became friends.
So Larry, a fond farewell...but you will be forever in our hearts. And your memory quilt will keep your family warm and be a gentle reminder of the wonderful example you were to all of us.
This quilt was a joy to make. The pattern is so easy and sews up really fast. I had a hard time deciding on the backing and in the end it was the wrong green, but it is a happy color and that is all that matters. I used my walking foot to straight line quilt on either side of each vertical and horizontal seam. The binding was in my stash from my early days of quilting. The quilt had so much going on I think the grey-beige color actually frames it nicely and is not as boring as you might think this color would be. I used the glue basting method to attach the binding and I must say I am a total convert. I will never use binding clips again. The glue basting method takes a little longer, but it is so easy to sew and makes really nice, crisp corners.
Fabric: good quality Hawaiian shirts
pattern:St.Louis 16 Patch
backing:Spot On 108" extra wide in Chartreuse
batting:Warm and White
binding:marbled grey-beige from stash
Straight line quilted by me with Aurifil 40 wt. color 2000
|Kim and Larry, 2002|
San Diego 3-Day walk