You may not know this, but I quit this blog at least once a week. Then I find another post somewhere within because I know I am not done, for each post is like a block on a quilt I am slowly piecing together. The quilt of me. Each piece is different and unique. A memory, a moment, a project, a dream, a worry, a picture, all pieced together with the words running through my head like an endless spool of thread. When you stop by to see the latest piece I've added, you reinforce the seams, making my quilt stronger. We are not quite done my quilting companions - there are many more pieces to add to this quilt.
Above is the second and last quilt I made. I completed it about six years ago while pregnant with Aidan, though it had been in the works for several years. This was my first repurposing project - the quilt is made from George's old boxers and backed with one of his old chambray sheets. We call it the underwear blanket. Yes, it may be gross, but I loved each and every one of those pairs of boxers, especially the blue and white pinstripes. When the boxers ripped beyond repair, I cut them apart and kept what wasn't threadbare. It took me quite a while to save up enough remnants to make this quilt.
The underwear blanket is holding up remarkably well considering its origins, but my not so little boy is outgrowing his first quilt. It may soon be hung on his wall for posterity (and a conversation piece: "Hey, have you seen the quilt my crazy mom made from my dad's old boxers?"). I have in mind a new quilt for Aidan's room, pieced from the remnants of the men's dress shirts I used to make my aprons. Lots of stripes and plaids in shades of red and blue, a little bit of green and orange. I just don't know what pattern the quilt should be. Any suggestions from my fellow quilters? Keep in mind I'm a quilting novice with limited experience.
So there it is - another post, another piece of me, stitched in place. Thank you for stopping by and being part of my little virtual quilting bee. You make my quilt more interesting.