Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One more retirement

When I made the four retirement quilts back in June, I ran out of time for the fifth one.  Bill is retiring at the end on August so I wanted to get his quilt to him. 

A few years ago, Bill brought several shoe boxes of neckties into work for anyone who wanted them.  I ended up with a couple dozen ties, thinking that I would ultimately use them for his retirement quilt.  As soon as I heard he was retiring, I started a string quilt, using the ties on a 12.5" muslin foundations, and actually got 4 blocks finished before the June party.  At the party, Bill said he really liked the jelly roll quilt I made for Therona and would like one in blues.  Those neckties had been giving me so much grief that I quickly abandoned them in favor of the simpler jelly roll quilt.

Bill and his partner are world travelers and have been to Japan several times.  When I saw the Satsuki fabric collection by Robert Kaufman I knew it would be perfect for Bill's quilt.  One jelly roll in the "Atmosphere" color palette and  here is the result:

Bill's retirement quilt 64"x50"

And, based on his thank you note, I made the right choice to give up on those ties.

Thank you again for the beautiful quilt!

The fabrics, design and color are all exactly to my taste—it is as if you had read my mind.

Best regards,
Bill

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