A dear family friend, pictured above, died three years ago. His daughter is, at age 46, unexpectedly (and happily) pregnant for the first time. She emailed me her favorite photo of Dad and I found the music online for a song he liked to play. Mom gave me one of his shirts, of which I used one sleeve and one strip from the front, saving the rest for future projects; it is the dark gray with blue and purple stripes at the bottom of the first photo, and you’ll see multiple squares of it in the photo below.
The staff at The Quilted Raven helped me select fabrics to add to those I already had. (They have a HUGE selection of Alaskan fabrics, FYI.) To transfer photos to fabric, I used Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper, which I ordered online from JoAnn’s. It transferred the images beautifully to fabric, but the fabric does feel a bit stiff, so I may try something else next time. (Do you see the photos I used of the Northern Lights, the Alaska flag and the words to the Alaska Flag Song?) A Quilted Raven staff member suggested denim for the edging, and I found a beautifully dark and soft denim fabric at JoAnn’s.
Experienced quilters will find plenty to criticize in this quilt, but no one else offered to make a quilt like this for these beloved family friends. This is our best shot at having Grandpa hold that new baby girl in his arms.