When our first grandchild, Charlie, was still residing inside mommy, I wondered and wondered what quilt to make for him as his baby quilt. Well, I worked in an elementary school library for 16 years and read thousands of books to kids in that time. One day I was turning the pages to What a Wonderful World, the song that was Louis Armstrong's favorite. I put his vocals on the tape recorder and played the song while I turned the pages to show the kids. My son, Charlie's daddy, loved Louis Armstrong. Well, once you turn pages 18 times in three days, your mind can start to wander while you're doing it. When the song came to the lines " the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night" a light bulb went off and I knew I would make this a reversible quilt for Charlie. Friend Marilyn did the math and converted the exact pictures from the book to measurements and I put them to fabric. It was my very first fly by the seat of my pants quilt that was born from an idea, not a pattern.
For the block on the wall, I decided to use the idea. You can see the sun got the best of me and I'll finish it tonight.
This is a picture of the actual quilt. It's reversible. My mom did the embroidery by hand. The fabric matches perfectly the illustrations in the book.
Statistics: Most used color: black
Most blocks I painted over and started with something new: 4
Audio books listened to: 4 (LaRose by Erhdrich - 14.5 hours; Little Red Chairs - 9.75 hours; At the Edge of the Orchard - 9 hours and Portable Veblen - 13 hours.)
Number of rolls of painter's tape: 8 (don't buy the green, it doesn't stick to concrete!)
The audio books don't tell a true picture of how much time it took because on Saturday mornings I listened to NPR so probably add another 10 hours. The guys at the paint store asked how long it took and I was sorry to say I didn't really keep track, I can only guess.
I have some touch up, some birds to do, the moon to finish but essentially, it's finished! Time to pick up the needle again.