Last month I set myself 4 goals in this quarters finishalong. Even that seemed ambitious based on my last few quarters, but amazingly I've managed to complete them all already.
Pther first one was a quilt for my old mate Jim. It's very imaginately called, "Jim's quilt". I'm so good at naming quilts aren't I?
It came about last autumn as Jim was in hospital after having the most severe treatment for cancer I've ever come across. He had it in his hip, but despite multiple visits to his GP and hospitals it was undiagnosed for 18 months. Therefore by the time it was discovered the only option he was offered was a hindquarter amputation. If you like me don't know what that is, it means removing the effected parts of the pelvis to remove the hip and then because it is connected the leg (which was perfectly healthy) has to go as well.
After the operation while he was recovering we discussed what sort of quilt he would like, especially if he was in a wheelchair a lot. Being a grumpy git at the best of times he asked for it to say 'fuck off'! Being treated differently because of his disability wasn't someone he wanted.
One of his normal catchphrase is "it's all about me". It was obvious to me then what the quilt would be like,
I used Lu Summers porthole technique to create the words. It was fiddly but as I'm not a fan of appliqué it seemed a better option for me. The blue background is sketch, the rest of the fabric came from stash but I can't remember what it was and it was quilted with my trusty aurifil.
It's now with its new owner, that's his remaining leg in the picture. And for info, he's doing really well on his crutches and hasn't even used the wheelchair since he got home. I'm trying to find a good nickname for him on the "hoppy" theme but nothing has felt right yet. Suggestions?