I'm finally getting around to writing a very special post. This past August, we planned a family vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We reserved a beautiful cabin that would accommodate us along with my parents (who we planned to kidnap on our way and force them into taking a break from the real world).
I have several different stories to share about this vacation but for this post, I will concentrate on my Daddy.
Our cabin was reserved for 9 days and the only worry I had prior to our vacation was...HOW WILL WE KEEP DAD OCCUPIED SO HE WON'T GET BORED AND WANT TO GO HOME EARLY!!
On Day #1....Dad was content to sit and read on the front porch (along with his constant companion...his 3 pound, toy breed Mi-Ki named Zealy). She is sitting on the porch swing next to him.
On Day #2....Dad was content to teach Kirsten all the ins and outs to shooting pool.
On Day 3...Dad was content to help the rest of the family put together a jigsaw puzzle.
On Day 4....Dad was content to rest. :) :)
On Day 5....Dad started to show the beginning signs of boredom! Oh boy!!!! I had taken two of my vintage Singer Featherweights to have some mother/daughter bonding (sewing) time and on this day, Dad started insinuating that he could sew better than both my mother and me. I do need to explain to everyone reading that my Dad had never sewn one stitch in his life....but he's always had a talent for thinking he can do anything! :) :)
With a big smile on my face I said... "Sure, Dad....if you want to sew, I'll teach you!" Of course, I had to remind him that he did indeed need to put his doggie Zealy down on the floor in order to use both hands while sewing!!! :) :) :)
My Mom and Dad, getting ready to sew side-by-side (once he puts the dog down that is!)
Thankfully, I had packed quite a bit of different fabrics, including lots of pre-cuts (jelly rolls, charm squares, layer cakes, etc.) Even though I would have NEVER DREAMED my Dad would want to sew, I had brought the PERFECT fabric for my Dad...a layer cake of pre-cut 10" squares of big construction trucks.
The Sewing Lessons Begin!
Dad sewed and sewed for two straight days until he had completed his very first (and possibly only :) :) quilt top!
I brought his quilt top home with me after vacation, added a red inner border and a wider outer border using fabric from the same line. We ended up with a quilt large enough to fit a full size bed!
Time to quilt....
I used a royal blue tone-on-tone for the backing...and a quilting design called "Swoosh" from Urban Elementz.
Not a great photo...but here is a portion of the quilt hanging from my banister....
Spread across my queen size bed....
I used the red fabric in the border to bind the quilt also. While on vacation, I thankfully remembered to write a label and have Dad sign it...the best part!!!
The quilt is currently here in New York just waiting to be mailed to Dad or hand-delivered whenever I get to make a trip back home.
Teaching my Dad to sew will always be a special memory I will forever hold in my heart. He really did an awesome job and needs to make a few more quilt tops!!!! He has lots of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who want quilts made by him now that everyone knows he can SEW!!!!!
The secret is out now Dad....better get busy!!!!!