Road-To-Retirement Quilt Hands2Help Comfort
This month, our May OMG project (One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts) was the Road-to-Retirement quilt. Actually, it is so much more than just a one-month goal. This project is also our Hands2Help Comfort quilt. This is the 10th anniversary of Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosting a yearly charity drive. For our third year of participation, I was able to check off a bucket list desire to make a Quilt of Valor (QOV) for a veteran. Happily enough, the veteran is a principal who is retiring from my school district. While I will miss him, I was delighted to make the generous lap-size quilt for him.
The basics of this block are fairly simple – 2 – four-patch blocks, 4 – half-square triangles (HSTs), and a few plain squares. Easy peasy! The 12″ finished size blocks were laid out in a 5×6 block design. American Dreams is the fabric we chose mostly because of the aged look to the lightest star fabric, and also because it coordinates so well for the theme.
Road-to-Retirement Quilt Top
Near the end of May, we had a quilt top all ready to be quilted. The surprise retirement party was set for June 2nd. Thankfully, a long holiday weekend preceded my firm deadline for gifting the finished project. I took Friday off which proved to be just the ticket I needed. It was all quilted by Friday evening.
Saturday came bright and early and the day allowed me to wrap up the binding. After washing and drying, we were golden and all set for the party. P.H.E.W. Some pretty patriotic tissue paper, a large gift bag, and a funny card were the icing on the cake. Now to wait for the party day!
Gifting the Road-to-Retirement
An appropriate backing fabric with the same aged effect was the perfect choice for the backing, and we used the red fabric for the binding. While you cannot feel all the fabulous quilt squishiness, I can assure it is abounding. It will keep him nice and warm and surrounded in good wishes.
SURPRISE! All of the staff turned out for the mask-wearing outside send-off for Dr. Rongey. His wife joined us as well for a fitting farewell. I didn’t get a picture of him with the quilt at the time, but the next day was just as good. He was so touched by the gift and showed it to anyone who came near his office on Thursday. It’s wonderful to be able to spread the joy. Thank you to Sarah for the opportunity! I’m also linking up to Gail’s TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday) linky party.
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