Last week, I found out one of my favorite coworkers has cancer. He just had his first chemo treatment. He does not want a big deal made of it--we can't tell the kids he is ill and he is working as often as possible and looks forward to when he is well enough to be here at school.
Despite the fact that he does not want a big deal made of it, I am making him a quilt for chemo/hospital stays. He has been in the hospital for three days already! I often donate quilts to Happy Chemo for complete strangers, so I am not willing to let one of my best work friends go without a quilty hug from me! He is a huge New England Patriots fan, so I am making him a Patriot Football Quilt. It will be similar to the Bronco quilt made my hubby awhile back.
I ordered some fabrics online from 1000s of Bolts and 1 Nut. Unfortunately, I did not do the best with the navy blues I selected--they are much more of a royal blue and I don't have many navy fabrics in my stash, so I ran down to one of my local fabric stores and found a couple that will work. Later in the week, I ran up to another town and bought some more navy blues. Every evening this week, I have been cutting the fabrics and I pieced about half of the footballs. The other half are already to sew together tonight.
I am using Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book to make the letters to spell out Patriots. I am not going to add New England, but I am making a Tom Brady jersey for the backing. Being here in Colorado, there is not Patriots fabric, so I will use some reds, navy blues, and grays left over from the footballs.
This is my December One Monthly Goal (OMG) to get this done start to finish, so my friend can have it for chemo and recovery.
This is also a Drop Everything and Make it ( DREAMi). All my other projects will be on hold until this one is done. My quilter is awaiting my finish to get it done too!