Monday, August 28, 2006

From The Top

Last Thursday my friend Kaye and I finished a quilt called From The Top. We made the quilt for Tom, the orchestra director at our church, who is leaving to be the worship pastor at a church in the Sacramento area.

About three years ago I picked up a music-themed print, with Tom in mind. The fabric features different instruments, most of which Tom plays, and music. I had intended to give the quilt to Tom later this year for his birthday, but when he told me a month ago that he was leaving, I had to get the quilt done now.

I used the quilt block All That Jazz, and found a couple of coordinating black and white music prints to use in the quilt. My friend Kaye (who sings in the choir and whose husband Doug plays guitar in the orchestra) and I each made two large All That Jazz blocks, I pieced the top together, and Kaye finished the quilt with both hand and machine quilting. Kaye's mother Joanne (who also sings in the choir) helped, too, with the binding and the label.

Last Thursday night members of the orchestra threw a surprise good-bye party for Tom, and I presented the quilt at the party. Kaye wanted to be there, but was busy at home finishing outfits for her daughter Katie's cheerleading squad.

We'll miss you, Tom! Enjoy your quilt.

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