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The Best Quilt I Ever Gave

The Best Quilt I Ever Gave

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

My dad has always been difficult to read.  Growing up, I could never really tell if he liked his gifts or not; every year, for every gift, he reacted just the same, thanked the giver just the same and moved on.

Several years ago he broke his hip and due to complications ended up in the hospital and a nursing facility for more than 6 months.  I decided he needed a quilt, both to express my love and concern and to brighten up his room

I used an assortment of mottled bright fabrics and made a quilt strippie quilt for him.  It was probably the fastest quilt I’ve ever made.

I wasn’t able to get back to the Midwest to visit him and give him the quilt in person, but my mother reported that he absolutely loved it as soon as he opened the package.  He spread it out. He smoothed his hands over it again and again.  He showed it off to everyone who came to his room and even called people in from the hallway to see it.  He bragged to them all that his daughter made this special quilt just for him.  He even named it!  And even though he’s been back at home for some time, he still keeps it on the bed and often naps under it.

I’d never have guessed that he would react like that to any gift, but was really touched that he recognized the love with which I’d made that quilt for him

The quilt is called the “Technicolor Dream Quilt.”  If you want to make one of your own, use the free instructions I’ve posted here.


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