Congratulations! To my parents-in-law, on forty amazing years of marriage! Wow!
To celebrate, a whole bunch of us got together and
made are making a quilt.
Last spring, we all went to the quilting store together to pick out fabric. We took over the place with our scraps of paper and calculator-phones, pulling out bolts and fat quarters every which way. It took a long time to choose.
Then we went to
the four corners of the earth our respective homes, in four different states. Many, many emails and Fed-Exes of replacement fabric ensued.
Two people did embroidery, one person pieced the border, and another person pieced the quilt top. They sent everything to me, and I sewed the border onto the quilt. Now it looks like this:
Here's a close-up of the embroidery:
I marked the quilt top with an off-center diagonal pattern and basted it with the batting and backing. I did some of the quilting, but had some trouble with my machine, so did not finish the quilt in time for the anniversary celebration. I think my parents-in-law were pleased to see the unfinished quilt, though, and will be glad to have it when I can do the quilting properly.
It moves me that we were able to pull this together, even if we didn't quite come up with a finished product. I think it says a lot about my in-laws -- who are, indeed, a remarkable couple whom I have always known to "Choose life!"