Lots of activity at the end of the dirt road this summer, but from the sounds of all of y'alls blogs I'm reading, that seems to be a reoccurring theme. Has life always been this busy? I thought all of this technology was supposed to simplify things. I suppose some of our busy-ness is self-inflicted. In comparison to most of y'all though, life here is pretty quiet. And it's fixin to get even quieter.
Our daughter is packing up to leave for college tomorrow. I'm conflicted. Her Daddy and I are going to miss the heck out of her, but we're over the moon excited about this new adventure she's about to experience. And what Mom would let their kidlet traipse off to college without a quilt? I made one for DS and DD has been hounding me to make one for her for the past 2 years. "When are you going to start on MY college quilt?" "Relax Sprout, you've still got a couple of years."
Well guess what? I made the mistake of blinking and those 'couple of years' vanished. Poof.
There was no question as to which quilt to make her. When I made the Hobo quilt a while ago, it was flung over the back of the couch and it's been there ever since...when it's not snuggled up with one member of the family or another. And it's been snuggled alot. DD wanted it to take to college, but DH claimed it and told her that it was HIS quilt. She already had a quilt I had made her for her bed, but they continued to playfully tease each other about its ownership. DS claimed it as well. DD finally piped up, "Fine. But I want another one JUST like it."
Thus, the 2nd generation Hobo quilt was born.
This is a Carrie Nelson Pattern called "Pick and Choose' from the June 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting. Carrie Nelson is at the top of my list when it comes to quilt designers. If you are addicted to scrap quilts like I am, you need to see what she creates becasue it is all wonderful and Miss.Rosie is her gorgeous retreiver who keeps her in line. I added another row to DD's quilt in order to make it long enough for her dorm bed.
It ended up being 78"x94". It's the biggest quilt I've made thus far, but it's a fun pattern to piece. So thank you Carrie. Your quilts are truly loved in this family!
I'm hoping it'll keep her warm during those Panhandle winters and that it'll be a little piece of home as she ventures out into the college world while her Mama and Daddy sit at home and attempt to adjust to an empty nest.