My husband’s grandfather (“Pa”) is an incredibly important part of our lives. For Greg he’s been an essentially constant presence in his life, living always just a minute or so away. For me, he’s filled a hole that I’ve had in my life never having gotten a chance to know my grandparents. When Greg and I bought our house, we were ecstatic to live just a couple of blocks away from Pa.
So needless to say we had to celebrate Pa’s 90th birthday in a big way. 90 years! Greg and I spent a lot of time thinking about all of the things Pa has seen during his years. Eventually I came up with the idea of making a simple patchwork quilt where each block would represent a year, and that I’d embroider a patch to mark each birth, job-change, and wedding that was a part of Pa’s life.
This is a very traditional blanket, backed with flannel, quilted in the ditch. I hope it keeps Pa warm in his chair for many more years!