There were shirts, sports clothing, dress clothes, and printed photos from various stages of his life.
Finally the day came when I could piece it all together. Steffi wanted big patchwork squares with his youngest years in the centre of the quilt. Cool things appeared, like this shooting star by Aaron's grad photo.
I included his tie, his glove, and even pockets for his mom to put her poems into. It was an awesome moment when I could phone Aaron's mom to tell her, and hear her squeal and giggle. She was laughing so loud! It was terrific : ) I sent her this photo from the upstairs windows and then called her right away to see what she thought. I have never heard her so full of joy. :)
|in progress - quilt top only... it's HUGE|
I spent four hours basting it. I cleared my dining room furniture, washed the floor, and pinned the layers on the floor until I ran out of pins. I thread basted the rest with heavy hand quilting thread and a spoon (learned that from a Ricky Timms video). You use the spoon to help scoop up the needle since you are unable to put your left hand under the quilt while you sew with your right. Cool hey?
I quilted in the ditch with invisifil thread until past midnight. I was on a roll. o m g This was working! I wasn't about to stop. This past weekend, I put on all that binding. It's perfect.
|Aaron's all-angles plaid shirt binding with Kona dark grey solid backing fabric - looks great!|
Nine years ago, Aaron died of injuries after nearly being beaten to death outside of a Calgary night club. I never knew him. I had only met his mother a couple of years back at a family funeral. She is my mother mother's cousin, and Aaron is ? my second cousin?. Thank you Steffi for trusting me to do this. It was a very good and meaningful experience for me to be this close to him and see his smiling face & gentle eyes on all those photos.