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#25. make a quilt for my dad

I finished this quilt just in time for Christmas and gave it to my father when we got together for the holiday.  The colors are a little on the feminine side, but they actually work with the color scheme in my dad’s home.

Dad's quilt

Dad's quilt (photo taken at my mom's place)

And here it is up closer:

close up of dad's quilt And the back:

back to dad's quilt (amy butler midwest mod fabric)

back of dad's quilt (Amy Butler midwest mod fabric)

Close up of the backing:

Amy Butler's Midwestern Modern fabric

Amy Butler's Midwestern Modern fabric

Why was this on my 101 in 1001 Days List?

Easy.  My dad is awesome.  He’s so supportive of anything that I want to do, and always has been.  You know that song, “The Wind Beneath My Wings”?  That’s my dad.  He has always supported my aims and goals in life,  even when he thought I was making a mistake but it was something I needed to do (ahem, a certain failed relationship).  Were it not for my father, I wouldn’t have been able to carve out the career I have.  He’s not only a good parent, he’s a very good friend too.

So when he and my mom, who have been divorced for over thirty-years, got together to buy me the Pfaf Classic Quilt sewing machine (mom’s idea) because I fell in love with quilting, it was a no-brainer that I needed to make him a quilt to show my appreciation.

I’m certain this is just one of several quilts I’ll make for my Dad as my quilting skills improve (I need to learn how to machine quilt/stipple.  Right now I use the in-the-ditch method and straight lines/diagonals).   I’d like to tackle something more masculine for him, as well.  Like a nice log cabin in plaids.



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#96 make a monthly donation to the Humane Society for 24 months


I’ve set up a monthly payment to come from my credit card.

So now to answer the why and what of this # on my 101 List.

It’s pretty basic. Here’s a couple of photos of my dog, Blue, a lab-whippet mix (as far as I can tell!).

Blue at eight months, circa 2000

Blue at eight months, circa 2000

He’s my little buttercup of love, pal, snugglekins, fearless guard, loyal friend and even my inspiration for some of my hand-drawn greeting cards.

My little guy in profile, circa 2006

My little guy in profile, circa 2006

It was love at first sight when I spotted him at the South Pasadena SPCA in Los Angeles. Blue was in quarantine for a couple of weeks before I could finally take him home. The animal shelters in L.A. are hardcore, if you’re not there to pick up your dog on the day he or she is released, they euthanize the dogs. Needless to say, I can’t bear the idea of innocent dogs or cats being put down because they can’t find a home.

My heart grew about a gazillion times its original size the day I took him home. It sounds corny, but sometimes I wonder if he’s the love I’ve been looking for all this time, only because I feel so good giving him affection without any thought at all for what he gives me.

I thought it also made sense to make this donation starting ASAP, especially considering how very generous my family and friends have been in my quest to raise funds for the Weekend To End Breast Cancer Walk that I’m participating in.

Giving to charity feels good.

But not half as good as every time I see Blue greet me at the door with a full body wag. He’s nine years old now, and I’d pay anything for him to live another nine years. The time with him so far as gone by far too quickly.


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