I am thankful that I can "work" from home on tshirt quilts, and meet all kinds of people who want to capture their treasured memories in the form of a quilt. Not everyone I do is local, so there are many times I have boxes lined up in my hallway filled with tshirts and sweatshirts and other things, as bags/hats/jackets, or really anything I can get my needle through without breaking it.
So recently, a woman named Margy Yost commissioned me to turn her precious and meaningful tshirts into a quilt, and I was honored to take on this job. Every shirt has a tender story from her days as a "Play Lady", AKA, Child Life Specialist, at INOVA Hospital, working in the Pediatric Hem/Onc Department. She found me by "word of mouth"; it's the best type of advertising for sure (Thanks Vicki Brown!) She sent me her box of "valuable" shirts and we discussed them upon receipt. I then got to work, finishing it last week. I suggested that I could mail the quilt to her, but since she is fairly local (less than an hour away in VA), she and her husband decided to drive over to Maryland and pick it up themselves. She and I wanted to meet (we've never met, but have lots of mutual friends/acquaintances) , so this was a great chance to finally meet each other and share stories of our times in pediatric hospital wards.
But what struck me most was how happy and excited she was upon seeing her finished quilt! She loved it from that first moment we unfolded it and held it close until she got back into her car - except for one photo that is shown below. Thank you, Margy!