HH handed me a stack of t-shirts to donate to Salvation Army in October. Not that I wanted to keep anything from Salvation Army, but as I looked through the stack, I became sad. Why did HH want to get rid of these hard-earned t-shirts?
Most of the shirts were given to HH when he ran the Peachtree Road Race, a 10-k run held in Atlanta each year. He participated in the run many times while we lived there, and each run held fun memories. He’s had most of these t-shirts ruined by farm work, car repairs, or whatever, but this batch he gave me was the very last of the collection.
Included with this group was a shirt from a smaller race that HH ran with Fun Son when he was just a little guy – a sort of father/son thing. It was Fun Son’s very first official run, earning him a t-shirt, too.
I decided to visit Silly Whispers Quilt Shop to see if I had enough shirts to make a quilt. Before going, I needed to collect every shirt I could find. I searched Fun Son’s closet and drawers for others, since he ran The Peachtree with HH a couple of times when he grew old enough.
FS would want you to know he crossed the finish line first. Not that it matters, of course, but a 12-year-old has something to prove. Never mind the fact that he was told emphatically to stay with his dad and not get separated from him among 50,000+ people!
I should also mention that in the last 20 seconds of the race, FS darted through the crowd and sprinted to the finish line while HH was stuck behind people he couldn’t squeeze between in his adult body. I didn’t see it with my own eyes, of course. FS was always pretty sneaky, so I have to believe HH’s story on the matter. The kid clearly deserved punishment for disobedience! But, we caved. Hopefully, we didn’t ruin him forever.
Since I wanted a throw size quilt and not one to cover a bed, Silly Whispers was able to make it with the shirts I took to them. There were a couple of shirts from other random races, but I did the best I could with what I had. They told me there was no way it would be finished before Christmas.
OK, this could be an “I was thinking of you” gift – or maybe I could save it for Valentine’s Day.
But, surprise! I got a call from Silly Whispers the week before Christmas. It was finished, and I was thrilled and completely excited for Christmas morning to get here quick – before I spilled the secret!
Here is HH’s Christmas gift from last year – the red recliner (color, my choice) – with the quilt that he says was his favorite Christmas gift this year. I’m happy to report it’s the warmest quilt in the house, and we all race for it when we’re cold (which is often this week).
The back of the quilt is made of warm flannel fabric, much like a man’s winter shirt. The fabric strips quilted around the shirts is a soft light-weight denim – another type of man’s shirt fabric. I wanted HH to feel right at home with his quilt. 😉
If you have some t-shirts you can’t part with, contact Silly Whispers Quilts and Fabrics. They make quality quilts and have done many orders by mail. You might like to look around their website a little before you click their Info and Orders page to contact this fun group of women.
Meanwhile, I hope you find some flannel to wrap yourself in to keep warm. And, maybe find a fireplace. Do you have record-breaking temperatures at your house, too?
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