Someone donated some shirting samples ~~~ definitely not all cotton. Sharon and I decided to attempt to make a few wheelchair quilts for nursing home residents where her FIL lives, thought these shirting fabrics would make them feel comfortable, if we could work with the material. This top is 36 x 45 and considered to be just the right size. There are several features that will make this a fun quilt for guys - lots of textures, and manly colors. My husband questioned a couple of the salmon-pink ones but we decided to put them in. Sewing the slippery fabrics was a bit of a challenge, but when I finished, I added a stay-stitching around the outside to help maintain all the seams and general shape. Would not like to quilt this on a domestic machine, but I think free-motion meandering on my HQ will be just fine.
After being away for 31 years, we are finally home again. We are South Dakotans through and through, so this is were we want to spend our "retirement" years. My husband and I are getting ready to open a custom woodworking business with me being the paper pusher and the woodworker's apprentice. Along with that I am going to continue quilting and also work as a substitute teacher. Life is good!