Today I'm sharing two wheelchair quilts I made for the Joyful Stitchers in Alabama. I shipped these to my friend Doris, who delivered them to the group to distribute to folks in nursing homes. These are quite small, only 36"x48", in order to fit on a lap without getting caught in any wheels.
I thought it would be nice to make a couple of masculine ones. The first one features hunting themed panel blocks. The fabric has horses, foxes and hounds, and reminds me of my late step-father, Bob. Bob was a member of the Los Altos Hunt Club, which sounds very stuffy and la-di-da, doesn't it? Bob was a very down-to-earth guy though, and loved both horses and dogs.
I had a few different red, green and black plaids that I used both on the back and as accent fabrics in some simple blocks. It's a teensy bit Christmassy, but I think that's OK, don't you?
The second quilt features smaller panels that are also outdoors/hunting themed. Instead of the classic fox hunt though, the images are more rustic: a cabin in the woods, deer, bears, etc. There's a fisherman on the stream and even a moose or two. Meese?
I added a row of bear paw blocks just to feel like I actually did something other than sew squares together. Nothing wrong with squares, though!
The back of this quilt uses this ducks-in-the-marsh fabric. I hope both pieces bring a bit of warmth and perhaps some fond memories of being out in the wilderness to a couple of gentlemen.