This week has been an exciting week, as far as Grey's quilt is concerned. I have found a quilter and am extremely happy with her.
My biggest fear was that when I met someone willing to make Grey's quilt I would not be able to part with his things. However, that was not the case.
I walked into a stranger's house with a container full of Grey's clothes, blankets, and bibs. With me I also brought some pictures of Grey. She was very interested in Grey's story. As we continued to talk about Grey, she sincerely listened and seemed to pick up on his personality very quickly. She fell in love with one of his pictures, the one above, so much so that she asked if she could scan it and place it in the middle of the quilt. Never did I even dream that he could be on his quilt. How cool is that?
It was interesting to me that she picked out two outfits, the two outfits that we had had professional pictures made of Grey in, to be a focal point on the quilt. Looking at his card from his memorial, she also picked the line, "Life is short, but sweet for certain," to go on the tag she hand sews on the back, along with his name and dates.
I went in with a pattern, full of stars, and she said that she thought that would go perfectly with Grey's jungle attire. She can also quilt in stars and swirls. She asked me to meet her in town to pick out more material in a few days. When I did, she had put more thought into the design and asked if she could do one block as the Texas flag with "Greyson's Law - HB 1795" on it. She also wants to put a star in each corner, to spell out G-R-E-Y.
We went through the Quilt Haus and a couple fabrics jumped out at me, both peach and yellow in color, like Grey's room. One was stars, which will be used for the backing. The other was butterflies, which I picked out for his Godmother. She always thinks of Grey when she sees them. It's a DMB song, "Butterfly". Very Grey.
I am extremely excited to see the finished product, although I'll have to wait until June. But I promise, as soon as I have it, you guys will see it.
Again, I'd like to thank all those that participated in Misti's fundraiser, and Misti, that helped me make this happen. I'd also like to thank those of you that continue to donate. I am so lucky to have friends like you, that want to be a part of Grey's quilt. Please know that every time I wrap myself in it, I will be grateful for all it entails.