Family Portrait, by Ricky Tims (and loved ones) 60" x 60"
In the summer of 1991 I started my first quilt and by the Fall I had jumped off the deep end. I asked my family and friends to make blocks as Christmas gifts. These are the nine blocks that I was gifted. I quickly set the blocks together using the attic window and I used leftover bits from a workshop project on gradations for the border.
Quilts do not have to be perfect—or prize-winning specimens to be important or treasured. This quilt has always held a special place in my heart because nobody who made block in this quilt were quilters. They were just willing to give it a try. Now, 29 years later, they are more precious because two of my loved ones who made blocks have passed away.
I'm so very thankful for this memory and offer it as a suggestion to you. Ask your friends and family to make a block. It doesn't have to have a special color or fabric or design. Just let them do what they want to do and if you are able to assist, sure - do it. You will make a memory that will last a lifetime. This quilt has often hung on my walls. It makes me happy and brings back wonderful memories - and after all...isn't that what is all about?
TRY THE JIGSAW PUZZLE
Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!