I cannot believe I'm finally 'fessing up.
A while back when I did a year and a half volunteer stint for my church, there was a gentleman well into his retirement years who took it upon himself to show his appreciation for the few female volunteers, "Sister missionaries", by making a quilt for each one. Since at any one time there was probably twelve, this wasn't too much of a burden. He also did some other things for us which to list would make this message way too long.
You could tell he really suffered from, at least, arthritis. He made a double/queen quilt by sewing material lengths together for the front and back, (the back was flannel), and tied it together.
He was pretty well-known not just in his small town, but in that part of the state, as he was a volunteer to hike with the young women and their advisers up to a local landmark. He was a biology teacher and kept them entertained with stories and knowlege about plants.
One time there was a storm that came through and there were some that were unable to hear him tell them not to get under trees. Lightining struck and he was able to save a few lives with his knowlege of CPR. There were a few who did not make it. (I'm pretty sure I'm getting this right.) There's other great stories about him too, but I'm telling you this to let you know what a remarkable person he was. I used the quilt the whole time I was out, then had to put it away when I went to a very warm climate for the rest of my higher education.
Now the guilty part... and this was discussed in the "People don't get quilts" topic. I have been 'afraid' to use this quilt since then. If you've looked at the topic with photos of our pets, you may have noticed I have Dobermans. They have very short hair that pokes itself into the material and makes it hard to get out. They also often have long nails since they get REALLY grumpy when we try to clip them, (even if we give them a treat after each clip!), and after a hard play or even a stroll out for potty business, their paws can bring in a lot of dirt.
This quilt is too precious to be ruined like that, and I really need the girls at night. So now it sits in my linen closet. :oops: :oops: :cry: