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My Dad’s Quilt with Pen & Ink Drawings

My Dad recently received this amazing gift that I thought you would be interested in seeing!  My Dad went in for some serious surgery a few weeks ago and a group of quilters from his church made him this beautiful quilt!  The reason it is so special is that the quilt is made up of square of HIS pen and ink drawings.  Every year, my Dad draws many pen & ink drawings of places he visits on vacation and of landmarks, buildings and scenery he enjoyed.

He has been drawing for many years.  Every year he chooses a landmark in Chicago to use as his Christmas card.  He draws the pen & ink picture, shrinks it down and gets it photocopied on cards for his friends and family.  So, these quilters had saved up his Christmas cards and put them on this quilt!  It looks like they scanned them and printed them on to cloth (or did a photo transfer, I’m not sure which.)  Then as a group they sewed the blocks and made the quilt.  He was very happy to receive the gift and I think it is a truly amazing work of art he will treasure for the rest of his life.

If you’ve been to Chicago, maybe you recognize some of these scenes.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed seeing this quilt as much as I did.  My Dad is recovering now fairly well from surgery and soon will be back to normal.

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

6 Responses to My Dad’s Quilt with Pen & Ink Drawings

  1. Karen says:

    Wow! Great drawings by your dad and such a lovely idea to feature them on a quilt as a gift back to him. He must have been thrilled. Terrific article today. Many thanks!

  2. Christine Garmong says:

    WOW! What a grand gift for your father. God Bless.

  3. Barbara Haffner says:

    Loved reading this – great way to start the day!

  4. Bonnie Rose says:

    I actually got choked up!! What an amazingly thoughtful gift!! What a treasure!!

  5. Laura J Emery says:

    Your Dad is well loved! Enjoyed the visual tour of Chicago from his point of view, especially the theatre.

  6. Seema says:

    Wonderful post!

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