I did have enough scraps to do some fussy cutting for this pieced back. And I found some yardage from the collection that was perfect for the backing. I also got more of the avocado Kona cotton that was used in the kit to finish up the pieced back.
I got some light tan Kona cotton and some chemicals that make your fabric printable (and the printing semi permanent). After lots of testing, I decided this would be a great way to commemorate my dad's scouting service. This block has all the adult leadership positions he has held. (Putting in these corner blocks also meant I didn't have to try to match up the fabrics in the outer border at the corners!)
This block is for all the Jamborees and Camporees that he was involved with, including a World Jamboree to Norway in 1975 as an Assistant Scoutmaster. This was especially cool because he had to actually apply for this position, competing with other leaders. This troop was comprised of scouts from Arizona, and I believe Nevada and maybe California. Also, my older brother was chosen from a pool of applicants to be one of the scouts in the troop. And to top that all off, my dad served a mission for our church in Norway about 20 years earlier, so he got to go back and see the country again. It didn't hurt that he still could speak the language!
This block was for all the adult scouting awards he has received. The last one in the list was "awarded" by one of my brothers and I believe endorsed by the other 5. And it is probably the award my dad is most proud of! Yes, all 6 of my brothers earned their Eagle Scout award, something my dad has always regretted that he did not earn.
The last block was a special honor he received. I thought it deserved its own block.
This quilt was definitely a labor of love. The timing ended up to make this a perfect gift for dad's 75th birthday, but as usual, I cut it right to the very last minute. There was a party at his house, a couple of hours away from where I live, and Kirsten was riding in the back seat of my truck, stitching down the binding while I drove us and our husbands and Zoey to the party. We (meaning Kirsten) actually finished the binding after we gave it to him while we were still at my parents house that evening. (Thanks again, Kirst!!)
I'm so proud of my dad for the selfless service he has given throughout his life and for the example he has been for me. I love you, Dad!!!!