And then the craziness began as we put together a hiking/camping theme quilt for him, consulted with siblings and tweaked ideas and plans. And tried to coordinate the day and arrival at his home--which ended up being Father's Day Sunday.
Our parents (NE), Renae (MN) and family, and Shauna (NE) and family
show up and wake him up from his nice nap.
Round #2 about an hour later
Emily (UT) and family and Nathan (WY) and family show up.
Including Travis' family we ended up with 30 people at his home.
Leslie and her family were the only ones who didn't come.
But she is very pregnant and feeling pretty yuck.
So here is the front of the quilt we made for him. 3 large bandanna topography maps of a couple parks that he's hiked were the main focus. And then we just used mostly solids that picked up the colors from those maps to add a little design.
Piet Mondrian. Basically that translates into "I just winged it" as I was putting strips together and then cutting and turning them to make a different design. I consulted with my kids and they told me what they liked and didn't like until we came up with the finished backing. The tan areas he can use to document where he's hiked if he wants.
One of the coolest things about this quilt is the actual quilting. We love Lynn, and we love that she takes our requests and makes the magic happen. On each end, in order to get the quilt a little longer for his 6'5" body I added a wide border in the green solid--6 or 8" inches. I can't remember as we were doing this so quickly.
On one end she quilted the saying, "I'd rather be lost in the woods than found in the city." And the other end reads, "Pavement is overrated, I'd rather be hiking." Travis loved that part. And he showed us all on the maps the places where he's been.
We had a fun time and we totally surprised him.
His family did a great job of keeping the secret.
He told his wife, "You got me good."
Happy Birthday Travis!
Cut 7" squares and did a disappearing 9 patch design.
Bias tape from the stash to frame in the bandannas.
Ordered the bandanna maps from HERE.
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday
Finished size: HUGE (we forgot to measure, but it completely covers his 6'5" frame. And you can see above it takes up almost the entire floor of his living room.)