Story quilts live on and on and on.
I am attaching a couple of photos and I also uploaded a pic to Pinterest. If you do a search for your name, the quilt image will come up.
The quilt came about from a fun family evening sharing food and games with my children and grandchildren. During dinner, for some bizarre and forgotten reason, I made the statement that the plural of cactus was cacti, plural of octopus was octopi, etc. After dinner we decided to play the game Pictionary where you have to draw a certain word and your teammates must guess the word.
My ten year old grandson, Lucas, took his turn. He began drawing bunnies. Then more bunnies. Then even more bunnies. After time ran out and no one had guessed the word Lucas yelled out "how could you not guess this-we just talked about it". I then asked to see his word and read "rabbi". Lucas thought the plural of rabbit was 'rabbi'. His mom and I thought this was hysterical, albeit a poor reflection on our serious lack of religious training in the family.
After finishing the quilt top I asked Holly Casey of King City, California, to do the machine quilting. Holly did an absolutely amazing job. Because I had mentioned that I had wished I had put more people into the quilt to reflect how much fun we were all having as a family, Holly quilted small people into the lower body of the quilt. Because I had mentioned that our family did puzzles together she quilted a jigsaw puzzle in several places in the border. What Holly didn't realize is that my daughter, Kimi, for whom the quilt was intended, is a behavioral therapist for children with autism. In addition, Kimi's youngest son is autistic. A puzzle piece is the symbol for autism. So the quilted puzzle pieces just added a whole other dimension to the quilt. I did make one request regarding the quilting-no penises. I didn't want to totally embarrass my grandson, Lucas.
I wish the photos could more accurately display the wonderful quilting by Holly as she is such a talented artist.
Thank you so much for your inspiration. My own story quilt has been such a joy to work on and to give as a gift to my daughter. I now have several more 'stories' in my head and look forward to putting them to fabric.