Thursday, September 6, 2012

Geared for Guys Remix

I'm so excited to share my Geared for Guys remix quilt with you all!

My Remix Quilt is a very special one with a special story.  Have you ever had one of those quilts that just spoke to you?  You know the ones that are just begging to be made.  That is how I felt the first time that I held Emily's book Geared for Guys in my hot little hands.  I just knew I needed to make the odd ball quilt. (If you've been around here for any length of time, you've surely figured out that our family is full of oddballs.) 
I found myself with a bundle of Emily's Shore Thing fabric and got this crazy idea.  What if I made the odd ball quilt, but instead of all of the balls being the same except for one, all of the balls were different except for one. That of course doesn't make any sense, but if I could make all of the balls in the various Shore Thing fabrics and the odd ball could be something else.  

Something like a flamingo.

A big, pink, minky flamingo.
The whole time I was making this quilt, I kept thinking of another Emily.  The teenage daughter of an old friend, Lisa.  Lisa and I used to scrapbook together and have play dates with our kids back when they were little enough to have play dates.  We moved away and our kids have grown, but Lisa and I recently got back in touch over Face Book.  

Within this past year, Lisa's daughter Emily was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. They had a benefit concert in Southern CA and I couldn't be there.  That's when I knew that this "Shore Thing" quilt made from fabric designed by one brave Emily that battled cancer belonged to another brave Emily that is fighting a battle of her own.
We're quilters, it's what we do. When times get tough and we don't know what else to do, we make a quilt.  I hope she likes it. If you would like to donate to the fundraiser to help with medical bills, you can reach Lisa at

Be sure to stop by Crazy Old Ladies for the rest of the remix tour.  You can pick up a copy of Geared for Guys at your local quilt shop or grab an electronic copy from Emily's shop.

Sept 4: Erika from High Voltage
Sept 5: Lisa from Helix
Sept 6: April M. from - OddBall
Sept 7: Vickie from Caution
Sept 8: Sinta from Ivy League
Sept 9: Marion from Gamer
Sept 10: Sherri from Urban Decay
Sept 11: April R. from - Switchback
Sept 12: Tricia from Caution
Sept 13: Shannon from Urban Decay
Sept 14: Shari from Ivy League
Sept 15: My day to show off Helix.
Sept 16: back to Emily for the giveaway!


  1. It's GORGEOUS and such a COOL gift!!! You are a ROCK STAR!!!! ...and so are your Emilys :)

  2. What a great imagination you have to be able to see this quilt so totally different than the pattern. Great Job. I am sure Emily is going to have the biggest smile when she sees this fun quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love your quilt--the idea, the flamingo, and the story of where it's going. Way to think outside the box! Very cool.

  4. That is way awesome!!! Love what you are doing with it!! You Have a heart of gold Miss April, always thinking of others, I admire you!!!! And I also love that you put a flamingo in there, too cute!!!

  5. I love your remix quilt... very cute... especially with that pink flamingo:) Very inspiring and the story for your quilt is so touching. You are blessed!

  6. I love it! I love the story behind it too! The flamingo is a darling idea as well. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. love it--and you totally made me cry and that's not exactly an easy thing for someone to get me to do. Maybe because of who it's for. :) Have I told you lately you're awesome?

  8. I love the flamingo! So so great. And your post gave me goosebumps, what a wonderful gift.

  9. came here through the blog hop and I LOVE your post. Especially when you said When times get tough and we don't know what else to do, we make a quilt. I totally agree and I love the connection you made between the 2 Emilys. Keep up the great work.

  10. That quilt is totaly fab! Love the addition of the flamingo.

    What a thoughtful gift

  11. I came across your blog for the first time today and I love your Hello Sun blocks. I'd like to make some (or maybe all of them) but when I click on the links, they appear to be broken. Too bad :(

    1. Hi Bunny, thanks so much :) The server crashed and I'm in the process of getting the website back up.

  12. Love that quilt and love the whimsical detail, such a perfect gift for brave Emily.