I just finished this Hodge Podge T Shirt Blanket. I only know a small bit of the story behind this blanket. It is filled with baseball shirts and it is going to be a high school graduation present.

I don’t know if it was the warm sun, being out in the quiet backyard, the chaos of my life and impending prom, but something about this blanket brought out nostalgic thoughts. (Lots of photos in this post – continue reading way below.)

My youngest child, my 13-year-old son, is close to graduating from elementary school. It is hard for me to believe I am closing the door on the grade school years. Walking in the backyard, I noticed the graveyard of trucks in the sandbox.

My son is playing baseball this summer and hoping to play in high school. My thoughts are filled with how quickly those years pass by.  And then they are off, finding their own way.

In the mean time, I’m going to enjoy the sun, the warmth, the baseball games, the relaxed pace of summer, having all the kids home, the teens in and out of the house, the late-night talks,….life, because all too soon I will be making another blanket for one of my kids….

PS. I would love your comments/criticism/advice on staging my quilts for photos. I photograph every quilt I make because I want a record. I don’t always have the time, weather, or energy to take good shots. I like the folded blanket on the bench. Those types of photos I can use on my website down the road. But, most of the time, it is hard for me to get the right kind of photos that look good on Etsy or on my website. I don’t have good lighting in the house so it’s hard to find simple backgrounds. Anyway, let me have it. I want to improve! I would love to have a pro photographer come to the house to help me with my product photography!