I don't ever get tired of looking at nine-patch quilts. I always seem to give them away, however, and I really need to make one for myself.
This was my favorite: "Coffee and Cream."
I was in the middle of piecing it when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. When I went to be with him, 1,000 miles from my own home, I took the appliqué sections and amused us all by incorporating some wacky pieces that represented our family.
A hammer to represent the woodworking my mom and dad enjoyed; love birds representing the rekindled love my parents experienced;
coffee - my dad's favorite drink; a five-person "papercut" family for my parents, brothers and I; and a pinapple to represent our trip to Hawaii when I was a teenager.
My Dad's illness lasted an astoundingly short 6 weeks, so he wasn't with us when it was finished. I sent the quilt to my mom soon after and she was very moved by it.
The quilting is much less than perfect, but it was stitched with a lot of love.