Dad, OBE

No, it is not a redundant British award from HM The Queen, 
it is short for 
Over Bloody Eighty.

This was made as a memento of Dad’s 80th birthday party,

February 12, 2005,

and includes photos of all those who were invited to lunch

and some of those who accepted the open invitation

to afternoon tea.

It was intended to be a knee rug for Dad

when we have to put him into the home for the aged and infirm,

but it became a lap quilt owing to the number of people who attended.

Of course, when he gets to the home the quilt will be washed

in hot water every week or so and we will all fade away,

but that’s OK because he won’t remember who we are anyway!

In the meantime it will be thrown over the back of the lounge or hung on a wall, and by the time we have to consider the home it will probably be well and truly pre-faded anyway!

(Probably just as well or he might wonder who all the strangers were sitting on his lap.)

After a day of deliberation Dad informed me that his

favourite colour is green, which is a fairly logical choice for

someone who has just made himself redundant after spending

all his working life on the farm.

The quilt has a good crop of family and friends,

a bit of light scrub if you look closely at the light green border,

a barb wire fenceand the final border looks a bit like rough grazing land.

What more could a farmer want?

A brief conversation the morning after the party went like this.

‘How are you feeling this morning, Dad?’

‘About bloody ninety three!’

It was a great party!

Designed and made by Judy Butcher for Dad,

Donald Leonard Malycha

and given to him for Christmas 2005


I transferred the photos onto Miracle Fabric Sheets using Epson Stylus Photo RX510 ink jet printer using MS Publisher to size the photos.

The photographers were Nicola who is a professional photographer, Wendy who is his trainee, Judy who is a wannabe photographer, Sue who studied photography, Sylv who practises all over the place, and Butch who has a camera and sometimes gets a lucky shot.

Put together using a method I call ‘One Piece at a Time’ with no plan. I just started in the middle, picking up a piece and joining it to the growing piece, until you I ran out of pieces.

(The middle may not be exactly in the centre, but if I wanted exact placements I would have made all the photos the same size and set them out according to a grid.)

Cotton fabrics, Wool/polyester wadding (Matildas Own)


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