DH and I visited Portland, OR this past week and stayed with a friend who just moved up there. He's lived in California all his life except for a couple of years in college way back in the early 70s. He fell in love with Oregon and always wanted to move back and now that he's retired, did just that. His house has a wonderful view and he's doing a great job unpacking all his stuff and setting it up (he's a life-long bachelor).
He apologized for not having a proper 'guest room' bed, only a pull-out couch, and his blanket and pillow situation was quite meager but he promised that he'd get a proper bed by the next time we came to visit. If that isn't inspiration to make someone a quilt, I don't know what is!
This guy has been to Alaska many times and loves it there. Just so happens, I was on an Alaskan cruise last summer and bought all sorts of Alaskan-themed fabric in those great shops up there! PERFECT!!
What you see here is 3 of the 6 horizontal, fussy-cut rows and 2 of the 5 'stripe' horizontal sashing rows. Each of the 8" fussy-cut squares has some sort of Alaskan theme; whales, moose, bears, totems, etc. I'll be putting the top together tomorrow and hope to be able to send this off to him in a couple of weeks. I plan to put it in a big ol' box with a note saying "for when you buy your new guest bed." I think he'll love it!