This truck was not on the initial list. However, on this particular evening in June, the sun was starting to set. I looked across the street at my neighbor's truck. I had looked at this truck every day for months. The grandkids all called it Mater because the rusted paint job reminded them of Mater in the movie Cars.
It was nearing the coveted "golden hour" that photographers love. So on a whim, I grabbed a quilt I thought might work, which turned out to be Amish Charm, and asked the owner, Dan, for permission to photograph it on his truck. As the sun sunk lower in the sky, I snapped a lot of photos quickly. About midway through, our neighborhood cat, Harley, sauntered over to see what I was doing. We all love Harley. She is friendly and
nosy inquisitive. Mark and I have to be very careful if the our garage door is open, along with the door from the garage into the house. Because given any kind of chance, Harley will walk right into our house. I can't tell you how many times we have walked down a hallway and run into her wandering around.
Harley just couldn't stay away. She had to check out both the front and the back of the quilt. Knowing how many quilters are also cat lovers, while this might not have been the best photo I took of either the truck or the quilt, it had to be the one in the calendar.
Here is Harley, just beginning to check out what is going on. I just noticed that she is color coordinated with the bumper. :)
The quilt, Amish Charm, is one of many versions made from my first published pattern, Charm Parade, which was published in 2008. I had just finished making a quilt using all the colors of Kona cotton, and almost immediately after I finished, Kona came out with another set of colors, so of course I had to make another quilt, and I did so using only the newest colors, a collection of 27 if I remember correctly. The result was Amish Charm.