Anyway, it was difficult to come up with a retirement gift for her and as much as I'd like to say that I'm brilliant and came up with an idea on my own, I can't. I saw a picture of a similar word quilt on Snappyshop Etsy. It was too expensive for me to order a quilt like this, but as luck would have it, I quilt! so I made it myself. I asked several co-workers for words that would describe our retiree. I typed each word using different fonts, then printed them on white fabric (using my old desk top ink-jet printer). As I was trying to find a suitable picture to use in the piece, I noticed that Ida wears light green a lot - hence the light green background.
After setting the puzzle-pieced words, I machine stitched them together and machine quilted in the ditch. I actually like the way it turned out. Hope she does too.