July 2, 2014

Sami's quilt

If you followed our blog back in March, you would know that I lost a bet. After receiving a bag full of tee shirts from coach Sami, I got to work on her tee shirt quilt. Finally we figured out a time when I could deliver her finished quilt and that was at the track back in mid May.  It was a fun project, but I freely admit that it was tough cutting those first few Ironman shirts.  Those were hard earned and the fear of making a mistake was definitely in the back of my mind.  Anyway, here is the reveal of the quilt!





Sami had a big smile, so I knew the project was a success!  One request was made upon delivery and that was a brief paragraph about one or two of the shirts and their meaning to her.  Here is her response:

There are so many athletes that do races for time, the actual time, but often I look for the adventure and the challenge.  One of the best gifts that I ever got was my race quilt.  So many of you who follow Pam know about her desire to conquer the BQ time and I knew she could do it.  She's remarkable, and I just had to get Pam to believe that...Make a bet-no one likes to lose.  Well, I won on both accounts as Pam conquered her BQ time and I got an amazing quilt.  Pam's only stipulation was that I write a short note about what some of the shirts represented.  I believe each and every one represents an adventure.  Whether it's a travel adventure, a personal discovery adventure or who knows, but one of the best adventures was conquering THE BEAST.  The island of St. Croix;  a beautiful beach haven and relaxation spot.  That is until you tackle the 70.3 and The Beast and her cousins.  I went to St. Croix just for that purpose.  The swim is beautiful and divers are below you the entire time.  One other nifty tidbit is you have to swim to the swim start.  For someone who only learned to swim to do tris that is daunting in itself.  The swim-Check!  Now onto the bike and the Beast.  The first 20 miles is relatively tame except for the road conditions, but then you hit the Beast;  a mile long hill stretching from 14-24% grade!  So many people walk their bikes, but not ME!  Baby Blue (that is what I call my bike) and I have a special relationship and she didn't disappoint.  Then after the Beast you are rewarded with a nice downhill before seeing the Beast's Cousin's:  like Yacht Club Hill, Whale Watch Hill and more.  St. Croix was an adventure and I went back a second time and I plan to hit it a third time.  The island is beautiful, the people are amazing and the bike course is a challenge that few choose to accept.  I do and I will again.  Where else do you get a fifth of rum in your packet pick up bag??  You just had to choose light or dark :-))  Here's to many more adventures!

I hope you enjoyed this paragraph from my awesome coach.  She just finished her 10th Ironman on Sunday at Coeur d"Alene, Idaho. Three cheers for Sami!

(Pam)

11 comments:

  1. Stunning quilt!! Great job Pam!

    And St. Croix would be such a gorgeous place to conquer the half Ironman, I am going to have to Google some pictures of that race!

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    1. I agree that St. Croix would be a cool place to run.

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  2. What a beautiful quilt Pam! Now I know just who to send all my race shirts to. :)

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    1. Kymberley, There are great patterns available online and I think someone may have posted a video to explain it as well. The quilts are not hard to make if you can sew.

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  3. What an amazing quilt full of so many memories for her! You did a beautiful job making it for her Pam!

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    1. Thank you Mindy. It was a pleasure to make but I am glad it is done!

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  4. Oh I love that you had Sami write about some of her experiences that made up the quilt! It really did come out beautiful Pam, I can't wait to do that one day with some of my shirts!

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    1. Thanks Danielle, I definitely will be making race quilts for both Christine and myself.

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  5. I do remember the post where you said you were going to make the quilt. I am so glad that you shared the final product with us. I would be nervous too to cut up someone's hard earned race shirts. I don't think I could cut up any of my tech shirts but think maybe I might like to make a quilt with all my cotton Disney 5K shirts. That might be cute!

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  6. Looks amazing!
    Makes me wish I had not Goodwilled all those old race shirts.

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  7. What a beautiful quilt, Pam! Well done. Love the paragraph Sami wrote for this – what an amazing race! Congrats to her on all of her Ironman finishes!

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