From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Patchwork of Open Source Memories

One of the biggest differences in my new job is that I have to commute into the office every day.  And with that, comes the second biggest difference -- that I can't wear a t-shirt and pajama pants as I sit and hack the day away in my Eames lounger.

And so I drive 12 (scenic) miles from my house in the hills west of Austin right to the heart of downtown, fighting traffic if I sleep even a few minutes past 7:15am.  I wear a button-up shirt almost every day.  Not that that's formal -- I also wear jeans and cowboy boots.  But I'm dressing for the job I want, not the job I have.  A dude rancher, I reckon  :-)

The net result is that I had a closet full of awesome Linux and open source t-shirts -- shirts I had worn for years -- that just weren't getting their due anymore.  And my Etsy-awesome lovely wife Kim convinced me to part with a number of my favorites to create a t-shirt quilt that captures my last ~7 years in the Open Source world!

Now, mind you, I shed a tear or two as Kim's shears tore through a couple of these shirts that I've carried with me across six continents and most of the two dozen timezones...  :-/  On the other hand, a few of these weren't particularly my favorites, but did fit the color scheme she was going for.  In the end, her work was really quite beautiful!  And warm.

For those interested, I'll document the 6 rows by 4 columns:

Ah memories...  So Kim enjoyed making this for me, but it was a heck of a lot of work, and I don't think she'll be doing it again.  But if you're looking for a quilt made of your own favorite shirt, check out our friend Liz who has her own Etsy site for this sort of thing ;-)