The recent championship runs by the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals have transformed the once-cursed district into one of the most winningest sports towns in the nation. The Caps’ 2018 Stanley Cup and the Nats’ 2019 World Series win inspired epic celebrations. It also resulted in a lot of free rally towels for fans.
With one’s fan house overrunning with giveaway towels, Mom came to the rescue and transformed the mess during the coronavirus pandemic into a beautiful blanket.
I’m going to call it…🤔… a quarantine quilt!
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I didn’t post anything for Mother’s Day this year because I did it in person instead 🙊 BUT I do have to give this woman a s/o for making this blanket of all the rally towels from two of my teams’ championship runs. She’s incredibly talented. I’m forever grateful she put all those crazy/special memories in this gift. Can’t wait to to make another one for the next championship @washwizards @dcunited @redskins || #ALLCAPS #Natitude
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“The collecting of the rally towels was from the 2018 Caps season and the Nats’ 2019 and 2017 seasons,” Mirna said in a message. “The inspiration came from having collected soooo many rally towels. I would just pile them on each other after coming home from the postseason games. After the World Series parade, my mom, also named Mirna, asked what I was going to do with them.”
Mirna wasn’t sure, but she knew she wanted to keep them all.
“I looked at each of them and they all had a special memory: Nights outside of Capital One Arena, nights rocking the red inside, seeing the Caps flag around the DMV, and the friends I hung out with at Nats Park after meeting them on Twitter,” Mirna said. “So Mom offered to make a blanket. She started it back in November and stopped because I never got to order the border design from JoAnn’s Fabrics.
“But under quarantine and lockdown all we have is time,” Mirna continued. “She picked it back up and started sewing it piece by piece over a couple of weeks. And now it keeps me warm and brings back all the memories that some things are worth the wait!”
The quilt was co cool, the Washington Nationals liked Mirna’s photos.
Other Capitals fans have been creating quarantine quilts too. Kim Huntington used shirts and towels from the Capitals’ championship run. If you look closely, the Ovi 700 goals towel is stitched in too.
“I hate making these, but this one was different – as it was the shirts I’ve seen my daughter Bear wear, love, and grow out of over the years,” Kim said. “I enjoyed the memories as I sewed each shirt. Ovi’s 500th goal – we were at the game together; the 700th goal ceremony; winning the Cup; taking her to DC for the parade. Even her first Caps shirt is in this quilt. I love it.”
Kim added that she recently finished the quilt because her daughter turns 12 on Monday and they had to cancel her birthday party due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I thought finally getting this done would be a cool consolation.”
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