I had fabric left from making the table runner so I continued to make nine patch blocks and put them together in this wall hanging.
My brother also turned 40 in 2003 and his Christmas present that year was a quilt. This quilt was named Forty Years. It is comprised of 40 hourglass blocks - one for each year. Surrounding the hourglass blocks are rail fence blocks. The rail fence blocks represent the roads by brother has traveled in 40 years. You can't see it in the photo, but the backing of this quilt was flannel printed with license plates. The reference to the road and license plates are in recognition of my brother's hobby which is buying old vehicles (sometimes not running at the time) and fixing them up for enjoyment and later re-sale.