This was one of the most challenging projects I have ever designed. The recipient was a competitive skater in her day. She provided 4 costumes, all of which were sequined, sparkly and very slippery. Although the fabrics weren’t stretchy, I fused interfacing to the backs and fray-checked every cut edge to make them behave.
I knew that the patriotic vest and white lacy bodysuit would work well together. I overlaid the vest on top of the blouse. A strip of the rainbow outfit was used as a cummerbund. I wanted to include all the fabrics on each side of the pillow, so I created a gold medal out of the neon yellow costume.
The other side was a bit of a challenge. I created pillows for this person in the past using crazy quilt designs which would have worked nicely. However I discovered a quilt block called Marcie’s Maze and given that the recipient was named Marcy, albeit spelled slightly differently, I knew this would make a great side.
Not only did I reposition sequins for this side, I also appliqued the name tags that had been sewn into the costumes. I created the piping from the striped fabric as well. I originally wanted the yellow and the white to be reversed but it looked too much like sunny-side up eggs.
This quilt was made for a baby boy named Leon. He was born on March 15 of this year. His mom used bright vibrant colors for the nursery.
As any student of history or Shakespeare knows, March 15 is the ides of March, the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate.
The design was inspired by the 2002 USPS stamp designed by Michael Osborne. With 3 of the letters overlapping in the words love and leon, it was an easy switch. The N is the logo that media network NBC used in the mid 70s.
“Beware the ides of March.” (Shakespeare, 1998, 1.2:103).
This Tarragon twinsize quilt was created last year for a future Northwestern Wildcat. I had made pillows for his siblings and aunts and a quilt and pillow for his dad so now it was his turn!
Many of the shirts were from his early childhood, not just high school. I loved the fact that several of the shirts had transferred photographs like the beautiful Basset Hound you see below. One of the blue mini-designs is from a neckerchief he wore at camp.
Amongst other activities Charlie played baseball. I have no idea if this was a high school spiritwear shirt or from a Babe Ruth or JCC team but I DO know he was number 26.
The entire family are huge fans of the various Cincinnati professional teams. The Reds shirt is from Spring Training in Florida. I quilted heavily around the alligator so that the head would really pop.
I hope that this quilt has kept him warm during those frigid Chicago winters!
Many of the recipients of my quilts have seen my work elsewhere and then want something created to reflect his or her life. This quilt was no exception..The person who received this quilt was a classmate of a fellow LB Bruin.
We decided to veer away from the typical sashing grid design by making the quilt look like a Broadway Playbill. while sticking to a twin/tarragon size. Both fonts were sized up to scale. The letters for the larger word were appliqued onto the yellow background. The smaller word was drawn with permanent fabric markers.
Most playbills usually have white borders but since this quilt was headed off to college, we went with grey as it would be easier to keep clean.
This shirt was designed as a plain white shirt with the black lettering. The kids involved in this show had wanted to tie-dye the shirts but never got around to it. I drew a rainbow on both the big design and mini design using permanent fabric markers.
This t shirt quilt is one of the few that doesn’t involve athletics. Most of the recipients are either lovers of sport teams or athletes themselves.
This recipient is a Theatre Design & Production and Stage Management major at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I don’t know if they have a specific name for the drama-related majors but if he was at my alma mater Carnegie Mellon, he would be known as a dramat (emphasis on second syllable). He was the set designer and overall technician for many shows at his high school and received quite a few Cappie Awards for his work.
The shows with which he was involved ranged from Orwellian serious drama and Japanese plays to Broadway musicals and children’s favorites.
This young man is a formidable talent and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him awarded a Tony in the next decade or so.
This quilt was made for the first child of parents with very eclectic tastes. The parents are big fans of Dr. Who and Star Wars as well as being birdlovers of the toucan species.
Making a tardis quilt took some work on graph paper but as it was all rectangles or squares, it was not terribly complicated. Instead of pure white fabric that would have better emulated the warning sign, I found the I Love Mommy/Daddy fabric in blue shades. It also comes in pink for girls.
The two upper windows of the police box revealed parrot fabric which is as close as I could originally find to actual toucan motifs.Then I discovered that Kelloggs Cereals had licensed their characters and I was able to find a Toucan Sam polarfleece which made a great backing.
I was also able to find a small tardis repeating design fabric for the lower panels. It was a very stretchy Lycra so it had to be backed as I would do with a t shirt. This quilt had a variety of different materials. The parrot windows, the planet background fabric, the Police Box sign (which I actually used Star Wars designs) are all cotton. The warning sign and the cobalt blue are flannels. And as mentioned before, polarfleece and Lycra were also incorporated.
This quilt is actually a quillow, a quilt that converts to a pillow. The recipient is a graduate of St. Anne’s-Belfield, a boarding school in Charlottesville, VA and is now a student at Dickinson College. The recipient’s older sibling is also a recipient of a Rosemary Remembers quillow. The quillow incorporates swatches from her uniform skirt as well as organizational shirts.
The recipient was very busy in her K-12 years. She performed in theatrical performances, sailed in regattas, participated on the cheerleading squad, served as a camp counselor, played a variety of sports. She is a well-rounded young woman and I have a feeling she will excel in her career choice of elementary teaching.
This quilt and these pillows were made for field hockey girls who recently graduated from high school. two of the players are going to matriculate at the University of Delaware, one at the University of Maryland, and one at Lafayette.
The M and UD pillows used the uniform skirt from the middle school at Worcester Prep and all but the last pillow on the right used the upper school skirt for the piping. All 3 WP pillows used Mallard W logo shirts on the reverse.
The 4th pillow was for the girl who attended Cape Henlopen High School and is matriculating at the Lafayette. The shirt that has a flag shaped into the state of Delaware was designed by her for a major field hockey tournament. The printed colors are actually field hockey sticks set together horizontally.
The quilt is for a Worcester Prep grad who is becoming a Blue Hen this fall. Like her friends, she is a talented field hockey player. As usual, I retained the collar and buttons from the polo shirt to add a bit of interest.