Although at my age I don’t recognize birthdays, this year I did celebrate the fact that I am a 10 year cancer survivor. This quilt helps me remember that. The quilt is a combination of block projects, all in bright colors.
My Worker Bees designed an exchange that required participants to make 12.5″ blocks (any pattern) using dot or circle fabric. The block in the upper-right corner looks like just a solid white but it is actually a white and pale pink 9-patch. No matter how much I fooled around with the exposure, I could not darken it enough to get a good image.
I happened to have enough fabric from over 3 decades before from the Delta Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Greek Sing costumes. I know we did songs from 42nd Street and I think we wore black leotards with cummerbunds made from pink and white polka dot fabric. 42nd Street became my favorite musical and my kids were subjected to the entire score throughout their childhood.
These two designs are a sample of the exchange blocks. You can see one was two simplistic swirls and another was a candy popper design.
When I got sick, I started getting super-cute 6.5″ cupcake blocks around my next birthday. They were sent to me anonymously through the mail and I loved each and every one.
A couple of months after the first post-diagnosis birthday, the American Cancer Society had come up with their One More Birthday campaign which made these blocks even more meaningful.
I actually had to use 2 green fabrics in this quilt as I did not have enough of either. One was random swirls and circles on a bright green background, the other was a Kelly green calico from the 1970s that my aunt had given me when she was cleaning out a closet.
Although it was machine-pieced, I did hand-quilt the entire quilt which ended up being about 77 x 77 inches.
This quilt is made for a very loyal alumna of Bradley University. She pledged the Illinois Theta chapter of Pi Beta Phi as an undergraduate and is currently very involved in her local Pi Phi Alumnae Association. She also is a dog trainer extraordinaire and volunteers with her pets at local hospitals.
These shirts are quite vintage but they were in remarkably good shape. Most of the sorority shirts I come across nowadays are t shirts that commemorate a formal or mixer. I haven’t seen a football jersey letter shirt in years except of course on this circa 1980s shirt quilt. 🙂 Of course fraternity little sisters are not allowed anymore either.
The athletic teams at this university are known as the Bradley Braves. The recipient was able to find a tiny applique patch of the original mascot. The Native American mascot was ultimately considered offensive and is no longer in use. They currently use the same team name but the mascot is a gargoyle.
This quilt is for the wife of a dentist. She is a runner extraordinaire competing in races from 10Ks to full marathons. This is especially admirable considering she has 3 kids and is a physical therapist.
All of the shirts are from races in or just outside the District. Consequently many of the racing designs incorporate images of gorgeous cherry blossoms or the stately monuments. I found a fabric that evoked a feel of cherry blossom pink along with her favorite shade of University of Tennessee orange.
My “guest photographer” took the pictures for this quilt, hence the unusual angle of the above photograph.
Instead of putting a label on the back, we used some fun dental-themed fabric in one of the blocks that was signed by the husband and kids.
This quilt is for a recent Fighting Irish alumna. Like most Domers, she is an avid football fan and was the proud owner of MANY season and bowl game shirts. Not opting for sashing between the blocks makes a very different look.
My trademark has been to keep what I call architectural elements of garments when possible. The zipper hoodie square is quilted only on the perimeter, leaving the middle open so the shirt can be unzipped to see the 3 mini designs hidden underneath, 2 of which were from her academic department.
The bottom block was made from a nylon flag. The recipient actually interned for the Discovery Channel while an undergrad.
Here is the Bengal boss inspecting my basting to make sure I am pinning the layers correctly.
This was a memorial quilt for a beloved pet. Portia was a flat-coated retriever who lived just over a decade. 46 of these very large triangles were neckerchiefs that she would get at the groomers. When I saw them all, I immediately thought that she had a better wardrobe than me!
The two triangles below are not part of the 46. Portia’s owner is a proud alumna member of Pi Beta Phi (Illinois Theta) and is very active in the Pi Phi Alumnae Association in her area. I needed to make 48 triangles to obtain a grid so I figured what better than some Pi Phi symbol fabric?
Portia was a canine volunteer for Fairfax Pets On Wheels, a wonderful organization connects pets with people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The blue neckerchief was her uniform when visiting shut-ins.
The block below came from a plain red neckerchief. Portia’s owner also owns a lighthouse and Portia had visited the lighthouse before her demise. I hand-embroidered an image of this lighthouse to add a little excitement to this triangle.
This quilt was made for the sibling of a W&L KD. The recipient is a University of Virginia Cavalier and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. I loved, loved, loved working with these shirts as so many had awesome slogans and great designs.
The recipient asked for polarfleece for the backing as it would make it extra-warm for her cold winters where she was relocating. Polarfleece provided more loft which really profiled the quilting.
This recipient is not only a ΖΤΑ, but also a member of the UVa equestrian team and a graduate of the McIntire School of Business.
The pics for this quilt were taken by my crazy kid who thought these angles would bring a unique perspective.
This quilt was made for a Denison University alumna to celebrate her baccalaureate status. Like so many other recipients of my quilts, she was very involved during college. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta, a Resident Advisor, an intercollegiate soccer player for the Big Red, and in her free time, a marathon runner. She continues to give back to the community by serving in the Teach for America program,
As usual, I kept the collar and buttons of the polo shirt to add some dimension. I love the black and red print that was used for the sashing and borders. The recipient’s style is both urban and sophisticated so this contemporary fabric fit the bill.
I couched the Tri-Delta graduation cord to the upper left corner and appliqued her karate belt to the lower right. I tied the belt in the specific knot that is used by martial arts students.
I included tons of different textiles to include 3 satin graduation stoles representing the recipient’s study abroad experience Down Under, her membership in Delta Gamma, and her membership in the honor society Phi Kappa Phi ΦΚΦ.
We also couched two honor cords on the top border. Obviously the blue and gold one was for Phi Kappa Phi. I’m not sure what the 2 shades of blue cord represents since Delta Gamma colors are pink and blue.
The recipient had six sets of stitched letters to incorporate into the design. You can see she combined her two loves of ΔΓ and the Baltimore Ravens in the bottom set. The OC Parasail design was originally black and white but I hand-tinted it so it wouldn’t be as bland.
The back of the quilt was made from a college sweatshirt blanket and two Vera Bradley throws. The quilt label was inked on a pair of SU shorts. The front sashing/border print was made from two Vera Bradley sarongs.
SU trivia: Originally the school was called Salisbury State University which of course people nicknamed Salisbury Steak University. The name was changed to Salisbury University around the beginning of the millenium.