Five-O caught me, now I’m going to the mountains Said goodbye to my girl, my lawyers, and accountants

This quilt was made for a recent (as in 2 days ago!) graduate of Loyola University in Maryland. He has lined up a job with an accounting firm post-graduation, no mean feat in today’s economy.

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The recipient was a Salisbury School   student before graduating from Episcopal High School. He played soccer and lacrosse in high school and was a member of the NCAA Loyola Greyhound Soccer Team.

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In addition to playing sports himself, he is a huge sports fan, loving his hometown teams: the Ravens and the Orioles.

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The back of his quilt was made with an Orioles fleece blanket and a Loyola sweatshirt blanket with a bit of Ravens corduroy thrown in to stabilize the stretchy fabrics.

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My trademark is to incorporate architectural elements of the garments whenever possible. I have used pockets, hoods, buttons, collars, etc but this is the first time I was challenged to use a zipper. The Ravens corduroy peeks through when the warmup jacket is unzipped.

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The bottom of the block (cut off in the picture) is from a pair of Tommy Hilfiger boxers. The recipient has a family member who works for this designer and always gave him the best prints.

The Vinall decision is perfection and precision She’s grade A class, number one in her division

This is the third of the trio of quilts that were made for three lucky sisters.Like her two older sisters, this girl played lacrosse all through high school and now in college.  She ventured out of state and is now studying at Dickinson College

 
As she did with the older two, mom saved lots of fun shirts from the girl’s childhood from Disney characters to tennis, golf, basketball and of course lacrosse themes. She chose a jelly-bean fabric as the daughter is a huge fan of that candy delight
 
 
 
Dickinson Drama!
Legend has it that if a student treads on the college seal embedded in the middle of Britton Plaza, he or she won’t graduate. I am sure this young lady will be too smart to risk that.

Cougar on the court and I can’t be beat, But, yo, Cait, what’s up with the boots on your feet?

This quillow was made for the granddaughter of a sweet woman. The young lady spent her entire academic career at  Collegiate from K-12 until graduating this past spring.  Like her grandmother, she had a finger in many pots ranging from sports to camps to community service.  I was specifically requested to keep the pocket in the hoodie block.  Unfortunately, the silk screener didn’t line up the word with the pocket.

She was always an excellent athlete.  I think I first met her at the ripe old age of.  She and her sister were already waterskiing experts! She is also a big sailor.  She and her dad competed in the race that is shown in the picture below.  This square is actually on the back of the quillow as it makes a pocket. This block also became the label for the gift.

When the pocket is turned inside out and the quilt is stuffed inside, you can then see the other side:

We were amazingly quick in the search for the sashing/backing/binding fabric.  Usually it takes a couple of tries of placing multiple bolts against tshirts to see the best results but this time, this was our first pick.  Collegiate’s colos are green and gold and this print had multiple greens and shots of yellow.

The recipient has now started her college career at UVa where I know she will excel as she did for the first 18 years.

With Payne I stand sane and remain holding strong Whilst all around me those who clowned me are now drowning by the throngs

 
The recipient of this full-sized Fennel is a very recent graduate (as of yesterday!) of Denison University.  A couple of years ago, he received a Denison/Phi Delt pillow.

This is obviously a quilt for a guy as you can see by the choice of denim for the sashing and borders.  The recipient is a Phi Delta Theta, a lacrosse player, a communications major, as well as a parasailor, etc, etc.

 
I added a bit of 3-D embellishment by keeping the hoodie pocket and buttons but had two new challenges to incorporate the polo shirt collar in the picture above as well as keeping the V of the Carlsberg Soccer shirt in Row 5. The polo shirt were worn by the communications majors during their broadcasts.  Once again, a felt banner was used which was added to the Denisonian block.
The long vertical Denison was taken from the leg of a pair of sweatpants and the two thin blocks just to the left are from athletic shorts.
 

One thing new was the choice of material for the backing.  Usually I use a quilting weight cotton or flannel but this time, I was asked to use a Denison sweatshirt blanket.  Because the blanket was much smaller than the quilt top, I added borders of the denim.  This was a very heavy quilt!  I was a bit worried that the crest of the blanket would be mangled by all the quilting but it came out fine.  Phew!

 

Apparently if a Denison student steps on the college seal embedded in Chapel Walk in front of Swasey Chapel, he or she won’t graduate. Students walk around it, bike around it, skateboard around it…you get the idea.  Good thing he didn’t get the quilt until AFTER graduation!