This quilt was made for a US House of Representatives Page Program alumna. This is the ten year anniversary of her attendance there during the 109th Congress. That semester’s Pages were on the House Floor for the State of the Union Address, the address in a joint session given by President Victor Yushchenko of Ukraine, the Terri Schiavo hearings, and the MLB steroid abuse testimony.
The US House Page Program was a program in existence for over 200 years. In the recipient’s era, House Pages applied through their US Congressman to attend for one of their junior year semesters of high school; Only 60-70 students were selected each year from across the United States and its territories.
The students lived about a block south of the US Capitol which is probably one of the easiest commutes for a greater DC resident. Academic classes were held in the attic of the Library of Congress.
This quilt was a bit of a challenge mathematically as we only had about 3/5 yard of the DC fabric and 1 yard of the coordinating cherry blossom print, and yet had to make a twin size quilt from these two pieces. Each stone in the grey landscape fabric was quilted individually.
This full-size Fennel quilt was made for a recent West Springfield High School graduate who definitely marches to the beat of his own drummer. At his high school prom he ditched the black tie,pants, and patent leathers for a gingham bow tie, Sperrys and Chubbies. The jacket and dress shirt stayed on.
Pictures at the date’s house…..
……picture at National Harbor
This was a boy who went to MIT in the summer to study ultra-cold atoms,
ran cross-country and track, refereed travel and house soccer (note the v-neck and the collar of the uniform remained intact).
Served as a class officer and in the student government, was in FBLA and DECA (yet another hoodie shirt)
and still managed to work a part-time job (tan rectangle was made from his Panera visor). There will have to be another quilt for just his Scout paraphernalia as there was no more room in this quilt.
The quilt ended up quite large which is perfect for a twin bed in college that’s been lofted with bed risers or cement blocks. I had made the recipient’s sibling the same size quilt years before and she told me the quilt was big enough to hide all the stuff stored under the bed. It measures approximately 90″ by 106″. This is taller than the room where the quilt was photographed so it is a bit wrinkled at the bottom.
This client asked to add a sweatshirt hood to the quilt. So not only is there a hanging sleeve, the leftover hood from the DECA shirt did get sewn into the binding.
The client thought this would make the quilt extra cozy for the recipient’s dorm room.
This Fennel quilt was made for a high school graduate whose academic fortes are math and science. Her name begins with an M so the arrangement of the shirts somewhat reflects the initial.
Lots of high school and church related activities made for a nice bright quilt. Some of the shirts were hand-painted by the recipient. The carrot block looked a bit plain so the actual carrot was quilted with orange thread.
The back was somewhat wild. The recipient’s school’s colors are orange and blue and the recipient’s favorite color is lime green. So lots of brights in those shades and others were incorporated for the backing. The bottom right square is green M&M fabric, again reflecting the recipient’s given name initial.
The Fennel is a quilt that sizes nicely on a full-sized double bed. It also works great for a college twin bed that has been lofted with cement blocks or those plastic cup riser things that you can find anywhere that sells dorm supplies in August. The extra width hides whatever the student is storing underneath the bed. Fennels are usually grids of 5 x 5 or 5 x 6. This Fennel was based on a 5 x 6 grid but 3 shirts (column 1 top, column 3 middle, column 5 bottom) had designs that were longer than the grid, so I used mini-designs from the front of shirts, or in some cases the mini-logos from the recipient’s shorts, to balance the grid..
In any case, this Fennel was made for a female high school graduate. She was also was a Gold Award Girl Scout, Governor’s School Student, Girls’ State Delegate, a varsity athlete, officer in several school clubs, and was involved in state and federal politics.
These quilts are like mini-resumes. I learn so much about the recipient based on the provided clothing.