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!
This is a project from nearly 2 decades ago. We were stationed at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. The colonel was retiring so the officers’ wives got together and made his spouse a memory quilt of different cross-stitch West Point scenes.This quilt was entirely hand-pieced and hand-quilted.
The majority of the designs were from a cross-stitch sampler sold by the Association of Graduates. Trophy Point, the 3 chapels, a full-dress cadet, the Army mule, the parade hat (otherwise known as a tar bucket), Washington Hall and the cannon were all designed by the sampler artist. We also supplemented the quilt squares with the USMA crest and designs specific to the family. The crest was from a book entitled Needlepoint Insignia of the Armed Forces, t and the DMI and Rho Chi graphs I believe were found on the internet.
The department that this colonel ran for 6 years was the Department of Military Instruction. DMI faculty taught tactics, leadership, ran the summer training and much more. Their offices and classrooms were in Washington Hall.. If you haven’t guessed, the West Point colors are black grey, and gold. These colors represent the 3 components of gunpowder: charcoal, saltpeter, and sulfur. We used an attic windows block to keep each design separate and distinct. The sashing for the attic windows came from the black shirts cadets wear to class and the grey pants. The braided border incorporated the same fabrics plus the white full-dress pants worn for parades and balls. I think the DMI lettering, the NY quilt block, and the Rho Chi designs came from internet searches. The remaining images were designed by yours truly.
The colonel’s family was a lovely group. The oldest child babysat for my kids. She was quite an athlete (still is) so she was depicted in a soccer uniform. Her brothers were also athletes so they are shown wearing football and basketball uniforms. The oldest boy ended up at USAFA and is now a fighter pilot flying F-16s. Ironically, the baby of the family is the tallest of all and played on the University of Virginia National Championship Mens Lacrosse team. Dad is in his dress blues and Mom is in a Valkyrie dress complete with a Viking helmet as DMI was well known for the annual Viking fest tailgate. Black Lab Bud lived to a ripe old age but he is now gone.
Like many of the officers’ wives on base, both Mrs. DMI and I were West Point tour guides. We provided historical information and interesting trivia to many USMA visitors. I was going to dress her in the tour guide uniform but thought the Viking outfit was more fitting.
They lived in a beautiful set of Old English South quarters that overlooked the Hudson River. This was a complicated image to design and complete but I managed. Here is a much more realistic image from the USMA Housing Office.
This ABU Thyme totebag was made for an Air Force officer’s baby gear. The bag was designed to have bright accent colors to please Mom, yet not too feminine so Dad could lug it around and not be embarrassed.
This couple will be awesome parents and their future baby will be in great hands!
This quilt was made for one of the most unique multi-faceted individuals I have ever met and this quilt depicts just a few sides of her most interesting life.
The recipient pledged the Central Michigan Zeta Rho chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated as an undergraduate student. AKA was the first sorority founded by and for African-American women. Currently there are 4 NPHC sororities in existence.
The middle section was made from a large silk scarf. This had to be sewn with kid gloves as it was a very fragile fabric.
Although I am a Kappa Kappa Gamma and NOT an AKA, I love their choice of pearls as their official jewel and the color scheme of pink and green.
The recipient was also an FBI agent for many decades. When I was asked to make the quilt, I made sure she included one of those awesome windbreakers with the gigantic letters on the back.
Because she is an associate pastor at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church which was actually founded during the Civil War in Confederate Virginia, I made sure to incorporate some fabric with religious motifs.
This is the fabric we used for the back of the quilt. These whales are just as cute as can be and the color combination is perfect for an Alpha Kappa Alpha or a Delta Zeta project.
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.