Sweating like sardines in a flophouse fraternity

Gotta love a repeat client!  🙂  Back in 2009, the wonderful customer ordered 4 custom-made pillows for her 3 sons and the girlfriend of the oldest boy.  This year she wanted them  for her college-aged niece and nephew who happen to be twins.  They were made for Christmas 2010.  I’m just slow on the uptick regarding this blogging stuff.

So first things first,   the boy is a member of the Kappa Alpha Order at the University of Maryland.  I looked around but couldn’t find Terrapin fabric (but did spot plenty of UVA and Hokie motifs) on my side of the Potomac.  So the client chose the pattern fabric to be a plaid that incorporated the black, red, white , and yellow of the University of Maryland logo.   

Kappa Alpha Order’s colors are crimson and old gold.  For once the college colors and the fraternity colors were the same!

The same plaid was used for piping, the outline of the Maryland M and the main fabric of the greek letters.  I did both regular and reverse-applique for the M and regular applique for the KA.

This pillow cover was made with a zipper and pillow insert so it could be cleaned easily.  My client has a wonderful monogrammer in her town who took care of the machine embroidery.

Factoid of the day:  There is a statue of Jim Henson (Class of 1960)  chatting with Kermit the Frog  on the College Park campus. As a former Sesame Street fan back in the day, I think that’s great!