These bolster pillows were given to siblings on their first night of Hannukah, The brother followed his sister to the University of Michigan where they are both Wolverines.
As usual, we were able to incorporate not just t shirts and sweatshirts, but also a Bengals fleece scarf, a silk tie, a potholder and a satin yarmulke. Both kids were very busy as it was difficult to include all the shirts.
The yarmulke was from the daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. The seams of the curved panels were undone and moved to 2 groups of 3 panels each. We were then able to incorporate the polo shirt of the overnight camp that both kids attended as campers and later as staff. The image doesn’t show it as the light was too strong but the other white triangle was from the lining of the yarmulke which had been stamped with the Bat Mitzvah girl’s name and date of the ceremony.
The son’s quilt also used a camp staff shirt as well as the tie from his Bar Mitzvah. The tie was in an actual tie shape in one end of the bolster and as piping for the entire bolster.
These 3 bolster pillows were made for 3 recent grads of Worcester Prep. The 3 recipients have been great friends all through the upper school grades. All 3 are avid athletes on the field, whether it be lacrosse or soccer.
The school tie was used in each of the pillows. From back to front, you can see it as piping, as vertical sashing, and finally as the focus on an actual shirt and tie block. The right square on the back bolster was to designed to commemorate the uncle of the recipient.
In this block, you can see that I have now added yet another textile to my repetoire. The left square on the front bolster incorporates a W&L Trident gym sock. I love this recipient’s mom. She always comes up with amazing ideas and items. The red sashing (vertical in the back bolster and horizontal in the middle and front ones) is actually from a Virgin Airlines blanket. The senior class all traveled to Great Britain during a Spring Break and one of the boys brought home the airplane blanket as a souvenir.
The grey sashing is from the uniform pants worn by the male students. Grey plaid and dark green plaid uniforms were also incorporated but they were from female student skirts . The right block on the front bolster was to designed to commemorate the life of the recipient’s uncle.
These fine young men will be attending Washington and Lee University, UNC-Wilmington, and Michigan State.
This bolster pillow was made for a newly-minted graduate of Worcester Prep in Maryland. Like other Mallards, she is a very busy young lady, involved in many different activities. She is an outstanding lacrosse player as well as an excellent equestrienne.
These bolster pillows are quite large. The length of the pillow is the width of a twin bed and the diameter of the circle is nearly 9 inches across.
These three Bay Leaf Bolsters are a new design. Each pillow used elements of 8 shirts, two uniform skirts, and 1 school tie. Rather than making 2 4-square pillow faces for a front and back pillow, we thought it would be fun to make bolsters for the new graduates’ dorm room beds.
The first set of pictures show both sides of the bolster. The student was a lacrosse player both for his school and for a travel team. The Cropper Concrete shirt is from the family business.
The next pair are the sides of a fellow lacrosse player. He also was heavily involved in Appalachian Service Project. The last pair of images is from the bolster for the girl who graduated. She also was a lacrosse player at the travel and school level.
The circles at either end were primarily made from the front pocket designs of the t shirts. However in the second of the two pictures, the leftmost pillow used the girl’s uniform blouse and the middle pillow incorporated a pair of shorts.
The piping was made from the upper school girls’ Black Watch skirt and the horizontal sashing in the body of the bolster was made from the middle school grey plaid uniform. The vertical sashing was created from the school regimental tie.
The Paprika is a pillow that has been appliqued, quilted, or in this case: both! This Paprika was made from a middle-school student’s t-shirt. One side of the Paprika is a large rendition of the school mascot from the back of the shirt.
The other side of the Paprika incorporated the miniaturized mascot from the front of the shirt as well as award patches from 2 different sports that the boy plays for his school. The client wanted the little designs to skew towards the top of the pillow so she could have it monogrammed. So there is a nice big space at the bottom for his name or initials.
This Paprika incorporated piping and a hidden zipper in the bottom seam so that the insert can be removed so that the actual pillow cover can be easily washed. Both sides of the Paprika were free-motion quilted using a meandering stipple design. Like a t-shirt quilt, this is a necessary step for a t-shirt pillow so that t-shirts remain stabilized.