This is yet another Webster University Gorlok quilt. I really loved making this one as I discovered an extra-fun design from Sew Adorkable. Back in the day when our calculators could just do simple operations, we used to write words using the number pad and then flipping the calculator upside down. Basically any word using only the letters B E H I G L O S could be written. The girls tended to type in 0.7734 (when the fours used to be written with 2 vertical and one horizontal line rather than the modern 1 vertical, one horizontal, and one diagonal) and the boys would write 58008 and variations thereof.
In any case, the recipient’s name is Bobbie and of course her name can be written on a calculator. She had several Webster World Works shirts with numbers on them and other Webster items as well. Not all the numbers on the keyboard hav an actual number shirt but she did have a mousepad we used for the decimal point key and the bottoms from drink koozies that were used for the dots on the division sign. I was also supplied with a couple of Webster totebags that we incorporated as well.
The mousepad was difficult to applique and didn’t look great when it was done so I embellished the circumference with a gold lace. All the quilting was just machine-stippling.
And then someone snuck into my quilt studio and decided to help….
I rarely take photographs of myself but our Main Campus asked the various departments to depict ourselves doing something fun and/or silly. As I explained in the statement that was submitted with the pictures, quilting is fun for me and I know the design was silly but I couldn’t resist as I am sort of a geek at heart.
This queensized quilt is made for an Oakton alumna/current Duke Blue Devil. She will be getting married to another Duke grad shortly after graduation so this will definitely fit in their decor.
She wanted a more random layout than most so the blocks were cut in multiple sizes. Neither sashing nor borders were desired so it was simply edged with binding.
This shirt was completely covered with quotes written in puffy paint. This was a spirit shirt made with her cross-country team. The quotes ran onto the sleeves so the block ended up being a fat apital T as opposed to the typical quadrilateral. The recipient was also a swimmer so we incorporated her team bathing suit.
The recipient is very devout so in addition to the shirts from religious camps and teen organizations, the backing was pieced as a basic cross in Duke colors.
This Tarragon twinsize quilt was created last year for a future Northwestern Wildcat. I had made pillows for his siblings and aunts and a quilt and pillow for his dad so now it was his turn!
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!
Many of the recipients of my quilts have seen my work elsewhere and then want something created to reflect his or her life. This quilt was no exception..The person who received this quilt was a classmate of a fellow LB Bruin.
We decided to veer away from the typical sashing grid design by making the quilt look like a Broadway Playbill. while sticking to a twin/tarragon size. Both fonts were sized up to scale. The letters for the larger word were appliqued onto the yellow background. The smaller word was drawn with permanent fabric markers.
Most playbills usually have white borders but since this quilt was headed off to college, we went with grey as it would be easier to keep clean.
This shirt was designed as a plain white shirt with the black lettering. The kids involved in this show had wanted to tie-dye the shirts but never got around to it. I drew a rainbow on both the big design and mini design using permanent fabric markers.
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.
This t shirt quilt is one of the few that doesn’t involve athletics. Most of the recipients are either lovers of sport teams or athletes themselves.
This recipient is a Theatre Design & Production and Stage Management major at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I don’t know if they have a specific name for the drama-related majors but if he was at my alma mater Carnegie Mellon, he would be known as a dramat (emphasis on second syllable). He was the set designer and overall technician for many shows at his high school and received quite a few Cappie Awards for his work.
The shows with which he was involved ranged from Orwellian serious drama and Japanese plays to Broadway musicals and children’s favorites.
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.
This quilt was made for a longtime Webster University employee who recently retired. She worked for Webster National Capital Region for over 16 years. Besides many t shirts, we incorporated rank applique from a uniform sleeve, polo shirts, and BDUs.The BDU block (bottom row, center) was the husband’s uniform shirt. The pockets weren’t quilted down so they are still usable.
As well as being a Gorlok, the recipient was a military wife of a career Marine. These two Americans met in the most romantic way. He was posted to the US Embassy in Paris and she was a student at Le Cordon Bleu!
In their free time, they raised and showed Briards, an ancient breed of herding dog originating in France. They both love all canines so much that they eventually opened a day care for dogs in their home.
The main responsibility of her position was to deal with our Post 9/11 beneficiaries. I saved this shirt from a 2010 VA Conference for this quilt I knew I would have to do some day.
The back used a Marine-themed polar fleece and a coordinating national colors flannel.