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.
This recipient is not only a ΖΤΑ, but also a member of the UVa equestrian team and a graduate of the McIntire School of Business.
These two quilts are memorial quilts dedicated to a special husband and dad. The father’s favorite souvenir was a shirt from wherever they traveled. As the father was an USAF officer, I incorporated many patches from various military units and uniforms on both of the quilts.
The first quilt was made for the daughter. Both dad and daughter are UVa Cavaliers which is commemorated in the patch in the left column. This patch was actually the front section of a baseball hat. Both dad and daughter were big Redskin fans.
The second quilt was made for the son. Since he still has the same surname, his quilt has the family coat of arms in the top row as well as 2 blocks celebrating the family’s Hibernian heritage. I also added the various patches from a Falls Church High School hat.
The son’s quilt had a fabulous backing made from a cotton with large scale motorcycles in various colors. It would have been great to have them driving around the front of the quilt but they were too large so to the back they went. Unfortunately the photograph was very blurry so it couldn’t be included. An all-purpose patriotic star design was used for the sashing/borders and binding.
This quillow was made for the granddaughter of a sweet woman. The young lady spent her entire academic career at Collegiate from K-12 until graduating this past spring. Like her grandmother, she had a finger in many pots ranging from sports to camps to community service. I was specifically requested to keep the pocket in the hoodie block. Unfortunately, the silk screener didn’t line up the word with the pocket.
She was always an excellent athlete. I think I first met her at the ripe old age of. She and her sister were already waterskiing experts! She is also a big sailor. She and her dad competed in the race that is shown in the picture below. This square is actually on the back of the quillow as it makes a pocket. This block also became the label for the gift.
When the pocket is turned inside out and the quilt is stuffed inside, you can then see the other side:
We were amazingly quick in the search for the sashing/backing/binding fabric. Usually it takes a couple of tries of placing multiple bolts against tshirts to see the best results but this time, this was our first pick. Collegiate’s colos are green and gold and this print had multiple greens and shots of yellow.
The recipient is a Cavalier from the University of Virginia. Like other southern schools, Pearl Girls are a major fixture on campus so I used a pearl motif fabric for the background of the UVa logo as well as the ΑΧΩ greek letter block. UVa colors are orange and blue which I was able to address with the blue and orange butterfly border fabric.
While at UVa, she pledged Alpha Chi Omega. AChiO’s colors are green and red so it was a bit challenging to find fabrics in those colors that didn’t scream Christmas. Alpha Chi Omega doesn’t have a mascot at the national level but several individual chapters use the butterfly. The lyre in the upper left corner of the quilt is their symbol, similar to the Kappa Key.