Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My Very Own

I lost track of how many quilts I've made once I got into the 2,000's.... I love making quilts for my clients - t-shirt quilts and memory quilts of all kinds. Each one tells a story - a unique story - and I am honored to help preserve those memories!

Would you believe that until today I have never made a quilt for myself? Nope. Never. BUT HERE IT IS! Thanks to Bonnie Hunter She has inspired me to expand my talents and create art I never dreamed of.  I am so excited about this quilt :)

This is my variation of one of Bonnie's free patterns, Scrappy Mountain Majesty. You can find it here:  I put it on the bed in the guestroom last night and I was so excited! This quilt is totally scrappy. I would estimate 90% of what you're seeing are half-price mens shirts from Goodwill. I am frugal, I admit...but look! I also believe in recycling and repurposing, and what a fun way to do it.

This is a queen size quilt with medium weight batting - good for all seasons. I quilted it on my long-arm with a "loops and leaves" free motion design.

and the back...well, a little jelly roll column down the center, and that Sponge Bob an his friend Patrick showing up "randomly"....????? Funny how that happens.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled t-shirt quilts....

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Remembering Cheryl

Cheryl was a nurse and these were her scrubs...44 of them.  Sadly, she passed away and her husband requested a king-sized quilt from her wonderful, colorful collection.  With purple (her favorite color) sashing and backing,  piano key border,  and four-square corners, this quilt turned out beautifully.

This quilt measures 105" x 91". My work table is 96" x 96", making it really hard to get a decent picture of the whole quilt.

Right across the center back of the quilt, a ladder of color. 

Fabric: Kona Purple
Thread: Superior So Fine
Quilted by Jennifer Nilson
Design: Splat ™, by Jennifer Nilson

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Martha and the Beatles

Many years ago when my workshop was in Roscoe, Illinois, Martha was driving through town (Interstate 90 cuts through Roscoe) and stopped by to drop off t-shirts for 2 quilts.  One of the quilts was almost entirely Beatles' shirts, and little did I know at that time that I would see this quilt twice again!

It started out as a unique twin-size quilt, with some randomness to it. After two separate add-ons, here's the final quilt! It's so big I can't fit the whole picture in the picture.

Martha is a wonderful lady, and as much as I like her, I hope this is the last add-on! I'm not sure my studio is big enough for a bigger quilt. But...she keeps finding more shirts!!

So much variety

Lesley handed over two HUGE boxes of her mom's clothing to me. It pained me to cut up her beautiful clothing - Ralph Lauren, Talbot's, Claiborne, and so on...including some magnificent silks, wools, and cashmeres. However, she requested 5 quilts from the beautiful clothing for her family. The first one is done and her grandmother loves it. I can only imagine the emotions she felt opening her quilt made from her own daughter's clothing. The backing is soft Navy flannel.

Grandma is very ill and I'm so glad to have finished this quilt for her to enjoy it. Thank you, Lesley, for this opportunity.


Lately, my business has evolved from a t-shirt quilt business to include memory quilts.  Memories come in many forms: t-shirts, blouses, skirts, scarfs, jackets, and the list goes one. While I'm not making quilts at the rate I was 5, 10 years ago, I find myself consumed in creativity with the memory quilts and I love the diversion!

 Here's a close-up.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dear Jane

Jane is the nicest person I've never met.  She is retired and not overly computer savvy, so she is one of just a handful of customers who prefer to do business over the phone. When I get a call from Atlanta, I know it's Jane! Many years ago, she sent me her first quilt order  -  the t-shirts were all about her beloved Norwegian Elkhounds.  She and her husband were also HUGE Florida Gator fans...and over the years and since he has passed away I made eight more quilts (mostly Gator) for her grandkids, kids, and herself. Today I finished her ninth quilt:

100% sweatshirts...Gators and Norwegian Elkhounds!

Jane recently moved to Arizona and I figured this would be her last quilt. Literally hundreds of t-shirts and sweatshirts have been incorporated in her memory quilt. But, wouldn't you know, she called me yesterday and said she came across a few more shirts and she's going to be sending me the makings for quilt #10!

She lets me choose the colors, she's never in a hurry, and she's always the happiest person. She makes my day and I hope she knows how much I appreciate knowing her. Like I said, the nicest person I've never met. Wild Zipper T-Shirt Quilts<3

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A really special birthday present for Mom

Kathleen gave me a fun project. It's a king-sized machine-quilted quilt with 49 family members' names embroidered all along the edge and a beautiful quote on the back.

Here are a couple photos of the quilt on the longarm machine.  You are looking at just a small sampling of the quilt, and with four generations providing shirts and memories, celebrating the birthday of their matriarch.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

So much fun stuff :)

There is so much going on in the Wild Zipper world, that instead of continuously modifying my website, I think I'll put it on the Wild Zipper Blog. WELCOME! After 23 years of making exclusively t-shirt quilts, I've ventured out to the world of scrappy, fun, and oh-so creative quilts. With Bonnie Hunter ( as my main source of inspiration, I'm discovering the world of recycling fabric, and clothing beyond t-shirts! Check out her website and blog. You won't be disappointed.

Quilting never gets old. Every quilt is unique. Every quilt is a work of art.  

Recently, I agreed to take on the challenge of creating "as many quilts as possible" from 88 women's blouses, almost all of them handmade over many, many years. Rhoda's mom had recently passed away and the family had fond memories of her love of sewing.  I love a challenge! Here are a couple of the completed quilts.
This is a jelly roll quilt. Check out all those crazy prints! 

This quilt is a paper-pieced string quilt. Isn't that a great design? Each of the squares uses ONLY cuffs and collars. I try to use every crumb of fabric. I think by the end of this venture I will have six or seven quilts.

Back to sewing. Now that I've got this blog up and running, please let me know your thoughts.  I appreciate your comments and suggestions and would like to hear what you're creating too. 

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