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.