Happy New Year to all of my clients. I have enjoyed working with you, and thank you for putting your trust in me.
It continues to be a busy winter. I am sewing up a storm (but can do without any more snow).
Before Christmas I was asked to make an apron out of a dress shirt. My client sent me a shirt that belonged to her father. It was a nice black and white checked shirt, and we added embroidery. Pockets were made out of the shirt cuffs.
This came out so nice that I decided to make an apron for my grandsons. I found some fishy dress shirts at the thrift shop and added some kid-sized utensils.
Over the years I have been asked to make or repair some strange things , but this takes the cake.
A friend of mine asked me if I could make her son's snake a sweater for his birthday (the snake's, not her son).
I am not a fan of snakes in any form but after Googling it I got an idea of how it should look. I got the circumference and length of this reptile and made a sleeve for it. Apparently he or she loves it.
I have been busy this season making memory pillows, Santas and quilts. I usually make my Santas from wool clothing, but I have made quite a few out of men's dress shirts, jean shirts and my new favorite, madras clothing. They all come out so cute.
Memory pillows can be made out of various clothing, ties and sweaters. They are a great way to use those old neckties as well as favorite clothing of a loved one.
A few months ago I was lucky to make an amazing quilt for an amazing woman. She has been in the Dutch military for 22 years and has lead an incredible life. Her t-shirts (which numbered around 60) told the story of her adult life in the military. Her shirts covered her efforts in wars in places like Croatia and Afghanistan .
Some quilts just make themselves, and this was one of them.
These are all part of my quilt donation sent to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief. My heart goes out to all those that have been affected by this terrible storm.
Earlier this summer, Craig and I took a wonderful trip to Vermont and New Hampshire. Lots if great memories of our time living here back in our dating years.
Craig was invited to speak at the Mother Earth Fair in Burlington Vt. We were lucky that the Burlington Jazz Festival happened to coincide with the fair. We had a great time biking the trail along Lake Champlain, eating great food and listening to great music (Diana Krall was amazing).
Then we spent a few glorious days on Sunset Lake, NH in a tiny house. I spent several summers on this lake with my family when I was a child. I haven't been back in 50 years. It was bittersweet having lost my sister Liz, and brother David in the past year and a half. It was a place that we were all so happy, and where I feel closest to them.
It was magical being back listening to the loons call, kyacking, swimming and just "being".
I have been busy this summer making t-shirt quilts, so it is always a nice change to make some Santas and Teddy Dog/Bears.
A nice lady from Alabama sent me some of her Grandparents' clothing to make this adorable stuffed dog and these cute Santas. The Teddy Dog was made out of Gramma's clothing which was pretty colorful (almost too colorful), but she came out super-cute. The Santas are made from Grandpa's shirts. I was able to include his work logo on each.
What a nice break for me.....now, back to quilting.
This quilt is for a high school graduate. It is a combination of gymnastic outfits (which give it a little bling) and cheerleading t-shirts. The pretty paisley border is the finishing touch. One of my favorites.
It has been a busy graduation season. Here is a sample of the t-shirt quilts I have completed for elementary through college graduates.
One of my favorite mediums to work with is baby clothing. It just doesn't get any cuter.
This memory quilt was made from the baby clothing of a now 5 year old, lovely young lady.
This quilt will make you happy; take a look!