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!
One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet such nice people and they allow me a glimpse into their lives.
The quilt that I just finished, shown below, is for a woman who recently lost her husband. She brought me his favorite shirts and some special pictures. You can tell from the way they are looking at each other in the pictures that it was a great relationship. The center is a UNC Chapel Hill basketball playoff t-shirt from 1957, which they watched while on their honeymoon.
What a sweet memory quilt!
A client recently sent me a box of Grampa's neckties to make into this adorable Teddy Bear for her grandchild.
This is one of the cutest ways to reuse mens' neckties. Other options are quilts, wall hangings and pillows. I am sure you could look on Pinterest and find many more uses.
It has been a busy Christmas season making t-shirt quilts. The quilt shown below was an interesting challenge because my client wanted a fleece fabric backing and fleece fringe on the front. I was skeptical at first, but I am almost always up for a challenge.
This full size quilt was made from 30 sweatshirts belonging to a local football coach. I put black fleece on the back and folded extra fleece to the front to cut into a fringe. I have to say that it came out really nice.
I have also made some t-shirt pillows and yoga mat bags. Both came out great.