Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happiness Is...Making a T-Shirt Quilt for Derek



This year I made my first T-shirt quilt for grandson, Derek Beam, who graduated from high school this month.  His mother collected his European travel t-shirts from their time living in Germany and then sent them to me.  I only had 12 t-shirts to make a twin-size quilt so I sashed the blocks then bordered them, focusing on the interior focal point colors for the outer border.  I used a simple 9-patch block to create the Swiss symbol cross, except theirs is white, of course, and is featured in the center orange t-shirt.

My grand-daughter, Abby, tucked 6 of her t-shirts in the box so I am working on one for her as well...




Derek's Graduation Quilt   66" x 82"

Friday, June 9, 2017

SAQA Donation 2017



This year's SAQA auction donation work was created from mono-printed deli-paper and painted paper towel collaged onto Peltex stabilizer then stitched.  I called it "Fatto a Mano"  (Handmade).  This was a departure from my work with paper towel and coffee filters and led to the exploration of combining this and other commercial household papers with fabric in a quilt art application (See Fabric and Paper Landscapes - Quilting Arts, Apr/May, 2017, further down in this blog).




"Fatto a Mano"                                     12" x 12"