Sunday, June 29, 2008

Molly's Quilt

Niece Molly has moved to South Carolina. For the first time ever John and I travelled there with Molly's parents for Thanksgiving last November. Molly and Mark hosted the dinner and fried a turkey and were wonderful hosts. We had a ball. This quilt is from fabrics that Molly chose that weekend when we went shopping. The design is mine. It's whimsical and colorful. And it only took 7 months. See the May 1, 2008 entry for some of the struggling involved. 94" by 114" (This doesn't bode well for niece Jennifer's Quilt - she's getting married in 7 weeks...)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Honoring Corinne's Mom

Friend Corinne's mom, Irene Pleto, died last December. She was the same age as my mom is. Corinne brought over her mom's sweatshirts and t-shirts, and we decided to do 2 quilts - one for Corinne and one for her sister Dena. Cor chose the layout, and the result (only one is finished) is a colorful quilt that gently prods fond memories of various trips and events.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Chris's June Project

John's sister Chris teaches at Hinsdale Central. She celebrated the end of her school year by doing a wall hanging for the second floor of her home. This 39" by 76" quilt hangs nicely, and the colors of these fabrics highlight the Carribbean paint colors throughout the house. She was pleased with the results, and I'm amazed at how others can take fabrics from my stash and do such interesting things with them!

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Isherwood Hockey Quilt - and a few other things

Michelle Isherwood is one cagy mom. She gave me her son Anthony's hockey jerseys almost a year ago in preparation for his 18th birthday this month. For some of the jerseys she bought duplicates so that her son wouldn't miss the jerseys she gave me. This quilt is 70" x 90" and - I think - very handsome. The border colors are his Montini HS school colors. Click on the quilt to see some of the details of Anthony's jerseys.

Michelle has a younger son Adam, and she's begun saving his t-shirts. I'm thankful her younger son isn't a hockey player. Hockey jerseys make for very heavy quilts. This quilt only took about 30 hours, but I couldn't work on it for much more than 2 hours at a time. This one will make the next t-shirt quilt seem like a snap.

Hard to believe it's Friday, June 13th. Lots of fun White celebrations are coming up - my mom's 80th, my dad's 83rd, my parents' 60th anniversary, Jen Thompson's shower, and Jen's wedding August 30. Currently there are 3 "life celebration" quilts in my studio. Niece's Molly's Housewarming quilt and Jen Thompson's wedding quilt are providing a nice balance to these 3 sad commissions.

A word about Jen's wedding quilt. She and Tim are having a hard time deciding on a color palate. There's a previous post with a stack of fabrics that are being considered. The answer is - and this is genius I must admit - a reversible quilt. Tim knows he wants blues, navy, and neutrals on one side. Jen wants greens, blues and neutrals for the other. I recently met Tim when my sister Paula and I went to Manhattan to see Jen in a dance gala (is she ever terrific!). I've wondered what kind of man could measure up to Jen. Tim is great - handsome, nice, smart, generous. Now I'm really psyched about their quilt!