I just completed an art swap with a longtime friend of mine, Dan Gremminger. He admired an earlier version I made of this quilt design, and I been enjoying his Pop Portraits pixelated art series. We’ve mentioned it a few times over the years, but finally agreed at our last reunion (University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band! Hook Em Horns!) to do an art swap. This is my completed quilt for him with a few detail photos of the echo quilting below.
I was delighted to use this fabric for the back – I’ve been looking for the perfect project to use it!
In return, Danny painted this wonderful portrait of our beloved family dog, Sparky, whom we lost earlier in the year after 16 years. I wrote about him here. It is our new family treasure and heirloom.
I recently found a pile of small blocks I’d made from scraps a while ago. I’d made a bunch in different colors: green, pink, yellow, etc. I’d forgotten about this set of blue ones and put them up on the design wall to see they made a nice sized wall quilt. A sign at a protest march that was a blue wave made from blue post it notes gave me the idea for how to quilt this. I’m hand quilting white and blue echo lines to make a waves all over it. I’m feeling cautiously optimistic for November 2020 given the election results in Virginia last night.
I’m finally creating a project that’s been on my mind for years – making a crocheted rug from the leftover T-shirts from my kids’ memory quilts. I collected their favorite outgrown shirts for years and for each kid made a T-shirt memory quilt of the images printed on the front. This still leaves a lot of leftover fabric from the shirt – the back, the bottom and often the long sleeves. I made “T-yarn” from the bigger scrap pieces (there are lots of tutorials on how to do this – just Google it.) From this yarn, I’ve learned to crochet in-the-round and am making a large, colorful crocheted area rug (took a great class at ImagiKnit here in San Francisco.) I’m still going at it, but it’s getting pretty big!
…to make this!
I’ve been sticking to my 2018 New Year’s resolution to use repurposed materials, or to only use what I have in my stash and on hand. This project, thankfully, has helped me use up several bags of stored items. Also, it prompted me to go through my own wardrobe and repurpose shirts that no longer fit, are stained or that I simply have not been wearing. I have a lot of balls of T-yarn to use – this could get pretty darn big.
This quilt has been a long awaited labor of love. I’m finallymaking this memory quilt for my son from his collection of T-shirts that I’ve held onto for years – from preschool through high school. It’s a trip down memory lane for me – I clearly remember him wearing each one at every stage, and every interest and passion. I’ll have it done for his 22nd birthday next month. I’m very happy with how this is turning out! And still sticking with my resolution -going on two years now – to make quilts from what I have and from recycled materials, clothing and fabric.