Quilting & Pillows
I posted this on my Facebook Page when it was first done but this was such an interesting project that it needs to go here as well. Rita Manogue asked me to make a unique wall hanging from several fur coats she had. I did quite a bit of research to see what kind of fur wall hangings/blankets etc. are out there. My first instinct was to look for Native American themed blankets but all of the images I could find on the internet were very basic so I decided to step off the cliff and see if I could make a sculpted wall hanging with a wolf theme. This is one I’m really proud of.
Maryann Heider still had her wedding dress after nearly 30 years. Although her marriage had eventually ended in divorce, she wanted us to turn her wedding dress into three decorative pillows for her children for Christmas this year.
We tried to take advantage of the different materials in each pillow to capture as much of the original dress as possible. I was really pleased with how these three pillows came out. We used just about all of the embroidery and organza from the original dress.
T-shirt quilts are very popular with graduating seniors and Gerri Walsh wanted to get one made for her son’s birthday. His school colors are red and white so most of the shirts were red and white with touches of black and grey. I used the major graphics within the blocks and pulled the red fabric from the red shirts to frame the blocks and create some continuity. The quilt is backed with warm, soft anti-pill fleece to make it snuggly–even for a young man.
Chantel Bailey sent her wedding dress to have a romper made for her son. Since her dress had some lovely panels of purple, we made a romper with a faux vest and used the purple on the vest. When it was done, it just seemed like a matching bow tie pin was called for. We also made a reversible bib.
Chantel also asked if I could make the bodice of her dress into a decorative pillow. I tried to keep it as close to the shape of the bodice as I could.
Judith Mosier sent her wedding dress to have us make several items including a patchwork blanket, a couple of bears, tooth fairy pillows, a couple of cabbage patch doll dresses and roses.
Her wedding dress had limited amounts of lace that we placed on different squares. We also created patterns with ribbon and different strips of the different materials to create variety.
Rebecca Lewis sent her wedding dress to have us make a baby quilt for her son’s coming baptism. She decided that a blanket would fit more future family occasions than a baptism gown. Her wedding dress had limited ornamentation so I decided to use it to create a decorative center element. We also embroidered her daughter’s name and her son’s name on a couple of the squares.