Rich won a lap quilt made my me in an auction and when i got his
shirts I noticed that some were really big and some were really small.
Not to worry, though. I got creative and I think the finished product
is pretty cool!
Karen is a friend who asked me to make a quilt from a combination of
her shirts and her first husband's shirts. She lost him a few years ago
and is remarried but wanted to do something to preserve the memory of
their time together in high school and college.
To make things worse, she just lost a ton of stuff from their time together because their storage unit in Hoboken completely flooded when Sandy came to town. Naturally, I was happy to take on this project!
The key to this quilt was that Princess Leia needed to be featured prominently. I think I accomplished that.
This was seriously one of the most fun quilts I've ever done. Emily has been in dance since she was a tiny wee child, and this year she went off to college, leaving behind all her dance costumes. Her mother, Miriam, is a good friend and together we went through the stash and decided what we should use.
Miriam decided on a crazy, which is one of my most favorite kinds of quilts to do and the result is so fantastic.
Here are all the squares finished and laid out on the bed
Don't you just love all the sequins and fringe?
And here it is finished and ready to go home:
For the back I found this really beautiful plum colored velveteen
And some close ups:
The poodle skirt
A heart buckle
Another buckle and a ton of fringe
Miriam thinks this looks like the Eiffel Tower upside down and I thinks she's right. This zipper is appliqued onto the purple plaid to give contrast and texture.
The golden sequins were so fun to work with...
All quilts by kate are one-of-a-kind originals. A quilt like this would be priced at $450.
Andrew is the son of a very good friend, and he saw what I did for his sister's t-shirts and decided to get in touch. Not only did he have shirts but he had a towel, which is something I'd never worked with before.
When I was initially doing the layout, I sort of thought it would look good like this:
Kelly got in touch to see if I could make a wedding dress quilt for her
made from her dress and one of her bridesmaid's dresses. Before I show
you the final product, here's the beautiful bride herself:
My awesome cousin Jennie asked me to make her a twin size shabby chic quilt. I said sure, but the reason I quilt people's clothes is because I have no confidence in my ability to go to the fabric store and buy stuff that will go together well.
Luckily, Jennie has this talent in spades. Here's the initial design she sent:
So pretty, right? I told her I'd love to help with this project so she went shopping and and sent me a boxful of the most beautiful shabby chic fabric I'd ever seen.
So I got cutting:
And finally when it was all done I decided the easiest way to put this project together was to do Pine Patches Squares. A Nine Patch Square is exactly what it sounds like. Nine little squares are sewn together to make one larger square. In my case, each little square measured four and a half inches so that the large square measured twelve.
Once all the little squares were done, I started sewing the bigger squares together:
And finally, at long last (it took roughly six months), the face was done!
For the backing, Jennie included in the box a really pretty single piece of fabric that worked beautifully:
And you can see from the pic that she also sent this soft and fuzzy fabric just for the heck of it. I was able to use a lot of it for the edging.
AND, there was enough left over to make a few extras like pillow cases and a throw pillow!
The Type-A crazy person inside me wanted the pillow cases to be symmetrical:
This was such a fun project to work on! Anytime Jennie wants to pick out fabric I'm all hers!
All quilts by kate are one-of-a-kind originals. A quilt like this would be priced at $850, pillow cases $150, throw pillow $75.
Ruth Ann lost her husband back in the spring and she asked me to make
some bags for her and her family members, including her 10 year old
daughter. The lighting isn't great and my droid isn't the best
picture-taker, but they turned out so beautifully.
Susan's mother and father are about to celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary. As a gift, Susan decided to take her mom's dress from that
big day and turn it into a quilt for her parents. Here's the dress
Courtney's wife, Melissa, is an incredibly gifted artist. When I saw
one of her pieces at an auction I knew I had to have it. When I lost
out to someone with a quicker draw than me I was very sad -- until
Melissa suggested a barter! One t-shirt quilt for one window. Lucky,
Sara got in touch over the spring to see if I could do a quilt made
out of her marathon t-shirts. Girl has been running a LONG time. This
quilt turned out to be six feet by six feet! I had to drape it over a
few chairs in order to get the whole thing in a picture!
It's that time of year again. The annual UU Auction is coming up in November and my quilty ladies and I are putting together projects that might be of interest for people to bid on.
This past Saturday, in the space of 2 hours or so, I made these holiday wreaths out of neckties. They're not for sale, but if you'd like them you can bid on them at the U in mid-November. Or, if you live far away and want something similar let me know and I'm sure we can come to some sort of arrangement.
ETA: I finally finished the third and final wreath over the weekend. Yay!
All quilts by kate pieces are one-of-a-kind originals. A wreath like this would be priced at $40.
Nadine recently gave me a bunch of her mother and father's button down shirts, and a suit her mom used to wear. The suit was comprised of a navy skirt, a mustard yellow silk blouse, and a cream, yellow and navy checked jacket. What to do? Well, I started with the shirts:
Here they are in a pile on the bed, ready to be cut up.
And there they are neatly cut into squares with the sleeves from the shirts piled underneath.
Here's the quilt laid out on the bed, ready to be sewn together.
And here it is, sewn together. This is just the face, without the backing yet.
And here it is again.
In the meantime I had to figure out what to do with the suit. Nadine decided on three 12 inch pillows, so i got to work on the design. I tried to incorporate as much of the detail as possible, hence the buttons, etc.
And here they are finished.
Back to the quilt.
I chose a pale blue color for the back because with shirts like these,
many people would wear them with either jeans or khakis
and I thought the light blue was a nice compromise
without making it too heavy.
And here is the final product. It ended up being 9 feet by six feet.
All quilts by kate are one-of-a-kind originals. A quilt like this would be priced at $400.