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You're such a tease!
Cris in MT
Nope, not me. I'm just explaining my thought processes in bits and pieces so I don't have to write a long essay when I eventually get this puppy done.
I'm imitating our dear Pirate, letting my thoughts flow. Or gush.
This finished product will look nothing like the quilt that inspired it. For example, if someone says they are making a "Dear Jane" quilt then you expect something that looks like the other "Dear Jane" quilts out there. Or a "Sunbonnet Sue" quilt or a "Double Wedding Ring" quilt.
I liked the idea of the "Gypsy's Wife"quilt with all of the different blocks randomly placed but when I bought the designer's booklet and saw her obsessive tiny blocks and immaculate placement instructions of the re-named pattern I was totally freaked out. It was as if she wanted me to make a variation of a "Dear Jane" with a bunch of strips thrown in for good measure.
At this point in my quilting career (over the hill and picking up speed) I was not going to attempt something like a variation on a Dear Jane.
I might have tried it in 1985 but I was not a quilt maker back then and I don't think the Dear Jane book had been published in those days. Anyhow, I'm babbling as usual.
After flipping through the "Wanderer's" book three times and heaving dramatic sighs over it, I made a photocopy of the cover and pinned it to my design wall and stared at that for some time. Then someone on the forum posted a message with photos of a T-shirt quilt she had made as a gift and the light bulb clicked on.
This forum prompted my creative brain to create "Kresge Kid's Life" and I was off and running. I decided to use a T-shirt quilt approach creating small-ish blocks with themes and then when it came time to build the quilt I would not make formal coordinated sashing I would go willy-nilly with the sashing using a variety of fabrics to frame each block. Sometimes the sashing went with the colors in the theme and sometimes it added to the theme.
My quilt, my rules.
Here's what the quilt top looks like with no borders. Cris, see if you can find your metallic fabrics that I used as needles on my two petitpoint pieces that I included in this work of "creativity".
Dee dug in her stash of novelties to send me fabric with crabs on it to represent my maiden name (Crabbs) and I was tickled to add those on the bottom row as that was a last minute idea.
The dotted fabric strip above the pink and white Ohio Star has the handwritten message; "Do Not Launder. If Quilt Gets Wet Air Dry."
My DD is pleased that the most expensive block is hers ... I had to mail order a Strategic Air Command patch for hers because she was born on a USAF base and buying that patch was a way to honor her birthplace (which has been decommissioned) and her dad's service. Her brother's patch (the pi sign) might be larger but hers is pricier. Since DD will be the guardian of this quilt gotta make her happy.
I'm just explaining my thought processes in bits and pieces so I don't have to write a long essay when I eventually get this puppy done. I'm imitating our dear Pirate, letting my thoughts flow. Or gush.
heh .. so happy to be an inspiration ... or something. :-)
Actually, if you go back to each post you made about a block, just copy & paste what you wrote .... *instant* book about the quilt.
I've done that when I made blog posts a/o web pages about my quilts ... i return to the forum to see what i wrote originally, so I don't have to re-write it. :-)
That is some quilt! Loads of memories. Well Done, Judy!!!
Thank you, Suze.
Since I have never worn T-shirts (cannot stand tight collars around my neck) this is the only T-shirt quilt I will ever own!
bravo! it looks wonderful. so glad you let me contribute!
I all came together in a fun colorful quilt!
Judy--that quilt is beyond outstanding! I'm very proud of your creativity and diligence.. Where and how will you display it?
Thank you very much for your flattering words. Now it's your turn.
The quilt will wind up spread out on top of the bed in DD's room (aka the guest bedroom) where the twins sleep during their rare visits. It is very rare for DD to stay overnight these days (she lives an hour away) so it will be a good place to display the quilt.