Finally got out those old t-shirts and made something with them! These are from my hikes, walks, and rowing days of yesteryear.
And of course, the “sensitive artist” t-shirt was placed on the back in case anyone decided they didn’t like the quilt…ha! What’s not to like? Lots of color. Nothing matches. Perfect. And in case you too need a “sensitive artist” t-shirt, the designer is Fred Babb. I picked up this shirt at a museum when traveling to Sacramento years ago.
Striped fabrics are really fun to work with, and lo and behold, when I went into my stash I found quite a few. Amazingly I still have a lot of striped fabrics left, even after making this colorful quilt. Who knew?
After making the baby quilt, I thought the new mom might like a journal too! So I used the leftover fabrics and pieced together this fun journal. The inspiration fabric was from one of our quilt show group challenges (made my own Picasso! – see below). This particular piece of fabric seemed to be just right touch. I only had a little piece left, so on the front it went!
This is a stash-buster baby quilt! OK, so you don’t need a lot of fabric, but it’s challenging and fun to be able to design a quilt from your stash. I designed this block using just three pieces, and then placed them in rows facing the same way (although I think it would look good if the blocks were randomly turned too).
As this baby is going to be a girl, I wanted the quilt to be modern and happy and playful, I added my own hand-dyed pinks, some crazy lime colors, and a variety of large scale mixed bits and pieces of happy fabrics. For the quilting I did a simple swirly overall pattern. All in all, I think it turned out just the way I wanted it to. A modern baby quilt for a modern mom!
I bound it in the hand-dyed fabric, put a label on the back, washed it so it was ready for it’s first use (soon!) and it was delivered to the baby’s mom today….in advance of her little girl’s birth. Who knew I could stay on schedule? Ha!
New Zone Gallery in Eugene is reopening in it’s new location! My friend Kathy has one of her quilts hanging on display there. Kathy is both an amazing jewelry artist (Moonsilver Studio) and a quilt artist.
Check out the New Zone Gallery information online as it’s a wonderful story of how they came to be, and who they are.