Hooray! A quilt festival. Truth is, I don’t finish quilts often but I love to design. This is one of my creations:
This full-size quilt features 9 12″ T-shirt panels surrounded by coordinating fabric to create a t-shirt shape. Bias rectangles helped me make the sleeves. I used my shirts from my performances in high school.
I tried to take a picture of it on my bed, which didn’t go well because my room at college is tiny! Luckily I found this one in my digital stash:
Much better! This picture was taken last year at the Dyersville Quilt Show where it won second place in it’s category.
Part of the festival is to tell the quilt’s story. This quilt has a very long one…
When I was a senior in high school I planned on going (far, far, away) to study engineering. It was no secret that I would rather design quilts but how do you study “quilt design” anyway? I figured an engineer makes enough money to support my expensive fabric habit, I could put in my 20 years at John Deere and retire early to open a quilt shop funded by my pension. I related Sandy Gervais’s biography. I had one of those counselors in high school who told me I was “too smart” for art and had the potential to make “much, much more money.”
About a month before I was supposed to leave I went to the county 4-H fair where all 10 of my projects went to state fair. Only two of those projects were in industrial technology. One was a welded quilt rack and the other was a math formula to knit the perfect fitting hat.
I decided quilting was my true calling. I was inspired by Heather Mulder Peterson, who started designing at a young age, and made plans to go to a college close by to study business administration. I pulled this design from my portfolio and made the top. About the time the top was finished I chickened out again and enrolled at the community college to get some gen-eds while I made up my mind of what to do.
Two years later I was still spinning my wheels at the community college, basically taking classes to stay on insurance. I decided to take a leap and try my hand at design once again. I bought a nice sewing machine and my first project was to add the border to this quilt. I sent it in to get quilted. I spent a lot of time in the school library on AutoCad developing the pattern. I printed out some copies, and now they sit in my portfolio once again. My hard drive at school was cleared after I graduated, so a digital copy no longer exists.
I took a sememster off to try design again, and ended up here at college anyway. Still no published patterns.
I don’t really like this quilt because it’s too “college-y” for me. This is the kind of quilt that sorority girls and high school track stars keep on their bed. But, alas, I am a college student and therefore have a college quilt. It is on my bed in my tiny bedroom, which is why the pictures pretty much suck. I couldn’t get a full view of my bed because there’s just no room to get around it.
Wow, this post has taken a really depressing turn. Then again life is pretty crappy right now. I know I’m lucky to have an education and blah blah blah, but I feel trapped here. College may just be bad enough that I’m ready to do something to change it. It’s going to take a whole lot of graph paper to make me feel good again. Maybe it’s time to try design once again? There’s no time like the third time. Bear with me folks, I just may have some pattern testing opportunities available soon. Check up soon!
Oh, and here’s my two words on t-shirt quilts. KNIT INTERFACING it will change your life!