I think I mentioned in my last post that I was working on a rugby shirt keepsake quilt??
Well …. it’s all finished and gone home now
It’s really quite satisfying to take a big untidy stack of shirts and reduce them all into neat little pieces ….
It’s a little bit counter-intuitive quilting this way – normally you’d have a pattern and match the fabric and shapes to the pattern. For these quilts, the starting point for the design is always once the pieces are cut – I try to go with an even number from each shirt, and then balance them all out in a design – but there always seems to be at least one ‘problem child’ – either a colour or pattern that doesn’t work with the rest.
plus with these quilt, keeping logos and shirt numbers is hugely important, so you never get to work with regular sizes …. so even once you’ve got a layout, figuring out the order for piecing it all together can be a bit of a challenge!
but we generally manage to get there in the end
We decided on a fairly simple quilting pattern for this one – something suitable manly, and with the diamond grid I’ve used here, it echoes the stitching often seen on the reinforced shoulders of rugby shirts. And as there was a strong connection here to the England rugby team, we went with patriotic red, white and blue for the quilting thread.
And a nice navy blue to finish everything off nicely ….
A huge part of what makes these quilts so special to me, and why I love making them so much, is getting responses like this to them:
” still can’t believe it – I really can’t. I have been sitting, in tears, admiring and looking and words just fail me. Fail me. I have never seen anything more beautiful.”
I can’t tell you how amazing that makes me feel … it’s what it’s all about for me and to get a wonderful response to a quilt like that gets me all choked up. I think I have the best job in the world.