This quilted lap blanket is the brainchild of two couples whose daughter and son first met in college and subsequently decided to marry. The two mothers collaborated to collect the T-Shirts to include on the quilt. The plan: Present the finished quilt to the unsuspecting couple at their engagement party. The bride’s parents met with Eileen to map out the quilt design. Eileen then accompanied them to the quilt shop as a support while they made their fabric choices. Five different fabrics were used to frame the T-Shirts on the quilt top.
It all began at Vassar College. That's the reason this quilt block sits in the center of the engagement quilt! It holds both a photograph of the Vassar college campus and a Vassar College T-Shirt.
This is the Wedding Quilt with TWO quilt tops As their wedding date approached the bride and groom, after thoughtful deliberation, arrived at an unusual request for wedding gifts. They asked their many friends and relatives to send them fabric.
Janina and Vitor arrived at Eileen's studio with two bags full of fabric. Linen, cotton, and polyester pieces were represented along with several specialty fabrics of unknown origin. The challenge for this quiltmaker: Generate a coordinated design and incorporate all of the gifted fabric pieces into the quilt.
The three of us met several times before deciding on a design for the quilt top… but there was so much fabric left that they decided on a second, and distinctly different design for what they affectionately referred to as The Other Quilt Top. Both photographs (above and below) were taken while the two quilt tops were still mounted on my studio design wall, and well before the two quilt tops were assembled into a quilt sandwich and quilted.
A young woman returning to work following her breast cancer diagnosis found EVERY member of her office wearing a pink cotton head scarf to show their personal support. Later, when it became apparent that Radiation Therapy would be part of the recovery treatment Carly (one of the office members) took charge and collected the pink scarves from her co-workers. She contacted ei of the needle to commission this Recovery Quilt. It is big enough to provide warmth and comfort for the co-worker during her Radiation sessions AND small enough to be easily carried to and from the treatment center. The front of the quilt is pictured above. A corner of the reverse side is pictured below. Quilt dimensions: 72" X 36".
The quilt back... soft cotton flannel. Every member of the office contributed to make this quilt HAPPEN! Hopefully the sentiments that live within the seams of fabric will bring their co-worker to full recovery.