Monday, August 19, 2019

More 2019 Patched Blankets

I am trying to be intentional about completing projects in any part of the process from planning to last stitches.

My list of gifting for celebrations is:
- High school pillow blanket of fleece and wind stop.
- First post high school gift is a blanket made of sweat shirt fabric lined in a fleece.  The colors are those of the college(s) using actual deconstructed sweatshirts, if available.
- First wedding is traditional patched top with batting between.  Most are tied.
- First baby is going to whimsical.  After all... I am a textile artist.

This posting is documenting what I am working on, along with back stories.  I love telling back stories.

The full sized blanket below was patched in 2018.  I ran out of steam last summer and it sat while I tried to learn to walk without reaching for a wall.

In the interim I found a stash of calicoes suitable for the backings at St. Vinnies.  Basis the quality and quantity... a quilt store must have closed and stock was donated.

There was enough extra material left to make 3 queen sized pillow cases.

I finished it last week..  The hardest part was getting up from the floor after a session of tying.

The work in progress below is at the retirement house.  I rediscovered it in the basement while going through things deciding which to move up north and which to donate.

The original patches came from an auction over a quarter century ago.  Other people's projects are rarely precise, nor sufficient to finish a project.  The patches needed the structure of being surrounded by plain pieces, along with the addition of more fabric to make a sizable quilt.  The pieced patches are of 1930's - 1940's shirt weight fabric.  The melon colored square fabric is 1980's linen type fabric.  the backing is large pieces that came in the same box, patched together in a hodge podge.

My work on this quilt has gone from hand quilting to machine quilting.  Now I am back to hand quilting at the end of the day when I cannot quiet my mind.

Below is the collection for the next college graduation blanket.  There are also some well loved navy sweats I picked up resale Saturday, in the dryer.

The Auburn sweats were found at the Goodwill in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  That never would have been my first guess.  (Although... years ago I found Marquette University sweats in Iron Mountain, Michigan.)  The backing fleece was found on line.  The balance of the scraps are from my other projects and a few work shirts donated by my handsome distance runner.  I do like the colors laid out.  

This will have to be a very large blanket as my nephew is well over 6' tall.  I think I will cut the patches to 4" width strips to sew up to 3" widths when complete.  

This last weekend I went on line for inspiration.  What other designs are out there using sweatshirts for blankets?  Disappointed... is an under statement. Am I the only person who posts my work that is constructed beyond a simple album blanket?  There are tons of talented textile artists posting.  Why are there such primitive skills using deconstructed sweats?

There were machine quilted sweatshirt blankets.  Why?  The purpose of quilting was to extend the life of the precious material.  My much used alum blanket is 25+ years old, and finally showing some wear.  It takes a lot to wear out cotton - poly sweat shirts.