Val’s Quilting Studio is hosting a Tuesday Linky Party for us to share old posts. Each Tuesday has a duo of themes, this week’s is Farms and Favorites.
Well, I posted one of my favorites on Tuesday, but I also want to post about an old favorite I didn’t write about. It’s a Character Quilt (not sure if I made up that name or not). The idea is to reflect someone’s character through color, shapes, and lines, and sometimes photos. This Character Quilt is what I designed and made for a gentleman at church who was a pretty special fellow. He led a very colorful and energetic life. Early on he was passionate about rodeo and did very well at riding bulls, Brahma bulls. When I got to know him he was a grandpa, still very energetic, rode motorcycles, and was passionate about Bible study. Together we designed Grandpa’s Hugs Quilts (you can see a tab in Isabella’s Whimsy showing what we made for his grandkids), and in the midst of that work I was so impressed by his energy that inspiration struck to design his character quilt. What do you think?
He really loved his rodeo shirts that we used for the 3 grandchildren’s quilts, so for him to be able to keep a memento of each, I used a piece of them as well as a piece of the backgrounds or backings of the quilts. Then I added other bright energetic colors. He had some photos printed on t-shirts for us to use and I had an extra one made for this wall quilt. On the children’s quilts we made one cuff unsnap to reveal a hidden place and Grandpa folded up and inserted a $2 bill, so I copied that idea on his little quilt. Wish I had a pic of the label! I hadn’t made more than one or two labels, or it might have been the first, I don’t remember. Anyway, I hand-embroidered in black, red, blue and orange his name and three characteristics of his: energy, passion, spirituality. He was a very special brother-in-Christ who helped and taught me when I was in need.
~ with a tear of memory,
p.s. He didn’t die, just moved away! If you want to see our Hugs Quilts click here.
Here is a pic of the whole quilt my sister made. She calls is “Spring and Summer Colors”. She made the binding then I stitched on the front and hand-stitched it down on the back.
One other happening from my vacation to Oregon was to visit the coast: a little beach visit and tourist-ing in Florence.