Isabella's Whimsy

handmade with love

My Favorite Quilt

on August 14, 2014
Val's Quilting Studio

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?

 

Character Quilt

Character Quilt

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,

Isabella

p.s. He didn’t die, just moved away! If you want to see our Hugs Quilts click here.

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One response to “My Favorite Quilt

  1. WOw! This quilt is sooo unique and original. I love it!!!

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