Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Making Memorial Quilts

I have been asked to make some Memorial Quilts this winter.

The first request came from my sister on behalf of one of her friends then not even a week later someone tagged me on Facebook in response to a call for someone to make a quilt from her deceased mother's clothes. I got the job and I  have another one in the wings, again from Facebook. I did four quilts back around 2000 for a family from their mother's clothes.

For some people giving up a loved one's clothes after they pass away is heart wrenching and nearly impossible. I hope I can help these people out with one of a kind quilts that reflect their loved one's personalities (based on their clothes -so far I haven't done one for someone I actually knew in life).

The hard part is deciding on a design. The cutting of the clothes comes easily for me since I deconstruct lots of garments for my crazy quilt fabrics.

I've been really good about keeping track of my designs this time. It's good to do that when you want to charge a fair price yet not cut yourself short.

This lady was an EMT. I got two of those pink t-shirts with Fountain County EMS logos. The lady who requested this quilt actually wants two. She gave this one to her sister for Christmas. I will give her a choice of replicating this one or a whole new design for her personal quilt.

Finished size 35" x 35". Reversible. Crazy quilted on front and back made from t-shirts.

The next lady, my sister's friend, didn't want anything so fancy. She told me her dad was a simple man who liked nothing better than working hard and sleeping in a warm bed. She sent quite a big selection of his clothes and I decided to do a traditional 9 patch design. She also sent a quilt top his mother had pieced and two of her hankies to write their respective names and dates of birth and death. Below is how it progressed.

Finished size 68" X 68"

If you would like a Memorial Quilt for your loved one please text or leave a voicemail at 719 200 2193 or email me at  rebecca@crazyrebeccas.com. Prices start at $100.00.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Grungy Reclaimed Art Journal Project

Behold some pages in my new art journal.

I had a leftover wine journal from last year which was in the Xmas stuff at work. I offered it to the building manager first and when he declined I decided it was mine for the make over.

I glued about half the pages together and ended up with 22 full page spreads. It started out that I was only going to do the right hand sides  using Shannon Green's Journaling by Fives method. But that didn't last long and before I knew it I was going full blast on both sides. 

I did roughly follow her steps though.
1. Background with paint or inks
2. Add Texture with collage or recycling
3. Add Pattern with stamps or stencils
4. Focal point with words or images
5. Details with pen and pencil

This page is in reference to The Phases of The Moon Festival which I did not get to attend (obviously). They held it at Kennecuck Cove and it poured down rain for the first few days. Government Mule was there and I really would have liked to have seen them, but at least I did get to watch a live stream,

 I've had a horrible time with my new local library. I dedicate this page to the gals behind the desk (you know who you are)

 He is tacky but he's not really my boyfriend

First person ho "gets" this spread wins a domino necklace (for real). Leave a comment explaining what you think it means. I even hope for more than one winner.

I hope to get pictures of all my quilts tomorrow and all the quilts I have lined up to do after that.