Thursday, July 16, 2009

No, I've not been twiddling my thumbs!

I must apologize for the delay in posting. I've actually been quite busy. I finished piecing the Summer Reading Program T-Shirt Quilt and took it in to Sally (through Quiltology) to be quilted. It turned out beautifully. I especially want to thank her for doing such a speedy job. The only thing left now is the binding and loops for it to hang. But take a look, isn't it beautiful? This first picture is a detail from the reverse of the quilt. I had already pieced the front before the 2009 T-Shirt came out, so decided to include it on the back.

In addition to Abe, the back of the quilt has..... the backs of the T-Shirts! Sorry, I thought it would be a clever idea. The shirts are in order beginning in the upper left corner. It is interesting to see how they change over time. The early shirts were simply a listing of the sponsors, as time goes by, the numbers of sponsors increases and logos are added, the shirts backs certainly become more complex.

Here is the front of the quilt. I'm very happy with the front, the design worked perfectly. The center medallion is composed of the first two year's shirts (T rex Reads and Reading is Art-rageous) surrounded by jean material. The next ring around the center is composed of shirts from 2002, 2003 and 2004. Readers @ Play is set off in the corners and Zooray! and Book a Flight fill in. Finally, the outside band of shirts is composed of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The shirts repeat in order in such a way that each shirt gets a corner.

Hannah's quilt made a trip to her mother's graduation. Here I am with Laura outside the Decatur Civic Center. She graduated from Richland Community College. Congrats Laura!

Here is Laura again, flanked by her daughters Hannah (left) and Sarah (right). Well, actually Hannah is on Laura's right and Sarah on Laura's left, but you know what I mean.

And, of course, the quilt wanted to travel further afield than Decatur. It insisted on another trip to Costa Rica. I HAD to comply. This photo was taken on the grounds of Tabacon Resort near La Fortuna. In the background is the Arenal Volcano, yes it is erupting that is not clouds at the summit but rather rock and volcanic dust being discharged into the atmosphere. Scary huh?