Finally finished the quilt top I call Gypsy John - made for a special friend. John is a musician friend who plays the guitar and sings. John defied the odds and made a full recovery after having a very serious motorcycle accident a couple of years ago.
John hosts a summertime "open mic" day in his backyard every year. One year, the year after his accident, they handed out these t-shirts with his image - and as soon as I felt that shirt in my hands, I knew I needed to create a tribute to his amazing recovery, to him.
John is just a down-home guy, originally from Texas, so using plaids and shirtings seemed appropriate. The top was created semi-medallion style, improvisationally, without pre-planning - radical for some, fun for me. I love how it turned out.
I've sent it out for quilting, and can't wait to see how it turns out. I really wanted to quilt it myself, but I was realistic for once - it would take me forever, and I really want it done and passed on to the recipient.
I pieced the back from the rust print seen in some of the red-toned borders - and ended up with the tiny scrap seen above. That's frugality!