Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yes I do still make quilts!

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!

4 comments:

beth said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE this quilt! What a TREASURE for Gypsy John!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! What a fabulous tribute! It's homey and warm,and reads LOVE all over it! Well done!

Nifty Quilts said...

Wonderful quilt!!!! I love everything about it, the photo, the sawtooth border, the plaids. I'm sure he'll treasure it forever.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Sometimes when we don't plan, things come out fabulous! What a lovely tribute to your friend.