Project: bed quilt
Size: Approx. queen
Designed by: Barbara Wolff
Constructed by: Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by: Barbara Wolff
Techniques Used: Machine piecing, quilting, machine applique
Notes: At age eighteen, the son of my husband’s cousin was killed in a car accident. His mother asked me to make a quilt with his favorite t-shirts and favorite color. Moved by the thought of losing a child, I wanted to do a little extra and took the liberty of an applique portrait of her son. This would be tricky since I had never done an applique portrait (or since, so far). Some of these kinds of portraits can look a little creepy, but I went ahead anyway. It was agonizing, especially the teeth, and I’m not happy with how I decided to show thinner hair. It’s not very subtle. Overall, it’s good and I’m glad I put it on the quilt. From her thank-you note, his mother seemed to sincerely like it. I hope so.
Here’s the song that I played repeatedly and included a verse of it on the quilt label, if I remember right. Lots of tears shed over the nine months I took to make it.
Thanks for being here.