Fixer Upper 2: Mellow Yellow


This mellow yellow quilt is another example of one of the many I repurposed, upcycled, reconstructed, and repaired during my Healing Hugs stint through my association with the Covington, GA Cotton Boll Quilt Guild. As i may have mentioned in the past, the Healing Hugs project helped bring handmade quilts to folks in hospice or recovering from cancer. It might seem like a cute but insignificant contribution, in the scheme of things, to provide quilts to ailing people at death’s door, but studies have concluded that transitional objects such as blankets and teddy bears are not only comforting to children developing out of early childhood, but fundamental to the well-being and even recovery of trauma victims, the elderly, and the sick. Here’ s a fun New York Times article on transitional objects generally.
In any event, this yellow one is interesting looking, mainly because all the pieces that came out of it formed many distinct, not matching but weirdly complementary patterns – at least in my view! One pattern looks like a bird – another are interlocking squares, and still another shows a pinwheel. As stated previously, what ends up appearing on these quilts is contingent on the patterns and shapes and leftover bits of fabric I receive for each project. The yellow background fabric I chose simply because it appealed to me, and it seemed to tie the disparate bits of fabric together. 
 
I have greatly enjoyed participating in the Healing Hugs program, and participating in something that provided a bit of beauty and wartmth to a terrible circumstance. Programs such as this one demonstrate the value of taking the time and effort to participate in different quilts and organizations – for seldom can we create things that impact others’ lives in a vacuum or by ourselves. 

Double Wedding Ring Quilt – a re-do

finished!

I recently delivered a quilt that I finished for a woman who had found a bunch of unfinished blocks in her mother-in-lawe passed away. She wanted the quilt finished in her memory, but she lacked the skills to do it herself. All she wanted was to ‘git ‘er done’ – and so she found me!
I basically had to pick it apart & start it over again, because the blocks were incomplete. I had to add fabric, and the stitching was corrupted due to age.

Had to undo the blocks, add fabric, and piece them together again.
The most important thing for me was that it was a learning experience because I had not had a lot of experience piecing curves. I was intimidated by the curved piecing methodology, and also by the scalloped edges. These are time honored techniques but they require much more from a quilter than geometric, straight lines.
I had always wanted to learn how to piece curved pieces, and here was my chance!

My new quilting buddy! Jade
This is not the first project that I have finished for people. For some reason, people keep giving me their unfinished projects to finish, so I’ve gotten quite good at improvising upon unfinished projects. Each project I do helps me gauge what I should set as my price for these things, because some of them – like this project – end up being way more involved and complex than I at first anticipated. In the future, were I to have another project such as this one, I would definitely charge more, but in this instance the learning experience for me made my final hourly low rate worthwhile.