Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Like the saying goes, you gotta call and duke it off. Ask Juanito, he'll tell you all about it

This quilt was made for a Duke University Blue Devil.  A neuroscience undergrad at Bowdoin College, she is in graduate studies at Duke's School of Medicine, smart cookie!

I used 4 different Duke symbols in the corners. The 2 D's are commonly used in various university logos.  The U shape in the upper left is the School of Medicine symbol and the lower right design is the university's stylized version of the gorgeous Duke chapel. I went shopping in my stash for the swirly design fabric as well as the tone-on-tone cobalt rose background.  With all that blue, I was afraid of this becoming too masculine.


I only had one shirt to incorporate for this project but luckily found some licensed Duke University fabric at a nearby fabric store.  College cottons used to be common but now the shift is to fleece so I was thrilled to find the quilting-weight material. As usual, the hoodie pocket stayed on for some dimensional interest. Unfortunately the print of the hoodie and the pocket were not centered evenly on the shirt.  This wasn't noticeable on the wearer but it did look a bit off as a quilt square.

Duke basketball is so popular that undergraduates form a tent city called Krzyzewskiville or Kville before the big rivalries in order to score tickets.  This started in 1986 and is still going strong.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Blue ribbon gardens grow the fleur-de-lis!

This floral chintz pillow was made for a young woman who recently initiated into Kappa Kappa Gamma at Colgate University.  The recipient being a much bigger fan of pink and green as opposed to 2 shades of blue or the Colgate colors of maroon and white, we opted for a muted flower print with hot pink as the accent color and a green fabric with pink fleur-de-lis.

Unlike some of the other Greek pillows that I have made, we opted for the letters to be arranged diagonally instead of horizontally to include a monogram.

Colgate's logo isn't just a capital C, it always has the apostrophe gate written across the letter.

Here is a closeup of the fabulous pink and green fleur-de-lis fabric, perfect for any preppy Kappa.

I found a bit of interesting Colgate trivia.

No triskaidekaphobiacs at this upstate school, all good Raiders apparently are triskaidekaphiliacs instead.  Colgate was originally founded as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men who each offered $13 and 13 prayers.

The society's original constitution contained 13 articles. The address is 13 Oak Drive which happens to be located in the zip code 13346 (the first two digits are 13, and the last three digits add up to 13!).

So, that is why Friday the 13th is a day of celebration of Colgate. Every Colgate Day students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families around the world don their Colgate regalia and celebrate the university and its community.