I recently completed this quilt for Dee (who is also a Denise) a former high school classmate and dear friend. When she contacted me and asked if I could transform her cheerleading uniforms from the early 1970s I knew I was in for a fun project.
In our early consultations we discussed the idea of a forest-type scene for a wall-hanging. But once I got the actual materials and started deconstruction, I realized we had a lot of green and white and that the forest concept might prove a little too garish without the addition of other fabrics. I also thought a lot about Dee’s current life and what I knew about her from years ago. From this, the idea of a lap quilt that used a modified picket fence block was born. Dee has transitioned from the business world to farmer, happy to be back to her roots. She has always loved the outdoors, caring for animals, and tending her gardens.
The name of the quilt, Homecoming, refers to the traditional meaning of a return to one’s school as well as the idea of coming home to one’s purpose. In this way the quilt bridges these times in Dee’s life.
No fabric other than the uniforms was used in the construction of this quilt, with the exception of a cotton muslin piece which substitutes for traditional batting. It was quilted with invisible thread on a home machine. The quilt was constructed out of one plaid jumper with a plaid and white pleated skirt, one green and white pleated skirt, one green kick pleated skirt, and one green pleated skirt. The corner buttons are from the original jumper. The emblems on the back are from the sweaters.