Parrothead quilt to be auctioned off at fundraiser

Parrothead quilt to be auctioned off at fundraiser

We'll have more information coming soon in the newspaper about CU In The Prairibbean VI, but I wanted to bring to your attention a quilt made to auction off at the fundraiser. The Eastern Illinois Parrothead Club's event will benefit Developmental Services Center, and is scheduled for Aug. 7 outdoors at Jupiter’s at the Crossing, 2511 Village Green Place, C.

Urbana resident Kathy Wallig made it, and you can see photos below. When I saw the photos, I had several questions for her. Here are her answers, which include one of her quilting secrets.

NG: Are you a parrothead?

KW: No, I'm not.  One of my sons and his wife, Josh and Amy Jessup, are parrotheads. I have friends who are parrotheads. And I used to work at the Urbana Police Department and as a METCAD telecommunicator, so I've known Michael R. Miller for years and have followed his singing career with The Boat Drunks. I've always admired the parrotheads for their charitable giving.  They're a good group of people.

NG: Where did you get the idea for this quilt?

KW: My husband loves his Hawaiian shirts and he wears them until they die. The  colors and designs in the shirts are so luscious, I couldn't see throwing out the shirts when it was time to forsake them for something new off the rack. So I decided to recycle them and thought they would make a colorful quilt.

NG: Was it more difficult to make because you were using shirts rather than regular  material?

KW: I just needed to be more careful about my cutting, that's all. I didn't want to include any seams from the shirt, so I completely cut those off before I started cutting squares.

NG: How long did it take you to make?

I worked on it off/on for the last three months. Last week was a push because I gave myself a deadline of July 18 and I wanted the parrotheads to have it in time for publicity for their C-U in the Prairibbean. I made it by July 25, though.

NG: Were the sunglasses quilted into the piece difficult?

KW: Shhhhh, this is one of my secrets....I use cookie cutters as quilting patterns.  I do all the quilting by hand, and who wants to look at straight-line quilting all the time?  I went through my Crate & Barrel  "summer's market" cookie cutters and found the sunglasses.  Before I found that one, it was a toss-up between a sun with rays or a fish.  The sunglasses won. I made a baby quilt for a friend a few years ago using fabric with cute little bugs, so I quilted that one using a dragonfly cookie cutter.  One of my grandsons has a quilt full of emergency response vehicles
(his daddy is a firefighter) and that quilt has fire hydrants and hose running all along the border.  Quilting the sunglasses was very easy.

NG: What else is important about the quilt?

KW: The parrothead quilt has three tags from the shirts sewn along the stripping, too. Just a little fun detail. ... It was fun to make, not a chore.  And that's the best kind of work to do!

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Jodi Heckel wrote on July 29, 2010 at 9:07 am
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I love the sunglasses quilting!

algon wrote on July 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

What a great quilt! I cannot think of a better organization to support than DSC.