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!