In the early 1990's I served as President of the North West Suburban Quilter's Guild (suburban Chicago). To commerate the year, I collected the signatures of every guest speaker. About that time, I too began to travel teach. Thinking each engagement request was going to be my last (seriously...I couldn't believe my good luck).....I started asking my colleagues to sign muslin strips for me.
Amazingly, soon there were nearly 100 signatures which would have made for a HUGE quilt if set in the previously planned album block......meaning 1 patch per block! After much time spent with graph paper and pencil.....a new block was born. The AQS appraiser who appraised this quilt believes it is an original patchwork design. For someone who really doesn't enjoy making patchwork quilts now.....I look back and am surprised at just how many I actually did make.
The name of this quilt describes: BLOOD = hand quilting through cotton batting. SWEAT = the difficulty of developing a setting to include the entire collection. SIGNATURES = 96 signatures
I apologize for the quality of these photos.....certainly not a professional way to present the quilt, especially since I'm in earnest about finding it a new home! My design wall is not large, and my lighting is inadequate....so it's the best I can do at this time. (Click on image to enlarge.)
Enjoy the sampling of quilt celebrity signatures featured in this wall hanging below.....Numerous friends are no longer with us, making this quilt even more special.
BLOOD, SWEAT, & SIGNATURES 66.5" x 66.5" - Mary Stori © 1992
Commercial cottons, hand quilted, featuring 96 quilt celebrity signatures.