Sunday, April 24, 2016

Three Quilts

Just before we went to France, I picked up some quilts from the machinist and bound them. What a good feeling that was!

This is a close up of one block of the quilt I made for a donation. I work three mornings a week at a small, private school for autistic kids. Each spring the school holds a Fiesta Fundraiser because the tuition paid by the school districts doesn't cover all of the costs. The fundraiser is a fun evening with good food, loud music, and lots of lavish raffle baskets.  This will be the third quilt I've donated to the fundraiser, and it's one of the best causes I can imagine.

We're unable to attend this year's event because I'll be away at our semi-annual Black Rock quilt retreat.

Here's the whole quilt. The solid blues, greens and purples were a GFNO* from my buddy Julie.





I'm tickled red, orange and yellow with how this quilt turned out! The blocks were from when I was Queen Bee last year. I asked for Churn Dash blocks in yellow, orange or red with black-on-white as the contrast. Each participant made two (or more in generous Pat's case!) and I made a couple myself. This quilt is going to be a high school graduation gift for a fellow heading off to college.
It's a good thing I really like the expectant mom who is going to receive this quilt for her baby girl. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to give it away. Hand buttonhole stitched for the appliqué and hand quilting on the blocks. I liked it so much that I began another to donate to our church's Oktoberfest. 
This isn't a quilt, obviously, but rather a pair of blocks for May's Queen Bee. I hadn't paper pieced in several months, so I got off to a rocky start with the first block. Eventually things settled down.
*GFNO: Gift For No Occasion

8 comments:

stitchinpenny said...

Is there a source for the elephant applique pattern?

Janet said...

That's a fabulous donation quilt and I agree..an excellent cause....I made a couple of small items that were auctioned for a donation for a service dog for an autistic child whose parents are friends of one of my SIL .....the burden of the expense to the family is huge ...I loved being able to do a tiny part in helping them . I so enjoy your blog .........Janet a blog reader from Kingston ON ,Canada

Barbara Anne said...

Your school donation quilt for the Fiesta Fundraiser is lovely and I've always like this sort of directional block to be on point so they're right side up as baskets should be. :) Hope it brings in lots and lots of money at the auction.

Might the dynamic red/orange/yellow quilt be called "Twist and Shout" or is the recipient far too young for that title?

Ah, the elephants with their balloons and just too cute. Somebody's mommy is going to be delighted.

Love your successful paper pieced pink blocks, too.

Applause, applause!!!

Hugs!

Janet O. said...

Three winners in a row. Love the modern twists on traditional blocks on the first two. And that elephant quilt is a smile maker. All that handwork and you are parting with it? Well, I guess you and Himself have no great need for a baby quilt, but that would be difficult to send off.
I was intrigued by the two different centers on your pretty paper pieced blocks. Is this a pattern with more center options?

Quiltdivajulie said...

GFNO ... Oh, but YOU were the reason!

Ray said...

Great quilts! I especially love the elephants!

cityquilter grace said...

very pretty quilts and i love the churn dash....whimsical!

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely quilts Nancy..........