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Monday, June 23, 2008

NOT Your Grandmother's Quilt!

Let me start out by saying that I don't consider myself a quilter. Not a "real" quilter anyway. I love piecing the top but that is as far as it goes. That being said...I was perusing one of my favorite online fabric stores and came across these 2 fabrics:
Bright Dark Angels and
Black Dark Angels by Alexander Henry. How very cool but what could I possibly use this fabric for? A quilt of course. I bought a yard of the Bright Dark Angels and a yard of the Black Dark Angels. They also had a "flames" fabric in shades of gray that I bought for the backing and border. Ok, now to figure out a design. The pattern (figure on motorcycle) on the fabric is quite large. I cut a template 10 1/2 X 12 1/2 and centered it over one of the figures. I was only able to get 4 from the Bright Dark Angels and I wanted to use all of them. I brought my "stuff" to work to show my friend Lisa. She is a quilter and I wanted her input on the design. I gave her my requirements...size etc and we came up with a plan. I needed to get some red and back for contrast and we incorporated those colors into the sashing. The red I found was really nice. It looks like red grass and was the perfect red. Here is what we came up with.

Like I said...NOT your grandmother's quilt! Now what to do with it. Every year for the past 12 or 13 years a teacher in a neighboring town sponsors a Blues Festival weekend. Local bands donate their time and all the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Sunday, the final day of the festival, the day begins with a motorcycle run. The crowd at this event is varied although there are a lot of motorcycle type people. There is an auction on Sunday afternoon between bands. Goods are donated to be auctioned off. All proceeds from the auction go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. What a perfect place for this quilt. I'm going to donate it and hope that it brings a good price. I'm sure it will find a nice home where it will "fit in" because frankly folks, it looks a little out of place in my living room. :)


Kraxpelax said...

Hopefully my art will be of some interest too.
Ping Desktop / Laptop Wallpapers
Peter Ingestad, Sweden

Lisa said...

It really is awesome and I hope it raises some serious money! I was glad to help.

Anonymous said...

hello E, Wow , what a beautiful Quilt! i know that whoever wins this they too will feel the love that was put into the making of this. Congratulations to you. and thank you for donating to A Wish come True organization. your friend H