I am on the PTA board at our Jr High. Our PTA was asked to provide baskets for the district auction. I thought this would be a great way to get my name out there as a quilter, so I volunteered to make an Americana themed quilt to go with the basket. This pattern is by Jeni Baker. She has a tutorial on her blog, In Color Order. Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial. Great pattern for a beautiful quick smaller quilt!
My helper is new to holding up quilts and was probably embarrassed, since I enlisted her help at school as it was getting out and everyone could see her. They moved my due date up a week and a half and which gave me 2 days to quilt it – on top of all my other responsibilities. So these are the only pictures I have of this quilt.
I wanted the quilting on the white areas to compliment and draw attention to the star its self, so I used a simple back and forth stitch inside angles that point the eyes to the star.
The star itself has loopy, stars and hearts free motion quilting. Stars for patriotism and hearts because I love my country. I actually got a wee bit teary while quilting thinking about the soldiers and the many blessings I have by being an American.
The back looks really awesome – I think! I love a little bit of color splash and piecing on the back.
Because this was for auction – I put a paper on the back with fabric, pattern and quilting info and the cost to make and a suggested starting price for the auctioneer. Because chances of the auctioneer being a quilt expert was pretty slim – right? And I put a note that if the owner would like a history label on the back of the quilt, they could contact me and I would attach one.
Well…guess what?! This beautiful quilt never showed up at the auction. My sis in law went to the auction with her hubby who is a principal in our district. She looked and asked about it – but it wasn’t there. What the heck?! I asked the secretaries at the school and they didn’t know anything. I am wondering if it got folded up and put at the bottom of the Americana basket – out of sight and completely unappreciated? That basket sold for $30.
So that is probably the end of my donating a quilt for auctions…maybe…I might try again with the elementary art auction…