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.
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…