Stadium Quilts

I know I mentioned “stadium quilts” in a previous post, so I figured I’d go ahead and discuss them.  As said before, the whole idea of a stadium quilt is that it is usually in school colors and is 4’x4′.  This isn’t the usual size of a lap quilt, but the logic was that at 4’x4′ it would be big enough to cover your lap while sitting on those wonderfully comfortable bleachers at football games while also being small enough not to drag around or have folks stepping on them.  Of course, they also happen to be the perfect size for draping over the back of a couch or chair.

I happen to work for a particularly large school system that has over 20 different high schools.  (This still baffles me as I graduated from an area with one high school for the whole darn county!)  That being said, I figured that if I stuck to the basic colors of the local schools I’d happen to catch most professional and college team colors as well.  One thing I know for sure – you Buckeye fans sure do love your Etsy stores.  I probably get more hits on my Etsy store from Buckeye fans than from any other team.

When I decided to make the stadium quilt, I had two goals in mind.  1. Make some smaller quilts to sell ready-made on Etsy as well as at craft shows.  My original lot was around 14 or so.  2. Use up as much of my fabric stash as I could without buying any more except for backing.  I’ve mostly stuck to this, but I haven’t been able to resist the occasional gold or gray since they’re so wonderfully useful.  I’ve also taken to strolling by the remnant bin at JoAnn’s and seeing if there’s any generic quilting fabric that is handy.  The remnant bin and I are now officially old friends.

I also took some time and experimented with a new design – the “split rail,” aka the “rail fence.” I really liked it and had fun using it more.  I also experimented using both cotton backing and flannel.  After all, if the idea was to stay warm during games, then flannel was the way to go.  In addition to my newfound appreciation for flannel, I also found that I simply LOVE crepe back satin.  I used it in a couple of quilts and like the texture and sheen of it.

One color combo I was surprised looked as good as it did was the orange and blue.  For the back of it, I found an orange and white tie-dye style flannel, and it looked great!  I do think the rail fence styles look prettier overall.

 

Related Posts – mostly about using up your fabric stash:

Tierney Creates

Katy Quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pipe Organ Quilt

When I found out our beloved organist and music director was retiring, I immediately tried to figure out how to honor him with a quilt.  I did some searching around and landed on this jewel from the Soar Above blog.  It was perfect! I simplified it in some ways and lightened up the fabric because I wanted members to be able to write messages to him.  This also meant mostly quilting in the ditch.

I have a BA in music, so the details on this were very important to me.  I went that mile and made sure the keyboard was accurate in regards to the key placement.    I also got our lead choir member to help, and together we took pictures of his organ setup, including his actual hymnals, his clock, glasses, duster, and his shoes.  I printed those pictures out on fabric and appliqued them onto the organ setup.

On his last Sunday, I presented it to him in front of the church, and his reaction is one that I’m mighty proud to have on film.

I used more blue on the back (in case it was needed for more messages) as well as basic music fabric.  It was hard to find music fabric that wasn’t cutesy, but I did!  I like the contrast of the differing wood panels.

hymns and clock
The keyboard is accurate!

 

 

 

 

 

Related posts:

Hayman Tam’s Photography Blog

Awa on the Road

 

A quilt for me…

As I made quilt after quilt for others, I thought long and hard about what would be in mine once I decided to make it. The occasion came when I wanted to do my first craft show and needed a backdrop. I made myself a queen size quilt of all the different fandoms I had since I was little.

For backing and the sashing intersections, I chose a magenta fabric that was pretty bold and balanced it out with simple black.

Some of the shirts I already had on hand, some were gifts, some had been worn for years, and some were never worn. I had some especially made at the local screen printing place for this quilt.

At every craft show I do, it’s the biggest draw to my booth, and I learn a lot about folks based on which shirt they’re drawn to.

Fandoms include: Dr. Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rainbow Brite, Jane Austen, Wicked, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Firefly, The Last Unicorn, The Princess Bride, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, DC and Marvel comics, Shakespeare, The Neverending Story, She-Ra, Studio Ghibli, Edward Gorey, Downton Abbey, Daria, Muppets, Jurassic Park, Duck Tales, and Lewis Carroll.

Related blogs and posts:
Precinct 1313

The Questing Geek

The Girly Geek

Kelly’s Ramblings

Meltingpotsandothercalamities

Current projects…

My current situation is strange – much stranger than usual. I have a crafting weekend at the end of March, and last time I spent too much time cutting and not sewing. So this time I plan on mostly sewing. To get a head start, I’ve been making “kits” of precut fabric all ready to assemble. I’m up to 14 kits in various stages of readiness.

Last year I made around 14 4’x4′ quilts I called “stadium quilts”. The idea was that they were all in local school colors and could be used at games. They were big enough to cover a lap but small enough not to drag on the stadium steps. I’ve sold all those, so I plan on making more as well as some traditional lap quilt sizes. I’ve been having fun and trying to use up a fair amount of my stash to boot!

I think the kits are definitely the way to go.  I have already “broken in to” a couple of them.  

Related blog posts:

https://dottiedoodle.blog/2017/12/31/the-splendid-sampler-lap-quilt/

https://claire93.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/finishing-off-my-finishes-january/

Welcome!

Hi everyone and welcome!  This blog is the partner of my Facebook business page: www.facebook.com/questquilts.  Here I plan on discussing my favorite hobby, quilting, and all the facets of it that make it such a beautiful art form.  I’ll also document projects and such as I explore new methods and create designs.

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A rainbow bargello quilt I made a while back and couldn’t resist taking a picture of it in the snow.