You Should See Me In A Crown - a Set of Finished Quilts

Finally! A big reveal! I have been working on this project for over a year, believe it or not. My husband’s former squadron commander from the first time we were at Fairchild AFB (so like 2008) stayed in Spokane, and his wife is the president of the Lilac Day Festival, held on Armed Forces Day.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

It’s an awesome parade - we’ve gone most years, my husband has been involved in the fly-bys, and this year, Kristy asked me to make seven quilts for the Royal Court.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

Well heck yeah! Since it’s a parade honoring the Armed Forces, she wanted a military spouse business, and I was more than happy to oblige.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

I spent a year collecting princess or purple or lilac fabric every time I went to a quilt shop, and finally started putting together the quilts this spring.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

They all use the same fabric, but the layout on each is different, making them a lovely set of fraternal twins…or septuplets, I suppose.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

In addition to purchased fabric, I cut blenders from my stash, and even got a few vintage prints from friends’ stashes to make these truly unique quilts.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

They were a lot of fun to pull together - although after seven in a row, I was a bit tired of purple princesses!

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

I didn’t have enough of any one fabric (actually, I did have enough of the dark purple, and I’m kicking myself for using it in the quilt instead of as the binding!) so three of the quilts have one binding, and four of the quilts have another one.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

So that’s what I did pretty much all of April! It’s nice to finally show off - obviously, I wanted to wait until the queen and princesses saw them.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is just stippling - however, I cut the longest length possible and quilted two at a time straight across Patricia. I think she could have handled four at a time if I was confident enough to piece the world’s longest continuing backing!

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

I also designed a special label in Spoonflower and promptly forgot to take a picture of it stitched down properly.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

Photo courtesy of Hawkinson Photography

Speaking of the Royal Court! I used flannel on the back because as I recall, Spokane is still cold in the May evenings.

Spokane Lilac Day Parade Quilts by Katie Mae Quilts

Photo courtesy of Hawkinson Photography

Judging by the capes, I was right! Kristy said the quilts were very well received, which always makes me happy. It’s nice to know these girls will snuggle in these quilts for years and remember their time on the Royal Court.

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Some of the prints used:

Kanvas Some Bunny Loves You / Dear Stella On Pointe Crowns / Benartex Lilacs in Bloom / Kanvas Dance of the Dragonfly (if you’re keeping track, yes, this is the third time this fabric has shown up!) / Riley Blake Guinevere / Michael Miller Applause / Cotton + Steel Add It Up / Riley Blake Neverland / Moda Once Upon a Time