Cinco de Manito - A Finished Quilt

So, my church back in Spokane has an annual auction to raise money for its ministries. I've donated a t-shirt quilt (Shelly's), a tablerunner, and a quilt in the past. And even though we moved this summer, I knew I want to still send something!

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I sent off an email asking for the theme, and I was told Cinco de Mayo, since it's being held tomorrow evening. Well, I happened to have some taco flannel leftover from this t-shirt quilt, so serendipity won out!

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I found the Taco 'Bout Awesome flannel at Joann's and bought the usual two yards - 1.5 for the back and three 6" cuts for the front.

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Then I dove into my flannel scrap bins and found...almost nothing that matched. I have a ton of blue, pink, and purple, but almost nothing in greens and yellows! The yellow dots and green squares were all I could find.

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So after trying out every bit of red that really didn't work, I headed to my local quilt shop and bought the multi-colored squares. You know, a whole yard so I could use it for binding, too.

In case you're counting, yes, that's three yards purchased to make this scrap flannel quilt.

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But my church (Manito UMC) was awesome and totally worth it, so.... I've forgotten just how hard it is to church shop after you've had a really good one. We haven't been so welcomed into a church community since college - nearly twelve years and five moves!

Eventually we might find a new church home. Until then, I'm still supporting the place where my heart is. And I'm kinda sad that the quilt gets to hang out with them this weekend and I don't!

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Superdogs - A Finished Quilt

Wait - actually - it's finished quiltS! But they're almost the same quilt, so they get to share a post. 

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These came about because I purchased this superdog flannel for a Minecraft quilt backing, because I thought the recipient was younger. I ended up getting the paw prints that is one of the strips instead.

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The quilts aren't exactly the same - the layout is different and one is slightly longer - but they work well as twin quilts.

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For the quilting, I tried loops and dog bones. My first attempts were a little wonky, but by the end of the second quilt, I was pretty good at them!

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The backing for both is more of the superdog fabric. Out of the five yards I had, there's only a few strips left! The binding is the dark blue flannel strips, cut to 3", which I adore. It's such a thick, cozy binding.

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I did forget to put my label on them...but I'm thinking these quilts might just need one of my little labels anyway. Once I figure out which drawer I put those in...!

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I used up most of the paw prints, plaid, and tie dye as well! They might not be the most exciting of quilts, but the reduction of the flannel scrap bins is always worth celebrating. I already have the next backing ready to go!

And the batting inside is pieced from scraps - I can alllllllmost close my batting bin now.

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Gigi's Quilt - Finished!

This was one of the drop-everything-and-piece-it-now projects from this summer.

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I knew I had the denim jeans in the bin my husband's grandmother gave me with her Necchi sewing machine, but when I looked through the bin, I found these old pillowcases.

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Grandma! I had no less than five people come up and ask who Bonnie was when I quilted it. The general consensus was Bonnie is a spicy lady! And she really is.

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The jeans were the ones that were cut off her husband at the hospital the day he died of an aneurysm, before I met my husband. Since she saved them for 15+ years before passing them along to me, I knew they had to end up in a quilt to her. When I found the pillowcases, I grabbed my graph paper and the quilt was born!

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I tried to preserve as much jeans details as possible, which led to the addition of the creamy red dot strips to keep the seams from being out of control bulky. If I had to do it again, I'd add a border just so I don't sew binding into jeans. It was doable but rough.

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The quilting is just loops to avoid the jeans seams, the pillowcases, and the pockets, but I did add their anniversary in one of the plain jeans sections. Okay, my quilty-handwriting could use some work.

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The backing is Joann's flannel and the binding is DS Quilts first line for Joann's - I had just enough left from Chunky Log Cabin

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The sawtooth stars are flannel from a kit I bought several years ago, for a totally different project. It took a bit of math, but I figured out how to cut three stars from a fat quarter with almost no waste, so the ten in the kit worked out nicely.

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And it leads to so many different textures between the cotton, flannel, denim, and soft pillowcases, that I can't stop touching the quilt! Perfect for an older lady to sit on the couch with.

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In fact, I wanted to demonstrate how perfect it is as a couch quilt with a nicely staged photo with a pillow and all...and quickly "and all" became Miss CC. Clearly it is cuddle-able.

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