Thursday, April 26, 2012

quilts, market bags, and auctions, oh my!

While we were living in Seattle, Addy went to Catholic school. Like most private schools, Addy's school had a yearly auction to help raise money. I think I mentioned *the* auction quilt in another post, but that will have to wait. Right now I want to show what our family contributed to the auction.
I knew I wanted to make a quilt for the auction, but with a cross-country move looming in the near future, I needed something simple. I stumbled on this idea, and decided to give it a shot with a jelly roll of Hideaway. The top was quick to piece (although I didn't come close to the record of 35 minutes), and I thought it made for a nice unisex baby quilt. I may try this technique again in the future, if I need a quick gift.
I quilted this in an all over meander and used 5 of the jelly roll strips for the binding. All of the different colored gingham prints worked great for that!
I really love this fabric line, each print is so fun! And the bright reds and greens paired with the pale yellows and blues work really well together.
I adore the print featuring the houses. And that red print with the birds, that's one of my favorites.
But possibly the cutest print in the line is the deer print:
For the backing I used some leftover strips (I cut my top down to make a baby quilt rather than the lap quilt that 40 jelly roll strips yields) and the pearl bracelet from Lizzy House. That print is such a great shade of yellow! It seems to go with just about anything.
I finished the quilt by machine-stitching the binding and adding a label to the back.
For the second item that our family donated, I made some market bags. Everyone in Seattle seems to already have reusable market bags, but who wouldn't want a coordinating set?!
I followed the Reusable Grocery Bag pattern by Keyka Lou/Michelle Patterns. I made three regular size market bags plus a mini market bag that also stores the larger three bags when not in use.
Here is the mini bag:
The mini with the 3 larger bags:
Details of the 3 larger bags:
I used Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow collection for these. I wanted something dark, to hide dirt and stains, and not too girly. I did have to use a few of the flower prints, so I tried to use them mostly for lining.
I can't wait to hear how the auction goes this weekend. Hopefully by early next week I will have *the* auction quilt to share, along with details on how well it did!


Heather D. said...

Looks great, all of it! Funny, I just heard about that type of jelly roll quilt on a podcast that I listened to this afternoon. I'd never heard of it before but it's a great idea and super cute results.

felicity said...

The jelly roll quilt is adorable! And now i know where that bird fabric is from - I kept seeing it around and not knowing. The market bags are lovely too. Looking forward to seeing THE auction quilt!

CityHouseStudio said...

Such a cute quilt!
And your bags are great - I need to make some!
Can't wait to see "the" quilt.

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Gorgeous quilts and bags! I love all the fabrics!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Wow, I guess I have just been looking at pictures or something. How did I miss that you moved???

this quilt is so cute and so are the bags. Okay. I'm all caught up on your archives now. Whew...

Sue Daurio said...

great quilt and absolutely LOVE the bags.

Sheila said...

I love your jelly roll quilt! Such a nice fabric collection.