Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Gator ...

There's this awesome teenager named Allie. Wonderful girl, great friend to my daughter, smart, funny, athletic, beautiful, artistic, and all that. Last spring she graduated high school and at the beginning of summer she packed her bags and began life as a student of the University of Florida.

C. misses her, I miss her ... but she is having an awesome time and even going to class (I ask).

Allie's UF quilt

Allie was in town to help with the regatta this weekend (there were close to 300 sailors participating in total) and C. got the chance to give her a quilt I'd made her as a graduation/going to college gift. Now that she has it I can blog about it ... though it was alluded to here.

Allie's UF quilt

Florida colors are blue and orange. Ok, I must interrupt and say that while doing this project I realized that most schools and pro teams have mediocre to almost ugly colors ... not all of them, but a lot. I wanted to do something that represented the spirit of the school but didn't scream Gators (0r dirty gators as my brother calls them, but I'm not going there today!). I considered blue and orange pinwheels or a blue and orange zig zag quilt, but in the end came up with this idea, blue on one end and orange on the other with the two meeting and blending in the middle.

Allie's UF quilt detail

I believe I used 3" squares throughout the quilt. Lots of them. I did not have that many different blues or oranges so I sent out a call for help here on the blog and received fabrics from many people, most especially Amy, of The Calico Cat and mama to the handsome Jacob, who is the same age as R. She sent a gigantic box that I barely dipped into (I've been using her squares non-stop since then in many, many projects ... thank you again Amy!).

Allie's UF quilt backside

The backside is mostly a blue and orange flannel.

Allie's UF quilt

The quilt is about twin sized. I figured it'd be great for her bed, or for staying warm at a football game, or, later, to use on the back of a coach as a lap quilt.

Congratulations again Allie!

11 comments:

  1. So beautiful - I love the way you had the two colors blend together! She will love it.

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  2. Very creative. You are a fabric artist and an inspiration - as I looked at this I was mentally going through my stash thinking of all the possibilities!:o

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  3. This is a stunning quilt! I may have to try something like this, though I don't have nearly the fabric stash to create the gradual blending. I especially love it because I went to Illinois--also orange & blue!

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  4. I absolutely love this idea for a quilt! I'm going to have to check my stash and come up w/ a color scheme! Well done!

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  5. this quilt is amazing...you are a color genius. the way the whole thing blends is stunning

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  6. What a blessed girl to receive such a gift!! BEAUTIFUL.

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  7. What a fantastic quilt!!! It looks great!

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  8. I was looking online for inspirations in doing a quilt and came across your's pinned on Pinterest - I absolutely love the colors and style of this quilt! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Laura

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