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 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.
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.
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!).
The backside is mostly a blue and orange flannel.
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!