Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TEXAS QUILT TIMES 3

The Brownwood FFA Booster Club has one fundraiser every year.  It is a Valentine Dance, Steak Dinner and Silent Auction and for the past 3 years I have donated my fabric, batting and time to piece and quilt a quilt for the Silent Auction.  This year Mrs. Cockerham, one of the Ag instructors said she had a quilt kit that she was willing do donate if I wanted to use it.  Perfect, of course I do!  And when I saw it I thought even more Perfect.  It was the Texas Quilt by Tricia Cribbs at Friendfolks in Graham, Texas.  When Mrs. Cockerham handed me the kit, she said I have another one of these kits at home and I think I want you to make it for me when you get this one done. 

I have been wanting to make this quilt for quite some time.  In fact, it was one of the first Texas Quilt Patterns I bought and for whatever reason, just never made it. Maybe it was because it kinda had a scrappy look and remember, I don't do scrappy very well.  I love, love, love scrappy quilts but I am too "matchy-matchy" and over think, and a over analyze, and over match everything.  It takes me forever to pick out fabrics from my stash and scraps and I make the biggest mess when I do.  I pull out fabrics and then don't end up using them and then pull out more fabrics because what I've already pull out don't match quite right so I pull out more fabrics.... It's a vicious circle!! So anyway, this time it was a kit, all the hard part was already picked out for me.  I don't have to think about it.  YAY!!

And then my brain kicked into overdrive, What if I made all three of them at once?  I wouldn't have to organize my thoughts and wrap my mind around the construction process 3 different times.  I already have the fabric for 2 of them.  I could just pick out similar fabrics from my stash for mine.  Hmmmm.....

Soo, here are the log cabin blocks for the Silent Auction quilt. 


I thought they were just a little too scrappy for me so the second set for Mrs. Cockerham I planned a little.... just a little.... 

In reality they really don't look a whole lot different than the first set.  So the third set for myself I planned a whole lot more.  I wanted a more traditional log cabin look so here are my blocks.  I still have one more "round" to put on them but I think they're going to work. 

I also have the center block appliqued.  It has the cutest verse but I don't really want to put that much time into a donated quilt and I really don't have that much time before the fundraiser anyway so I contacted a lady in our guild to see if she could machine embroidery the verse and maybe a bluebonnet in place of the boy and girl square dancing.  I'm still waiting for her to get back with me.

I know I'm probably insane but I really think doing all three of these at the same time is going to save me time and mental anguish in the long run.  And I get another Texas quilt to add to my trunk show that's available for Guilds and Quilt Shops.
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3 comments

  1. i think you are hitting on all cylinders! my idea of whipping out the 3............and of the blocks, i like the way you made yours the best as well. good deal all around!
    great support of the group too! Proud of ya!
    aka-kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  2. Haha! One of the few times I'm hitting on all cylinders. I generally fall in love with every quilt I make and sometimes am hesitant to give them away but I love the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I do. The group sure appreciates what I do and that's good enough for me.

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  3. Greetings from New Braunfels! I’ve enjoyed a quick scroll through your blog. I invite you to
    visit my most recent post, kaholly, to learn how as a TX quilter, you can help Operation
    Homefront-TX with a little project of theirs. Please share with your guild and your other TX quilting friends! Thanks, karen

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