Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. It’s been my pleasure to work with the eight women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during the QM Back to School Party.
Today’s I’m pleased to present Gayle Brown from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Can’t hardly think of a better theme for this time of year! This quilt is interesting because Fabric #8 is lighter than all the others. In the other versions, Fabric #8 was darker. Love those school buses!
Gayle penned a few thoughts for QP readers:
I took this challenge to prove to myself I can quilt like a professional. I have been a quilter for 12 years now, and have been quilting professionally for a year. I loved getting to know the other quilters in the group.
I was given the novelty fabric. Being a dyed-in-the-wool pediatric nurse, I love anything with a child theme. School Days has lots of school buses, chalkboards, backpacks, textbooks, and globes everywhere! How cute!
I had a self-imposed time limit on this project. I was leaving for vacation 10 days before QM’s deadline, so I had to get it done fast. Fortunately, I’m used to working fast. Otherwise, I would not have been able to make almost 50 quilts already this year!
I worked with one focus fabric at a time, chain-piecing each square to a small frame piece. I continued to use chain piecing, until the blocks were done. Then I moved to the next focus fabric.
I was able to finish in less than a week, so I met my deadline. If it wasn’t for husband, kids, and work, I might have finished sooner!
As I was making this, I happened to notice a piece of Wizard of Oz fabric I have. Now, wouldn’t that be cute! Using fabric based on a movie in a frame-by-frame quilt! I may have to see how much I have in my stash!
What a great idea to use this pattern with fabrics that have a movie connection!
By the way, as Gayle was waiting for her fabric to arrive, she shared with the team this quilt she’d been working on. Love the earthy, calming palette.
On behalf of Quiltmaker and Quilting Treasures, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Gayle Brown for a job well done during the Back to School project. We really appreciate you!