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 nine women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.
Today I’m pleased to introduce Lavonna Zeller-Williams-Bratschi from Happy Valley, Oregon.
Lavonna sewed with Studio Stash fabrics by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman. Her finished Playground quilt is shown below.
I love the diversity this quilt brings to the Back to School Party. Even though the quilt design is traditional, these fabrics work up an artful appearance. The colors remind me of oil pastels—so rich and deep, you can almost taste them.
I asked Lavonna (whose students call her Mrs. ZWB, pronounced Zee duh bee) to share some thoughts with QP readers.
I loved working on this project. It was quick to put together, had easy to follow instructions—and the Robert Kaufman fabrics were absolutely delicious! I blogged about the process at zellerwear.blogspot.com.
Being a scrap quilter, I was so happy to receive fabrics in a wide array of COLORS. I loved that the main background fabric was brown, for it looked like chocolate, and the colored “circles” resembled life savers. Makes you kind of hungry for a sweet snack, doesn’t it?
I learned that sometimes we need to stretch ourselves and do something a bit out of our comfort zone. I most likely would not have chosen this pattern because of how it is made.
The left-over or “bonus” triangles seem like a waste of fabric to this scrap quilter who uses every possible inch. So to deal with my frustration of having to discard leftover bits, I made six 8-pointed stars to put on the back of my quilt.
Being a teacher by trade, I loved being involved in Quiltmaker’s Back to School project. I am once again back at school, getting to work with some incredible students, helping them learn and create. I viewed this project as a cheerful, sweet reminder that working with kids is my passion and makes me very happy!
On behalf of Quiltmaker and Robert Kaufman Fabrics, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Lavonna ZBD for a job well done. We really appreciate you!
To reinforce my appreciation for Lavonna’s efforts, please leave her a thank-you message in the comments below. Thanks!