WIP Wednesday: The Auction Quilt

Auction rail fence quilt work in progress

Today’s work in progress quilt is one I’ve been calling the “Auction Quilt.” (Any suggestions for a better name? Seriously, I need to name it something for the auction program … )

Every year in October, on the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, my church does a dinner dance and live auction fundraiser to raise money for its ministries. This year, perhaps for the first time, they will be auctioning a quilt. A quilt that I’m donating. Eek. It’s a bit of a gamble since we’ve never tried to auction one before, and I’m sure we’ll get a fraction of its worth. I guess that’s always the dilemma when quilting for a cause. Still, part of me hopes to raise lots of money just to prove it can be done!

work in progress auction rail fence block quilt on bed

When I chose the pattern, I tried to think back to quick, easy quilts that my coworkers and I had done recently. We had just made the Gator’s Club quilt from the book Quilts from Textured Solids by Kim Schaefer for a sick coworker. It’s an adaptation of a rail fence block quilt, which got me to thinking how I could adapt the rail fence block too. I checked out Google and Pinterest, then I got out some graph paper and went to town, making the whole thing overly complicated. Alternate and inverted directions, color gradations, sections where I tried to make cross shapes (since it’s for a church) … when I got to the point where I couldn’t piece the rows without slavishly following my diagram, I knew I was golden.

block layout diagram for rail fence auction quilt

The auction coordinator and I decided to stick to blue, green, and white because those are colors that people don’t have strong opinions on. Orange, purple, and pink tend to be “love it or hate it.” I added a “no flowers” caveat  (that I later broke.) Basically, we wanted the widest audience. Of course, later a friend told me, “If you don’t have strong opinions about blue and green, that means you don’t love them either.” Another friend said the quilt looked like something a grandma would love and a grandpa wouldn’t object too (thanks, I think?).

Lots of dilemmas when you’re trying to maximize donations, really.

I’m actually pretty far on this one considering it isn’t due until October: the quilt top is now done, the pieced back has the jelly roll race section finished, and the binding is cut. Hallelujah!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story. If you do have name suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments! Thanks!

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WIP Wednesday: Fresh from the book Simply Retro

Scrappy version of Fresh from Simply Retro book by Camille Roskelley

It’s my first Work-in-Progress Wednesday. Hooray!  It feels good to almost be done with this quilt top (it feels good to almost be done with any quilt top). Unfortunately, I can’t talk a whole lot about this quilt yet as it’s a gift for someone who might read this blog (and no, it’s not Mom … although I wish I had a quilt ready for her in time for Mother’s Day). The pattern is Fresh from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley, but my version looks a little different since I went scrappy on it.

I love that book to bits.

That being said, I hate, hate, hate 2 foot blocks. Ugh. Fresh is the first time I’ve ever dealt with blocks that big. It takes forever to finish one!  At first it seemed great because the rows would go together fast, but I quickly learned I need those little I-finished-one-block-only-eight-to-go milestones along the way. I never realized how I took those for granted.

Of course, considering it looked like this at the beginning of last weekend, I really can’t complain about my progress.

Fresh quilt blocks in progress

This bed is my favorite design wall …

Only 7 more of those little half-square triangle units left!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts. (So excited to finally participate in one!)