Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival Begins TODAY!!!

Yep you read that correctly. The Blogger's Quilt Festival begins today over on Amy's Blog. If you have a quilt that you want to share with everyone this is the place to do it. She also has an amazing list of sponsors for fabulous prizes. I have a quilt to share with you. I have blogged about this quilt already but would love to share it again.

When my DD2 graduated from high school we had a party, duh like everyone else does. I decided to make some white squares and put them in a basket with some fabric pens with instructions for everyone to write their thoughts and well wishes on for my DD as she was leaving for college. I knew I would make it into a quilt eventually. Of course I had no idea what I was going to do but knew I would figure it out later.

Both her HS and university use a block "S" as a symbol of the school. Her HS colors were royal blue and white and the university's were green and white. Have you ever had one of those "ah ha" moments? Well I did. I had a friend make DD2's party invites with a block "S" split diagonally and colored blue and green with her senior picture in the center. I decided to make a block "S" out of the white squares and diagonally split the background into blue and green.

Kelsey's "S" Quilt 02

I finished the top a few months ago and decided to use flannel for the back (she adores flannel on the back of her quilts) I happened to find Michigan State University flannel, woot, woot, so I used that.
"S" quilt back
My good friend and excellent quilter LTW did an amazing job and quilted a block "S" into each and every block.
Spartan "S"
This is what I wrote to her on my square:
What I wrote to Kelsey
I made the decision to give it to her upon her recent graduation from university. She graduated a few weekends ago with honors. We are so proud of her! So I labeled it and presented her with it the day of her graduation (only 4 years later than the initial squares were made)
Graduation label 2010
She was moving to an apt in another city the following week but she pulled me aside as we were leaving to ask if she could keep the quilt overnight because she wanted to sleep under it. She called me the next day to tell me that as she read the things people had said to her from 4 years ago it made her a little sad, she felt like she should have tried harder but we both knew she always tries her best and she did graduate with honors. We talked about it and she was so grateful to have such a wonderful reminder of both her high school and university years!
Kelsey's MSU Graduation 001
Thank you, Amy, for allowing me to share this story and my quilt. I love the Blogger's Quilt Festival!!

24 comments:

Melinda said...

Wonderful quilt and a wonderful story to go with it. Congratulations to the graduate.

Allie said...

Love this quilt and the story - your dd is so beautiful, and SMART!

SandyQuilts said...

Love it

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a great quilt. I love it, love the "S" too. She's so cute too by the way! Congrats to her!

Threeundertwo said...

Oh, this made me a little teary. I'm so sentimental. My big girl is finishing 8th grade this year, starting high school next year. I think this is a beautiful idea to remember friends.

Micki said...

The quilt is stunning and I thoroughly enjoyed the story!
Micki

Kathy said...

You did a marvelous job on your daughter's graduation quilt! It was fun to read more about it.

Beth D said...

Go Green, Go White! My daughter graduated from MSU, too.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt work !

Marie said...

beautiful, thanks for sharing

Carol said...

Wonderful quilt. Wish I had done something like that for my girls :)

soggybottomflats said...

Oh I love the quilt! What a fabulous way to commerate your dd graduations and be able to tie them together so artistically! You're a genius girl! And looking a little thin these days too. Thank you so much for sharing your quilt with us, Elaine

Gale's Goodies said...

What a special quilt for your daughter! She will treasure it always, thanks for sharing it.

felicity said...

A beautiful story and an awesome quilt! Thanks for sharing it!

Quiltmoose - Dagmar said...

What a gorgeous quilt and a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing :-)

Dagmar from Germany

Lisa Klingbeil said...

This is absolutely terrific! What a wonderful gift.

Leslie said...

this is a pretty amazing quilt and has a great story

Laurel H. said...

I just love quilts like these; beautiful, AND a wonderful story, too.

Karen said...

What a wonderful memory quilt. What a wonderful Mumma you are.

Felicity said...

Cute idea! Go Green!!

Randi said...

Great quilt. Love the story. Thanks for sharing.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

What a fabulous idea! This will be such a treasure for your beautiful daughter!

Sandra said...

As a double S, I love this quilt. What an exceptional memory quilt, kudos.
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laurenaphelps said...

Great story and quilt! I haven't seen one quite like yours. Love it!

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