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No, not talking about Prince, although he's been the topic of discussion these days. Strange how people scurry out of the woodwork to capitalize when tragedy strikes...family or otherwise. 

Anyway, I have once again (somehow) subjected myself to help out (a cousin-in-law this time) with making her daughter a quilt.  I say help, but yes, I am making the entire thing start to finish.  The mom wants to surprise her for her graduation this year from Clemson U.  with this "tail gating quilt".  Just the idea of that kinda scares me.  Who knows what condition this thing will be in after the tail gating season is over.  But, OK, I am doing it! 

After a few hours of sewing what seems like hundreds of blocks of nothing but orange and purple, I'm sick of this thing already.  But, I get it, it's a college themed quilt with only these two colors.  I don't think I'll have it done for her by graduation though, which by the way, is the first week in May.   Why do I get myself in these situations? 

Not sewn together yet, but what do you think?  It doesn't look like purple, but these are all a grape color.

 

 

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Comment by MaryAgnes/NYC on May 3, 2016 at 11:08am

Odd color combination but you did a great job with it.  What about putting the "center" block off center like in the lower left?  And include a purple or orange plastic table cloth with it when you're finished.


Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on May 1, 2016 at 9:46pm

I like it!  If she uses it for "tailgating" I would shoot her!  Get it done when you get it done -- no apologies necessary.  The asker apparently does not know what it involved with a "simple request" for a quilt!  

Purple and orange -- yuk!  What was Clemson U thinking!!

Comment by Sandra Paananen on April 30, 2016 at 1:07pm

I agree with you Irene.  Do I have something on my face?  "SUCKER", maybe??  Anyway, almost done sewing up the top.  Taking a break for now.  :o(

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 30, 2016 at 10:21am

Given the colors you are working with, the quilt has character due to your pattern choice.  I'm sure she will love it but it's a lot of work for the purpose she is using it for. An old blanket would be the best thing for a tailgate party.  

Comment by Sandra Paananen on April 29, 2016 at 2:30pm

Thank you all for your comments.  No, not getting paid to do it.  I kinda felt roped into it.  Yes, I need to learn the word "NO".  I've already told the Mom that it won't be ready by her graduation and it will be done when it's done!  I've sent her pictures in progress, so if she wants to "give" her daughter a gift on the day, it will have to be presenting the pictures to her.   I agree, the scrappiness of all the different fabrics in those two colors gives it more interest.  I'm not a fan of two color quilts, but this helps. 

Comment by Janet/MO on April 29, 2016 at 8:00am

Very nice.  Do these people live close by?  If so, this is what I would suggest.  Put the top, the backing & the batting in to a box along with a note saying that the quilting will be finished after the graduation.  Otherwise you will drive yourself crazy trying to get this done in too short a period of time.  Plus I hope they paid you at least something for your time!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 28, 2016 at 7:31pm

I'll bet this will be a hit with the graduate.  I like the way you kept a scrap-quilt feel to it.  Gives those orange and purples some interest since they are not all exactly the same.  It is hard to say "no" sometimes, isn't it?  I've been there.  

Comment by Bonnie on April 28, 2016 at 7:08pm

Your distant cousin will feel so special getting that lovely quilt!

Comment by Barb/WI on April 28, 2016 at 4:35pm

I do like the pattern you've chosen, but i suspect this cousin-in-law has no idea how much time and work goes into a quilt.  Some people really have a way of getting even the toughest among us to say yes, even when we know the answer should be no.

Comment by Pam/NY on April 28, 2016 at 1:39pm
Sandra...stand in front of a mirror and practice saying...NO!!!
The blocks are great. The colors would make me dizzy after awhile! I would not put much quilting into this. If, used for tailgating...the first time out will have stains on it. Unless, you put a sleeve and get a rod to hang it A cousin in law is not even close enough to ask that kind of favor!!!!

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