Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GRADUATION QUILT TOP DONE

I finished the quilt top for my GS's high school graduation - Star Gazing from Bonnie Hunter's book,  "Scraps and Shirttails."  It is made from a variety of scraps including men's shirts, but also some new "musical" fabric because he plays the trumpet, piano and organ.

Close up of the border.

  I have to say that Bonnie's instructions are always easy to follow.  I bought sashing fabric from Connecting Threads on sale and got similar colors to what she used in her quilt.  The cheddar is some Jo Morton fabric that I purchased at a garage sale and I used it in another of Bonnie's quilts that I made last year (see my heading picture above),


I have to add that we are very proud of my GS, as he has earned scholarship offers from 2 colleges and he has until May 1 to make up his mind.  Both schools are offering an academic scholarship, plus an organ performance scholarship that brings the price down within reach of a regular family - for all four years!  He wants to major in history, which is right for him as he is very studious and loves the old fashioned way of life (at least he thinks he does) better than modern life.

Now I'm piecing the back so I can get it quilted before we go to his graduation in June.

18 comments:

Mama Joan said...

Your involvement in the lives of your grandchildren is an inspiration to me! The quilt is lovely as well.

Grit said...

This quilt is amazing !!!

honeycreekprims said...

This is the style I love. It's perfect. Colors, pattern, everything--who wouldn't love to receive this! Congrat's to your son too.

---"Love" said...

That's a beautifully pieced quilt! GS will love it I'm sure! I suspect you may be suffering from quilting withdrawal during your time of packing and moving, but you still will probably get several quilts finished during the process. ---"Love"

Beth said...

Bonnie has the best scrappy quilt patterns. Your quilt looks amazing, all the great fabrics and gthe pieced border! Wow.
I love pieced borders they seem to add a special element to the quilt (for me). Your DGS is going to love it.
also congrats to him on his scholarships.

Lisa Mikel said...

Your quilt top is beautiful! What a wonderful graduation gift. It sounds like you have a remarkable grandson. Have a great day!

Rebecca in AK said...

I absolutely love your Star Gazing quilt!! It turned out beautifully! Your grandson is going to love it. Congratulations to your grandson too!

Debbie Lou said...

Super quilt for your GS. I'm sure he will love it. Beautiful job. Love the border!

Janet O. said...

I love your creation, and it sounds like your GS will, too. I think I would like him--I was a re-enactor at a local heritage center for years, but I admit there are some modern conveniences I wouldn't want to do without. : )

Barb said...

what a fabulous quilt for his graduation.
Love the border. great fabric choices for a young man!

Teresa Rawson said...

Beautiful quilt...I have one of these cut out and ready to chain piece (embarrassingly overdue for LAST spring's graduation...). I love the mix of scraps...epspecially the plaids!

Marsha said...

Ruth, that is an amazing quit, your DGS will love it. The pattern and fabrics are perfect for a young man's quilt. You did a great job! Congratulations to your DGS, he sounds like a young man to be proud of!

Karen said...

It looks perfect. You have been busy!

Michelle said...

Love this quilt! Great job and I know your grandson will love it. :) I'm a big Bonnie Hunter fan too...it's so hard to resist her beauties!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a wonderful quilt for your grandson. I love that it's so colourful and scrappy. Congratulations to your gandson too for being offered a choice of scholarships, I'm sure he worked hard at his studies.

Lori said...

What a great quilt! Congrats to your GS on the wonderful offers.

LynCC said...

This is a neat quilt top - I really love scrappy quilts, and Bonnie's patterns are wonderful. Congrats to your grandson! Our oldest daughter is graduating in three weeks after a 4-yr scholarship that made her dream school a possibility, so I'm really happy for your guy!

Hey, I tried to reply to your comment on my blog, but it got kicked back by mailer-daemon, so I'll respond here (didn't want you to think I was ignoring ya!):

Isn't it a marvelous light box? No shifting of everything when it's bigger than a dinner plate, although you're limited in time during the winter. ;D

Way to go to your family's black belts - that's neat that your granddaughter's a second dan. We're super fortunate in having wonderful instructors and access to Taekwondo "big wigs" here in the Colorado Springs area. It's an amazing thing to be a part of when the instructors are exceptional. It says something when even Marissa is always eager to go to class!

Glady said...

What a great graduation present for your grandson. After reading about his accomplishments, I can see why you are proud of him! I just bought a copy of Bonnie's book Scraps and Shirttails II in Paducah and can't wait to try some of her patterns. Happy Spring!