Auction Quilts – Done!

Thank goodness.

Do you ever volunteer to help out with something and end up completely, totally underestimating the time it will take?

The artwork and image transfer to fabric via Bubble Jet Set was all handled by the 2nd grade class moms. Marybeth O’Halloran of White Lotus Quilting did the exquisite long arm quilting, each block a mini-masterpiece.

I offered to do the piecing and the binding. Easy peasy, right?. And, of course, the quilts needed labels. And how could I possibly let these go out the door without hanging sleeves? Greg kept reminding me that my child wasn’t even in that grade level. I kept reminding him that this was my last school auction. Boo hoo. Leil’s last year of official elementary school. Double boo hoo. (The three elementary schools on the Island only go through 4th grade, the kids all funnel into a single ‘Intermediate’ school for 5th and 6th grade).

The silver lining was working with the beautiful art created by the kids. Pure sweetness. Little smiles on all the creatures, tiny hands used to create the animals on the top quilt. As I was constructing I’d get a glimpse of something new and it would make me smile and feel all warm inside.

Full photo shoot on Flickr.

27 Responses to Auction Quilts – Done!
  1. stephanie
    March 13, 2008 | 11:33 pm

    That is a very awesome quilt! great quilting too!

  2. muralimanohar
    March 14, 2008 | 12:13 am

    Those are really nice! And the artwork is adorable! 😀

  3. Lynne
    March 14, 2008 | 1:42 am

    I just love the artwork. Everyone did a terrific job.

  4. Sue B
    March 14, 2008 | 2:02 am

    Fabulous! they look great!

  5. nicolette
    March 14, 2008 | 2:15 am

    Those quilts are gorgeous! You’ve put lots of time and love into the piecing and binding!
    Did I ever not totally underestimate time something needs to get done…

  6. Racquel
    March 14, 2008 | 3:35 am

    Amazing! These quilts are beautiful, but I know what you mean about volunteer jobs taking much longer than expected.

  7. adrienne
    March 14, 2008 | 4:11 am

    Very beautiful Kathy!!!!

  8. Mama Urchin
    March 14, 2008 | 6:09 am

    Wow, last year of elementary school. The artwork is so great. I want to try to do an artwork quilt for my mom.

  9. Molly
    March 14, 2008 | 7:06 am

    Ah… the trials and tribulations of a generous quilting perfectionist! Your work is so inspiring and just beautiful. Thanks for your posts.

  10. Darby
    March 14, 2008 | 7:16 am

    The quilts are absolutely sweet. I know how competitive those auctions get; I’m sure these will be hot commodities. Good job!!!

  11. Anina
    March 14, 2008 | 8:35 am

    A lot of work, but SO worth it!

  12. Cheryl
    March 14, 2008 | 9:34 am

    Kathy, as usual, they are absolutely beautiful. I love the fabric combinations. I don’t know if this phrase makes sense, but they look like they ‘unintentionally go together’. The quilting is devine!

  13. Kristin
    March 14, 2008 | 7:50 pm

    Marvelous! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Berlinswhimsy
    March 15, 2008 | 5:02 pm

    Those are beautiful quilts and what a wonderful item for an auction! I think that almost everytime I’ve volunteered for one of my kid’s school fundraisers, I’ve spent WAY more time than I had imagined… And then when it’s all over, I seem to forget again…

  15. April
    March 17, 2008 | 11:23 am

    These quilts turned out wonderful.

  16. Tiffany
    March 17, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    WOW… I’m really in awe.

    Beautifully done,

  17. Janet Wermel
    March 17, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    Thanks for all your work- they’re spectacular!!!

  18. Michele
    March 17, 2008 | 6:13 pm

    Underestimating the time projects will take? I can’t COUNT the times. You’re not alone, but…oh look at how beautiful the results are! Maybe we just work well under pressure??….yea right! LOL


  19. Liz
    March 17, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    Is the intermediate school on the island? What about high school? Just curious… I live on an island in Michigan – we have one school K-12 with about 70 kids. I’d love to know more about your island life…

  20. Administrator
    March 17, 2008 | 6:38 pm

    Liz: Island wide there are approximately 300 children per grade level. There are 3 elementary schools that go K-4. Our Intermediate school is 5th & 6th grades, a total of 600 kids. The goal was to keep the children in a separate environment because they really still are elementary age! We have a single middle school which is 7th & 8th grade and then on to a single High School. There are also some district funded alternative options for both K-8 and HS where kids can direct their own learning plans and parents are heavily involved, sort of like home schooling within a school structure.

    Your island sounds a lot smaller than mine 😉

  21. Lisa
    March 18, 2008 | 7:13 am

    Awesome and what a wonderful gesture too. Love all the pretty colors.

  22. Mellissa - wondermommy
    March 18, 2008 | 8:22 am

    Those are absolutely perfect!

  23. Jo Ann
    March 18, 2008 | 10:00 am

    Kathy, as usual your work is beautiful and done with perfection. Love the labels, too. Have you ever done a tutorial on labels?

  24. jen
    March 18, 2008 | 12:23 pm

    Those quilts are just lovely, as is all your work. I really enjoy the blog.

  25. Jody
    March 18, 2008 | 9:12 pm

    Wow. Those quilts are absolutely beautiful. Very inspiring.

  26. Rubyellen
    March 21, 2008 | 1:56 am

    that looks lovely and is a great idea! great crafting adventures on this blog!!!

  27. Megan
    March 27, 2008 | 1:54 am

    These quilts are glorious.