Monday, January 21, 2013

Baby Goes Modern, A Pre-Auction Post

Remember my "Window on a Marmalade Sky? 
It was featured in my November 2012 post entitled "Braid in a Day" by Eleanor Burns. Since then it has served as the sample for two classes at The Joyful Quilter and will now headline my special 40th Birthday Charity Quilt Auction. "Your WHAT?" you ask. 

Back in June while my pastor and his son were walking across Spain, our other pastor (the wife and mother of the walkers) was preaching about how we are each moved to action in the way God intends for our lives. ie. What is your calling?...... however small or simple the action. 

I was planning a party for my 40th birthday, but that didn't seem to be enough. I wanted to share my quilt art with my family, friends, church and quilting communities. It came to me after a rare good night of sleep. Here is the plan, for the second half of February a collection of quilts will hang in my church's lounge. I'll have a kick-off reception and finally on February 9th a handful or two of quilts will be auctioned HERE for two charities. They are the Fowler Camp and Conference Center ( at which I grew up as a summer camper, and an organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer's disease. The idea is to share and to give back at the same time. 

This quilt was a gift to a new born baby with a quilting mom. It is the second very modern quilt I've made and I really like how it turned out. The patter is from Sweet Jane's Quilting and Design called "City Blocks".  The quilting was done by professional long-arm artist Eileen McCabe of Quilting Threads in my guild. It is not in the auction as the baby won't part from it.

The sister quilt, seen below however, will be auctioned.  It was made following an online tutorial from The Missouri Star Quilt Company. The idea is that you take a 10inch layer cake. Cut all pieces into two at the 3 1/2 inch mark leaving a 6 1/2 inch second piece behind. You mix those up and piece back together. Then, you turn these blocks 90 degrees (so the seam is horizontal) and cut these pieces down the middle at the 5 inch mark. Again mix up, and resew. DONE!   The blocks look like this all put together.

Measuring about 44 by 51inches, this little wonder would make a lovely baby quilt or baby play mat.
It was quilted by local long-arm artist,  Diane Podesva. 

Finally, this amazingly bright yellow quilt  (measuring a large 65 by 80 inches) will also be auctioned at my upcoming charity blog event. The quilting was done by professional long-arm artist Eileen McCabe of Quilting Threads. The blocks are made from the left-over 2 1/2 strips from my "Window on a Marmalade Sky." 

So, Dear Quilting Friends, please tell your family, friends, and quilt-collecting loved ones, about my auction and if you would like to place an early bid for one of these three pieces, just e-mail me at  Thanks and stay tuned for more quilts to be auctioned at my 40th Birthday Extravaganza!!!

 Thanks again, 



  1. It all sounds great and such a wonderful idea. Of course I love Diane and Eileen's work so I'm sure they are all gorgeous. Hope to see you next month at guild.

  2. These are wonderful! Love the auction idea! Looking forward to Feb!