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Fire Truck Quilt - TWO Raffle Results!

PostPosted: Feb 10, 2005 10:34 pm
by JaneG
I just finished the binding on this tied quilt last night. It goes on display Sunday for a raffle for my local volunteer fire department. I finished the piecing in November but didn't get anyone lined up to machine quilt it for me. Then the holidays came and and everyone was booked up. So I ended up tying it with red yarn. It would have looked so much better quilted. :( Hopefully when I get my new sewing machine I'll be able to do some machine quilting for myself! :D

Anyway, the story with this quilt is that this year I had trouble finding any "fire truck/fire fighter" related fabric. Last year I found flannel with firemen, fire trucks and dalmations on it. In the past I had a panel with Clifford the Dog as a fireman. All sorts of cute things. But this year all I could find was black with these old fire trucks on it. Cute, but a little dark for a quilt. Also, no one carried it as yard goods, all I could find was a total of 8 fat quarters from 2 different shops. I tried to brighten it up with red and gold, I don't really like the color combination, but I didn't have much to work with. :roll: Actually, the red has little black dots that you can't see, and the gold isn't really a solid, it's shades of gold blended together (actually called "Blenders Gold").

I had to do large blocks in order to get at least one complete fire truck in each block, and I couldn't affort to waste fabric by fussy cutting since I only had those 8 fat quarters.

Anyway, here's the finished quilt. A pic of the whole thing and then a close-up so you can see the fabric I was stuck trying to work with. The first pic is a little fuzzy.

But on a positive note, I'm getting better with triangles and sewing on the bias without deforming the square! Also, nearly every one of the intersections where 6 pieces come together to matches up perfectly!! I was SO tickled!! Love it when that happens! :lol:

PostPosted: Feb 10, 2005 11:24 pm
by patsue53
Jane, you're way too critical! I think it's very, very nice! I like all the fabrics! Way to go girl! :D

PostPosted: Feb 11, 2005 7:38 am
by viktoria
I think you did a very good job with the design. Now how do I buy raffle tickets? DD and SIL are volunteer firefighters.

PostPosted: Feb 11, 2005 9:31 am
by wishiwere
Jane it looks great! Very nice job. So what's the trick with those 6 pieces coming together? :) You're scaring me :eek: into thinking i've bitten off more than I can chew taking the class starting this tuesday!

PostPosted: Feb 11, 2005 10:18 am
by JaneG
Thanks Pat!

Victoria, cheers for your DD and SIL, volunteers are so important. I'm an EMT on our department. Our annual fundraiser is Pancake & Sausage breakfasts held every Sunday in February. There is also a raffle with various donated items, including my quilt and a 32" TV. Tickets are on sale all month and the drawing will be on the last Sunday in February. We sell tickets for $1 or 6 for $5. If you are serious about wanting in the raffle, PM me.

Jane, I'm talking about having the seams match up, so the seams in each row meet the seams in the next row. No problem, you'll do fine in class. Besides, unless your quilt is being judged they don't have to be perfect! I had to cancel my class because of conflicts with my work schedule. I'm going to sign up for the next round of classes.

PostPosted: Feb 11, 2005 11:07 am
by wishiwere
Fortunately, I am not working right now, so I do have the time. And I found out I can pay for the first class and get both patterns and material for 2 quilts sets and then if you get them done each month before the next class, you get the next class free! Whhoooooooho!

PostPosted: Feb 11, 2005 4:54 pm
by Justme
Very Nice Quilt. Esp. as you couldn't find what you really wanted.


PostPosted: Feb 11, 2005 7:11 pm
by newtohosta-no more
I'm not a quilter , but I think it looks wonderful! I like the colors too. Nice job. :D

PostPosted: Feb 12, 2005 2:08 am
by Mary Ann
Well done, Jane. :D My son is also a fireman.

PostPosted: Feb 12, 2005 9:00 am
by LucyGoose
I'm not a quilter, or sewer of any type, but Jane, that is just beautiful!! The trucks on it are awesome!! :D

Excellent job!! :D

PostPosted: Feb 12, 2005 10:22 am
by jmboyer
Beautiful work, Jane. I think the colors are great. You can be proud of that achievement.

PostPosted: Feb 12, 2005 9:32 pm
by wild4flowers
Nice job Jane. You can be proud of it. Someone will pretty lucky to get this handmade quilt. If you were going to keep it, then the color scheme would be different for you, but whoever wins this will be a very happy camper. CHAR

PostPosted: Feb 13, 2005 11:37 am
by hostanquilts
Great job Jane!! It looks great & I know how you feel when those points all come together!

PostPosted: Feb 13, 2005 5:48 pm
by Patrushka
It looks great Jane! :cool: I think the red, gold and black make a nice contrast. 8-) I guess I'm used to black and red together. DS#1 had a Bulls comforter on his bed for years. :wink:

PostPosted: Mar 02, 2005 10:37 am
by JaneG
What comes around goes around . . . funny turn of events . . .

First, thanks for all the comments on my Fire Truck Quilt. The raffle was held on Sunday and the winner has two little boys, in Kindergarten and 2nd grade, so hopefully they will like the fire trucks.

Living in a small town we are always supporting local efforts, like the volunteer fire department. A few weeks ago I bought raffle tickets from the library. They were raising funds for their kids summer reading program and to make the library handicap accessible. The raffle items included an American Girl Doll, an afghan, a quilt, and a $125 certificate for a customized garden stone. (I was hoping to win the stone, but really just bought the tickets to support the library.)

Guess what?? The raffle was yesterday and I won the quilt!!! Just two days after raffling off a quilt I made! Funny how things turn out!

The quilt I won was made by a local woman who does one every year for the library raffle. It's made from small gingham-like prints in soft colors and is really very pretty. With a cuddly flannel back. I'll take a pic tonight and post it.

EDIT to add picture . . .

PostPosted: Mar 02, 2005 9:48 pm
by wishiwere
hmmmmmmmm....still waiting for that pic there JaneH! :) Congrats on the winning! :)

PostPosted: Mar 03, 2005 7:58 am
by wild4flowers
A very pretty prize you won. I'm sure the woman who made it put her heart and soul into it. And it probably doesn't match anything you have.
The colors are nice and pastel, and if I had made it, or you, or you, the color scheme would be entirely different. But it looks like she did a good job.


PostPosted: Mar 03, 2005 8:05 am
by wishiwere
Very pretty. Easter colors :)

PostPosted: Mar 03, 2005 9:34 am
by JaneG
Yes Char, it's very nice. I have a spare bedroom that is done with a light blue hue, this quilt will look nice on the bed in that room. You are right about everyone having different tastes, and how a different color scheme can entirely change the look of a quilt, even if done in the same blocks.

Jane, I thought the same thing, very spring-y Easter colors!

PostPosted: Mar 05, 2005 9:21 pm
by hostanquilts
Hi Jane,
It's great that you won that quilt!! It is really pretty!