Monday, November 20, 2017

Lancer Spirit {Auction Quilt}

"Go, Fight, Win, Stand Up and YELL!!!"

If you have followed me long enough, it has become a habit of mine to find and make what I call School Spirit or Pride quilts.  I love to donate a quilt to each of my sons' auctions in their school colors.

Part of the fun is finding new patterns to use and I lucked out when I stumbled upon this pretty simple pattern at Riley Blake's School Spirit Quilt HERE.

I tried to use most of my stash, but it was getting a "muddy" feeling that felt forced, so I made a quick run to Joann's Fabrics.

 This is where I'm supposed to tell everyone that hubby picked out some of the important fabrics.  Insert rolling eyes emoji and saying "oh I wouldn't have found them myself....."

This year, I finally braved the school logo for the first time and made a layered applique.

I will admit here and now that the embroidery was intense to design and execute with my multi-positional hoop.  The love-hate relationship with my machine and software saga still continues.

When I bought the fabric, I really wasn't sure what binding I would end up choosing.
 I had to use both the blue and green dotted fabrics to cover the entire perimeter.

I've learned through the years that it isn't always prudent to overdo the quilting.

To get a nice texture without spending hours, I did a free-motion quilting straight line quilting.
I'm not sure what to call it, but you can see it is almost like giant horizontal oval bubbles, of a sort.

I had to add a printed label to the minky quilt backing.  I can't help myself.

Quilt Stats:
Measures: 54" Square
Pattern: School Pride by Riley Blake
Fabrics: Joann Fabrics
Quilted: Freemotion on Handiquilter Avante

It did a little better than the School Spirit Twister Quilt and took a lot less work (other than the logo) and I hope even the smallest amount of money goes to the operation budget of a very small and wonderful school!


  1. Great job! On the applique, did you end up with 5 layers under the cross or did you cut out the fabric behind it? When I made one, I didn't remove the fabric and it got pretty stiff with so many layers. I love that you embroidered yours. It's a great pattern for a school quilt. And your label is perfect! You put a lot of thought into the details.

    1. Great question! It’s 4 layers, not including the top/batting/backing. It’s always a tough decision for me. I have cut behind in the past and sometimes not. It does make it a bit stiffer. I decided to leave the layers this time because the minky and batting together get a little thick and seemed to handle it. And I didn’t Quilt the logo itself like I normally do. It really is a toss-up for the finished look.

      Thank you!

  2. That turned out GREAT!!! Kudos to helping out your son's school.

  3. This turned out great! Love the fabrics and glad it did well at the auction.

    1. Thanks! I like it so much that I’ve decided to use the same pattern for my high school boys’ school!

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  5. This is beautiful! I'd like to make a quilt like this for my school auction, but can't seem to find the pattern. I've searched the link you've provided, but it doesn't seem to be there anymore. Can you help?


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