Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sooner Spirit {Quilt}

" A mile of road will take you a mile; A mile of runway can take you anywhere."

I wish I had the photo of the graduate that this quilt is going to!
  He is a young man headed to the University of Oklahoma, Department of Aviation 
this fall and is also already a REAL pilot. 
(I know that is weird to say, but it just blows my mind that he was flying planes while in high school!)

When he was a little guy, his mom tucked him in with a quilt made by his grandmother.  He would say "airplanes UP!" to her every night.  

She requested I add a bit of that fabric to the back of the quilt headed with him this fall!

 I can't tell you how excited I was to find this fabric for his backing.  
It's called Jetsetter by Tim Holtz.

Unfortunately, I did run into a bit of trouble while piecing the backing.  
When I had originally assessed and purchased the yardage, it appeared quite non-directional at first.

I had intended to have only a single stripe on the back, but when I realized all of the commercial planes appeared to be nose diving, I immediately messaged her to let her know I had to make a change in plans.  I think I said, and I quote, "There is NO way I am giving him any bad ju-ju" 

The last time I did this quilt for my own son, I did a square meandering, but this time I really wanted to do straight line quilting. 

I did a meander around the logo so that the applique would pop, with its blanket stitching, from the background.

I went with the black binding to frame the entire quilt.
I will admit, I struggled to choose the coordinating fabrics.  OU has only two specific colors for their school, Crimson and Cream.  I was so glad the Ash gray and black didn't distract from their colors!

Quilt Stats:
Measures:  71" X 89"
Pattern: Rah Rah Rally by Melissa Corry from the Moda Bakeshop Book, Sweet Celebrations.
Fabric: Kona Black, Ash, Crimson, and Natural
Quilted: Straight lines and meandering on Handiquilter Avante

Today is his graduation and I can't wait to see his reaction to his gift!


  1. Love your quilt! I've been looking at which pattern to make for a school quilt and I think this one is it!

  2. I would love to have this pattern. Is it for sale.

  3. I would love to have this pattern. Is it for sale.


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