Saturday, November 12, 2011

Girlfriends Quilt

I'm putting a quilt together for a silent auction for my upcoming band Christmas concert. It's on December 11, so there's not too many practices left and not too many days to get the quilt done.
DSC_0605 by sonjaartisania
DSC_0605, a photo by sonjaartisania on Flickr.
Last year I made a beef-cake pin-up Christmas tree skirt for the auction, so this year it's pin-up girls.
I bought some pin-up girls camping material a while ago that I thought was very funny. Unfortunately there are only 4 girls and they repeat quite often. I fussy cut out four of them and framed them in a beige fabric that matched the base colour of the girl fabric.
Then I put a red or green frame around that to set it off. Next I put a wide strip around the entire block to get it up to about 16 x 16 inch block.
Ice skating with no pants
Birdwatching in a bikini
Next I put a "boy scout" style frame around each girl like I did on the back of my Wonky Nine Patch Lattice quilt.
This was going to be another tree skirt, but after making 4 blocks, I saw that it needed to become an entire quilt.  I made two more blocks using combinations of the girls so they didn't look identical to the others.
I laid out the blocks and moved them around so that they didn't line up and were scattered around.  Then I filled in the empty spaces strip by strip and got the quilt all together.  I pretty much ran out of fabric so had to "Frankenpiece" the last empty space.
I made a run to the fabric store and got some more background fabric to give the quilt a little more length on the top and bottom.  I found the perfect back for the quilt - a great flannel plaid that matches the bird-watching girl's bikini.  It's perfect for the goofy out-doorsy feel of this quilt.

Now it's time to sandwich it, quilt it and bind it and it'll be ready to show off at the November VMQG meeting.


  1. It was fun to see this quilt in person at the meeting, Paul! The plaid you chose for the back was just perfect!

  2. Paul, Nate Rabe here... Beckie told me about your passion for quilts! I love your site and your vision...this cheesecake theme is fantastic! Well done.

  3. I like your 'girlfriends' quilt. do you have a tutorial on how to make those frames around the pic/blocks?? I love the look of those.