Friday, March 25, 2011

Pink Lemonade Finish

Thank you for all the great thimble tips!  

I ended up getting one at my LQS, but haven't had the chance to try it out.  I'll take its picture and give a little report once I use it.


Our Hobson preschool auction has been keeping me busy, but it was a big success last weekend and I had fun giving away the two quilts I made for them.

This bowtie pattern is such a fun and satisfying block to piece.  


Today's Hobson feature is "Pink Lemonade" a 64inch square picnic quilt.  

I named it Pink Lemonade because there's nothing more fun when you're  kid than a picnic with pink lemonade.  And the most fun for a kid at preschool can be found at Hobson!  It really is the best preschool ever - it's a play based curriculum, parent run co-op.


Did the home dec weight back again, as I really expect it to be used on the ground all summer.  It helps just a bit more with the damp or rough ground.

Awesome colors and pattern on the back - perfect for the cathedral windows kick I had been on.  

And see my 'label' on the bottom right?  I wrote directly on one of the white circles and I loved the look.  Can't be any easier, either!!  I used a sewline pencil first, then fine tip sharpie over the top.


This quilt was in the silent auction part, all on it's own.  I was kind of nervous/excited to find out where it would end up.  Just as the auction started, a couple I didn't know came up and said they had bid on it right away and how pretty it was...a nice thing to hear.


Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see what would happen from there.  The auction people decided to try something new this year and made some of the packages with a 'buy it now' option in addition to the silent bidding option.  A set price was at the bottom, and if you filled in your bid number before the bidding reached that price, then you immediately won the package.  Two problems with how they did it I think (since a lot of people felt a need to complain to me about it during the actual auction) they set the buy it now price at 80% of retail, and you were able to choose to buy it now after others had already bid.  For example, on ebay you must choose to 'buy it now' before any other bids are entered.  So what happened on some of the popular packages, the bidding went along until it got near the set price, and then stopped as it was then scooped up.  There was confusion and a few grumpy people with those packages.

If I set it up, I would have removed the buy it now option as soon as one bid was entered.  And/or made the set price double retail or so.

Now I must admit I took advantage of this once I realized it was going on, and scooped up a fun package that I would have paid more for, had the bidding continued - without the bidding stress.  Also, the evening was FABULOUS from start to finish in every other way.  

But of course I'm mentioning it because my quilt happened to be one of the items that had the option of a set price.  I was kind of bummed missing out on seeing where the price would go, but am super happy about who did get it.  One of the moms in Becket's class lost out on my quilt last year.  This year her husband noticed the set price option and bought the quilt for her, she was so happy and I gave her a big hug!  

I've been wishing she would come out the winner - I knew my quilt would be well loved with her.  So, it was a good end to the story.   



26 comments:

bevkimmel said...

Wonderful quilt-I love that negative space being opposite of what I would expect. And the backing is gorgeous too-especially quilted. I will have to try some big prints on the backs of some of mine too.

~Michelle~ said...

I LURVE the color palette on this one! It seems like it went to the right person also :)

Jenny said...

what a beautiful quilt angela!!
love your colors! bet if they would have let the bidding go, this would have gone for a lot of money!!

Impera_Magna said...

Beautiful quilt! What a nice thing to do... donating a quilt to your preschool! I'm glad the quilt is going to a good home!

Leslie said...

oh my goodness it is so gorgeous...i love the last shot. those colors are perfect as is the name. i am glad it got a new home

Leslie said...

a new happy home that is!!!

Ellen said...

It's really beautiful and how cool that it went to someone whom you know will really love it. Its all good, all around!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Beautiful job! How many different fabrics did you use? And were they from the same line? I love how it turned out. Jenn

Allie said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the name you choose, it fits perfect. Good to know it ended up with someone who will love it.

Dee said...

I just love this quilt! The bowtie block is awesomely played against the colors! Wow! Just wow!

Congratulations on such huge compliments!

Vicki said...

gorgeous, I love the colors and design. What a great quilt.

Amy said...

I love this quilt!

Jodie B-C said...

Beautiful quilt!! So glad it turned out so well at the auction!

Mary said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I love the design and the colors. My three year old daughter does too . . . as soon as she saw it she said she wanted one too :-)

amandajean said...

It's such a gorgeous quilt! I'm glad the quilt story had a happy ending. All quilt stories should! I love the bow tie block pattern. It's on my list of quilts to make! Your color choices are amazing. Nice work!

Lee said...

Oh so gorgeous. I love everything about it. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that back! I am totally going to do some home dec weight backs, if only because I'm in love with the scale of that print! A super-giant scale print is just perfect on the back of a quilt, and they don't make quilt fabrics like that!

I believe we had a similar "buy it now" controversy at our preschool silent auction last year. This year there were MUCH fewer items with the "buy it now" option. Live and learn.

L Johnson said...

Such happy colors and fun design. I am sure it will be well loved!

katielea said...

I just finished the top for my beach/picnic quilt. Thank you for explaining your decision to use home decor weight fabric for backing. I've been trying to decide what to back mine with that would be sturdy enough for outdoor use.

Nichole said...

beautiful! the back is great. what fabric is that?

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous quilt!!!! I love the backing too.

Marty's Fiber Musings said...

Love your quilt - and that it went to a good home! Congratulations on being featured on The Modern Quilt Blog!

Siobhan Rogers said...

Love the colour and Fab idea - using heavy weight material on the back (have to remember that one)

Rene' said...

Pink Lemonade turned out beautifully!!! I love the fabrics used and the quilting design too. So glad it went to a loving home. I like the way you wrote directly on the fabric for a label. I've done this lately with small quilts and now feel like it is "OK" to use the technique with larger quilts as well.

Too bad about how the buy now option went. It seems there is always something new tried and lessons learned at each auction. I appreciate you sharing the experience with us though. Maybe others can benefit from the experience.

erica said...

ANGELA! this is gorgeous, love the white snowballs in the center! Just gorgeous...

Nancy said...

I love this quilt! How did you ever figure out those colors to go together?

sewinglady said...

I love the quilt! Great job!