It occurred to me that some people may not know what I'm talking about when I constantly bring up this auction quilt. Well, here is the story. My wonderful four year old is going to a private school which has an annual fundraiser auction. There is a silent auction with all the typical silent auction type things (I'm donating one of my beginner classes for that). There's also a live auction, and each class is making a project which will be auctioned off. The auction is at the end of March, but they wanted the class projects to be in the lobby for today, which was parent-teacher conference day.
I had everyone in Molly's class (23 total; one has moved away) paint fabric using Dye-Na-Flow. This fabric paint works essentially like dye and is very easy to use. I took the kids' finished fabric and made the auction quilt out of it. The theme of the auction is New York, New York. So, the quilt is of a skyline (not specifically NYC's skyline). Each building represents a child in Molly's class. The design is mine. I have done all the piecing, couching (of yarn), free motion quilting and most of the embellishments. Here, finally, is a crappy photo of it hanging in the lobby for conferences:
And here is a photo of the whole display:
It's not quite done. The tallest building (the blue one on the right) needs embellishing. I also need to glue down some of the knots on the back so the beads don't come loose over time. And I need to label it. And I need to get good photos of it. So far it has about $250 worth of materials in it and countless hours. I have to figure it out, but it wouldn't surprise me if I have 100 hours in it by now. I hope it gets a lot of bids!
In other news, I went to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show today. Lots of eye candy, only some shopping. I'll try to post photos of what I bought later.
I am hoping that whoever wins the quilt will donate it back to the school for display. And I'd love to try to enter it in Mid-Atlantic next year (if it's good enough). Maybe the winner will let me borrow it? We'll see.