Colors for the Quilt


Just after I published my Quilting Community post last week, two more calls for quilts were placed that I wanted to share about.

The Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild is holding a #QuiltsForVegas quilt drive. Please visit the #QuiltsForVegas link for details on the quilt drive.

Sew Yeah Quilting, a quilt shop in Las Vegas, is hosting a second quilt drive, #VegasStrong, for the unseen heros. Please visit the #VegasStrong link for details on the quilt drive.

Some of you may remember that October, specifically October 31st, is a tough time in my community as well: three years ago on October 31st, Miss A and Mr. L lost their father, and the quilting community helped me make quilts for them. They know the healing power and love that goes into a quilt, and they wanted to be part of giving back to Las Vegas. After talking it over with their mom, we decided that we would get together and pick fabric for the #QuiltsForVegas quilt drive, and I would do my best to make their vision a reality.

Favorite Colors

Favorite Colors

Mr. L and Miss A wanted to start with their favorite colors. Mr. L loves orange, and Miss A loves teal. I had a fat quarter bundle of Just Color by Studio E Fabrics that had just the right colors, and they then asked which of the colors was MY favorite, so I added in the blue you can see in the photo above.

Colors for the Quilt

Colors for the Quilt

The next fabric we discussed is what to use for the heart block in the quilt. They quickly agreed on purple. We then talked about different ways we could use color in the quilt top, and they decided to go with a rainbow color transition and selected the specific fabric they wanted used.

#QuiltsForVegas: Mockup 1

#QuiltsForVegas: Mockup 1

We also looked at the #QuiltsForVegas Instagram hashtag while they were visiting, and Miss A and Mr. L really wanted to have the blocks connecting together across the quilt. After their visit, I made a mockup and texted their mom a photo of it for their approval. The orange and teal, representing Mr. L and Miss A, have the most number of blocks and I really like the way the blocks connect together (they were clear on their vision and it looks great)!

#QuiltsForVegas: Mockup 2

#QuiltsForVegas: Mockup 2

After seeing the mockup, Mr. A wanted to move the heart between the two blue blocks, and I think everyone is pleased with this second layout. Now I just need to start cutting fabric and sewing some blocks together!

My plan is to make as many blocks from each color fat quarter as possible (I think I can get 8 blocks from one fat quarter, fingers crossed). If that’s true, I should have 27 more blocks left over… so hopefully with just a bit of creativity I can get 2 heart blocks and 2 purple blocks from a fat quarter as well to round out a second quilt top.

17 thoughts on “#QuiltsForVegas

  1. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Thanks for sharing the links and the story of Miss A and Mr L. Its a beautiful design and it really is a stunning quilt.

  2. Susanbk says:

    What a nice thing to do with Miss A. and Mr. L., Yvonne! I love how thoughtfully they’ve planned the quilt and are helping pass on to others the good feeling they’ve had from their own quilts!

  3. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Yvonne; How wonderful that you have shared the information for the links to the places who are accepting donations for the quilts for Vegas. What a beautiful combination of fabrics you and Miss A and Mr. L have chosen for their quilt. Plus, the design you have put together is so perfect to show off these fabrics. I know I would really appreciate it if you would share the pattern! Also, thank you for sharing the wonderful tale of Miss A and Mr. L returning the love of a quilt given to them at a time they needed and how they are now doing the same. It is a powerful message. Have a great day!

  4. What a successful planning session for a wonderful collaboration!

  5. Paula S. Pike says:

    Yvonne, you are such a gift to the world. Bless you!

  6. Helen says:

    I love how the colours meld and blend in together yet run along aside in their colour groups . Also the right decision to move the heart . Well done you two .

  7. Miss A and Mr L, you have received, and now you are also giving from your hearts. These quilts will be a reminder that there is love in all communities, Thanks so much Yvonne, for sharing this with us.

  8. Janet Sabol says:

    I, too, appreciate that you shared the Las Vegas links and the story Miss A and Mr L. If it’s OK, I’d love to have the pattern for this quilt also. Keep up the great work!

  9. Great story! That was fun to read the process you went through for the design and the colors. Great collaboration! It gives more meaning to the quilt to know the story behind it. Thanks for sharing, Yvonne. Hope you can squeeze out another one. 🙂

  10. Good for you to be making these blocks/quilt! It’s wonderful to know how you’re helping others – your friends, and special people in Las Vegas. Your quilt design is fabulous, and I simply adore those colors. What a neat fabric line! I’ve never heard of it and will now be looking for some. Thanks for sharing!

  11. cblanco46 says:

    Thank you for sharing information about donating the quilts. There are several of us here in CA working to meet the deadline. We would really love to have the pattern you are using as it is perfect for this purpose. Thank you.

  12. sue7oaks says:

    These are both great settings for the blocks and the colours look really uplifting. Looking forward to the finish!

  13. I was thinking about them just the other day. I love that you are working on another quilt together. Their colors and style are great!

  14. nan says:

    The color choices are really nice. I think I like the heart placed higher instead of lower on the quilt. I usually donate to the Red Cross or local chapters, but never made a quilt before. Do they get distributed by someone who runs these organizations? I always wonder about that, but didn’t know who to ask.

  15. Yvonne, it is a lovely design and also a beautiful story. I like how you got A and L involved in designing the quilt.

  16. Kate says:

    It’s a great design. Just sorry that there is a need for such quilts.

  17. This is a great design! I love the heart in it, and the sentiment of course, is the best.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)