Surprise for my sister

Since my sister graduated college, I’ve been bugging her to let me turn her t-shirts into a quilt. She finally turned them over to me this summer. I planned on making the blanket for her birthday in November, but decided it would be awesome to surprise her. My sister recently moved to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. She is getting her Ph.D. and works for the university. This is a phenomenal opportunity for her, but between hurricanes and bomb threats, she’s had a rough couple of weeks.

I am a horrible secret keeper, and I hate waiting, so this was difficult for me. It was hard not telling her what I was doing. Perhaps the hardest part was waiting for the package to arrive. (It didn’t help matters that I wrote the wrong zip code on the box, but we’re not going there…). I paid for Priority shipping, thinking that the package would get to her on Thursday. It didn’t. I thought it would get there Friday. It didn’t. I gave up hope, especially when tracking said the package was sent back to the sorting facility Saturday morning, but at 4:58 Saturday afternoon, I got a call from my sister- the quilt made it! She was surprised, excited, and in love with her new blanket. That phone call made all the stress of waiting worth it.

Here are pictures I took while making her quilt…

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Team Spirit youth quilts

I owe this idea 100% to my friend & neighbor. She asked me if I could create a baby gift for a child whose house was divided- one parent a Steelers fan, the other a Patriots fan. Because quilts are my favorite thing, I had a vision for a checkerboard pattern blanket, using fabric from both teams. I placed the order for the fabric and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

In the mean time, I was at Hobby Lobby (for what, I’m not even sure), and browsed through the fabrics. I saw they had Atlanta Falcons fabric, and got an idea. My best friend and her husband are Falcons season ticket holders. Their daughter was turning 1, and I needed a birthday gift. I bought the fabric along with red gingham and red flannel to back the blanket, went home and got straight to work.

Here are both blankets-

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After these blankets were finished, I had the opportunity to create a LSU blanket for a friend’s little girl. Normally, I either purchase fabric from Jo Ann’s or Hobby Lobby, or I order from Fabric.com, but none of these had the purple LSU fabric that I wanted. I found it online, but (of course) had issues actually getting it. 2 weeks, 3 emails, and 2 separate shipments later… Here it is-

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The small blanket measures 36″ by 42″, and sells for $30, the larger blanket is 42″ by 42, and is $40. These can be created for any college or professional sports team, and are a great way to show your team spirit, or a house divided! Check out my Facebook page for ordering information.