Sunday, April 28, 2019

Quilt #126 :: Peace, Love, and Intergalactic Donuts

For the second year in a row, I participated in the Project Linus mystery quilt. Last year's mystery quilt drew me in because it had an international theme. 

If you aren't familiar with the organization, Project Linus distributes homemade quilts and blankets to children facing long hospital stays. It's a wonderful way to brighten up a hospital room and bring a little love and cheer to someone who could use it. 

This year's mystery quilt was called Sweet Violet's Bakery and Confectionary. 

Because it was a mystery, I started making blocks without an idea of what the final design would be. Because of the name and main character, most of the quilts featured a lot of pinks and purples. As the mom of a boy, I decided pretty early on that I would make a more neutral quilt. My inspiration print was this tie-dye heart print that I used for the backing.

The designer of the annual mystery quilt, Mary, always challenges me to try something new. This year, I learned to make some 3D blocks. My cupcakes were filled with extra frosting. 

My candy wrappers stick out a little. If I were to do it again, I might have sewn some cereal box bags in the ends to make them crinkle.

When I got to the big Violet block, D suggested I make a rocket instead of a flower. Such a great idea!

One of the last sections was the awning, which is made of real flaps. I decided to practice my freemotion cursive by writing the name of the quilt under the flaps--Peace, love, and intergalactic donuts. 

For the last three flaps, I wrote, "You Are Loved."

When I showed D, he loved the secret message. He also really loved the rocket. First, he asked if he could have it. Then I explained why I made it. He agreed I should give it away. Then he asked me to make him another one!

I'm not sure if I'm going to make another one of these for D, but I did recruit him to help me take pictures of the quilt at our local donut shop, which inspired the name. The first time we came by, they were already closed, so I had to settle for this picture. 

When we came back the next day, to buy donuts and ask permission to take some pictures, the staff was wonderful, suggesting backdrops and even holding up the quilt!

In addition to delicious donuts, the shop is very retro and cool.

I didn't realize how much orange played into the theme until we came to take pictures. 

As I worked on this quilt, I thought of the little one who will eventually snuggle under it and prayed for his/her healing, for peace and strength for the parents, and an overwhelming sense of love for them all. Perhaps, like D, the new owner will be comforted by dreams of delicious donuts. 

This quilt was my One Monthly Goal for April, but I forgot to link it up to the update party. But, I did make my goal!

Linked to:

Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts & Doll Quilts
Modern Patch Monday @ Modern Cologne Quilters
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
What I Made Monday @ Pretty Piney

To Do Tuesday @ Stitch All the Things
Colour & Inspiration Party @ The Clever Chameleon

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers @ My Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter
WIPs on Wednesday @ Esther's Blog

Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Beauties Pageant @ From Bolt to Beauty
Finished Or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Off the Wall Friday @ Nina Marie
Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

UFO Busting @ The Madd Quilter

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  1. What a fun quilt and fun photo shoot!

  2. This quilt is absolutely amazing! I love all of the 3D elements to it. I would never think to try and add things like that into a quilt, and it's absolutely genius. The secret message under the flaps is so wonderful. I am sure that the child who gets that quilt will feel so loved and special after reading that. Wonderful work!

  3. 7 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 53 Minutes and 20 Seconds, I think you're very high functioning aspergers/genius, I had broken neck, cracked head, 20 root canals, 5 implants, I am just a ordinary housewife with extraordinary life at 60. I give headaches and love to throw out stuff.

  4. What a fun quilt! I love the addition of the rocket!

  5. Such a cute, creative quilt! Love your color choices!

  6. Your quilt photo shoots must be making you something of a celebrity around town! Another terrific quilt for a terrific cause, with a dose of great originality to boot. Love your quilt, your little (fast growing) man and your post. xx

  7. This is adorable! Some child is really going to love it. Love your on site photos! I'm mean of course you had to go to the donut shop! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  8. I love that you went retro with this one :) Sometimes with mysteries you just don't know what you will get, but this one is groovy for sure! This quilt is awesome and I totally see why D would want to keep it.


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