She announces that week's themes and people can link up an old post about projects they have done for one or both themes. Quilters can also link up a new post for a "pre-blogging" project about the themes. I've linked up one "old" post this week (although it's not that old having only been posted back in March) but this week I had a projects for the subjects that were the early days before blogging so gives me an opportunity to get them posted to the blog.
This week's themes are Color Wheels, Crafty Projects and Crazy Quilts. I haven't done any Color Wheel quilts but do have some projects for the other catagories. I've already linked up my post on the jewelry pouches I've made so now need to do a post on a pre-blogging Crafty project.
When my sons were in elementary school, the school had an incentive program where the teachers could recognize a student in their class each month who set the example for being a "good citizen". The school would hold a small monthly breakfast that parents could attend to see all the "Citizens of the Month" from each grade honored and receive a pin and certificate acknowledging the honor.
Over the years each of my sons won the award a few times and I liked to display them. In our old apartment I had an area in our front foyer where I displayed all of our awards and diplomas. I would put all the acumulated pins (as well as display the most recent certificate) on a shelf but at some point realized it would be nice to have a banner to display all the pins together. Well you know us quilters, if there is a need, there must be a way to meet it by making a quilt!
This was the result of that brainstorm. It was a simple project made from some stash fabrics that were from an interesting source. In my early days as a quilter, I had once bought a five pound bag of fabric samples off of Ebay! They were mostly older samples and I believe the seller originally owned a quilt shop. I will say I've started or filled in a lot of projects from that bag! The samples came in varying sizes from about a layer cake sized square to sometimes a quarter yard cut. The different prints or colorways (if it was all the same print) of each line would be stapled together with a header card with the fabric line and designer's name on it.
All the fabrics for this project, front and back (with the execption of the binding), came from the sample bag. On the front, the black background and schoolhouse at the bottom was a border print from a Debbie Mum fabric line called "Mums the Word" and the green and yellow horizontal schoolbuses and supplies stripe print at the top was another fabric from the same line.