Pattern: Promise by Trish Poolson  (modified a little)
Fabrics: Island Brights from Island Batik and some assorted from my stash
Quilted by: Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting
Time to sew: one long weekend
Difficulty rating: ★★

I volunteer with a girls youth organization, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG)- check it out here – and have sewn and donated a few quilts for fund raisers over the past few years. This year I was approached and asked to make one for a special person. Every July we have our annual convention and now that this quilt has been gifted I can share it. When I first saw Trish’s Promise quilt I knew this was going to be the one I used for this gift. But, of course I needed to modify it a little. First, I added the purple row because, of course, it’s a rainbow and we all know rainbows have 7 colors. ROYGBIV for those of you that need help remembering 🙂 I had a Layer Cake of Island Batiks Island Brights and cut the 10″ squares into 5″ squares to use it up. I used a little from my stash to finish up the colors and all of the neutrals.

Then, while I loved the heart in the bottom left corner, I had been asked to incorporate Nevada’s IORG logo into the quilt somehow and I knew this was the perfect place to do so. I first cut out the Nevada state design using some template plastic, then cut out the Nevada shapes. Then I applique’d them onto the bottom left corner that was all background squares. Here is the top before adding the shapes.
The Nevada logo positions the Nevada shape so it makes a flower in the center. It’s not as easy to see on the quilt, but it’s there, just kind of squint your eyes a little. The quilt is 68 x 82, a very nice large lap-size for snuggling with. This pattern is very quick and easy to complete and a weekend of sewing the squares together was all it took to have the top done. Then I moved on to the backing. I knew I wanted to incorporate the title (Supreme Worthy Advisor) and the year she will hold her Supreme Assembly. I used Lori Holt’s “Spelling Bee” book to make all my letters. This book is my “go-to” for any lettering that I want to do. Her directions are so easy to follow and I love that she has not only uppercase and lower case, but also some pictures and designs to  go with the letters.

Then it was off to get quilted. I explained to someone the other day that I’m not really a “quilter”, more of a “topper” as I don’t actually do the quilting but I love making the tops. Melissa always does a great job on my quilts and she didn’t let me down again. Isn’t that flower the cutest thing.

I am confident that I will be making this quilt again and probably using the heart. If you’re looking for a quick but really impactful quilt, give this one a try. You will not regret it.