I started going to the thrift store and buying all of the scrap materials they had for about 6 months. I wanted to make a quilt like my grandmother used to make..she called it a stringy quilt. I even found the batting, border, and backing the thrift store. The backing was already cut into 14 x 65 strips of red material that I only had to sew together and the border was already cut as well. I used the quilt as you go method but instead paper, I used cut up squares of scrap batting. The total quilt cost me $50 to make this king size quilt.
The older of my step brothers is in law enforcement. Each star represents an agency he has worked for. The first was as an Army MP followed by an Arizona Sheriff's Office, an Arizona Police Department then The United States Marshals and now an Arizona Indian tribe of which his wife is a member. Each agency is embroidered under the stars. The backing is cigars which he has a thing for.
My husband has been so supportive of my quilting hobby. He has outfitted my sewing room with shelves and tables, and never bats an eye when UPS delivers yet another package of fabric from MIssouri Star. So when he asked if I would make a quilt for him, I was more than happy to accommodate. He chose the fabrics and pattern and I got busy. I let the talented quilters at MSQC machine quilt it with the design of his choice. He loves it!
My 9 year old grandson decided he needed a "grown up" quilt and he wanted it to be a "fish" quilt. We looked at as many fabrics I could find that had fish, but he only wanted certain fresh water fish, which made the task more difficult. we finally settled on a fish themed panel with a couple of fish fabrics. I had no idea what to do with this fabric until I stumbled on Jenny's "Summer School" quilt tutorial. Hallelujah! I began to design my grandson's fish swimming around the center panel. He loved the way his quilt turned out. He also requested fish themed flannel fabric for the backing so he could cuddle with his quilt. As much time as I put into making more than 50 fish squares, and custom quilting it to death, I feel confident that he can take his quilt to college. It is a unique heirloom quilt, for sure.