Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop: My Day

Paula Budinger passed away on February 8. Paula blogged at Paula B Quilts. She was very active in our quilting community through her blog and her involvement in creating quilts for several charities. Most of the bloggers in this hop knew her, but I was only familiar with her through reading her blog.

In Paula’s memory, Janice of Color, Creating and Quilting and Kate of Smiles From Kate have been working together to host a blog hop from May 6 – 8. 

Today’s line up for the hop is:

Janice at Color Creating and Quilting

Kate at Smiles From Kate

Joy at The Joyful Quilter

Susan at Quilt Fabrication

Edi at Edi’s Crafting Life

Carol at Quilt Schmilt. You are here!

Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts

Emily at The Darling Dogwood

When I thought of Paula’s Legacy my mind turned to the traditional patterns that our mothers and grandmothers made. One of the patterns I have wanted to make was an Irish Chain. I delved in to the my stash because I just knew I had the perfect calico print. Success! I found it and knew it would just be enough to make a quilt for my charity. Victoria’s Quilts Canada require 50” x 70” quilt tops. They also appreciate receiving an extra 12 1/2” block from which they make a presentation bag and the binding.

I worked for two days on the math and then started cutting and piecing. After I had the top together and measured the quilt I realized I had made a math mistake. Once I removed one row from the top and one from the side, the measurements were still off. Back into the stash I went to try to find a good border fabric. The auditions commenced.

Too bland!
Too blue!
Hmmm! Right colour; too much contrast.
So here she is!

OMG! Can you see my mistake, oops, er my design feature? I just noticed it in this photo. How in heavens name did I miss 2 blue squares in my nine patch? I’m sure that the Covid Brain Fog is to blame, but really? I hate to say it, but due to some time constraints with having a couple of deadlines it’s going to have to wait until later in the month to be fixed. 😢

Victoria’s Quilts Canada is the charity this quilt will be donated to. This charity gifts the quilts to cancer patients. They do ask that we send only the top, binding and an extra 12 1/2” block. I did get the block made which is used to make a presentation bag and I had just enough border fabric to make the binding. I was left with a sliver less than 1/2” wide. They have an incredible group of volunteers that assemble the quilts, quilt them and get the binding and label on. Backing and batting’s are also donated or purchased from donated funds.

12 1/2” block to make a presentation bag.

While surfing the net I did see a wonderful tutorial on Missouri Star for an Irish Chain Quilt. Next time I decide to do one, it will have to be with a pattern. My brain still hurts from trying to do the math. 🥴

Since I only had to make a top for Victoria’s Quilts, I decided that I should make an extra using some of my orphan blocks and scraps from the bin.

Finished for a youth.

I wanted something brighter and really random! I think that is exactly what I got!

Here is the list of all of the prizes that are available to be won. Please stop by these great supporters and show them some love.

Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts, $50 gift certificate for her pattern shop.
Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl, 2 PDF patterns of choice.
Bernie Needle and Foot, $25 certificate for her shop.
A fat quarter bundle from Figo Fabrics
A set of quilty gift cards from Initial Thought by DMFNote cards set 1
A pattern of choice from Karen, Sugar Free Quilts
A $30 gift certificate for Doris, Cactus Queen Quilt Co
A PDF pattern of choice from Joanne,
$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

Good luck entering for the chance to win one of these awesome prizes. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on any and all of the blog posts you visit. The deadline for comments will be open for one week for anyone to make comments so the timeline by which to leave comments is going to be Friday, May 15. Any comment left on one of our blogs will be an entry.

Thanks for stopping by to read my post. Hope your day is full of quilty goodness. 😄 Carol

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For the Love of Geese What’s Under Your Foot


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

74 thoughts on “Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop: My Day

  1. I love both of the quilts! I can totally relate to the small glitch in the Irish Chain – having done that, but with much more muttering than you. The orphan block quilt top is a chorus of color, and I love it! I think Paula would have loved both quilts!

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  2. Look on the bright side: the errant block is at the bottom corner rather than smack in the middle. You can easily take it out and correct it . . . or leave it in! Orphan block quilts are great fun, aren’t they?

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  3. I love the Irish Chain! I’ve never made one, but want to again. Thanks for the link to the tutorial at Missouri Quilts, I like your border fabric too,

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  4. Hi Carol! What a fabulous choice in your fabrics for this timeless pattern. Irish Chain has been my go-to choice for baby quilts for ages. I don’t see your ‘mistake’ at all – I’d say leave it as a creative choice. What a remarkable way to memorialize Paula and all the good works she stands/stood for. I hope this legacy can continue for years to come. I know Paula would be so happy to know it. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thank you Roseanne. I really wish I had known Paula personally as so many of you did. Her Legacy should live on. She truly inspired me to stretch myself with the orphan block quilt. I wanted a riot of colour to go with the orphan blocks so just played with fabric to make it work. I am in love with the Irish Chain. Might have to try the Double next time. Baby Quilts? What a great idea! 😁 Carol

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  5. How lovely, and the perfect border choice. Your second quilt made me smile, bright and cheerful it will make someone very happy. Thank you so much for joining in the hop, Paula would have loved it.

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  6. The camera never lies!! It’s a great tool for seeing what our eyes miss. I always love Irish chains of any color. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Both quilts are lovely! Many years ago I made a Queen size Irish chain quilt as a wedding gift for my daughter and son-in-law.

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  8. I will give you much credit for spending 2 days with the quilt math! Mine time is so limited that I nearly always depend on a pattern for my quilts. It took me a little while to find your design feature, also. Your quilts are lovely and I’m sure the people that receive them will feel very special!

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    1. Thank you Danette. I’m fortunate to be retired (sort of) so I have the time to give to my craft. Math is so hard for me these days. I just keep telling myself it will get better! 😉


  9. If I tried to make an irish chain with out a pattern these days it might have more than one oops square:) What a great charity you are donating to, that one was new to me. And the orphan block quilt is also wonderful.

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  10. Oh my, you had a lot of beautiful prints to audition for borders. I like them all, so I bet it was a hard decision to make. I love the old patterns. I know you won’t be quilting this one, but if you were, I’d suggest leaving that oopsie in and using that area to sign your initial and date in quilting. No one would ever know it was an oops. This has been such a delightful hop to remember Paula, and I think by reading her blog, you knew her well!

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    1. What a brilliant idea Janine! I’ll remember that for any future “design features” 😊. I love the old patterns too and am slowly working my way down a list of must do’s. I do hope I learned a bit about Paula from reading her blog but I think I’ve learned more from participating in this hop and from the comments 😁 Carol


  11. Actually, no, I don’t see your two blue squares, so they must not stand out much. =) It’s a great quilt and a wonderful donation.

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  12. Some mirrors really shows cosmetic flaws of humans. The camera is to a quilt, as a mirror is to a woman. It finds the oddity quickly and bluntly and unkindly! I think it turned out lovely! I love your choice of fabrics to pair with that pattern! One day I will check this off my bucket list.

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    1. Thank you. It’s funny how many times I looked at that block when making the quilt and I didn’t see it. I’m glad you liked the fabrics. I was pleased with the combination. 😁


  13. I didn’t know Paula either but read her blog occasionally. Your quilt design and bag block are so pretty! This will be a nice donation quilt.

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  14. Both are such pretty quilts! I didn’t notice the missing ‘bits’ until you mentioned them and then I had to search. Rather than take it apart, could you maybe embroider some inspirational words in that space? Just a thought! Thank you for the invitation to visit with you.

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  15. At least you noticed the errant block before it was quilted and it is in an easy to spot fix. While some might leave it, I too, would need to make it right. Sigh. Thanks for participating. I only “knew” Paula from seeing her blog linkups in several places. This hop has been a wonderful way to honor her.


  16. What a pretty quilt! I think it’s interesting that your thoughts went to a traditional pattern, one that our mothers and grandmothers made. These days, everything I make has a connection to my grandmothers, my aunts, my mother. I’m so sentimental during this time stressful period.
    As to your two missing blocks, I’m wondering whether this would be a great place for you to sign this quilt and date it. I know that most of us put labels on the back–if we do it at all–but I think quilts are art, and I admire the quilts of old, when quilters often embroidered their names on the front of the quilt or appliquéd their names onto them. If you use this space it will look like a design choice.

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    1. Thank you Beth. Great suggestion about the missing pieces 😉. I wish one of my previous generations had been a quilter. Instead my grandmother and mother were wood carvers. I, too find that emotions these days take me on sentimental journeys. While chat/texting with one of my granddaughters last week I found myself sending photos of her Dad when he was a wee one. Luckily she enjoyed them;laughing at his goofy haircut and clothes. Hope your days are filled with Quilty goodness and fond memories 😁 Carol


  17. So lucky that your mistake was obvious and that you caught it prior to sending it off, or worse during quilting which happen to me. The recipient will be very touched by your gift. Both quilts are very elegant. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

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