The story of this quilt starts two years ago.
A customer had requested a Duke University-themed toddler quilt that I just happened to be working on during March – at the very same time the Blue Devils were advancing towards their 2015 NCAA Tournament Championship.
Now I’m not saying Whimzie Quiltz had anything to do with their win, but if my working on that quilt helped in any way… well, I wasn’t going to let that advantage slip by again.
So in 2016, I started a quilt celebrating my alma mater, the University of Kansas, during March Madness. And guess what?!? KU lost in the fourth round. So much for that theory…
The Kansas quilt was half-way finished, but I was too bummed to continue to work on it and carefully tucked it away.
As Selection Sunday rolled around again this year and the Jayhawks earned a #1 seed, I took the quilt out again, determined to finish it before this year’s tournament ended. And I did –
Ain’t she a beaut? That was a lot of appliqué work there in the center, but the oversized Jayhawk mascot came out great. And I love me some scrappy fabrics! My favorite part, though, is the asymmetry of the logo contrasted again the symmetry of the borders – it’s such a cool overall design. I crosshatch quilted the squares, with meander quilting in the logo and red border, and, for a little variety, added piano key quilting around the outside.
The basketball tournament structure has created a saying that college champions are “made in March”. Turns out this quilt was, too. It took two years – two tournaments, really – but by only working on it during March Madness, this quilt was truly “Made in March”, as well.
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk – Go KU!
In mid-March this year, I finished up a couple of projects for family and friends and started a custom Duke University quilt for Trisha M. and her son, Chayson. The timing was kind of interesting – I was actually cutting blue fabrics the day of the NCAA Tournament Selection Show and, low and behold, there was Duke as a #1 seed.
As March Madness progressed, so did Trisha’s quilt. Duke played through the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds while I was piecing blue and white blocks. Come Final Four time, I was busy machine appliquéing the Blue Devil center to the quilt. And, during the National Championship game, the quilt was just going on my long arm quilting machine. Although it wasn’t quite finished when the nets came down that Monday, I was able to complete the binding last week and Trisha’s winning quilt is now ready to ship –
Now, in my heart of hearts, I know that the fact I was working on a Duke quilt during this year’s tournament had nothing to do with Krzyzewski’s kids winning the 2015 National Championship. Nonetheless, next year I WILL be making a Kansas Jayhawk quilt come March… in the hopes that lightning strikes twice.
As a Kansas Jayhawk, March is a special time of year for me. Being a quilter, though, gives me another reason to love March Madness. Over the last 11 years,** I have made custom quilted items for fans of a number of college teams. This year, 7 of the teams in the NCAA tournament have a connection to a custom Whimzie quilt.
Did your team make it to the Big Dance but you don’t have a Whimzie quilt to celebrate with? Contact me today to make sure you are “covered” next year!
**The Jayhawks have been regular season Big 12 champs for 11 straight years; Whimzie Quiltz has been in business for 11 years. Coincidence? I think not! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
Over the last 7 years*, you Whimzie Quiltz customers have probably picked up on the fact that I especially enjoy making sports quilts.
It started innocently enough with a lap quilt for Virginia Tech alum Wayne K. and Patriots quilts for Chip M. and Tom N. Then, the orders started piling on like linebackers on a fumbled football – a Buccaneers quilt, a Jets quilt, an Ohio State quilt… at this point I’ve almost lost count of all the quilts I’ve created for you sports fanatics!
In 2009, I even started a separate line of quilted floor pillows called “BIG Pillows for BIG Fans”© that are perfect for showing off your team pride – and preserving that favorite team t-shirt at the same time. So, while I’m sure it’s just approaching March Madness (Go KU!), I’ve decided to offer
7% off Custom Quilted BIG Pillows for BIG Fans
Use Coupon Code 7YEAR STITCH
Offer good on custom BIG Pillow orders placed before Apr 4 only