Thursday, May 7, 2020

Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop - My STOP on the Hop


 - - - Following in Paula's Footsteps
May 6 - 8, 2020

Does anybody know what day it is?  It's Friday.  Today is my stop on a very special Blog Hop.  I am joining my BlogLand friends in remembering the life of a kind and generous quilter.






Paula Budinger


Celebrating Paula Budinger

May 6, 1941 - February 8, 2020

Paula and I first connected back in 2015, over our love of color, as participants in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Our friendship strengthened over our love for our shared favorite flower.  The iris.  We also shared our support of Jack's Basket and Covered in Love.

The thing that impressed me the most was Paula's love for learning and her giving heart.  I fostered that love of learning by sharing my method for scrappy blocks.  I was pleased to inspire a few of Paula's projects, such as this gift for her granddaughter:



... And these Slab blocks which I shared over a series of emails to Paula back in 2016, after she asked for me to describe my process earlier that year:



I loved the way she took the technique that I used and made it her own by choosing a focus fabric to begin most of her Slab blocks.

She was a prolific quiltmaker, that Paula!  Here are a couple of my favorites from THIS post:




I also really love Paula's beautiful batik quilt...




... And another of her rainbow quilts.  This one, made for her granddaughter's 14th birthday:



Paula shared her work at Paula B Quilts and the more recent work can be seen on her Wordpress site.


What are you making, Joyful???

For this Blog Hop, I originally intended to make a quilt for Jack's Basket, but I also felt compelled to contribute to Little Lou Quilts and Mercyful Quilts.  I wondered (briefly) what I would do about that particular conundrum.  The stars aligned and my answer came in the form of a challenge.


SEW...

This is what happened.  While reading THIS post from The Academic Quilter, I noticed an update regarding the fact that Paula had passed away.  Mari included a link to the obituary and I followed it as a way to give my condolences to the family.

That was on March 1st.  The very day of Paula's Celebration of Life.  Not long after posting my message to Paula's family, I received a comment on that day's Sew Some Love post from Kate @ Smiles From Kate inviting me to participate in this Blog Hop.

While I asked for further information, there was never any doubt that I would participate.  I just needed to figure out how it might fit into my current quilting schedule.  When I confirmed my participation, I told Kate that I would make a quilt for Jack's Basket.  That program only requires a small quilt, which I hoped would be manageable.


Remember that Challenge that I mentioned above???

Well, as it turned out, it also required a Charity Quilt for participation!!  That, folks, is the stars aligning (to give me hope for donating TWO quilts in Paula's memory.)

Completed exactly one month after Paula's passing, this is my Hidden Forest quilt donated to Little Lou Quilts in her honor, a quilt designed and made in ONE week's time:






Let's proceed to the matter of accomplishing a SECOND quilt...

Kate's post Hop invitation post suggested:

In the blog hop we would like you all to make a quilt for a charity, whichever is closest to your heart, and share your creations in the hop.

"We" being Kate and her co-host, Janice @ Color, Creating, and Quilting, who phrased it this way in her participation POST:

Each participant is to make a quilt for the charity of their choice in Paula's honor and share your creation in the blog hop beginning on May 6 and ending May 8.

As I was considering my second quilt for the Hop, I found that Mercyful Quilts needed an influx of quilts and I am donating this in conjunction with this year's Hand2Help Comfort Quilt Drive in honor of Paula:





And, I surpassed my goal for The Hop with a THIRD quilt...

This was a  test quilt for a Magic Star tutorial that was released on my blog.  It will be going out to the good folks @ Jack's Basket:




The Hop also spurred a personal challenge...

Back when Paula posted the following photo, I knew that I wanted to make a Barn Quilt one day.  For this special Blog Hop, I have decided to interpret this photo...



...  Which was taken on one of Paula's Green County (Wisconsin) barn quilts tours with her son, Chris, before he passed away.  Here is my version of the Green County, WI barn quilt:


I think Paula would like the fact that I was inspired by her hopes to create a barn quilt or quilt barn from this intriguing photo.  Shown above in my iris blooming this week.


What's a Blog Hop without prizes, Joyful???


One Comment per blog = One Chance to WIN!!!


Entry rules:  Your (single) comment on ANY of the blogs in the Hop affords you a chance in our prize drawings.  The more posts you comment on, the better your chances of winning!!

Thank you to the participating vendors:


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 DMF  Note 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, www.etsy.com/shop/CanuckQuilterDesigns

$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
(Donated by Janice Holton @ Color, Creating, & Quilts)


The Enlightened Spaniel (Book 1 & 2) by Gary Heads as a prize in honor of Paula's love of reading.
Available to any winner in any country.
(Donated by Kate @ Smiles from Kate and shipped at her expense!)



PLEASE NOTE:  Comments will be open thru Friday, May 15! Again, your comment on any blog wins you an additional chance to win a prize.  Winners will be chosen by random generator after May 15. Those of you who live outside the US will be eligible for gift certificates or pattern prizes only.  Sorry!  Fabric prizes available for US winners ONLY due to the cost of postage.



Will there be a giveaway for this Hop post, too, Joyful???

Many of my readers know that when I participate in a Hop, I like to do a little prize drawing.  This time, I've recreated a portion of Paula's Barn Quilt  photo for one lucky winner:


Approx. 6" square

I hope the winner of this Barn Quilt Mini will enjoy this special connection to Paula and her quilting adventures.  I'm calling this Orange County Barn Quilt (because I don't live in Wisconsin!)  You'll notice a resemblance to Paula and Chris's photo from up the page, but I've put my own twist on it.

In order to win my Orange Co. Barn Quilt mini, make sure to leave me a comment!  Your comment will serve as your entry into my drawing AND the Hop drawings.  Mr. Random will choose a winner after Friday, May 15th, just like the prizes for the Blog Hop.  Good luck and remember to leave me a comment!

DRAWING NOW CLOSED!!!

The WINNER is:

Kate
@
Life in Pieces

Congratulations, Kate!  Dropping you an email now.

URGENT!!!  If you are a No Reply blogger (Jo, I'm talking to you!), we can NOT contact you.  If we don't have a way to contact you, you can't win any of the wonderful prizes on offer!  PLEASE add an email address to your Blogger profile, if you would like a response to your comments (or an answer to any question you might have asked on a blog) or a chance to win any of the prizes.


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Until next time...
Sew Some Love (and friendship!!!)

57 comments:

  1. Thank you Joy, for showcasing Paula's work. I love all of your three quilts.
    Can't believe you are such a show-off :-p But being prolific was one of Paula's qualities and I am sure she would approve of each one of your creations.

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  2. The barn quilt....has inspired my painting muse....coukd be dobe in mixed media gouache and watercolor. I thought i fixed my no reply situation. Better go check.

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  3. What fun to see you highlight some of Paula's work. You have been busy, making those lovely charity quilts. The barn quilt is very cool too!

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  4. Your quilts aren’t lovely- what a wonderful way to honor your friend!

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  5. Oh my 4 Quilts! sarahsgiftnship(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I love your Magic Star block and look forward to trying it. Fabulous job and thanks for all you share.

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  7. very nice little donation quilt....

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  8. Some great quilts for donation in honor of Paula! She sure had a generous spirit!

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  9. You have been on a roll lately, I especially remember your blog while constructing Hidden Forest for Project Quilting. And now you have out done yourself with two more quilts and a Barn Quilt mini! When do you sleep, Joyful? 😳. Paula would have been impressed!

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  10. Look at you SEW, girl! Loved seeing reminders of Paula's quilts as well as how you were inspired by her. I especially like that quilt you're sending to Mercyful Quilts. Is that your own design?

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  11. Wow! What a colorful tribute to Paula. The barn quilt intepretation is super....wouldn't barn quilt blocks be a neat theme for a series? Hmmm.....

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  12. Beautiful colorful quilts for such worthy causes and a wonderful tribute to a Paula! Great work!

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  13. What a wonderful description of Paula Joy, the affection you held for her shines through. Three lovely quilts, how wonderful, I especially love the magic star, I need to try that one. I’m so glad you joined in the hop, want to do it again next year?

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  14. It was always fun to see what Paula was up too. Your quilts are all lovely and a great way to remember her.

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  15. Thank you for introducing me to Mercy Quilts. I was already familiar with the other two. I like your little barn quilt.

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  16. How sweet that you had a connection with Paula and were able to celebrate her memory in so many ways!

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  17. Wow! You have been busy! I love the barn quilt idea and mini quilt!

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  18. What JOY you will be bringing to charities this year. Bravo.

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  19. You have been one busy lady! And they are all so wonderful. Thank you.

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  20. Great job Joy. I like how you tried your quilts and Paula's together. I tried the magic star a couple of weeks ago in brown batik and it came out great. Keep on sewing

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  21. I love your little barn quilt to use in the garden! Your post really brought to life Paula's giving spirit. Thank you so much for Magic Star tutorial, I am working on a QOV using your tut.

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  22. Wow, Joy, this post just keeps on giving!! SO many pictures of lovely work. Thanks for sharing some of Paula's quilts. Her approach to her creations was always so interesting to read about. She would be happy to know how this hop spurred you make and give so many more quilts. You are definitely spreading joy!

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  23. I am so enjoying your blog and thankful for all you are doing in Paula's honor! Thank you!

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  24. I have enjoyed learning about Paula, and have been inspired by the quilts on the blog hop. I currently am taking a break from mask making and am making a skinny twin sized quilt for the Youth Detention Center to add color to their sterile space -- our guild's project this year. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  25. great think you girls are doing in her memory

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  26. Great job sewing some love and celebrating a friendship. hugs!

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  27. Wow, what a wonderful trio of quilt donations and the bonus project. You've been busy. Thanks for sharing:)

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  28. What a wonderful story of your friendship with Paula. I wish I could have known her.

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  29. What a wonderful post! I love seeing Paula's quilts and hearing how they came to be. Your quilts are just beautiful. I bet Paula would be tickled bright pink to see them. :)

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  30. You have risen to the challenge and conquered it!! I love that you are donating so many quilts in Paula's memory. She would have been so tickled :)

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  31. You definitely went above and beyond in meeting your goals as a tribute to Paula B. Well done, Joy!

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  32. Joy, you raised the bar with this awesome post!

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  33. Fabulous job .... not one, not two, but THREE quilts! You were also very inspirational in collecting the blocks for the Australian fire victims. Paula would have been very proud!

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  34. You have been one busy (and joyful) quilter, for sure! Paula would be so pleased with your projects and donations to those in need.
    duchick at gmail dot com

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  35. Wow, three quilts to donate! What a lovely way to honor Paula. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. What a nice tribute to your friend. So sorry for your loss. You've certainly created some beautiful quilts!

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  37. how good to have made 3 quilts in Paula`s memory, I will try to make more than one next year too

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  38. I love the Rainbow Quilt. I always go for bright. I live in the country so yes I have a Barn Quilt sign. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  39. Wow - 3 beautiful quilts! You are talented. Thanks!

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  40. What a wonderful tribute to Paula. I wish I had known her. I live very close to Green County, WI and love seeing the barn quilts. Bless you for creating and donating some wonderful quilts in her memory. ~Jeanne

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  41. Finishing three quilts in time for the blog hop is a wonderful accomplishment. I remember seeing the picture of the rainbow quilt on Paula's blog with her grandaughter posing on it and Paula writing that she would be taking it to college with her. Your lovely quilts are the perfect way to honor Paula's memory.

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  42. Overachiever! :) Those quilts are beautiful and sure to be appreciated, and I love your barn quilt, too. Lovely tributes to a lovely woman.

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  43. I am shocked. I had no idea Paula had passed away. :^( I am so sorry for your lost, Joy. Hugs, my friend.
    I understand why you went all out to honor Paula. She was great. Love your little rendition of the barn quilt. You get a blue ribbon from me. ;^)

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  44. You have done a great job on these and really honored Paula well. I read her blog and enjoyed her commentary a lot.

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  45. Thank you for sharing some of Paula's work - I enjoyed seeing it because I didn't know her. I wish I did because it's obvious she was well loved! Thank you for having us over for a visit with you.

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  46. This was a wonderful post, thank you so much for all you shared. You really did a wonderful job of honoring Paula's legacy! Thanks, too, for the chance to win the cute little quiltlet as a reminder of Paula's charity toward others.

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  47. What a beautiful way to honor your friend and spread her love in the community!!

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  48. Love the tribute. And the tutorial!! Thanks

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  49. Thanks for sharing some of Paula's projects as well as your lovely work.

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  50. A beautiful tribute and wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing your friendship.

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  51. Thank you for sharing your memories of Paula; I learned new things about her and have an even greater appreciation of this special person.

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  52. I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog hop. I didn't know Paula, but she must have been an amazing person- May she rest in peace!

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  53. So sorry about Paula. Great quilts

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  54. Wow, you have been busy...three quilts for charity?! That's amazing in such a short time. I love the idea of the barn quilt. I haven't spent much time up north, but I did have an opportunity to drive thru portions of Ohio and saw many barns with quilt designs painted on the side. Very inspiring.

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  55. Joy, what a GREAT post! You knew Paula so well and I loved that you shared some personal interactions you had with her. And wow! When you do something you go all in! Thanks so much for being such a stellar participant in this blog hop. :)

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  56. Three quilts! Wow! What lovely tributes to Paula, and your barn quilt addition is also fantastic!

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