February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday #3: Game Day Baby Quilt

To honor the Clemson University Tigers who almost brought home the NCAA National Championship, I would like to show you a quilt I made in 2013, Game Day.

Game Day by Paige Alexander made from Rookie Quarterback pattern

Game Day was made for guild challenge where the only rule was to make any quilt using Kaffe Fassett's Paperweight fabric in Pastel.  Although the the background is gray, from a distance, it appears almost lavender.

With the challenge deadline approaching, I ran across a pattern, Rookie Quarterback, and thought it would be fairly quick to make and great for a girly football quilt.  I modified the size since I had exactly 1 yard and 1 fat quarter of the challenge fabric

To give the quilt a little more Clemson spirit, I added a tiger paw in the upper left hand corner using zigzag satin stitch applique by machine.

Appliqued tiger paw added to upper stripe

And added 'Go Tigers !' to the lower right hand corner.  I used the font MV Boli and changed the size to 210 points.

I actually finished this quilt on August 31, 2013.  It was a home game in Death Valley and the Tigers beat the Georgia Bulldogs 38-35.  I even made the quilt label in the shape of a football to commemorate the win and appliqued orange stripes to the football.  The label was designed in MS Word and printed on Printed Treasures with purple ink.

Football quilt label for Game Day

I used an all over stipple pattern for quilting in the paperweight fabric and something to resemble stitching in the stripes and lacing.

Quilting detail on Game Day

I was in Clemson earlier this week and took a couple of pictures on campus at Memorial Stadium under gray skies with misting rain.

Game Day at Frank Howard Field

Here is the Tiger mascot holding Game Day.

Tiger Mascot statute just outside Memorial Stadium

And no trip to Clemson would be complete without viewing Howard's Rock.

Howard's Rock displayed in Death Valley at Clemson University

Quilt Stats:

  • Finished size: 35" x 45"
  • Pattern: Rookie Quarterback by Robinson Pattern Company
  • Pattern modifications: reduced in size and added machine applique 
  • Fabrics: Kaffe Fassett Paperweight in Pastel, Kona in white and a purple, and an unknown orange print with dots
  • Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
  • Binding: Bias and hand sewn down 
  • Thread: Aurifil for piecing and quilting, Mettler for applique
  • Completed: Sept. 2013

Linking up with Jenn at A Quarter Inch From the Edge for Throwback Thursday.  Be sure to stop by to see the other fabulous quilts from the past! She has the schedule for 2016 posted here.


  1. How awesome that you got to go to Clemson and photograph your quilt around the stadium. I especially like it draped over the tiger mascot. I have to warn you, I went to the University of Tennessee, so I hope we can still be friends. ;) (I'm not a huge sports fan, even though I was in the marching band in college.)

  2. What a fun challenge quilt. I love looking at the guild's challenge quilts and am always surprised at each quilter's interpretation of the challenge. Your girly football quilt is adorable.

  3. I love the picture of the Tiger with the quilt! I'm sure getting a chance to photograph the quilt at the university was a blast.

  4. Great girly football quilt! I must admit though, that since I'm not a huge football fan, when I first glanced at the thumbnail, I was thinking "Puppy Bowl!" Then I realized it wasn't a puppy paw print. I love the photo with the mascot. How neat that you could show the quilt on location.

  5. I love football, love the girly take on a football and especially love the quilt with the tiger! So great!

  6. Love the pic with the tiger! I love taking my quilts on road trips... not that it happens very often these days. This was such a clever way to merge your interests with a challenge quilt. Kaffe likely never dreamed his fabric could be used this way. Well done! Thanks for linking up with Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  7. Such a cute quilt! And your pictures are great - gotta love that tiger holding the quilt.

  8. nice! And a Manitoba pattern!