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Bon Voy Oz Quilt

A quilt for my dear friend Joni, or Oz, as she is widely known. I have been her accompanist at school for the past 14 years and this year, she retired. To celebrate her, the high school kids and I came up with this idea for a word quilt. The kids generated the list of words and I put the quilt together. We had to keep so many secrets to pull off the surprise! But with lots of behind the scenes messages and me sewing every night for a few weeks, I was able to finish the quilt top before school was out in May and we surprised her with a little party and the quilt top! 

At first, I wanted to do improv words but in the interest of time, I made fusible applique instead. I found these awesome free applique letter fonts on Shannon Brinkley's website and used her method to transfer the letters and fusible to the fabric. I also used several different styles of stencils to have a wide variety of fonts to work with. 

I filled the inbetween spaces with quilt blocks that matched some of the wor…

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