Saturday, May 14, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival




Yesterday, I finally finished sewing down the binding on this quilt that I started back before I had Alexander and Oliver.  You can read about it here.  As I was reading this post, I was thinking how funny it was that at the time little did I know as we headed on our trip (to Adalaide) we were already pregnant with Alexander!  And three years later here I am!

The inspiration for this quilt came from a quilt in the Down Under Quilts magazine called Strawberry Fields.    You can view it here.  I was absolutely obsessed by this quilt by Sarah Fielke!  Since that time, she co-published a book called Material Obsession and that quilt is in the book.  I had recently purchased a fat quarter bundle of Moda's Mary Engelbreit fabrics called Friends and Flowers which was popular at the time.  What ever happened to Mary and Moda?  She was so popular but quickly disappeared from designing fabric for Moda...  Anyway, this quilt is my own design measurements because I wanted to be able to use the fat quarter bundle, which I wouldn't have been able to with the original design.  I had to do a lot of tweaking and measuring and fussy around to get it right so that I could use those fat quarters and not have to buy any extra, except for the red spots and border fabric.  Then, of course, true to my personality, I had to make it bigger.  The finished quilt is now over 100 inches square.  I didn't even bother to measure, let's just say it's King size.  I'm also proud to say I quilted it on my domestic machine as well!  I stuck with an all over stippling because of the gigantic size and I am happy I did--anything else would have driven me crazy.

So, anyway, this is my entry to the Blogger's Quilt Festival which you can read about here.  If you are not able to visit Quilt Market in Salt Lake City then sit back, have a cup of tea and enjoy the festival here.


Amy's Creative Side

32 comments:

Riel Nason said...

It's a great quilt and congrats on quilting something that big yourself-- you are braver than me! Happy Bloggers Quilt Festival!!!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

It is really stunning and it's great that you were able to quilt it yourself. Big quilts like this make me yearn to find a place with longarm quilting machine rentals, how about you?

Lara said...

Wonderful! Well done on the finish :)

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a wonderful bright quilt!! Love your fabric choices.

Jane said...

That is a gorgeous quilt! What an accomplishment! And you did it on your home machine!! Congrats! I know what you mean about doing anything other than stippling...I'm nuts! Thanks for sharing!

Bluquilt said...

I have always adored this quilt and the fabric is just perfect for it, but, my goodness, however did you quilt this on a little sewing machine?!!

Nikki said...

SO beautiful! I've made this pattern and just love it. Actually, this quilt was my entry in last Fall's festival! Nice work :)

BaileyGirl5 said...

Just gorgeous! My arms ache for you just thinking about quilting it. What a great accomplishment.

Leila said...

Great work! You go girl!

Kirsty said...

Great quilt! I love the way a quilt changes so much at every stage of the piecing process. I get such pleasure looking at quilts and trying to figure out how they were put together. I just love that whole reinvention they go through as you gradually expand the blocks out, then sash, then add row to row before finally applying border and binding. What a fab hobby we have!

Dana said...

That quilt is STUNNING! thanks, for the kind comment on my cathedral window quilt. Glad you left it as I wouldnt have found you otherwise and now im a follower :-)

Teresa said...

This is really beautiful! So fun!

carol fun said...

What a great quilt! I love the combination of fabric and design - just wonderful!

Karen said...

Its a fabulous quilt. I think its amazing you quilted on your domestic sewing machine. Love the colours.

Shay said...

Good Grief you're brave. 100 inches on a dometic machine! You're my new hero!

It's an amazing quilt with such beautiful colours . I can see you snuggling under this on cold winter nights. It's big enough for everyone!

Thanks for showing this beauty off!

Debbie said...

Your quilt is really lovely! Good for you!

stitchinpenny said...

I love the quilt, your pictures make it so much more impressive as I watch the quilt grow.

traceyjay said...

this is such a pretty quilt! Great work!

Melinda said...

Love, love, love this quilt!

Laurel H. said...

Wow; I don't know whether to be more impressed by the quilt (which is beautiful, and was a massive undertaking) or by the fact that you quilted it on your DSM! Perhaps you have a Juki, or a high end Bernina...

Eileen said...

LOVE material obsession...sonny and his sweet wife gave it to me for Christmas. Funny, but I didn't remember the strawberry one. I did what she called out the window but I call in the leafy tree tops after a song I sang to and with my children and now grandchildren I also changed the border, the size, and made prairie points for it. Fun how we can alter things for our needs. Yours is just beautiful. Like the squareness of it. Can't imagine fmq that size-- you're a brave woman. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely quilt and have a great day

Karen said...

Your quilt has come up so well. Love the way the fabrics work so well in this design. Great work with all the quilting, too!

Sara said...

All the red in there makes you smile ya know! Lovein' it!

Cynthia said...

Pretty, pretty! Good work!

Dara said...

I like the process of how your quilt came together- very nice.

Valentina said...

Love it! You can be so proud of this one! It is a stunner and your colours are so cheerful...
:)
wow!
Thanks for sharing!
Valentina in Cyprus

Sarcastic Quilter said...

It's really pretty and I love it.

Hollie said...

Such a beautiful, bright and cheery quilt.

Sandra said...

Great quilt, love the vintage feel. And I really appreciate the step out photos, it looks like seeing it made before my eyes.
Come see my entries: #210 repro cheddar orange stars-minature and #214 antique applique garden delight

sara said...

I LOVE it! It's so gorgeous! And way to go on quilting it on your machine! That must have been a workout. :)

Carla said...

It's always great to hear quilt come to be. You should pat yourself on the back for quilting such a large quilt top! It looks amazing and I'm sure is a wonderful addition to you collection.

lemonadegal said...

WOW! I'm in love with this quilt -- and so impressed by the HUGE size! It is beautiful. I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one that takes years to finish a big project. :)

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