Friday, May 21, 2010

My First Bloggers Quilt Festival-Spring 2010

My first quilt was made in 2001 after I got married.  I wanted to make my mom a "throw" for her newly decorated living room.  She had made a quilt for me when I went away to college that I treasure so I knew a quilt would be sentimental to her.  My aunts are also incredible quilters so I figured it was in my genes. :)

Since then, I have made a few baby quilts, always with my own pattern, out of blocks, with straight stitching.  You would think after nine years that I would have more to "show" as far as quilts go but it has only recently become a true "hobby" thanks to my friend Amy (the wonderful, amazing, incredibly talented, and inspiring Amy).  

She hosts a wonderful "Bloggers Quilt Festival" twice a year.  I've watched in the past, but this time I'm actually joining in the fun!! It's open to all quilters, from novice to professional.  I definitely fall in the "novice" category.






If you follow my blog you will recognize this quilt (as I just shared it's completion with you a couple weeks ago), but if you are new here, read on.

Amy asked if I would be willing to test a pattern for her.  I had never used a pattern before but was excited to try!

Her pattern calls for one layer cake and one charm pack (plus 1/2 yard for binding and 3 1/2 yards for backing).  I used the Moda Blush line and love the result!!



Since I was in the mood to try new things, I also tried free motion quilting for the first time.  I'm officially addicted.  I want to quilt everything.  I even look at matelasse and think "oh yah, I could do that." :D




My new quilt is used daily in our family room.  It's the perfect size for snuggling! My girls love it and are already asking when I'm going to make a quilt for each of them.

(The doggies happen to like it too!)

Go check out the Bloggers Quilt Festival and see the incredible talents of others!

39 comments:

  1. Love this quilt! So many of the technical terms you used are so foreign to me, but one day I do hope to try quilting again.

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  2. What a beautiful quilt, and great fabric selection. I'm totally with you on the straight line quilting and am so ready to try free motion, just scared!

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  3. Beautiful quilt and lovely fabric choices. Good for you on jumping into free motion. I'm a newbie to free motion myself, and am finally reaching the point where it is mostly fun and not so terrifying. :-)

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  4. Love all the colors...especially the backing you used!! Many Blessings!

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  5. loved the color combination. Nice job

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  7. What a sweet quilt! The fabrics are terrific. I bet you can't wait to make one for the girls.

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  8. love the aqua back!

    margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  9. Gorgeous! Good on you for trying free motion quilting! I'm betting you will have Heaps to choose from for the next Bloggers Quilt Festival!

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  10. The quilt is just beautiful, I love the pattern and the fabrics you used. I had to laugh out loud when I read your comment about your adventure into free motion quilting, "oh yah, I could do that." That's the spirit! I've tried it a few times with limited (that's putting in nicely) success, but I keep trying.

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  11. Lovely colors. Such a cute quilt! Great job.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  12. This is such a gorgeous quilt! I love these colors, and the pattern is the perfect way to showcase these fabrics. The backing fabric is just icing on the cake! Great job with your free motion quilting!

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  13. I like the colors you choose! It's always neat to see the same pattern done through someone elses eyes. I tested the boxy bag for Amy, She does such great work!

    Thanks for sharing. Your quilt is wonderful

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  14. Lovely quilt and nice photos depicting its usefulness in your home!

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  15. love blush! i couldn't afford it at the time, so i never bought any and now I feel it's too late...so i enjoy looking at everyone else's quilt and/or projects that they used blush in.

    Great Job!

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  16. LOVE the colors of this quilt! So glad you shared it. I also love the stitching on the binding. Very fun!

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  17. What a lovely quilt. The fabrics are gorgeous. You did a great job!

    And your daughters are absolutely darling!

    Thanks for visiting my Quilt Festival post.

    In stitches,
    Wendy

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  18. I do like that line of fabric. I am glad that you were able to test that pattern out for Amy. Nice job on the FMQ. I enjoy doing it too but I am not all that good at it but it comes with practice.

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  19. A wonderful assortment of fabrics. Love you choice for the machine quilting.

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  20. great quilt...love the fabrics!

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  21. Awesome job, your machine quilting is terrific!!

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  22. What a wonderful quilt! I would want to use it too. Also, I'm so impressed with the quilting. That is still the part that stresses me out. :)

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  23. Nice job. If that is a picture on the wall, those colors match it perfectly, don't they.

    How very blessed you are indeed !
    What a sweet houseful of girls.

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  24. This is a lovely quilt! You did a great job with the quilting.

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  25. this is gorgeous...so special and cozy

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  26. your quilt is beautiful --& so are the pictures of your sweet girls :) http://erinlebeau.blogspot.com/

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  27. I love your first quilt. Thanks for sharing the story and commenting on mine !

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  28. Your free motion looks great and I love your fabric/color choices!

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  29. I love that you just went wild and had fun with your free motion quilting. If I ever try it, I think I'll do it that way!

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  30. You have done such a great job with that quilt. It looks sooo snuggly.

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  31. what a great job for your first pattern quilt, what strong colors.
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  32. Great quilt ... I really love the Blush fabric line. Nice job on the free motion quilting.

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  33. very nice--great colors and the quilting looks nicely done, too.

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  34. Great quilt! Using a pattern worked this time.

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