Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Spring 2010 Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am joining the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. See the button on my sidebar.



Amy asks: Share one quilt, and it's story. Why you made it, why it is special to you, what you learned about quilting/yourself while making it. The quilt doesn't have to be brand new, never seen before on your blog - show what you like!



This quilt has been about 10 years in the making, now that I think back upon it. I saw this pattern in a long-ago quilt magazine and fell in love with it. I'd seen vintage quilts in this pattern and wanted to make my own. So, many 2 inch strips of fabric were cut, sewn together, and cross cut. Each finished square is 1.5 inches across, which at the time I considered tiny. Obviously I hadn't started my Baby Jane in the style of Jane Stickle project yet!

This is a full-sized quilt, so there are indeed many little squares of fabric. I included a few vintage fabrics in there, to bring me a smile, and maybe cause a future quilt appraiser to scratch their heads. I used a thin cotton bat for an old-fashioned look, but the problem is that one must quilt lines less that 2 inches apart. I spent much time machine quilting on my home Kenmore, as you can see in the close-up. However the wreaths in the plain blocks are quilted by hand. I still have to put some sort of motif in the middle, or the batting will bunch up when I wash it the first time.

Why special: It represents a lot of my time. It is cheerful and sunny, and will be the summer quilt on my bed.

What did I learn: Patience!

And guess what - it STILL isn't done! I am sewing down the binding this week. I had saved some of the purple fabric used in the plain squares for the binding, but years later, I couldn't find it. So I am using pink bias binding instead.

Viridian

15 comments:

beth said...

Lovely quilt! I imagine it DID take some patience! I'm sure you're very proud of yourself...or you will be when that binding is done! ;)

Susan said...

Such a beautiful quilt. One you will enjoy for many years.

How wonderful you must feel to see it finished (well soon)

Carol said...

Scrappy quilts are not my thing BUT this one I really like. Takes a lot of patience to put together so many little squares.

call me crazy said...

What a beauty!! I love the scrappy look and the purple really catches your eye. Great job!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt work !

quiltfool said...

Quilts are worth all the years they can take. This is a beauty and congrats on your near finish. Lane

Michelle said...

Some of the most gorgeous quilts are years in the making, and this quilt certainly qualifies! I love it!

Mrs4444 said...

I love it--the colors and how big it is. I don't have the patience (or the talent) for quilting.

Barb said...

very fresh and pretty! thanks for sharing it

Taryn said...

I love that pattern. I have a top in the same one that I really should finish. You've inspired me.

Lonci said...

Congratulations, wonderful quilt:)

linda said...

don't feel bad about the time. i truly believe it's all about the journey. i am a professional quilter, and last week a lady that i quilted a quilt for six years ago gave it back to me and asked me if i would put on the binding for her!

Zonnah said...

I love this quilt!

Leslie said...

i love the fabrics! reproductions are so great. the whole quilt is lovely

Sandra said...

What a lovely reproduction, you did a good job capturing the vintage feel.
Sandra Starley
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