Friday, 21 May 2010

Amy's Quilt Festival.



Over at Amy's blog there is an online quilt festival starting today and running for a week.

As I have only ever made one quilt I don't have a lot of choice but as no judging takes place I thought I'd participate.

Apologies to those who have already read the details of the quilt in an earlier post but I need to chronicle the it's making for the festival.

It was about 2-3 years in the planning , as I was such a coward I really didn't know where to begin. The idea for the quilt was a request from my youngest daughter and not wishing to disappoint I immediately agreed.
The material was duly bought and about 2 squares were sewn and that was it for at least a year!!!
Then last Autumn I visited a quilt exhibition and when talking to a very talented lady just had to mention about 'this' quilt . She was very reassuring and said' as long as you stick to your pattern all will be well'. A pattern, what pattern? There was no pattern, I believed I could make this up as I went along. So hot foot to the library I went and found a very easy pattern book and , as the saying goes, the rest is history.
It is 84"x 84" . I used cotton wadding, which was great as it 'stuck' to the material . The backing was sheeting . Although not seen too well on the photo I stippled all the white squares and quilted in the ditch around the coloured blocks. All the quilting was done by machine on my Janome Jubilee 85. Once motivated I completed it in about 4 months.
My daughter is delighted with it and I'm pretty pleased too. Now I'm considering quilting a picnic tablecloth.

18 comments:

Pat said...

The things we do for our children! I have promised one for my son and his partner and now just need some inspiration to get started. I love your choice of colours. Now you have the bug this must be the first of many!

Allie said...

Your quilt turned out lovely--I bet your hooked!

SarahB said...

It turned out very nicely! I like the arrangement of the red block in the center too!

BooksPlease said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I've never made a quilt and since I gave away my sewing machine last year I don't suppose I ever will now - I can't imagine sewing all that by hand!

Lisa Echerd said...

Great colors! You did a beautiful job with your quilting. Wish my first quilt looked as pretty.

Miri said...

Sweet quilt and a great first quilt!

I'm going to visit the Embroidery network on your sidebar...I'm showing a crazy quilt for the festival with alot f embroidery.

Kathy said...

What a nice project for you to complete for your daughter. It's a great start and I hope you do more.

Karen said...

Great beginning quilt. Its looks super snuggly.

Shannon w/ Monkey Dog Quitls said...

Totally LOVE your quilt. Sew On!

SewCalGal said...

What a love quilt. Warm & cozy. Great colors. You did a fantastic job.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Denise said...

Great quilt...love the red in the center!

CraftyMummy said...

I love your quilt - sometimes the simple designs look so great!
Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

Eileen said...

nicely done--love the contrast of the stippling and stitch in the ditch. colors are good and red such a nice touch

QuiltSue said...

I love the colours you chose.

Michelle said...

HA! If you hadn't told us this was a first quilt, we'd never have known. It came out beautifully. :-) That said, I enjoyed your story, because I'm still intimidated when trying new methods, and I've been quilting for about 15 years.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Good for you for sticking to it! A loved and lovely finish indeed.
(I call my husband Mog, so I was drawn to your site.)

Heather said...

I loveyour choice of fabrics and colours. Very nice work.

creativedawn said...

That is a lovely quilt and you should keep right on making quilts!!! Beautiful!

hugz, Pam