Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Fall 2011

I only learned about Blogger's Quilt Festival yesterday, literally. I didn't know such a thing existed, but I am glad I was told because I think it's great! One place for any quilt bloggers who feel so inclined to show off one of their finished quilts, and get to see everyone else's best/favorite/cutest/modern/traditional/etc. quilts. Awesome.

I've decided to show the quilt that I made for my son, Owen, completed summer 2011.


I have posted about it before, but will post it again! This is the quilt, of the few I have made so far, that I struggled with the most, because it wasn't "perfect" (whatever that means in quilting!), but I pushed through and in the end, love how it turned out. And so does Owen, so that in itself makes the effort worth it!

Owen had told me the colours that he wanted (red, green, blue & orange! Wow!) and together we chose the Shoo Fly Quilt by Malka Dubrawsky after looking at many many options that he didn't like! I chose all of the fabrics from the clearance section of Connecting Threads, picking out 2 different prints from each of the colours that Owen had selected. He was disappointed when the fabric arrived because apparently he was expecting solid colours. Oops. But I got to work and turns out that all of the fabrics met with his approval by the end.

I struggled with getting my points to line up when joining the blocks, to the point of putting it all aside for quite a few months. But eventually I decided to just get the blocks together whether or not the points matched up and probably no one but me would notice, and you know, I was right. It felt so good to get this one finished!


The last touch was the pieced back (first time for that too) and a bright green binding, again at Owen's request, and finally he had a new cozy quilt for his bed. It's bright and colourful, just like he is!


Make sure you head over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival web page and check out everyone else's beautiful work!

Amy'sCreativeSide

39 comments:

Debbie said...

So glad I told you - ha! This is a lovely post about a fun quilt - love Owen's color choices and how you put it all together. Great job on your first pieced back. Love the quilting design you chose too - all in all, a real winner!!

notes of sincerity said...

What a happy and sweet quilt!! :o)

Elizabeth D. said...

Wow, so bright and colorful!! I love it!

Lindsay Conner said...

This is so fun, Heather! Love the shape of these blocks. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too!

Toni said...

Great quilt! Love the bright colors and pattern. I'm glad you stuck with it!

Svetlana said...

Fabulous quilt, love it. I like how bright and happy it is. Great job!

kristastitched said...

oh my gosh!! i LOVE this quilt. I wanna make one just like it! just beautiful. I too struggle with perfectionism, and it's really nice to just "let go" and hope for the best and then have it turn out so nicely. I'm glad you stuck it out!

Heidi said...

Love that quilting...it looks SO good on the back! Perfection...pshaw...no one would ever know it wasn't!

Great pattern! So glad you joined in the fun...I was in the dark until this past spring!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That quilt is gorgeous! Bright and cheerful and the quilting looks great!

Anonymous said...

love the quilt! such wonderful bold colors~

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Kristen said...

This quilt is beautiful. And I love the quilting!

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful quilt, Heather! I love this block, and hadn't seen it made up like this before - it is amazing!!!!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I LOVE THIS QUILT! I like the block and the fabric and the colors and the quilting! Perfect!

QuiltNut Creations said...

fabulous! love the pieced backing.

Chelsea said...

I love it, and especially like Owen's colour choices. I always say I like to be pushed creatively, challenged to work with palettes or designs that I don't immediately love, but i don't know how well I'd do with working with a family member's choices. Man, aren't I self centered!

Justine said...

such a gorgeous quilt! So colourful and the backing is lovely too! Well Done!

Andrea said...

beautiful design, I love the bright colors

Aimee said...

Really gorgeous - looks like a bowl of candy! I really love the pieced back.

Alisa said...

I like it! Wonderful, bright colours.

Katie B. said...

Great quilt! I never would guess you struggled with it. Looks perfect from here!

Kit Lang said...

Pretty, bright, happy! Thanks for sharing. :)

Eileen said...

What a fun quilt and great story. Lucky little boy! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Leanne said...

Its a beautiful and wonderfully graphic quilt! I am so glad you finished it - it looks perfect from here, no one needs to have their nose in your quilt.

Jan said...

This is such a bold and wonderful quilt. Owen did a great job choosing the colors; though red, green, blue & orange must have seems quite a challenge initially. Great job.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Way cool and great for a little boy. Frankly, I think we've all learned the hard way we are our own worst critics. It's beautiful even with a minor hiccup here or there. That is what makes it truly unique, though and there will never be another just like it. :D

Karen said...

This is a great quilt for your son. I am so pleased he was happy with the fabrics in the end.

Kirsten N said...

Great colours! Love how the shoo-fly blocks make an "O" for Owen too:)

Katie said...

What a bright, fun quilt. I'm not suprized your son was won over by the time it was finished. :)

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

love this!

Lyanna L. said...

Love this quilt! So cheerful! And I agree -- sometimes nobody notices that the points don't line up but yourself. =)

Hideaway Girl said...

This is such a fun, happy quilt! I think it is awesome your son helped choose colors! I had a hard time matching up some of my points too (frustrating), but your quilt looks perfect to me!

Melissa said...

I love these colors, I think it looks great! Every time I get caught up with trying to make something perfect, I always tell myself "How will they know it's handmade unless there are a few imperfections?" What a lovely quilt!

kendascrafts said...

Love the quilt! I think your boy picked the perfect colors. :-)

Camille said...

What good colors! We are always our own worst critics. I think it looks great!

Staci said...

What a great quilt! I really enjoyed reading about it!

Little Island Quilting said...

I would never have known you 'struggled' with this quilt. Looks perfect to me. Love the colours too.

Rebecca said...

What a fun and bright quilt! Great job!

Sherry said...

I love Owen's quilt. Looks wonderful!

Martha said...

Wonderful quilt...thanks for sharing.