Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blogger Quilt Festival

After looking at many beautiful quilts over the last few days, I have decided to enter Roman's quilt in a Blogger Quilt Festival! I hope I do this correctly! Some of you have already heard about this here so sorry to bore you :) But you really should go check out the other quilts in the Quilt Festival. Very good stuff, I tell ya!

I made this quilt for my good friends Reed and Bridget's first baby. They moved far far away right before she got pregnant, so after she had decided on what to do in the nursery, I had her send me the names of her paints that she was going to use. I went to Home Depot and picked up the free paint samples in those colors and took a trip to the fabric store. I had a hard time finding fabric to match the paint samples, but I did find what I needed in the fat quarter section and some on bolts. But of course the fabric on the bolts all had barely a yard left. That is how my luck goes, folks!

This quilt was hand appliqued over a few months at baseball games, in the car on road trips, and red lights. Yes, at red lights. I used the freezer paper method. This is the extent of my applique capabilities too. Circles=easy. If you want to learn, start with circles. Anyway, then I pieced all my blocks on the sewing machine. I hand quilted a spiral over each circle block. And yes I am jealous of all of you that quilt on your machine. I tried it a few times and it was a disaster. Maybe Santa can bring me a machine that I can do that on. Hint, hint. Lastly, I made my own binding and put it on by hand too!

So how long did it take me?

How am I supposed to know? I was watching baseball and sewing at red lights! I'm not really sure the size of it either because I didn't think to measure it before I mailed it. But it is a generous baby size. I don't do well with really small baby quilts. I want them to get really used with all the work I put into them! Okay, I just looked back through my posts and I posted about the fabric in February and took the pictures in May. So, there you go. 3 months, take or give a little.

And I photograph like I machine quilt. Sorry. This is the best I could do!






Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

Sara

20 comments:

Katie said...

Sara ~ Thank you for your sweet prayers for me. This quilt is beautiful!

Wee Quilts said...

Sara, this is a lovely quilt! Love the colors. What a clever idea to get the paint chips for coordination. Love the circles. I'll bet your friend was blown away by the gift! And mostly hand done. Great job.
Melanie

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt .

Marika

Sharon said...

What a nice quilt. Love the colors.Sharon

Zonnah said...

I love it!

Candy said...

You are so talented! This quilt is so beautiful, but then again I think all your quilts are beautiful!

Carol said...

I know circles are supposed to be dynamic but this quilt feels peaceful.

geni (nl) said...

Love your wonderful quilt, the colours are my favorite ones!
Thank you for sharing.

geni
@ Loose Ends

Lori said...

Lovely! I admire the appliqueing, something I've not ventured into yet, someday...... But I shall scold you for envying machine quilters, LOL! There are not many of us hand quilting dinosaurs left. Embrace it and be proud! It may take longer, but is faster really better?????

I *love* it!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very lovely!

Wee Quilts said...

Sara, Just got your comment. What is a bib chicken? Now I grew up in Texas and thought I'd heard everything until now (ex "uglier than a mud fence", "tighter than Dick's hatband" etc.).

As for prairie points, believe me, they're really, really easy. Give it a try. I was amazed. My only suggestion would be to make sure they fit evenly all the way-if you look closely I had to chop one. Rats!

Take care,
Melanie

PS couldn't find an email on your blog to send this to

Melanie

Lonci said...

Very impressive, beautiful:)

Allie said...

Your quilt is so amazing. I love circles, and I love all the applique. Thanks for sharing your quilt story.

Kaye Prince said...

Very pretty, I really like the circles! And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my quilt post!

Doris said...

Sara, your circle quilt is awesome, and some would say circles are not that easy! Love the colors, have you gotten to see the quilt in it's new habitat (even in a photograph)? I bet it is treasured!

Me aka Supermom said...

Great design and colors!
THanks for sharing,
Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful Quilt. No sense in telling the cars behind you about sewing at red lights. I think the paint chips method was an marvelous idea for conveying colors without actually being there. I will certainly have to remember that.

QuiltSue said...

What a beautiful quilt. I bet your friends were over the moon when they got it.

duckyhouse said...

Sara, this quilt is gorgeous!! Circles are one of the things I want to give a go at soon, crossfingers.

Christine said...

I love quilts with circles! Gorgeous blues as well!

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