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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I like things to be matchy-matchy. I made my first quilt when I was 18 or 19. This was back in the day when you chose maybe three coordinating fabrics. I made a double Irish chain using a yellow solid, a French blue check and a white on white floral. I still have that quilt and I still love that quilt.

But I needed to move on. Scrappy quilts scared me. I liked looking at them, but wasn't sure if I could make them. Now I know this quilt isn't as scrappy as it could be. I've since done scrappier, promise. But it was a challenge for me to mix the fabrics, even from the same line, and make something beautiful out of it. I loved this pattern so much, I'm ashamed to say I've made half a dozen just like it. But I've given two away, so that's a good thing.


I waited a long time to quilt this quilt. It's funny, but when my Henry was born (over 2 years ago), my Gran gave me some money to spend on me. I, naturally, bought fabric. I bought the fabric to make this quilt and while I got the quilt top done forever ago, I didn't quilt it. Well, Aaron bought me my Juki in May, just a few weeks after my Gran passed away, and I finally, FINALLY worked up the nerve to quilt it. What did I learn? That straight line quilting can be a better idea than free motion quilting. I learned that imperfections should be expected and not fretted over. And I learned that finished quilts are so much nicer than unfinished ones!

Enjoy the rest of the festival - I know I am going to do some serious blog hopping! So many great quilts with great stories.

Oh. And in case you were wondering, here are the specifics on this quilt:

Pattern: Matchbox by Abbey Lane Quilts
Fabric: Oh Cherry Oh by Me and My Sister (don't try to find it - I'm buying up all that I can!)

14 comments:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love your quilt and all that you learned! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

love the colors!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Jolanda said...

Beautiful colors! Scrappy is great, I even made some wonky ones... what a challenge to cut into the fabric to make it wonky:) But when you start you discover that it is great fun.

Marg said...

It's a beautiful quilt, I love the colours. I can't do scrappy either unless they are all co-ordinated.

fallingforpieces said...

I love the skinny little sashing. Very striking!

Nancy said...

Beautiful quilt and your quilting is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing and I'm a follower of your blog now!

notes of sincerity said...

I love your quilt!
Absolutely precious!!

Annabella said...

Oh it`s gorgeous!! I`m making one at the moment, which is a little similar in design and love it. I love that scrappy sashing you have added. Gorgeous!

The Thompsons said...

So cute!

LynCC said...

This is a very, very nice quilt. I guess I'm hungry right now, because it's really making me think of strawberry shortcake!! That would be lovely to have a little plate of shortcake, snuggled under this quilt in front of a good movie. . .

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Love your straight line quilting!

Shannon said...

This quilt is beautiful! Love the colors and design.
Very happy and fun!!! )

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! :)

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Kit Lang said...

Lovely quilt. And your blog is beautiful!

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