May 21, 2010

My Entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival


The Blogger's Quilt Festival at "Amy's Creative Side" starts today and goes through the 28th of May. This is my first time participating and I think it's a really fun way to get to know other quilters in the blogging community!   Each person is supposed to write about a quilt you've made and share it's story, why you made it, what you learned, etc.
    The quilt that I am choosing to talk about is one I made a couple years ago for my Dad's birthday.  He was born on the 4th of July so of course I made him a patriotic quilt. I was relatively new to quilting at the time and was slightly naive about which patterns are "easy" and which ones are "hard." The one I chose wasn't that hard, but it had a lot of little pieces so it was a bit overwhelming.  I learned that I didn't excel at star points and was surprised by their trickiness. The only star that I have made since this one was a wonky star for a charity quilt that amanda jean of "crazymomquilts" made.  I will probably try more stars in the future because I love the way they look.  

This photo illustrates just how many little pieces I had to cut out. It was such a large number, that I decided to host a contest for people to guess how many red squares there were in this pile. That was a fun turning point for me because I felt like I was becoming more connected with the quilting bloggers community.


I wasn't as experienced in quilting photography at that time so this picture is a little dark, but you can get a pretty good idea of how the finished product looked. I learned a lot about choosing fabrics and working with contrast while making this quilt.  I had gathered a lot of patriotic fabrics but quickly realized which ones just wouldn't make the cut.   
*pun intended*  hehe :)

I really liked the contrast that the backing added to the overall look

This was the first time I had used variegated thread for the free-motion quilting. I found that it's a nice way to add another design dimension to the quilt.  I also had fun making stars while doing the free-motion quilting.  I wanted to accentuate the quilt's "patriotic-ness".

All the quilts that I make for a specific person are special to me because I think of them while I am making the quilt.  I felt like this quilt really fit my dad's personality because he is very patriotic and served in the Air Force for many years.

Here he is, happily holding the finished product. I love you dad!

28 comments:

Me aka Supermom said...

What a nice quilt!


margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

You made it as a newbie! I am very impressed! I love the stars in your free motion quilting. Great job!

Shannon w/ Monkey Dog Quitls said...

I've GOT to do a red, white & blue quilt toooooo! Love your quilt. Sew On!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Wow! That is an incredible quilt for a beginner .... errrr... for any quilting level! I can tell that your Dad just loved you. What an awesome daughter!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Well, I MEANT to say he just loved "it" but I'm sure he loves you even more.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous quilt! The stars in the sashing are truly spectacular.

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful!!! I love the stars!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Great quilt! I love those graphic, bold red corner "stars". I made a patriotic quilt too, it's on my blog side bar if you wanna see.

Rafael's Mum said...

What a lovely quilt. and you are right, an inspired choice of backing! It finishes it off really nicely!

SarahB said...

It's a beautiful quilt! You did a very good job picking fabrics that worked well together!

janet said...

That is just lovely, and I really like the way you quilted it!!

Loris said...

It is no wonder your dad is smiling. That is a wonderful quilt! You were already off to a great start as a quilter. Challenging piecing and free motion quilting too. Very impressive!

Lonci said...

It is beautiful:)

SarahVee said...

Very nice quilt and story. I really like the machine quilting with variegated thread. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Great way to start your quilting life. I think I have a number of the fabrics you used in my fat quarter collection :)

Melinda said...

Wow, great quilt for one of your first tries! Lucky man, your father!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great quilt! Love the fabric combination, and the quilting is fabulous. Great job!

Allie said...

Great quilt with a great story! Beautifully done!

Quilter In Paradise said...

thanks for sharing - !
Beth in Dallas

Joanne said...

Beautiful quilt! ♥
And so appropriate - great story!

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful quilt. Great story. Just delightful!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Karen said...

Its a fantastic quilt! Love the stars you made while quilting it. Yep star points can be troublesome.

Eileen said...

very nice--wonderful to celebrate with the patriotic quilt. i have done star points with quilt in a day's directions and rulers and they work so well...not sure it'd work with this quilt or not

Laurel H. said...

Love the quilt AND the story!

QuiltSue said...

It's gorgous, I bet your Dad really loves it.

quiltmom said...

It is a terrific quilt made with love- by the look on your dad's face, it was a big hit and is very treasured. I bet you had fun making it for him.
I know that when I have made a quilt for a loved one- I have enjoyed the experience especially when its all finished. The day I give my quilts away is always a special one. I love seeing the recipient's face!
Hope you have the opportunity to visit some of the quilts in the festival. It a marvelous show..
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

I love red white and blue! Fabulous quilt!

Sandra said...

Can't go wrong with red, white & blue and rail fence - great patriotic quilt from a fellow military kid.
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