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!