October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

    The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side starts today and goes through November 5th.  This is the second time I've participated and I think it's a great way to get to know other quilting bloggers.  Each blogger is supposed to post about a quilt they've made and talk about its story. 
    The quilt I've decided to feature is one I made in May of 2008 when I was still getting my quilting feet wet.  It was a gift for my friend, Kim, who was graduating from business school after a long two years of a lot of hard work. It was my first venture into free-motion quilting with a meandering stitch which turned me into a free-motion junkie for at least a year. I have since added more techniques to my repertoire but I always have fun going back to the old standby.

Here's a look at the quilt with all the fun free-motion wrinkly texture.

At this point, I was still struggling to figuring out how to best photograph quilts, 
so please excuse the pictures.  Photographing quilts is tricky business!

I also had a fear of making my own binding at this point in my quilting career. Looking back at it, it was a funny thing to be afraid of since cutting binding is one of the easiest parts of making a quilt.   I felt like I was already riding a large learning curve with all this "quilting" and "sewing" stuff, and adding binding to that was making my brain explode. So I took what I thought was the easy way out and bought double fold bias tape to use for the binding. I do regret doing that as I know it isn't as durable as a well made binding, but I can look back at and see how far I've come since that time of binding scariness.

At about 65 x 65, this quilt was the widest I had ever made at the time. So I learned the true meaning of what it takes to shove a quilt through a machine.  I bought some quilting gloves to give me that added finger stickiness and spent my evenings using a lot of elbow grease to get that thing to go through my machine.

I can truly say I learned a ton while working on this quilt, from how nice it is to work with large pieces, to how important it is to baste your quilt very well before starting to quilt it.  It was also very fun to know that I was making it as a surprise for my friend and she really loved it when I gave it to her.
             To read more stories and see more fun quilts, head over to Amy's Creative Side!


that ninch said...

Your quilt is subtle lovely! Very well done on getting past your fear of binding! I can empathise with pushing a quilt around too--'manhandling' is so apt! I do enjoy seeing the early quilts that people made.


Sunnybec said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful, I love the pattern and I love the colours......wish it was mine! Linda x

Sarah Craig said...

It's a beautiful quilt, and I enjoyed reading your post about it! It is fun to look back at early quilts and see how far we've progressed, isn't it?

Canadian Kristin said...

Oh my goodness! Dawn, I am in EXACTLY that place right now... a newbie quilter fretting over the binding bit of my quilt! And the thought of the squiggly quilting bit is freaking me out! Thanks for sharing your own nerves about it, that made me grin!

Chris said...

Love the colors. You have a fabulous quilt.

Carol said...

Very pretty pattern and colors.

Angie said...

Fun pattern with the star! Another great finish.

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

your quilting is impressive, so much texture! It is good to read you overcame your binding struggles, I am still not a fan of pinning all the layers together!
Thanks for visiting.

Eileen said...

lovely quilt with great colors and fabrics. nice design. thanks for sharing and have a great day