Friday, April 17, 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Here is my entry for the on-line Bloggers Quilt Festival. This is a wonderful idea organized by Amy of Park City Girl .

This quilt might look familiar to you, as it is the "fraternal twin" to this quilt that I showed previously. The only real difference between the two is that this one is done with purple sashing and border (it doesn't show as purple real well here, but trust me, it is a wonderful deep purple), while the twin quilt is done with blue. The blocks aren't exactly the same, but are similar.

(the quilting)
We're supposed to show our favorite quilt. That's a tough one, because each of my quilts is my "favorite" for one reason or another. The reason I picked this quilt isn't because of it's wonderful artistry or the creativity or great fabrics, but because this quilt (and it's "twin") holds so many memories for me. It contains bits and pieces of 20 years of quilting and sewing projects: the graduation quilts for both my son and my daughter, clothes I made my children, the baby quilt for my first grandchild, fabrics my mom, my sister and my friends gave me and so on. Literally, pieces of my life.

(the back has a "racing stripe" - all in flannels)
And so, this one is important to me. I love looking at it and remembering all the things associated with so many of the fabrics it contains. Maybe it's a humble scrap quilt, but it's also a memory quilt. Kind of like a grown-up I Spy for me!

It also reminds me of the fun I had at the retreat where this was made. My friend Kate and I both made these blocks, and we had a lot of fun doing them.



And this last block holds a little surprise! Do you see the bottom left-hand corner? That little scrap of red? Well, it was a bigger piece of fabric originally, but when I trimmed the square to size after I pieced it, that little scrap was all that was left. And, it has a tiny little heart on it! It makes me smile when I see it.

25 comments:

  1. I love quilts where the fabrics bring back memories. This quilt is beautiful.

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  2. My first quilt also had memories in it like yours. Still love looking at it and remembering. Yours is beautiful :-)

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  3. I love quilts like this, where every scrap holds special memories. I like the little red bit too. I've got some bits like that that have dwindled down to nothing when they've been cut and sewn and cut again, but are just visible.

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  4. Scrap quilts are my favorites. I agree with the I Spy for adults. :o) You can look at a scrap quilt and remember with each piece of fabric a special memory. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Your quilt, and it's twin, are wonderful. Great choice.

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  6. Wonderful to have a quilt full of memories.

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  7. Oh I love these kinds of quilts!! It just seems to make them softer and warmer doesn't it!!

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  8. I like these kind of quilts too, for the same reasons :- )

    I'm having a hard time picking out my favorite quilt to post!

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  9. Great quilt. I love scrappy quilts. Yours turned out wonderful.

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  10. Beautiful quilt, I love string piecing! The quilt festival was a great idea!

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  11. That is a nice quilt. I have wanted to make one out of all the scraps left over from other quilts too. I am glad that you did it. What lovely memories you have. Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. I love your quilt. It has me saving strings to make one someday soon.

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  13. Wonderful quilt, great fabric choices Bravo!

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  14. string quilts are always so much fun and filled with all sorts of wonderful fabrics-yours even more so-what a wonderful story it tells.

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  15. Great story and what a nice way to use all those many pieces saved over the years.

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  16. I like the idea that I was there in the making of your last quilt twin. I know some of my fabric is in there, too.

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  17. I love quilts that hold memories! Yours is beautiful!

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  18. So many memories associated with this one quilt - amazing! I love all the love that has gone into it :) It's beautiful - thanks for sharing!

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  19. Very fun quilt! I love quilts made from memories.

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  20. Lovely quilt! The close-ups are great so we can see the beautiful fabrics you used. The quilts we make using fabric that carries memories are the BEST!

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  21. whee, I love the strings and that awesome sashing/border fabric really makes them stand out.

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  22. love the pattern! you did a great job. I think i may need to make a quilt like this.

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  23. Great job! Love the sashing colours. I am working on my first string quilt and loved the technique. Can't wait to do another one.

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