Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Spring 2011

Hello fellow blogging quilters! I'm so happy to share this quilt with you today!

Amy's Creative Side

This was my first quilt made by me from an online quilting bee.   But I can't really say it was made by me since I had 11 other awesome folks help bring the picture in my head to reality.  And really, I think that the reality is better than the picture in my head.  Lovely Amy, organizer of Bloggers' Quilt Festival, did the block in the middle of the bottom row. Of course, she did something fantastic and unique!
a notion or two inaugural quilt

This is the first quilt I have ever quilted on my own little machine.  It was not easy.  In fact, I kind of loathed it by the time I was done.  It was just so hard maneuvering all that fabric through a tiny throat space.  It doesn't help that I've been spoiled and used my my mom's long-arm. (Well, it was only once.  And about 10 years ago.  But I LOVED it.)
I liked doing loop-de-loops  (I think it hides more mistakes).
Loop-de-loop quilting

I love this IKEA fabric on the back.  I'm going there this week and stocking up.
The back
I love the requisite binding shot.  And the cherry red Amy Butler dots!
Love a folded quilt pic.

I know there are so many other quilts to go check out!  Enjoy!  If you are interested in seeing more photos and read about all the lessons I learned making this quilt, you can go HERE.

38 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Jane said...

This is a great quilt! Perfect, perfect backing!

Kari said...

I love the variety in the blocks. It gives the quilt a lot of energy. You did really well with the quilting, even though I know free motion quilting is one of the most stressful parts of a quilt (at least for me it is).

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

Amy! It's fantastic! I love how you put all the blocks together and your quilting looks great, even with all the pushing and shoving :)

Lindsay Conner said...

Love this! Love the fabric you chose for the back, too. :)

Lauren P said...

Beautiful quilt! I have that IKEA fabric. I love it!

ddoboyle said...

I LOVE the fabric choices and how your idea came to life! Truly an inspiration to me as I am still too afraid to tackle my first quilting project. It's a pretty intimidating task for a beginner. I will get there though. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt with us.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Yep, still love that polka dot binding. Love it! One day I'll do a big quilt at home. I made Creamie a little doll quilt (ahem, 14x20 inches) last night. And by the time i got done quilting it I was SO DONE with the whole process. So much so that I machine stitched my binding. Sigh, her poor babies don't get hand bindings this year. Maybe next year...

Kristie said...

It looks beautiful! Great colors and an awesome collaborative effort. I agree, the backing fabric is awesome, wish I had IKEA here!

Sew.What. said...

I love the colors, and I too love Ikea fabric. They are soo fun and not bad quality for the price either!

Amy said...

Very nice quilt. I love wonky,improv blocks! the backing fits nicely with the colors and the birds.

Jolanda said...

Cute quilt! I love the little birds added in every square:)

Vicki said...

Beautiful work, Amy! The quilting can really wear you out, I know! You did a great job.

Eleni said...

Your quilt is amazing:) I love the colors and the blocks are just lovely!! As for IKEA fabric... I'm addicted:) And also I can understand your pain on trying to handle all that fabric:) I know my shoulders hurt for a week after finishing MY quilt but the pain was soooo sweet:)
Congratulations on your work!!
xoxo
Eleni

Inspiredbyfelix said...

What a great idea for a bee block! I love the variation in the blocks, the little birds, and of course the backing which I have in my stash! fab quilt!

felicity said...

Wonderful idea for a Bee quilt!! You finished it beautifully. I love everything about my Bernina except its tiny harp so I feel your pain! LOVE that Ikea fabric - it's extra-wide, too!

Sara said...

Awesome quilt--so amazing and unique!!

Teje said...

Hello! That is really beautiful quilt! I love all the blocks and sweet birds and the colours!
Ikea has great fabrics - I have that same in my kitchen curtains and I have used it also for some table mats as 'a garden'!
Sunny wishes!

Siobhan said...

Hi Amy, its gorgeous..I love the binding, great colour :)

Aunt Spicy said...

Still just adore this one! You are soooooo talented!

Kim said...

You know I LOVE this quilt so anytime you wanna just leave it at my house...

Karen said...

I love the way your quilt has turned out! Isn't it wonderful when so many people can combine together to make beautiful blocks for a quilt. Love the quilting and the backing.

Darci said...

I love this quilt too! So glad that you FINALLY finished it :)

Andrea Pisano said...

beautiful work. I love the variety of blocks

A.J. Dub. said...

That is a seriously cool quilt! Thanks for sharing!

fallingforpieces said...

Those are some really awesome bee blocks! And I love the ikea fabric on the back. Great quilt.

stitchinpenny said...

Here a bird there a bird everywhere a bird. I adore this quilt. great colors great concept.

Lara said...

Gorgeous quilt! Love it!

cynthiatreen said...

Love your quilt... just beautiful. All your fabric choices are lovely and that polka dot binding is wonderful!

Julie said...

That IS a gorgeous quilt. I love the polkadot binding too, very cool!

Melinda said...

Oooh! I love it. Not your typical quilting bee.

Arita said...

I love the variety in the quilt; great job on the quilting and the choice of the binding.

Manda said...

I love this quilt!!

Kirsten N said...

Gorgeous quilt - such cute and colouful birdies in there!!

Leanne said...

This quilt is one I am always happy to have a look at, it is just so good!

BJ said...

Great quilt. Love the birds. Great idea for a group quilt.

Lisa said...

wow just amazing!

amy smart said...

Awesome Amy! What a fabulous quilt. I love bee quilts and yours is no exception. The back is psrfect and the binding is the cherry on top! And way to go on the quilting. You rock.

Elizabeth said...

That is a really fabulous quilt! I love the colors and the quilting really suits it. Beautiful job.

xo -E

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