Friday, October 28, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival


This is my second time to participate in  the Blogger's Quilt Festival. What a great way to see a beautiful quilt show from around the world and not have to leave the comfort of your couch or office chair. Trying to decide which quilt to enter this year was easy. I decided to show my Hexagon Park Quilt that I made earlier this year. I love this quilt for so many reasons.

1. The beautiful Giddy fabrics by Sandy Gervais.

2. The Hexagon Park pattern by the incredibly talented Lynne was easy to follow.
3. Since making this quilt Lynne and I have become bloggy buddies and I have learned so much from her blog.
4. It was my first time to make an improv pieced back on a quilt.

5. After making this quilt I decided to send it to my dear, dear friend, who has early onset Alzheimer's disorder.

6. The label has special meaning because Darlene and I had a history of letter writing, back in the 70's and 80's when people actually used to send a letter by the postal service.

A quilt is not just a blanket, it doesn't just keep someone warm. Making a quilt for someone shows them how much you love and appreciate them. It let's them know that your time and love was put into making them a special gift. Quilting is not just a hobby for me, but a way to give those I love a special part of my time and talent. I might not be the most creative quilter out there but that doesn't stop me. I love to make quilts and I love the quilt blogging community.

Please stop by Amy's blog to see all the other beautiful creations. I know I will be checking them out, for sure.

Thanks for stopping by,

"di"
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44 comments:

notes of sincerity said...

What a precious quilt for your friend. It is so pretty and the little note tugged at my heart. It will be like a special hug from you, as she snuggles under it. :o)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful work Diane. I love how you made your quilt label in the shape of an envelope.

Hollie said...

Thank you for sharing such a touching story and a beautiful quilt.

Cindy said...

Eeek! I love your label. I too remember a time when letter writting was the way to stay in touch with the people you loved. I can't imagine growing up without all of my pen pals around the world. I sorely miss those nice squishy envelopes with hand written address on them.

Blogging is a nice alternative, but it isn't quite the same.

christhequilter said...

what a great thing to do for a friend

lovely pattern and fabric, and the label is personal and unique

justabitfrayed said...

I love this quilt! The envelope on the back is such an amazing touch :)

Sarah Craig said...

What a lovely quilt, Di! I'm sure your friend finds a lot of love and comfort every time she uses it!

Leanne said...

It is a beautiful quilt! So nice to be able to send your friend a quilt to wrap up in and know that she is loved.

Erin O. said...

Beautiful. What a great story and gift.

Lorraine said...

I love this quilt & the whole sentiment that accompanies it. So pretty !!

Shari said...

What a fabulous gift for a dear friend. Hopefully she'll feel your love everytime she touches it. Love the label.

Barbara said...

What a lovely quilt, and I love the label.

Danny said...

OK. So I am going to follow everyone else and say that I LOVE this quilt. How did you go about quilting it with a flower design?

Flying Blind... said...

Beautiful quilt and beautiful sentiment xxx

Quiltbenaco said...

Stupenda davvero!
Grazie per l'ispirazione!
Ciao

Katy Cameron said...

Oh I love it, fab pattern and fabric choices, and I just love the wee envelope note on the back

Annabella said...

You know I love this quilt Di and your envelope label and what you said gave me a lump in my throat. It`s a beautiful quilt Di and thanks for sharing it.

Sandra said...

wow, thanks for sharing this heart felt treasure. I'm sure your friend will always be able to feel the love of this quilt.
Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction and #31 antique 1850 star quilt

Jessica said...

I'm sure she adores it. It's gorgeous. Your label almost made me cry!

selfsewn@summerfete said...

Oh Diane thankyou for visiting me, I noticed your quilt this morning, and not had a chance yet to visit.

I'm really touched by your story, I imagine this quilt will be a great comfort for your friend in years to come.

You are a very thoughtful lady indeed.

Clare xx

ps. It's a beautiful quilt!

Issabella The Cat said...

I believe, as has been said, that a quilt isn't just to keep someone warm - it's a hug from the person that made it. Your quilts story is heartwarming and your quilt is gorgeous.

Alisa said...

It's a beautiful quilt. The label is very precious.

Melanie said...

Your quilt is so beautiful especially the label! What a wonderful gift for such a special friend! I am so thrilled to have found your blog through the quilt festival. I just became your latest follower!

~The Bargain Babe said...

Ok first I noticed how lovely the quilt is. Then the amazing quilting. THEN the cool label in the shape of an envelope! So sweet. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

It's one of my favorites of yours Di. Love the meaning and thought behind it as well as it just shows what a lovely person you are too.
xo

Kit Lang said...

Lovely quilt, lovelier quilting, and lovelier still gift!

Thanks for sharing. :)

Marg said...

It's a beautiful quilt, and I love your label, what a wonderful way to celebrate your friendship.

Lori T said...

Your quilt is beautiful! What a wonderful gift for your dear friend. Just like memories all wrapped up.

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

Such a beautiful quilt representing such a beautiful friendship. Thank you for sharing this quilt and the story behind it. Lovely! x

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Your post was so touching. I think the envelope label was just perfect. The quilt is beautiful.

Nancy said...

Love your quilt and your label! What a great blog!

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

Such a beautiful quilt, and a very touching story! I love it Diane!
I think we all should write letters more often but perhaps that's just my romantic soul ;-)

Abby said...

Love this quilt and the story. Thanks for sharing the pattern name/link - this will be added to my to do list! Thanks

Charming's Mama said...

What a very special quilt and I couldn't agree with you more about the art of quilting and what it means. Thanks for sharing.

quilthexle said...

Wonderful quilt - and how sweet to send it to your friend. Even when this awful disease will keep her from knowing your name, the quilt will comfort her.

mascanlon said...

Lovely quilt and even lovely friendship. thank you for sharing.

Kriza said...

what a gorgeous quilt, and a touching story to go with it. I am sure it means a lot to your friend.
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Made me tear up a bit. It is just beautiful.

susan said...

Beautiful quilt and beautifully written blog post. Thank you for sharing that with all of us.

Eileen said...

Great beautiful quilt. Love the colors and fabrics. Like the large sized hexagons. Such a sweet piece to give to your dear friend thabks for sharing and have a great day

Sabine said...

Great quilt! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for pointing me to that pattern. This is definitely something I want to make.

Valentina said...

what a gorgeous quilt, Di, and what a wonderful story. You could have not put it better, our quilts are so much more than nice fabric and threads. we can actaully wrap someone in our love and friendship. :) Love the envelope and dedication, so inspiring, and so real.
Will visit you again! Greetings from Cyprus, Valentina

Tina in Boston said...

Such a pretty quilt! I love the touches of brown. How nice that you gave this quilt to your good friend (and that you have such a good friend!). I love the personal touch of the label.

Deb said...

Especially love the label! How did you do the writing? That's not just penned on there is it? It's so perfect! I'd love to be able to duplicate that! Thanks for any tips.