Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012

Twice a year the fabulous and talented Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival to coincide with the spring and fall Quilt Markets.
This week, while everyone is looking at all the new fabrics and patterns in Houston
we are sharing our favorite quilts.

Amy's Creative Side

This time I didn't know which quilt to enter. I thought about entering my Swoon quilt or my Granny Square quilt but in the end I decided to enter the Retro Flowers quilt.
This was one of three quilts I made for three of my friends
celebrating their 60th birthday (along with me) this year.



Retro Flower QAL
It was a wonderful pattern using templates to cut the curved pieces.
Don't let curves scare you, they really are easy to master.
Designed by Christina of The Sometimes Crafter,
 I joined the Flickr quilt-along hosted by Megan  and Bianca.
I used a duvet cover from Ikea for the backing and I think it is perfect for this quilt.
I like one piece backings, so sheets and duvet covers work well.

Retro Flower QAL

It was a race to the finish for me to finish this quilt
to get it entered into the competition.
I actually finished it just 6 hours shy of the deadline.
Using Malka Dubrawsky's a Stitch in Color line of fabric and Kona White as the background
gave this quilt the Retro look I was hoping for. 

Retro  Flowers

That reverse flower was a last minute decision and I think it made the quilt unique.
Quilted with straight lines {using Aurifil 50 wt. thread in white} in both directions was time consuming but easy.
I bound the quilt with the scraps left over from all the fabrics.

Retro Flower QAL

I had to wait nearly two months to give it to the birthday girl,
but I am pretty sure she liked it.
We had fun remembering clothes we had made in junior high school
that used fabrics similar to those used in the quilt.


I think the best part of giving a handmade quilt to a friend is knowing that it will be loved and appreciated.
Also, the sign of a happy finish is when you have a hard time parting with the quilt.
I think this quilt made both of us happy.


Quilt Stats Retro Flowers Quilt Entry # 182
Size: 56"x68"
Fabric: Kona White and a Stitch in Color
Special Technique: Pinless Curves
Pieced by: Me
Quilting: Straight lines, by Me
Best Category:Throw Quilt, Home Machine Quilted




42 comments:

Staci said...

Lovely Finish & Story!

Susan Standen said...

Oh I love this quilt, Di. It's that white flower in there with the blue background that takes it from lovely to absolutely fantastic. Great entry!

Mermaid Sews said...

Amazing quilt Di! Love it.

Annabella said...

Well thank you for entering one of my favourites - I love the line you used and the reverse flower does indeed make it unique. A fab entry for the festival.

Kelly said...

It's gorgeous!

Lesley said...

Fabulous quilt! And I totally agree that giving a quilt to someone who will love and appreciate it is the best part. Well done and thanks so much for sharing your story of a "friendship" quilt. Good luck in the festival!

charlotte said...

Love it!! I am going to make this quilt after all my Christmas sewing is done. I have the pattern and the fabrics pulled from my stach. I hope mine turns out as lovely as yours.

Catherine said...

What a fabulous quilt

Jennifer said...

im linking my retro flowers too! Personal accomplishment :)

Cindy Sharp said...

Well done!

Carolyn said...

I really do love this quilt. It is a happy quilt.

Chase said...

Retro flower is so pretty, Di! The prints you picked out are bright and sweet! Your are a sweet friend to your friends!

Alison said...

This is very lovely!

Patti said...

Gorgeous!

Cathy said...

Lovely!

needle and nest said...

I loved this quilt when you first posted about it and I love it even more now that I'm seeing it again. It's a great entry and sure to do well!

Valerie said...

Di-I love this quilt ! Such fresh colors and style-your friend is lucky to have you!

Carla said...

This is so fantastic !

Holli said...

Oh, what a pretty quilt! I have two retro flowers done and many more cut out (and sitting in the WIP box). Now I'm inspired to finish. I love the reverse flower. How fortunate your friend is to have you in her life!

Patchwork and Play said...

This one has always been one of my favourites of your Di! Love it and always enjoy seeing it again!

sukie said...

Love this Di! Good job!

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous quilt - the fabrics you have used are perfect for the Retro Flower pattern, and I love how you threw in that one random white flower!

Flying Blind... said...

So love this one xxx

Leanne said...

I love this quilt and so nice to see it again! It works so well with the bright fabrics and your reverse flower is perfect. Clearly your friend loves it too!

Marie said...

What a wonderful gift, and you are so right, when it's tough to give it away you know you've done something good. Looks like the birthday girl was pretty happy with it too!

Simply Sandy said...

I love this quilt with it's retro design; it reminds me of my younger days. That reverse block really caught my eye in the thumbnail and I had to click on it to see the story behind it. I would have had a hard time giving this one away, too.

CitricSugar said...

Beautiful quilt! I love that pattern but haven't had enough success with cutting or sewing the curves yet. I'll get there.

The reverse flower was a great idea!

Michele said...

So bright and pretty! I'm sure your friend treasures it.

Trudi said...

It's a beautiful quilt! Ad nothing better than a hand made quilt for a friend! Lovely story Di x

Jolanda said...

Love your quilt!!!

Laura said...

I'm impressed by the curves. That is something I haven't mastered yet. Your quilt is lovely! Great colors!

A Girl said...

Beautiful quilt and story!

Vanesa said...

Oh, this quilt is on my bucket list! I really like your version of it, those colors are great. So nice to meet you through blogger's quilt festival!

The Cozy Pumpkin said...

I've looked at this one several times since you posted it originally. The colors make me so happy! :) Well done, Di! :)

-Amanda-

bruinbr said...

This quilt just makes me smile! Love the reverse flower too! What a lucky friend to get such an amazing gift!

Shay said...

Truly this is one of the most inventive and striking quilts I’ve seen in BGF.

LOVE those curved flowers . It manages to be retro and modern all at the same time. Your fabric choices really make those flowers stand out .

You’re a wonder! Making all those quilts for your friends is a lovely thing to do! ( As an aside neither of you look anywhere near 60 in your picture!)

traceyjay said...

you did such a great job with this! love it! :)

Lyanna L. said...

i am a fan of this pattern - it's on my to do list one day. great job!

**nicke... said...

i so looooove this!

Jaye said...

The petals are a really nice shape.

tusen said...

I still love the inverted flower.

sewfrench.com said...

Love how you used Malka's fabrics in this pattern. It really works! Just gorgeous, what a lucky friend!