Friday, May 17, 2013

Wordy Friends Quilt {blogger's quilt festival}

Hi to all the new visitors from Blogger's Quilt Festival. I am so happy you have stopped by to visit my little corner of blogland. I hope you will come back and visit often.

I have been working frantically to finish this quilt in time for Blogger's Quilt Festival.





What started as my Stitch Tease Bee quilt with an idea about 14 months ago has turned into a quilt that is so personal and special to me.
It started with this strip made by me.
two of my sons hamming it up for a photo shoot

My theme was WORDS and I left it up to my bee mates to think of a word that reminds them of me. My request was for them to make a strip to go with that word. You can read all about each strip here.

After receiving this quilt top in April, I decided it needed one more row to acknowledge the women who made it for me . They have all become wonderful FRIENDS and so I decided to add a flag for each of the countries where they live and stamp their names on the strip. I used Kristie's fantastic pattern for paper pieced letters, which is available on Craftsy.




I wanted to Free Motion quilt this by myself and I am not an accomplished machine quilter. Through sheer determination and a lot of tears, swearing and broken thread and needles, I quilted each row in a way to accentuate the perfect piecing done by my friends. A huge thank you to all my Instagram and blogging friends for their advice and encouragement when I was having thread breaking issues with my machine.
Whether it was applique, paper pieced or patchwork, I wanted to make sure not to distract from the design. I squiggled, I stippled and made pebbles; I swirled hearts and wrote words and stitched stacked blocks and stitched lots of wonky, wiggly lines. I even attempted to quilt clamshells. This has been a real learning experience for me as far as free-motion quilting goes. I'm hoping, with practice [on smaller quilts next time] that my skills can only get better. I would say I almost have pebbles and swirls conquered. My favorite idea has to be the quilted weather related words in Dianne's row.














The perfect fabric to back this quilt is the IKEA Britten number words fabric.


I bound this quilt with a black and white mini stripe by Timeless Treasures. It frames the quilt without drawing attention away from the quilt, don't you think?



I'm pretty proud of this quilt and it will be hung on my studio wall as a reminder of the lovely and talented friends I have all over the world.

I am entering it under the Bee category in the Festival. I hope you will go and enjoy all the beautiful creative talents of the blogging quilt community.

Quilt Stats
Name: Wordy Friends Quilt
Made by the original 8 members of the Stitch Tease Bee
Binding: black and white stripe by Timeless Treasures
Backing: Britten Numbers print from IKEA
batting: Warm and White
Quilted by me with Aurifil 40 wt. and Isacord 40 wt. both in white.
Size: 77" x 84"


AmysCreativeSide.com

oh, by the way, this is on my Finish-A-Long list and is my 7th quilt finish for 2013

she can quilt

Past entries:
Spring 2011 Storm at Sea
Fall 2011 Hexagon Park 
Spring 2012 Rockin' Robin
Fall 2012 Retro Flowers

41 comments:

Leanne said...

Wow, Diane, your quilting really makes this stunning quilt even better. You are clearly a natural at machine quilting. It is a wonderful quilt for you from such good friends.

Melinda said...

I love this! Such a wonderful treasure to keep forever! You did a great job on the quilting!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I have to agree with Leanne...gorgeous

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

It's fabulous and so special!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Love this quilt! Have been following your quilting progress on IG and I just love what you did with it. It's just beautiful - such a special quilt!

Cindy said...

Awesome Di! I love how each row is quilted differently. Your words look great. I'm so happy for you!

stitchingandbacon said...

I am so happy to get to see this quilt all done. It is beautiful! Congrats on sticking out the free-motion adventure.

Dianne Neale said...

Pits amazing Di. And the quilting is brilliant. I didn't see the names before, or that you did my bit with words! A rely unique quilt.

Debbie said...

Wow, I'm truly impressed with all your quilting - good for you!! It is an amazing quilt!

Canadian Abroad said...

How you fmq'd this on a domestic machine is beyond me because I happen to know exactly how big it is. You did a spectacular job. I love your addition of friends and the flags. I think you took a very personal quilt top, Di, and took it to another level. I am so proud to have been able to contribute. You are phenomenal, and a great friend too.

Patchwork and Play said...

You've done an incredible job with this! No wonder you needed regular massages! Did you try a glass of red? They tell me that loosens things up, in the quilting department of course! It's a great quilt and a very special one!

heart of charnwood said...

It is absolutely stunning, a great piece of work put together by some incredibly talented ladies! :o)

charlotte said...

Wonderful. I love the idea behind it. I would be proud of this too.

Nicky said...

Great make and so glad you managed to finish it! Well done on the FMQ - looks like you do have swirls, pebbles and writing under your belt!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

This is such a great quilt! I'm so glad you chose to enter it into the festival, I enjoy reading your blog and am very happy to see this quilt again :)

nerospost said...

This is just amazing quilt! I love how there are so many different things and blocks and colours are beautiful!

sonia said...

Woe. I see words and messages are common in all the group quilts included in the Festival. Yours is amazing! I love the quilting on it. Congrats!

Marga (MarPie) said...

This one is truly a beauty, with all the "mistakes" as well. You all really did a great job with this one.
Love it.

Warm regards from Holland,
Marga♥

Barbara Stanbro said...

This is a beautiful quilt.

Cindy Sharp said...

Your quilt is fantastic. Well done.

Carla said...

Wow Diane. Such a wonderful account of the process. All the trials were worth the effort! It's fabulous and a real treasure.

Annabella said...

Even though I had to check your blog on my phone I'm so glad I did - just to see this gorgeous quilt and to know I played a small part of it. So so happy we are good friends Di. xx

Katy Cameron said...

Oh I love the extra row you added! (Or should that be column?) Glad you conquered all the FMQ woes in the end :o)

CitricSugar said...

This is a pretty awesome quilt! I love how personal it is to you - and that great hamming it up photo of your sons!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning!! I love the extra strip you added - genius!

Holli said...

An absolute treasure, your quilt. I am so happy for you in the joy it must bring! It's a perfect quilt.

Flying Blind... said...

So proud to be part of this quilt xxxxxxxxxxxx

Deb said...

This is one amazing quilt. I love all the different types of quilting. You will treasure this forever.

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

I'm so impressed you got it done in time! It's just perfect.

the running hare said...

Such an amazing quilt and I love your addition at the side. The quilting is fantastic too. Glad you got it finished in time

Pomegranate Quilts said...

This is totally fantastic. I love the concept, I love how it looks, you must be super-thrilled!

Lisa said...

I think this is such a personal quilt between friends which is what a bee should bee! You get my vote!

Ginny said...

Simply beautiful! So unique and personal - what a great quilt! You did a great job on the quilting too!

Deborah said...

such a fun quilt - really special

quirky granola girl said...

i have loved watching your progress on this quilt over IG. it is truly special.

M-R Charbonneau said...

Diane, it's fantastic! Great job on the quilting too!

Vivian said...

A great tribute from and to a great group of friends!

AnnMarie said...

I totally love your quilt and each row! My son appreciates that your sons are holding your strip. Perhaps a "Sons of Quilters United" group can form among all of our quilt holders!

Beth said...

Oh, what a special quilt! It is wonderful!

cat in tassie said...

What a fantastic memory quilt! I'm glad you persevered with the quilting. Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne Campbell said...

This is beautiful and the quilting is lovely!