Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival



This is my first time participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, which is being sponsored by Amy at Amy's Creative Side-a blog I've been following for a while. Since I'm a beginner and rather slow I decided to share this large wall quilt (or maybe small lap?) that is the very first top I ever pieced. I can't believe it's been 3 yrs and sadly, I've only done 2 more quilts since this one. I'm getting faster though. :D

Making this quilt was such a learning experience. I learned how to piece 9-patch blocks and how to snug the seams so they would match up. I also learned quick-piecing methods that made it work up really quickly. It was the first time I did any amount of machine quilting (not counting stockings) and first time I used clear thread-which may not sound like a big deal but it's different using it. It's also the first time I used quilting software (at the time I only had Quilt Design Wizard but I use Electric Quilt now) which I used to figure out color placement.

I saw a quilt like this at a quilt forum and asked how I could find the pattern. It turned out that it was from an old magazine that was probably not available anymore. The lady that made it actually sent me her magazine! So I made it using some 30's prints I had been hoarding and also made a pieced backing. The back was as much work as the front! So anyway, here she is:


and the back:


At the time I swore I would never do another pieced backing like this. I still may not-it was a lot of work. And honestly, I am totally not up to the caliber of all the other quilters participating but thanks to all the great blogs, magazines and my prior experience sewing clothing and crafts, I'm learning!

16 comments:

SewCalGal said...

Purrfect! Love it!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Valentina said...

I really Love your quilt! It's a sheer delight!
You did incredibly well!
Congrats from faraway Cyprus,
Valentina

The Calico Cat said...

It's PURRfect!

Stephanie said...

Very cute. I love pieced backs.

MARIKA said...

Kind wonderful quilt :)

jimlynn said...

It just looks perfect to me - and is just precious! Love it. I know they are alot of work - but just look at the end result! Gorgeous.

ROZ said...

cute quilt, with candy-like colors

piecemealquilts said...

I've spent the last two hours looking at Blogger's Quilt Festival posts, and yours is as good as any of them. It's bright and fun and well made - and you put a lot of work even into the back! Nice job.

Rose said...

I just love this...I love cats and you did an awesome job with this. Also love the back of it...I love interesting backs.

You can see my entry HERE.

Heather said...

Your quilt is adorable.

Michelle said...

Delightful! I really like the black kitty against the beautiful 30's repro fabrics. That pieced back is nearly as pretty the front. You may be slow (so am I!) but your work is excellent.

Lis said...

Your quilt is great so don't be hard on yourself - no quiltzillas here! All that piecing was well worth it, you have two quilts in one!

Jenn Embry said...

Beautiful! I am in the process of learning how to quilt but seem stalled at having enough motivation. So for now I greatly admire the work of those who do it. :) Great job!

Candi said...

Cute Kitty!

Naomi said...

This looks phenomenal!!! LOVE the cat with his ball of yarn! The back does look like a lot of work. You are a great seamstress!

Eileen said...

lovely quilt and great story!! the kitty is really fun on it. thanks for sharing

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