Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival ~ Spring 2012

I was inspired to show off Bella's quilt so I thought why not enter The Bloggers Quilt Festival - of course this required that I begin blogging... so here is my first blog.  I hope I am able to set it up and post prior to the deadline closing.

I just recently got into quilting- this is my second quilt.  I never planned on quilting. I began sewing with a group of ladies to ward off depression in the dark months of winter.  After finishing an outfit that I had worked on for some time I discovered that I had gained a few more pounds and it was not as flattering as it could be ~ perhaps I should have not eaten so much chocolate while sewing.

I love fabric so I was trying to come up with a way to keep sewing and playing with color - that was when it hit me.  I would not outgrow a quilt and one gets to stand behind the quilt when photographing!

I had just received an order from Pink Chalk Fabrics and in their order was a picture of a quilt.  It was amazing!  My stepdaughter saw the picture and fell in love.  I knew that I had to make it for her.  They were out of the quilt kit and the dimensions were much smaller than I was interested in so I decided I would make my own variation.

I ordered a Kona Solids Card.  I went on line and then proceeded to buy a ton of fabric.
I only needed one strip of each color. I then began arranging them in some sort of order.  I have enough left over to make 4 more of these quilts!  ~its good for ones stash....


 Here is Burton helping change the order of the strips.....

Things I learned when doing this quilt.  It is important to measure all of your fabric.  I thought since all of my fabric was from the same line and same designer it would all be the same width - it is not.  I based my main measurement on the first strip of fabric I cut.  For the placement of the white strips I came up with a formula on Excel to get a random centered look.  This would have worked IF all of my strips had been the same length. I was able to correct this by making little additions here and there.


I forgot to take a picture of it before it was quilted.  I had it quilted by Loretta Tibor; she did a wonderful job. 


The quilt measures  88 X 100


Back of Quilt


Close up of quilting

I hope you have enjoyed my first post and Bella's quilt.  Hopefully I will get this blogging thing down. 
I find so much inspiration each time I look at what everyone is creating.  It gets me wondering if I am able to tackle that or perhaps I can add just one more project to my list.... enjoy looking at everyones quilts.  bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2012~ hosted by Amy 

36 comments:

  1. This is so nice ! You did a wonderful job , especially for being your 2nd quilt !

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  2. This is so fun and pretty! My little girls gasped when they saw it and asked if I could make them one.

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  3. Cindy, I love your quilt! The quilting looks really pretty with those circles! You should link up your blog to http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/p/new-quilt-blogs-for-2012-add-your-link.html
    She has a linky party for new bloggers and you could get some viewers that way. I lot of people visited my blog through her link.
    You should also put a follow my blog tab so people can subscribe to you. I will subscribe through google reader, but not everybody uses that. Good luck with your new blog and your work is wonderful!

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  4. I love your quilt, and I love the story. I too started blogging, in the Fall of 2009, just to be able to participate in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!. Stop by my blog and take a look http://cre8fmomquilts.blogspot.com/

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  5. It's just gorgeous! The colors are amazing! And the quilting - wow!

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  6. What a wonderful, cheerful quilt! Congrats on your first blog post. Hope to see more of your quilts in the future.

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  7. Awesome Quilt, Welcome to blogging keep it up!

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  8. That is really wonderful quilt! Welcome to blogging! The online quilting/sewing/knitting/crafting community is very warm and supportive - I hope you enjoy being a part of it.

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  9. Love it, great entry. Funny story: I work for Pink Chalk Fabrics and worked with other team members to make that quilt for us. Then I took the leftover bits of the strips and made myself a wall hanging (its about 12 inches wide) then I took the last teeny tiny bits and made a mini one (its about 6 inches wide). Can ya tell I really do love this pattern! :)
    Happy Quilt Festival.

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  10. This quilt is stunning , well done !!

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  11. Stunning - I want to make one :)

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  12. very pretty!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow!! such a great quilt...and only your second one? Great job. And you are gonna love the blogging community. Welcome aboard.

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  14. I know exactly the quilt you mean and this is a beauty! How amazing to have all that extra fabric in your stash!

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  15. It looks so simple and is so graphic and beautiful! Not my usual style but I just love this!

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  16. it's like a box of crayons! love it so very much.

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  17. I don't know where to begin...how about, I don't quilt. I found you through the Festival. It's a long story, but a newly found quilter buddy started it all! If quilting wards off depression during the winter months...then I'm in! I love this quilt. It is stunning. I would buy it from you if it were for sale? Here is your first blogging tip...remove word verification. You will get more comments from people if they don't have to go through that.

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  18. Wow, that is so amazing it's only your 2nd quilt! It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Gorgeous!! So many colors of the rainbow.

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  20. I've been tempted to start a blog too! Good for you for actually doing it! I love the quilting pattern and the vivid colors.

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  21. That is absolutely beautiful:)))

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  22. Absolutely love this quilt!!So amazing for an experienced quilter, even more so for someone just starting!!

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  23. Beautiful colors, wonderful design, great quilting and the cat included on the quilt is a bonus. Funny how cats are drawn to both finished quilts and quilts that you are working on and they must just sit in the center of it all.

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  24. I just signed up to follow your blog. Am I really your FIRST follower? Wow, good luck with your blog and I'll enjoy seeing more of your work.

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  25. Cindy, welcome to blogland. I've only recently joined the party so you're not alone. Your quilt is beautiful. Gotta love all that color. I hope you keep quilting because I think you're going to make amazing things. I'll follow you . . will you follow me?

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  26. Gorgeous!!! Oh, those colors all staked up just make me feel happy. And the quilting adds lovely texture. Thanks so much for sharing! And welcome to the world of blogging!

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  27. I LOVE your quilt - beautiful. Those Kona color cards are so helpful! This is an amazing second quilt - and the quilting is beautiful as well!

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  28. Your Quilt is absolutely pretty and I love the quilting!

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  29. Wonderful quilt! I just started my blog this week so I understand your struggles with Blogger :o) Happy Sewing (and blogging)!
    Christine

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  30. Gorgeous quilt - I hope it makes you smile to see it

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  31. such a great quilt! i love rainbows :)

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  32. You can not ever have too much Kona solids in your stash! I made a variation of this quilt and wasted a LOT of fabric. I ha no idea someone had written up a pattern! Duh!
    This is beautiful! Great job!

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  33. Great job on your quilt Cindy & welcome to blogging! It's a great community and you will be welcomed warmly I'm sure! Your first post is interesting and fun - can't wait to learn more about you and your quilting journey :*)

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