Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012

I am so excited that it is time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012 - I love looking at how creative everyone is.  Thank you Amy for hosting this wonderful event.

I recently made a baby quilt for a friend of mine.  She was having a hard time determining what she wanted to do for her baby's nursery.  She was very excited about having a girl however, she is not a fan of pastels or pink.  She had spent quite a bit of time on line trying to find baby bedding that she liked.  She was not able to find any that she liked that looked even remotely girly.

I found some fabric on line -Michal Miller Lagoon that she loved.  I then told her I could come up with the bedding for her.  She was thrilled and I was left wondering what I was going to come up with.

I decided to try a variation of the Stepping-Stones Quilt from Jacquie Gering in her Quilting Modern book.

I can't tell you how long the quilt sat on my design wall while I tried to wrap my mind around how I was going to get everything pieced together.  I had never done any type of improve piecing and I was afraid of really messing things up.  Once I had the mindset that it was abstract - and it was up to me I realized no one would really know if I made an error or not. After starting I realized it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

For the back of the quilt I based my design on something similar to Bijou Lovely's color block quilt.  I wanted the quilt to be able to be reversible. 
I have a friend who has a long arm machine and she was willing to let me use her machine.  I was terrified and fascinated all at the same time.  I spent the afternoon at her house working on the quilt.  I selected a pattern with varying sizes of circles to mimic the black polka doted fabric in the quilt.  I am looking forward to using her machine again soon.  I don't have the space for a long arm but I really want one.  Scary as I have been quilting less than a year and I have a fabric stash that several family members have hinted indicates I have a problem and should be attending meetings of some sort.

Quilt Statistics~
Finished Quilt Measures: 42X55
Quilted by:  Me - Cindy
Best Category ~ Baby Quilt, Favorite Throw
Now I am off to look at all of the other quilts and discover new blogs.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.



  1. Oh, pretty! Definitely not the stereotypical pink baby quilt. I really like the colours you chose.

    Have fun with the festival! (I think I've been online half the day… There's just so much good stuff!)

  2. I love it. I think you hit fun girly really well, it's not over the top girly at all.

  3. I really like both sides of this one! Very graphic!

  4. Very modern, very cool. Great finish ; )

  5. Ooh, very nice. I like how you can use either side. Very pretty.

  6. Very cool wonky piecing, and I love the bold design of the back!

  7. Great job - on both sides of the quilt. And congratulations on conquering your fear of the improv... it was well worth it!

  8. I adore this!!! The back is beautiful enough for a front!!!!