Monday, May 19, 2014

Color Blocks ~ Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2014

I am participating Amy's Blogger's Festival  - I am entering my quilt in the Large Quilts category.  I love this quilt now - however, it was not the quilt that I originally wanted to make.  As soon as I began seeing Tula Pink's Saltwater fabric come out I knew I had to make a quilt for my self.  I quickly decided that this was the quilt for me.  I ordered the kit, I was so excited when the kit came, I opened it and discovered 1008 neatly cut hexagons - Oh!  I had planned on making a queen size quilt.  I did the math - I needed 3 more kits... then I began to read the instructions, English Paper Piecing  (EPP)- I realized, they think I am going to sew this by hand.  Several swear words came out.  I placed the kit under my desk and began to look for a new plan.
The pattern can be found here.  I did make the quilt bigger than the pattern called for.  For the back I used my left over pieces of fabric.
 Close up of the front
All over quilting detail
And here are my irritated quilt holders - the sun was not cooperating so this was the third time I had taken my son out to take pictures of the quilt.  My son took pictures the first two times and he was either taking partial shots of the quilt, or of the running water - "in the interest of making it more interesting" He did take the 3rd and 4th picture as well as the pictures of running water below. Clearly he knows how to use the camera better than his mom who has not yet taken it out of automatic mode. 
 I recently did a swap in the theme of hexagons - I tried EPP for the first time and I found myself actually enjoying the process - I will admit that hand sewing and enjoyment are not yet used in the same sentence with me, but it was not as awful as I thought it would be and it helps pass the time when on an airplane.  I have since dragged out my kit and I will be slowly working on making the original quilt I wanted - just don't expect to see it completed anytime soon.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern and Fabric:  Tula Pink
Sewn by:  Me
Quilted by:  Loretta Tibor
Size:  95X96 or 382 inches
Thank you for stopping by - I am off to get a diet Dr. Pepper some chocolate and continue looking at all of the wonderful quilts on display at the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  I am sure I will find some new inspiration and a project or two....

Spring '14 Blogger's Quilt Festival -


  1. "They think I'm going to sew all this by hand." Great line! I OD'd on EPP hexagons a while back or I would have attempted the Tula Pink quilt... Enjoy it!

    I love your entry - the layers and colour shifts! It's so subtle, like colour tissue papers held up to the window. Beautiful!

  2. What a beautiful quilt. I love how you shaded it. The back is really neat, too. Nice work.

  3. Gorgeous quilt! It may not be the one you set out to make but it is just as beautiful :)

    You might just have a photographer on your hands! Beautiful pictures :)

    You are very brave to start the hexie quilt! I bought a package of hexies awhile back and well. . . they are still in the drawer ;) Can't wait to see your progress - it is a beautiful quilt!

  4. It's a beautiful quilt and so is the location. Your assistant did a great job as well!

  5. So nice to look at this quilt! Beautifully! Original! Carefully!

  6. Pretty! I really like the design.

  7. Cool quilt! The consistency of the grid against the larger, randomly shaped and colored rectangles is a nice effect! Great work!

  8. what a fab quilt, I love it! I couldn't face EPPing a quilt either!