Friday, April 17, 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I've always wanted to enter a quilt show but I've never had the chance so I thought I should join a virtual one. Thank you to Amy for organizing this!

Here is my favourite (finished) quilt. I pieced the top for my mother-in-law one summer when I was home between school terms. Before kids. Whew, what I would do with that time now... This photo was taken when my daughter was 6 months old (she's almost 3 now...)

I was inspired by Bonnie's scrap quilts, especially her Blue Ridge Beauty. I love the scrappy nature of it but also the controlled palette of blue and beige. So I made my own. This quilt is important to be because it was my first attempt at a scrap quilt. Before this I had always chosen a pattern, then bought all the fabrics listed in the pattern. I wanted to make something that was less prescribed.
I had just gotten married and I wanted to make something for my mother-in-law. She loves blue so I knew she would like it. Of course, life happens, and I didn't finish it until the next Christmas after my daughter was born. Oops. She tells me now that she uses it when my father-in-law is away or when she is sick because she can feel the love that was put into it.

Next year, I promise a much different quilt. I always searched for quilts/patterns/fabrics that were more me - more modern, more fun and I couldn't find them. But now that I have discovered quilt blogs (and online quilt shops), I know I have some beauties in me. Beauties that better reflect me. So next year, I promise to exhibit something more fun, more improvised, and more modern. But in the mean time, I still love this Buckeye Beauty!

19 comments:

Zonnah said...

I love the colors, it is so pretty!

Mary-Kay said...

I love this quilt.

scrappy quilter said...

That is so pretty.

Natasha said...

Lovely quilt. Wonderful that your MIL cherishes it so much.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your quilt is beautiful. And so is the baby :-) What a cutie.

Rhonda said...

This is a great looking quilt. I like scrappy as well. Cute baby too!

Becky said...

Your Blue Ridge Beauty is stunning.I love this Bonnie Hunter pattern. What a wonderful gift for your MIL. I loved seeing your quilt.Thanks for shairng!

shellysquilts said...

Cute quilt and a really cute baby! Well done!

Emma said...

What a great quilt! And any quilt looks better with a cute baby ;)

Ilena said...

Love your quilt. Very beautiful.

stitchinpenny said...

The quilt is beautiful and I'm sure that if you showed your mother in law the picture with the baby on it she loved it twice as much.

Quilt Rat said...

What a beautiful quilt. It has such a fabulous quality, Enjoy the festival

Micki said...

The quilt is gorgeous! Love the blues in it!
Micki

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

I love your quilt! All the blues are very pretty, I love the pattern the diagonals make. Great work and thanks for sharing :)

Miri said...

Lovely quilt (and baby :) We all grow and our tastes change-that's the fun of quilting for me...always something new to try!

StegArt said...

Your quilt is so lovely!!!! I like that pattern.

Jody said...

Beautiful, and such a thoughtful gift!

Granny Lyn said...

I love the controlled scrappiness of it,,,it is (almost) as beautiful as that perfect little baby!

Ariane said...

This is a beautiful quilt. I love it!!