I like it when this time comes around twice a year.......
so much eye candy to enjoy for us quilting addicts !
And I always manage to find a couple of new blogs to follow, and, sometimes, I even get a couple of new followers.
My favorite quilt that I have made this year, and, thusly, my entry for the festival, would have to be my
Blushing Bloomers ! Entry #329
|Measuring 72 x 90 inches, this quilt fits my twin-sized bed.|
|Some viewers have been surprised when they realize, from this photo, just how big the flowers are in this design.|
|Ernestine, cartoonized courtesy of BeFunky.com|
These fabrics were mostly ones that my dear friend Jo Ann has sent to me over the last 3 years.
|Fabrics sent by JoAnn|
Almost anytime she corresponds with me by snailmail, she throws in a few fatquarters that she has picked up on various shopping trips. After 3 years of this, I found that they were starting to coordinate, and I decided that making a quilt for myself out of them would let me be reminded of JoAnn's generosity on a daily basis.
A few years ago, my husband suffered a massive stroke, and he found that, although he recovered quite a bit, he could no longer lie flat in a bed. So we got a hospital bed for him, and I downsized to a twin-sized bed of my own. Trouble was, all the quilts I had made over a lifetime were either too small or too large for a twin. So I made him a quilt, and now I've made this newest quilt for my own bed.
|Finding a beautiful, still Summer day, I basted the quilt in my backyard.|
The finished measurements of Blushing Bloomers are approximately 72 inches of width by 90 inches of length, as I added two rows to the original plan of the quilt, and I added small side borders as well.
If you look closely, you'll see that I used the remainders of my fatquarters to make scrappy borders AND binding.
|The flowers are hand-appliqued, and free-motion quilted.|
|Coordinating Orange Peel wall quilt|
I even had enough fabric to make this little coordinating Orange Peel quilt that measures 27 inches square. It is hand-quilted, but machine-appliqued.
|You can see the zigzag stitches.|
I hope you've enjoyed seeing this quilt.........I had kept a picture of the original on my computer for a couple of years, hoping to make it someday. I think that I probably ran across the original pattern during a past Blogger's Quilt Festival. I'm glad that I actually, finally, got around to making one of the many quilts that bring me inspiration while browsing the web. I hope you find one that you just have to make your own ... maybe even this one.
Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats
*Quilt Measurements -- 72 inches wide by 90 inches long
*Special Techniques used -- Hand-appliqued and free-motion-quilted flowers
*Quilted by -- myself on my Singer Model 15-90 cabinet model machine
- *Best categories --Entry #329
- Favorite Bed Quilt,
- Favorite Scrap Quilt,
- Favorite Home-quilted Quilt
Entry No. #329
Many thanks to Amy and all the other sponsors of this festival. Such a huge endeavor, and so much fun, I know that many, many people appreciate you all !