The Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side opens on October 24th. Once everyone links up there will be quilts of every size, style and color to see and enjoy.
October 24 – 31 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice
November 1 – 7 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories
November 8 – Winners announced
IF YOU QUILT: the quilts can be old, as in ones that you made ages ago, but the post has to be the week of the festival. It has to be a new post. Each person can enter two quilts but they must be in separate categories. So while there is hand-quilting in this quilt, I will enter it in the small quilt category. I will enter a hand-quilted table runner in the hand-quilting category.
This quilt is no masterpiece, and I certainly won’t vote for it, lol…but I just love this quilt. I made it last year and it is currently draped over the rocking chair in my living room. Here it is airing on the line. It is based on a Kim Diehl pattern.
Can I love an imperfect quilt that is not a masterpiece? Of course! This was such a great learning curve quilt for me. I had not appliqued a leaf with a pointy tip since making a honey bee block for a sampler about 10 years+ prior. Whatever corner that I started the applique in first probably doesn’t have any leaves with a good pointy tip but I kept plugging away and they got better.
Next..all of the snowballs and dark background are hand-quilted, and you can barely see that! Plus the little brown adjoining areas were so hard to quilt through with all of the seams, and the quilting is almost invisible.
Now, a year later, with so many quilters doing big stitch quilting with perle cotton in colors, I can look back and think that a quilt like this would have been a perfect candidate for that.
After I struggled with the applique that I was learning to do, and all of that time consuming hand quilting, I still like my decision to tie the borders with yarn, adding some color and whimsy to the quilt. What I like most of all is that by the final corner, my leaves were fairly pointy, and that led me on to further applique, which I enjoy.
Some people are naturally gifted at things…others, like me, have perseverance. Both are just fine! :)
This quilt is used…to bring cheer and brightness to my room while draped over a rocking chair, and to bring warmth on a chilly day, draped over a grandchild or two. What could be better.
My Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring entry was about a very old quilt….HERE.
I’ll be sharing at Amy’s Creative Side when the festival opens. Join in if you have a quilt, even if it is quite ordinary like mine, or if you do not, view all of the lovely ones once the festival starts :)