Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry # 1

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.

snowball quilt on line

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.

snowball closeup

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 :)

Also Sharing at : Sew Many Ways / Savvy Southern Style / French Country Cottage

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19 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry # 1

  1. Ann says:

    Thank you for stopping by the Garden Spot because it gave me an opportunity to see your beautiful quilts. I do sew, but I don’t quilt simply because my brain can’t handle all the gorgeous color and shapes. So admire those who do quilt.

  2. Sue Silva says:

    It IS a masterpiece, are you kidding me?

    I would be proud to display it in my little bungalow!

  3. Debbie H says:

    I love your quilt and the tied border just made it great. I’d vote for it.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Well thank you but wait until the festival…I remember the spring one…especially in the applique and hand quilting categories…there were some magnificent quilts! Very inspiring to me ! :)

  4. Grandma Kc says:

    I love your quilt — I love the colors and the flowers and that it doesn’t look like every other quilt! It really would brighten any room! I love your perseverance!

  5. sally says:

    I love your quilts! And, look at those tiny stitches; I’d never be able to do that. I have a quilt that my great-grandmother made in the mid 1800’s; it could use some work on it, but I keep it in plastic and honestly just want to preserve it “as is”. When my mom passed away, my brother and I shared the quilts that my grandmother had made, and of course those quilts had no particular pattern, but I love them so much particularly the ones she made after she went blind. I think I’ve told you about her before. :)
    xoxo

  6. Lovely quilt to share with readers. :-)

  7. It sure looks pretty to me! I would never enter mine, I’d be embarrassed! Good luck to you! Will keep my fingers crossed for you!

  8. audrey says:

    Of course we can love an imperfect quilt! Otherwise I wouldn’t have any to love! Your quilt is wonderful. The learning curve only makes it more special. Some of my favorite quilts are the ones where I struggled to learn something during the making–and of course it shows in the quilt.:)

  9. Joyce says:

    Your quilt is warm and cozy and the perfect place for you to master those new skills! That’s what I love about quilting the most – you can actually USE what you make, and they always make people happy. I’ll be quilting away and thinking, “I just can’t wait to finish this so I can lay down underneath it!” Mine are far from perfect, but the experience is such a peaceful one, and we learn at our own pace too!

  10. Hi Deb!
    I had to come by and say thank you for the super sweet comment you left on my post “a tiger costume for my little girl.”
    I, too, sew . . . but not clothes. I must say though, that I had a lot of fun sewing such a simple pattern. I’m grateful that the tiger dress turned out!!
    Again, thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
    Have a fantastic week,
    Suzanne

  11. Mary C in WA says:

    I’m glad you showed this quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Kim Diehl is a fun teacher.

  12. Rachaeldaisy says:

    What a wonderful quilt, the applique in the corners is a great addition to the snowball blocks.

  13. Allie says:

    Hi Deb, I love your quilt, I think it is a masterpiece! I really like the yarn in the border, very clever and it adds a wonderful texture.
    I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, but you came up as a no-reply blogger and I couldn’t email you. I’m glad I popped over here to find you as I LOVE your blog, and haven’t gotten around to all the quilts in the festival yet!

  14. Karen says:

    It is pretty to me – love the applique on it too

  15. lovely quilt! Love the pattern with the roses in the corner, very fun and romantic!

  16. Megan Null says:

    What a lovely learning quilt! I, too, mostly learn by doing… whether it’s mastering a new technique or looking back and deciding that the quilting could have stood out more if I did it a different way. Bravo.

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