Blogger’s Quilt Festival: My Entry

This is my entry post for  The Blogger’s Quilt Festival, over at Amy’s Creative Side. I am entering this little baby quilt in the hand-quilting category. While I would not complain if I won some sort of raffle or give-away from sponsors, I am not entering this quilt to be voted on. There will be some masterpieces there, and I imagine that I’ll be hard-pressed in regards to choosing a favorite, not only in the hand-quilting category, but the other categories as well.

I’m entering this quilt for fun and as a hand-quilter, there’s a little story that goes with it :)  In my twenties, I decided to learn to sew, and in the end I decided that what I wanted to focus on was quilting. This was my first hand-quilted quilt. It was pieced and hand-quilted while I was pregnant with my second son.

little crib quilt on line

I quilted little wreaths in each of the white squares.

close up of quilting stitch on nine patch baby quilt

There was no Internet to refer to back then…you learned by either buying books or magazines or going to the library for books. While my stitches were not perfect, I made them as small and even as I could. I quilted my oldest son’s hand print in the corner, while I stitched away for his soon-to-be little brother.

hand in corner of crib quilt

Years later that new baby grew up to be a man, and presented me with my first grandson. Last spring and summer I worked on a nine patch with lots of white squares in between for hand quilting, and one of the squares had my grandson’s hand in it.  That quilt was a family gift to my son.

I have always enjoyed hand-quilting since I learned about it back then….it’s relaxing. I have machine-quilted pillow covers and a few small items, and I also will tie a quilt if it’s for a child or if I intend to wash it quite frequently and it will get heavy use, but I like to have at least one hand-quilting project going on to pick up and enjoy. There should be some beautiful quilts in this festival…I hope that you can head on over to enjoy them when you have the time :)

May 16-23 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice

May 24-29 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories

May 30 – Winners announced

Visit and view The Blogger’s Quilt Festival entries HERE ( enjoy! :) 

You might also enjoy : Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt or Vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt  or  A Wonderful Day For My Dog Lily

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49 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival: My Entry

  1. jolanda says:

    What a lovely little treasure!

  2. Steffi says:

    Hello and thank you for your comment on my blog! Your little quilt is very cute and I love the story behind it.
    Like you, I don’t expect to win, but I hope we’ll fill up this category with a LOT of beautiful quilts!

  3. Pat says:

    I’ve always admired hand quilting. I love that you are still beautifully creating quilts using this method.

  4. Anita says:

    This is beautiful Deb. I love that the quilt has a continued legacy. And the stitches look perfect to me! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my Quilt of Valour. Enjoy the festival!

  5. Balisha says:

    What a sweet, sweet, picture of that little guy…all cozy under that quilt looking for the hand print.

  6. Karen Miller says:

    Your work is not only beautiful Deb — the story and the meaning are precious. Thank you for sharing.

  7. The quilt is gorgeous and inspiring. You do really good work.

  8. Grandma Kc says:

    I think your hand quilting is just beautiful — and I just love that you stitched in real hand prints. You never give yourself enough credit — it is really nice!

  9. I wish we lived closer so you can teach me how to hand quilt because I love looking at your beautiful quilting. I love the hand print – great idea.

  10. Mary C in WA says:

    I Hand stitched (embroidered) and Hand quilted my first Son’s baby quilt. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to have seen both quilts in this post. Grandchildren are the best reason to quilt!!!

  11. Claudia says:

    What a lovely quilt and a lovely story!


  12. Donna Heber says:

    Stunning quilt and such a wonderful piece! A true heirloom.

  13. I’m so happy you decided to enter. Your quilt looks so soft and huggable – that makes it a clear winner in my book.

  14. Very special quilt and I loved the fact you added your son’s handprint.

  15. Catherine says:

    Thanks for your visit:-) I’m paying a return visit to admire your quilt – it’s a lovely fresh design, and the quilted hand must have meant a lot to the recipient!

  16. Belarmina says:

    Tu colcha es muy guapa!!!
    Y lo que cuentas me gusta.
    Gracias por visitar mi blog
    y por el amable comentario
    El festival nos da la oportunidad de conocer a
    mas bloger y sus grandes trabajos

  17. Nana Diana says:

    What a wonderful quilt and the story is just precious. What a wonderful gift for your son that you made, too. I hope you win a prize because it is prize-worthy.
    It is beautiful. xo Diana

  18. Deb, it’s beautiful…and heart warming. I love hand crafted items with stories behind them. And yours is truly wonderful.


  19. Judy Miller says:

    I just love this quilt! What a family treasure for years and years. Wonderful!!

  20. Joyce says:

    Well maybe people will vote for a quilt that was made with such love and thoughtfulness because they are absolutely charmed by big brother’s hand print and the tradition carried over to the next generation. Who me? Am I that sentimental? Do I gravitate to those sweet stories about the simple joy that hand sewing brings to the lives of mommies and Omas, favoring them over the knock-out professional entries? Perhaps I do! :)

  21. Lori says:

    Aww, I love this story and the handprint. And how he is comparing his hand size is SO sweet.

  22. Rose Marie says:

    As humble as it may be, it is a sweet quilt and a lovely story!

  23. Heidi says:

    Such a sweet heirloom :-) Like you, I am a ‘library-learnt-quilter’, and even with all the online how-to’s available, I still hoard magazines and check out any new quilting books that come in to my library.

    Your eye for photography is admirable, I enjoyed surfing through your website!

  24. Heidi says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog to comment on Hello Moon!
    Are you aware that you are a No-Reply blogger?

  25. Amy says:

    Love the quilt, and your story, Deb. What a labor of love, and an heirloom for generations to come!

  26. Beautiful and quilting the hands is such an adorable idea! I am working on a quilt for my eldest daughter and I might try that! Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog too :)

  27. what a wonderful little quilt – such an heirloom. The addition of the quilted handprints is such a great idea.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments.

  28. Pondside says:

    What a treasure. I can imagine the hopes and dreams that are stitched in that first little quilt. It is truly beautiful.

  29. Betty Sneeringer says:

    I love your quilt. That is another thing we have in common, Pennsylvania, gardening and quilting. I have only done a little quilting and mostly crazy quilts.


  30. Kathy says:

    What a sweet quilt! Truly an heirloom! I love the handprint quilted in! I wish I had thought to do that when I made quilts for my grands.

  31. Carla says:

    Good luck with your entry. So glad that Amy had a change of heart about hand quilted quilts. What a treasure to have a baby quilt that holds so many memories.

  32. Chantal says:

    Such a beeeeaaauutiful heirlom! All hand stitched! LOOOOOVE it! We can see the beautiful work that makes this quilt but the memories stitched in it is only seen to you. Congrats ! I am sure it will attract a lot of attention.

  33. CitricSugar says:

    Lovely quilt – great story!

  34. Rose says:

    I really enjoyed reading the story of this quilt…

  35. Deb says:

    Beautiful story! I love the hand print you added of your son, and your grandson in the latest family quilt. They will always remember that and I bet they compare their hands to that little print as they grow.

  36. Di J says:

    What a precious quilt! I love your tiny stitches, and the handprint is a beautiful touch.

  37. audrey says:

    Great story! Love the hand print.:) Your stitches are wonderfully small.

  38. Such a beautiful pattern and quilt and the stitching pattern is stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  39. wendy says:

    Your quilt fits perfectly into the category as it’s lovely. And what a great story behind it.

  40. Mina says:

    Oh, love the little stitched hand print

  41. Kathi says:

    “When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love.” I love your quilt, and what a wonderful story about it. How perfect that you’ve incorporated handprints. I always quilt a heart into my quilts and wallhangings – not that I’ve made many.

  42. Kathy says:

    These quilts are marvelous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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