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Friday, October 26, 2012

Time for the Quilt Blogger's Festival

It's time again for the  Quilt blogger's Festival.  I love all the inspiration that comes from the participants of this festival.  I have gotten some seriously great ideas from looking at some of the entries.  So for this go round, here is my submission:


 I started this quilt last summer as part of Amanda Jean's 36 Patch QAL.  No this was long before Sunday Morning Quilts came out.  I had been reading her blog for about 6 months or so and just loved her style.  I had never don a QAL, so I was anxious to try one and see what it was like.
 I started pulling out scraps an small bits to find pairs for each block.  Now I am a sort of matchy matchy girl when it comes to fabric for my quilts, but with this, I kinda let go a bit.  I selected to fabrics for each 36 patch square, without regard for how it would look with the other squares.  I worked hard to stay caught up, but still fell behind.
 I finally finished the squares last fall I think.  Then I finally came up with the layout and sewed them all together.  I was surprised to find out how much I liked it.  Then, another stumble...how to back it?  By now it was spring.  I wanted to keep the scrappy theme, so I took all the leftover strips from the front and started piecing the back.  About half way through, I realized the "huge pile" was smaller than I thought.  So I stopped again.
 Then one day, I just grabbed the half done back and added a few larger pieces of fabric that had been sitting in my stash, some for years.  The back was done.  Then I folded it all up and it sat some more.
 This summer, I finally bought some batting.  I had been on a "sew only from the stash" diet almost all summer, and that included batting for awhile as well.  I didn't have nearly enough scraps of batting for this baby.
 It took me several sessions at my machine to get it done.  I love each block for itself and I even love the whole thing together now.  It took some getting used to, I must admit.
                 She looks good in the autumn sunshine, doesn't she?

With all that color, I decided to use black and white for the binding.  I had a jelly roll of Summersville and I pulled all the black and white out.  I love the way it finished off this beauty.

Now the stats:
Quilt measurement is 70" x 70"
Quilted by me on my Bernina
Category-Favorite Scrap Quilt or Favorite Throw Quilt
Number 38
Now off to see everyone else's quilts!!

37 comments:

  1. Oh, so pretty! I will add this design to my "To Do" list!!

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  2. I think its gorgeous. Now I am going ot have to browse the rest of your blog to check out your 'normal' style!

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  3. I love this quilt! I've always wanted to make one in this design, and the colors in yours are just lovely!

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  4. I had wanted to do that quilt along but then time ran away from me. Yours has me thinking all over again that I should have done it!!

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  5. I do love this quilt - the colors are fabulous! I will make this one day! o:)

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  6. Very fun and bright! I love the back....!

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  7. I do love scrappy quilts :) this one is fabulous.

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  8. Love your scrappy quilt! Great colors! I need to make one of these with my scraps.:)

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  9. This quilt I would say for as simple as it is do pat yourself on the back of getting through a fabric diet! I do love this quilt and the photography!

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  10. love this quilt! Now I am tempted to try one lol... pinning to my quilts to make board!

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  11. What a fun quilt I really like this. Great job on finishing this quilt each time you put it away. It's too neat to go into a UFO pile. Great job using what you had to make this :)

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  12. What a fun and cheerful quilt. I love the use of colours.

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  13. How great is that?! The colours work so well together, and the back is as intersting as the front. Lovely!

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  14. Love that quilt. All of the blocks look great individually and together.

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  15. Great quilt. I am such a fan of the scrappy look.

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  16. I love all the colours in this quilt!! Its really beautiful!!

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  17. Great Quilt! Love the colors and the back is wonderful too.

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  18. The colours are great. This is a wonderful quilt.

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  19. Fun quilt!

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  20. Awesome quilt! Congratulations on finishing the quilt a long.....still need to get my blocks done.

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  21. This is so cheerful and lively! The backing is also as fun as the front. :)

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  22. What a beauty!!! Love all those happy scraps!

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  23. I love the richness of the colors! Great quilt.

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  24. Great quilt and I just love how the blocks look together. Take care.

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  25. What a fun, happy quilt! I love the bright colors, and how they all work together. Looks like a fun, easy pattern - I need to add this to my bucket list. :) Love the back too!

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  26. Love this quilt Grammie!! I'm thinking of doing something like this in blues and whites!!

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  27. Great quilt! So fun and scrappy!

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  28. Fabulous quilt, inspiring me to give it a try!
    Love the way you told the story, too, with lots of lovely pictures.

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  29. Great way to use your scraps. Fun and vibrant quilt. Love the back. I like making fabric that way! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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