Saturday, 14 May 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2011

Oooo I think I may be a tad nervous! I've decided to jump right in and enter one of my first quilts, for the first time, into Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.


There's nothing brain smackingly ingenious about the how's and why's of this quilt but it has led the way in terms of my quilt making!

Some of you may recognise the pattern as the Vintage I-Spy designed by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter fame! Amy's was one of the first quilting blogs I came across a little over a year ago when my fabric & sewing obsession was in its infancy! I purchased a quilt kit from Amy that had the fabric to make the quilt top and binding as well as the pattern in pdf form and there it all sat in my stash for months! Seriously.

Just a couple of weeks before Christmas 2010 I decided that I really needed to stop procastinating and actually make some of the quilts I'd purchased the fabric for. So with a little help from my talented friend Katy of I'm A Ginger Monkey & Fat Quarterly fame I made this lovely lap quilt for my nephew. Here's the quilt being basted with Katy's cat trying it out for size!


The quilt is around 42" x 42" and was backed in a fun hippo print from Ikea:


The quilt wasn't completed in time for a Christmas gift but when my nephew received it just a couple of weeks later he loved it! My SIL informs me it is used everyday which is great isn't it?

So the making of this quilt taught me lots technically in terms of quilting but most importantly it has given me the confidence (I'm now on my 3rd quilt) to dig into my stash and make all the quilts I bought the fabric for but didn't dare cut into! 

To link up your quilt and to check out the other quilt entries simply click on the button:

Amy's Creative Side




Here's to a lifetime of making quilts!

18 comments:

  1. Love your quilt Justine, and I'm glad it's being well used and loved by your nephew.
    To a lifetime of quilts!

    xx

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  2. What a great first quilt. It's lovely and I'm sure your nephew will enjoy it forever.

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  3. Very beautiful cheerful darling, Quilt work

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  4. It's a great starter quilt! Very fun. Hope you're going to keep up quilting.

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  5. I must be following in your footsteps. I've just started swapping and I'm obsessed as well! I've made an I-Spy quilt too...using a tutorial from obeseeively stitching.

    Yours turned out great!!

    Cheers~
    Marti in San Diego

    P.S. Love the sewing area in Ikea...such fun stuff!!

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  6. Yay! This is a fantastic quilt. It's addictive, isn't it? I made my first quilt from the tutorial at Diary of a Quilter too!

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  7. Love it that this quilt was the jumping off point for what I'm sure will be a lifelong obsession! It's lovely to hear your nephew uses it every day - that's what quilts are for!

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  8. What a great quilt and so well done!

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  9. Great quilt and if this was a learning experience you are a quick learner. Great quilt.

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  10. Love your I Spy quilt; my BQF quilt is an I Spy quilt, also (AND a string quilt AND a charm quilt [no 2 fabrics are alike]). My word, but that cat is HUGE!

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  11. This is a fun quilt! It's bright and simple and inviting. Nice job!

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  12. I think it's a great quilt. I love the fabrics and the design. Great backing, too!

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  13. fun quilt--what child wouldn't love that? and nice to know we're all so similar, especially with our first quilts and timidity! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  14. I love that your nephew uses his quilt every day - that's what it's all about :-)

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  15. hooray for firsts and hooray even more for quilts so loved they are always used! Its super cute.

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  16. Super first quilt. So glad your nephew is enjoying it.

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  17. this is a gorgeous quilt!!! i love it

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  18. Justine, You'll think I'm mad that I'm commenting on this so much later. I was just scrolling through Amy's Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival thumbnails (which I never really did last spring, I guess because of the craziness of Market in SLC) and thought, "Hey! I recognize that quilt!"

    I love it! And I love that you made it for your nephew. And I especially love that he loves it. You are a sweet auntie. I'm so glad I saw that little thumbnail and was able to enjoy your post!

    Best wishes and lots of love to the UK. :)

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Well hello and thanks so much for commenting! It's lovely to hear from you, Justine xx