Saturday, October 30, 2010

quilting in circles: BQF

i'm participating in my first Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side, and we are asked to post a new entry on our blog about a quilt and the story behind it - so i'm going to apologize to my regular readers about the redundancy because it wasn't that long ago that i posted about this very quilt...


Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival


i've only been quilting for about year and in that time, i have completed three quilts - one that's completely hand quilted and two that are hand tied.  i'm not big on machine quilting - i just personally prefer the process and the finished look of hand quilting.  it's a slow process, for sure, but totally worth it to me.



being the simple design that it is, and being a crib sized quilt, it only took me about an hour or two to piece the top of this quilt together.  the quilting, on the other hand, took me nearly 6 months to complete.  i spent anywhere from 1-3 hours per night, off and on, hand stitching.  i followed the circular pattern on my backing fabric for two reasons:  1) it was a built in pattern - no drawing or designing required; and 2) i thought the circles were a nice counterpart to the hard angles on the front of the quilt.




i chose to make this quilt in a rainbow palette because i'm hoping that my youngest daughter (the recipient of this quilt) will pass it down to her children - and i figured a rainbow palette is fairly gender neutral, at least for babies.





immediately after i finished this quilt i was relieved to finally be done with it....for about a week...then i started looking for another quilting project.

26 comments:

~Niki~ said...

love this!
I made one similar to yours long ago.

lindsay said...

what a fun quilt! I love all the blocks and the backing! Fun! its a great quilt to pass down!

Mom2three said...

I love the bright colors of your blocks. That is a lot of hand stitching - beautiful job! Lots of dedication to a quilt that will be treasured. I'm sure your grandchildren will love it.

WendyLou said...

Wonderful!! Your circle quilting is spectacular!!

Angie @ CraftedAngles said...

Cute back! The squares on the front and the circles on the back! Love it...

Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

baukje said...

Love your rainbow quilt, lovely idea to make it for more generations!!!Especially in this world where evryone is throwing away to buy new e

Me? A Mom? said...

I love a pretty ROYGBIV!

Deborah said...

It's lovely. I know it will be appreciated.

Kristie said...

So pretty! The rainbow colors look great, and hats off to you for your hand quilting prowess :-)

Happy Festival!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a lovely quilt. You've chosen great colours and I'm sure this quilt will be a treasured heirloom.

Lisa said...

I bow down to hand quilters ... and this one is no exception. Lovely colors and in fact, heirloom in the making!

A Girl said...

A special quilt for a special little girl.

emilyc @ Sew Super Sweet said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Love everything about it!

amy smart said...

Very cute! I especially love the hand quilting - brings so much texture to the quilt. Love it.

Annette said...

This is so nice! I love bright rainbow colours!

AnnieO said...

Definitely an heirloom with that kind of time put into it! It is gorgeous, happy, and charming. Love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Just think of your great grand children snuggling under this quilt in the future.

I never cease to be amazed by hand quilters (who must have infinite patience)

Your quilt is beautiful. I love the front , the back and the hand quilting. Gorgeous.

Miri said...

Beautiful! and what wonderful quilting!

(btw, I'm sharing a hand quilted quilt too.)

Kristen said...

Beautiful! Pretty bright colors and great looking hand quilting!

Marit said...

Lovely quilt!
; )

KimT said...

Nice work! I want to hand at least once in my life. THanks for the inspiration!

Denise :) said...

Incredible! I love the colors -- you've done a marvelous job! :)

Leslie said...

this is gorgeous....i love the colors

Cindy said...

congrats on winning... it's a beautiful quilt

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

bright cheery and fun!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

This is so pretty! I'm in awe of anyone who quilts by hand:)