Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry

In the little over a year since I started quilting, I have learned so much. Too much to list here and now. (Maybe that will be another blog post.) The quilt I am entering in the BQF is a recent one which was entirely improvised.
It started when I saw a photo on Flickr of a stacked strip quilt. I knew right away that I wanted to try one on my own.  I had a stash of jelly roll strips from the Nest by Tula Pink fabric line that I had been saving for something special. This was it.
I used white strips of cotton torn from some yardage of Kona cotton. I always tear my strips instead of cutting them, even though that leaves me with a mess of strings to clean up afterward. I just like the way the torn strips work with pre-cut jelly roll strips.
Then I started sewing. This quilt ended up being made in chapters. After I pieced the first large section, I decided that the next section would look more like a stacked coins quilt and the orientation of the strips would change from horizontal to vertical. The final and smallest section was added when I realized that the finished quilt was going to be too short for use on my bed.
Each section was quilted on its own and then I joined them so that the seams were on the front. To cover the seams I used a double folded strip of more white cotton.  More white cotton makes up the binding. The backing is a vintage sheet from a thrift store in a green floral print.
This is my favorite quilt I have made so far. I love the way it just evolved. I love the colors and the tropical palette.  I love all the white surrounding the intense colors, even though my dog has already put muddy footprints on it.
Thanks Amy for hosting the BQF for those of us who do not go to Market.  You are the best!


  1. What a colorful and extremely interesting quilt

  2. Great quilt and really interesting to read how you made it.

  3. Blue and Green is my favorite combo. Love the freshness of this quilt.

  4. very imaginative -love the colors :)

  5. Love this quilt, and loved reading about your process - I'm a liberated quilting fan, and yours is beautiful!

  6. so simple...I LOVE IT....really love the blues, greens, & yellows!

  7. Charming quilt. Lovely fabrics and colors. Very cheerful. You did a great job.


  8. i really like the colors and the layout.

  9. Thanks, everyone for the lovely comments. This really is one of my favorite quilts. I am enjoying all the sharing that is going on with the Blogger's Quilt Festival this spring!

  10. Oh, oh!!! This is such a lovely quilt. I've not been brave enough to go completely without the design already thought out, but you're giving me courage. Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Great stripe-y quilt :o) I have yet to complete a quilt larger than a wall hanging! I hope to complete some though before we start to get any future grandbabies! Aw! has your cute pup's prints left their marks permanently?

    ..I am off today from work, so will hopefully get to some others on the quilt fest. I have some drawing orders to work on and of course, cleaning house... Now that our children are grown and my hubby and I are empty nesters, I can't be a "stay at home mom", but I would love to be a stay at home wife :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    If you have a moment to come over, please let me know by leaving a comment at my post. It was fun meeting you!

  12. interesting and fun quilt--love the colored fabrics and floating in all that white is great. thanks for sharing!! come visit if you get a chance


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