Friday, October 9, 2009

It's Here!!!

Blogger Quilt Festival began today....hosted by Amy at Park City Girl. You have to go check it out. I can not believe the number of people that have already posted and added their name to the list and this is only day one. This goes on from the 9th to the 16th. I am hoping to find lots of inspiration.
The quilt i chose for quilt festival is one of my older quilts...pretty close to being the first one that i made. I found this easy pattern on the internet many years ago and loved it for being simple and easy for a then beginner. Today was not the greatest day for pictures...it was rainy and dark pretty much all day.
Even then i knew my limitations. I had a really simple basic sewing machine that would not machine quilt anything well...i found that out the hard way. So back then all i knew to do was hand quilting. I would draw out my pattern free hand with chalk or a wash away fabric marking pen, and then quilt away. For this I did a simple flower and some swirls to fill in any gaps.

I made this for Avery when she was little(way before blogging)...and it lived on her bed for a long time. But at some point in all the moving it got folded and stored away in the linen closet with all the other blankets. It is worn and soft and i still am in love with the colors and fabrics. This was the first set of fabrics that i chose because i fell in love...that was the beginning of a fabric obsession that does not quit!
This week when i pulled it of the shelf i looked it over i could see all the things i have learned to do a little better...most especially the corners. Yikes!! These were bad. It was the first time that i had to do real big repairs on a quilt. I took all the corners apart, machined them and re-stitched the binding back down by hand.
You can see a little of the back here. I pieced it together with what i had before i knew that pieced backs were cool!!Oh, the panic when i thought i had run out. I still remember it well.
Another really close up of the corner repair i did...i am so excited to go and see what everyone else is sharing. I am going to have to pace myself over the next few days so that i can really take it all in. Go check it out here...and share something you have made!!!
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42 comments:

Zonnah said...

Very cute! It looks so comfortable :)

...dotty... said...

How nice.......to still love the fabrics that gave you your first heart-thumps !

MLE said...

What a great quilt and fun story that goes along with it! Nice job!

Grammie/Mom said...

Is that you under the quilt?

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

What a great quilt, along with so much of your quilting journey history. I love looking back at quilts made when quilting and patchwork was so new to you. I think you did a great job, and it is obviously a quilt that has been much loved!

Rita

Catherine Anne said...

Loving the tiny hand!

Me aka Supermom said...

I love the fabrics in this one! We all learn something new with each quilt we make too.
margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Dee said...

Leslie, it's like a photo album showing how far you've grown! Although, any quilt made out of love for someone we love is always perfect! I'm so proud of you and amazed at you for repairing the quilt. I'm always so afraid I will ruin it...so here is the sound of hands clapping in applause! Love the colors and the flower quilting and the little hand coming our from under the chair!

Blessings!

Colleen said...

I really like the pattern and the quilt looks so soft and loved. I'm waving back to that little guy under the quilt. :)

Carol said...

Lovely quilt. Looks very cosy :)

Lee said...

love that pattern, different fabriccs make it looks so different. love this colour combination, looks well loved.

Anne said...

What a treasure of a quilt. You can feel the softness through the photographs. You did an amazing job for a first quilt!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

The Tripp Family said...

love that! sorry I've been AWOL, Craig's parents are visiting til tomorrow. I'm up waiting for Zoe to fall back asleep :(

Lesly (aka Shadrach Meshach and Abednego) said...

I love the story that goes with this quilt. And I can relate to the corners - mine always look like a dog's breakfast; they are still my least favourite part of quilting! I also wanted to thank you for your kind words about my entry to the quilt festival.

ranette said...

Looks like a wonderful quilt to curl up with....the colors remind me of the second quilt I made, which was also for my child.

Jean said...

Very pretty! It is fun to look back on what we have done and see the improvements we have made....great job!

LauraJ said...

That's a sweet story for a very sweet quilt!

Kris said...

what a great story and quilt that Avery can have forever!

Ariane said...

What a beautiful simple quilt. I love it.

Allie said...

Great quilt! I love hearing the stories behind the quilts. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

It's a wonderful quilt that has many memories for you. Thank you for writing about it. I see the kids love to make a fort with it over a table.

Rose Marie said...

I've done a couple TATW quilts now and will be doing more ..... they are so simple yet stunning! Love your quilt and the one before this post.

kameleonquilt said...

I have always wanted to do a Trip around the world quilt, as I like the pattern so much - but somehow it is still on my to-do list. Yours is beautiful and looks very comfortable. Thank you for showing it.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Lovely soft colors. It looks like a well-loved comfy quilt. Very pretty.

Elizabeth said...

It looks so cozy! The beginning of a passion, but so not the end! I could just curl up with your quilt. You hand quilting makes this one.

Suzanne said...

Isn't it fun to look back to where you started? It's a very pretty quilt :)

ChickieChirps said...

Very pretty! And it is so nice to hear about your quilting journey as well. I'm very impressed that you went back and redid the corners!!!

Arabella

NiCoLe said...

thanks for sharing this quilt. Its always cool to see how far someone has come in their skills!

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful quilt. Great colors, fabric & design.

Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Chase said...

Simple pattern is great! your quilt remind me that i Really need to get my hands busy on making simple quilts.

Thanks for sharing~

Deborah said...

lovely quilt and blog!

Rene' said...

I really like the colors and the pattern you chose. Looks so soft and comfy. Thanks for sharing.

Jeannette said...

If your husband has confidence in your quilt making... you certainly should! I think your wheel of color style could be a wheel of fortune for the charity.

Yes..finishing things is a little sad...but not finishing them is sadder!

Rita said...

beautiful quilt for your daughter and thanks for sharing your story! I love seeing quilts that are worn with love~

a little bit biased said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love that you hand quilted it for your daughter. And, I am really impressed with your Wee Play quilt. The colors are great and the machine quilting you did is very inspiring! Good job!

Aimee said...

This is so cute! I'm impressed with your quilting! I've never hand quilted anything, and am scared to try it. Your corners look wonderful to me too. What a lovely quilt!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute! I love the simplicity.

happy zombie said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I love your quilting, Leslie! I guess it's your fabric obsession seed. Makes me think about which one of my quilts was the seed for me.

duckyhouse said...

Your quilt looks so cozy and cuddly, I love it!

Petra said...

Hey Leslie, this is a wonderful quilt that has received a lot of love over the years! It's so nice to not forget the really *early* ones and still love them even though they do not seem perfect to us!
I thank you so much for your kind comments on my quilts, I really appreciate them!! Believe me, it is *hell* to not be anywhere near a quilt shop... ;)
I have been to NY in summer and totally loved the shops there. If you ever get to the City Quilter or Purlsoho think of me... :))

Michelle said...

It is so beautiful. The first baby quilt I ever made was similar to this one called Trip around the world. It still is one of my favourites.

henny said...

Very pretty quilt! Really a 'love' colors choice :)
Thanks btw for leave a comment at my blog, Leslie.

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