Yukon wild

Yukon wild
Wild rose

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I am entering this quilt for the festival…

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I chose this quilt because:

1) I just finished it

2) I really like it

3) I learned some things while making it.

I didn’t make this quilt on my own.  It was a collaborative effort by my local little quilt group.  Linda H., Francine, Diane and I all worked on the layout.  Francine organized the blocks for sewing.  Linda P. did all the piecing.  I matched seams and pinned rows – I take responsibility for all the corners that don’t match.  Diane and I squared it up, measured for the borders and pinned them on.  Linda P. sewed them on.  I did the straight line quilting (again I take responsibility for some of the lines being wonky.  And I did the binding.  This quilt is going to be raffled to make money to buy a couple of sewing machines for our group.  The older ladies all have machines but there are a few teens who come out and they don’t have machines.

The fabrics for this quilt all came out of my stash, but they were all hand me down fabrics from others.  When my friend Dahn got new dye materials in late summer and destashed a lot of her old fabric to me there was a pile of 5 inch squares.  Here they are in this quilt.  The backing fabric came from another friend.  Kim, who doesn’t sew and doesn’t own a sewing machine, decided she was going to make wrap around skirts for an abortion clinic.  She bought yard and yards of material.  Ten years later, when she was cleaning out her garage, she gifted it all to me.

What did I learn? 

I learned that a simple quilt can be beautiful.  I gravitate toward complicated  patterns, tiny pieces and other things that take time. 

I learned that every fabric has it’s place.  I couldn’t see how that green and white fabric was going to fit in this quilt.  Then we used it for the border and ahhh…..it was perfect.

I learned that it is possible to use nothing but stash fabrics in a quilt.  (I will use any excuse to BUY fabric.)

More pictures.  It was dull and grey out so the light wasn’t the best, but now it’s a raging snowstorm so I got the pictures just in time!

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I see a stray thread….

Please click on the Blogger’s Quilt Festival button on my sidebar to see all the quilts.

Janet

17 comments:

  1. What a sweet quilt Janet! I love hearing the stories behind the quilts and why you chose certain colors, etc. Thank you for sharing, Elaine

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  2. I love simple pattern quilts, too!

    And, ooh! ooh! ooh! I have THAT fabric, too! : D

    This is a beauty. Some lucky person is going to love it!

    ~ Ronda

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  3. Beautiful quilt and a great work, Janet. Definitely like it. Enjoy your weekend, Clara.

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  4. That's great, I'm sure it's going to raise lots of money for you. I love the fact that it was such a group effort too.

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  5. Wow! Simple is beautiful and just before I was reading your post I was thikning of just that for my next project...What a wonderful idea to buy machines for the young to learn to quilt!

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  6. Love the quilt. I recently made a similar one and this makes me want to haul out my pile of 5" squares and make another one.

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  7. Your quilt is beautiful and is a testament to the community of quilting! I love the story of how many hands went into the making of your quilt :)

    That makes it even more special

    SheilaC

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  8. I love the placement of the different hues in the quilt ... lovely.

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  9. Hi Janet!
    Isn't great when the plan comes together!
    Quilt is lovely, just right for the Yukon!
    Hey, my suggestion for the name,
    Yukon Gold!
    Take care, Leslie

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  10. I love the collaborative background to this quilt. It is a very happy quilt because you have so many memories stitched into it already! Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

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  11. Nice quilt, I so love basic designs. You all did a nice job!

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  12. Lovely quilt! Glad you got a picture before the snowstorm hit you ;-)) Thanks for sharing your quilt and its story!

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  13. Cara Janet,
    grazie per la visita.
    Ciao ciao
    Domenica

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  14. Nice quilt! Love all the different blocks. Thanks for stopping by and seeing my quilt submission as well :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing your quilt and the lessons that come with it. (I have a tin of three-inch blocks asking for a solution like this.)

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  16. I'm one of the "must by more fabric for each new quilt". Great to see a quilt made from your stash. I really love your backing fabric. So summery.

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