Friday, 25 October 2013
The Bloggers Quilt Festival
Choosing which quilt to enter into the Blogger's Quilt Festival can cause quite a quandry. Unless, like me, you suddenly realise that you have completed very little in the way of quilts in the past six months. Oh, sure I have made lots of things - just not so much in the way of quilts.
That being said, I knew all along which quilt I would want to feature, because it has been planned for every so long, and been in the process of being created since last winter. (A hiatus or two happened along the way.) And I only finished it last week.
For those who are not familiar with me - I have a slight Heather Ross obsession. I started collecting HR fabrics about three years ago. Unfortunately I was then afraid to use them. My little stack of precious fabrics grew, but seldom saw the light of day. So I decided to create a HR Fanclub quilt. That decision was easier than the one of just how I was going to make it. For such a simple design, it took me a long time to come up with it!
Other than the two Kona solids used, the entire quilt is made with HR fabrics. She kindly came out with Briar Rose in the nick of time for me to use it as a backing fabric, and the binding too. The fabrics are quilting cottons, linen blends, flannels, double gauze, and a couple that I really am not sure what they are.
I quilted in the ditch around each and every piece of HR in the mosaics. Then I did five rows of straight line stitching in the white borders. I finished with pebble quilting in all the blue space. I love the contrasts this gives, and how it helps each 'framed' mosaic stand out. I also love how the quilting gives a great texture to the back.
The finished size is 49" x 60".
This quilt was made for me, and shall be used by me. Now that I have made it I am not putting it away in some cupboard to protect it. It's on the sofa , though my girls know that myabe it is best to steer clear of it. There are plenty of other quilts they can use.
If you are a regular reader here, you are now thoroughly bored because you just had to read all about this quilt last week. But if you are over here from the Blogger's Quilt Festival, welcome. Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to see some of the others things I have made then I have some shown in the tabs at the top of my home page. I hope you are enjoying the festival. I know I always do. I shall be spending a good portion of half term finding an infinite amount of inspiration in all the gorgeous quilts people enter.