Blogger's Quilt Festival

>> Thursday, October 8, 2009

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EDIT: I am now finished this quilt! Thanks to the Festival and all the positive responses, I have worked over the last week to finish this quilt. It was hand delivered Oct. 12, Canadian Thanksgiving. I have changed photos to show the completed front and back. Enjoy!

This is a first birthday present for my fourth niece. She has 2 older sisters so I thought a BIG quilt they could all play on was in order. It measures 58 inches by 58 1/2 inches.

This green children's print was my starting inspiration. All the fabrics used were from my stash. I loved making all the colours come out and play together!

This quilt is my original design. Each section of the quilt is made up of blocks or techniques from quilters I visit in blogland. The centre is from Yolanda at Urban Amish. This is a block design from Urban Amish lesson 2. The red with white polka dots fabric became a focus fabric joining all the different blocks together. (The polka dot fabric was from my husband's grandmother's stash that I inherited when she died. I love using her fabric in family quilts.)

I also got to finally make some cottages using Nanette's (from Freda's Hive) tutorial! I see more fun cottage blocks in quilts to come. Like a Halloween one! Here they are on my design wall beside the courtyard steps I made to go in the quilt.

I won a copy of Kay MacKenzie's new applique book and tried out a few of her fun flower blocks. Look, more red and white polka dot fabric! The background fabric in these blocks is from my mother's stash when she used to make us doll clothes.

I used the Quilter's Cache to find the perfect 10 inch block to put in each corner. Using THE fabric, of course:) Then I added the lime green sashing to make the border of blocks fit. Finally, one more round of polka dots. I measured this fabric out at the beginning when I had a rough idea of how big the quilt would be. I was so glad that I had enough!

Some may argue that this isn't a REAL quilt because there is no batting. I used the envelope method to sew the two layers together and thus - there's no binding either! But I think it's a real quilt. The love, joy and motivation were all there. The best wishes and intentions are still stitched into this lightweight, summer coverlet or picnic blanket, like many quilts made in times past.
It's real enough for me:)

I used some "cheater cloth" that I'd been given as the backing.

I was originally going to tie the quilt, but I ended up using my domestic machine to quilt it.

Happy 1st Birthday, Arabella
Made with love by Aunt Sarah

Thanks for stopping by to see my special quilt.
Thanks to Amy for hosting this amazing festival once again.

ENJOY the show,
Sarah Vee


Anne at Film and Thread October 9, 2009 at 9:26 AM  

I love how this quilt incorporates so many different techniques!

Susan October 9, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

What a great quilt...I love the bright colors!

Anonymous,  October 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

Very cheerful!! Great!

tirane93 October 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

how bright and cheerful. i can feel the love from here!

Rhondi October 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

Your quilt is so happy. It makes me smile jus to look at it. I love the wonderful bright colors you chose and the print that was your inspiration.
Happy quilting, Rhondi

Anonymous,  October 9, 2009 at 1:39 PM  

Oh my gosh -what a happy quilt! It makes you feel cheerful just to look at it (and I was already feeling cheerful!) Thanks for sharing. :)

Kay Mackenzie October 9, 2009 at 2:43 PM  

Fantastic! The colors sing a happy song! The ancestral fabric make it extra special. And wow, I see some of my blocks in there! Thanks Sarah! I'm gonna link to here from my Show & Tell Center!

Kay Mackenzie

Carol October 9, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

Love all the different techniques. I like to do applique so the flowers are my favorite part. Such a "happy" quilt for a child.

Mom October 9, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

How spirited & colorful!
thanks for sharing,

Katie B October 9, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

Lovely quilt. I really like your design.

imquilternity October 9, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

It's a wonderful quilt! Your niece will love's so colorful and happy.

Sara October 9, 2009 at 9:01 PM  

That is such a happy quilt - Love the colors.

Stephanie Hughes October 9, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

love the bright colors, thanks for sharing!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe October 9, 2009 at 9:14 PM  

I love that it is made up all all the blog discoveries! It reads very well. Nicely done!

Anonymous,  October 9, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

I love it! So vibrant! It is sure to be cherished!

Unknown October 10, 2009 at 12:30 AM  

I love it. Both original and stash made. What could be better? It is a really fun quilt

Helen October 10, 2009 at 8:49 AM  

Love the red and white polka dots!

Quiltluver October 10, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

Beautiful quilt, and fabulous design. So bright and cheerful. I love the red polka dots.

tooznie October 10, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

What a fabulous idea! I've picked up so many great blocks bits and bobs from ppls blogs, but never considered incorporating a whole bunch of them into one quilt. How inspiring, thank-you!

Tonya October 10, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

So cute. I love incorporating applique into quilts.

Leslie October 10, 2009 at 1:32 PM  

oooh this is so cute and so fun...all the bright colors are great.

Vivian October 10, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

What a fun quilt. I recognized three of your sources for info and inspiration -- Freda, Urban Amish, & quilter's cache. Thanks for the story.
Lucky niece(s)! It's totally adorable.

Ariane October 10, 2009 at 7:24 PM  

Very nice quilt. I love the flower blocks.

Jenny October 10, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

what a FUN quilt! it's gonna be loved!

Karen - Quilts...etc. October 10, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

wow - look at those colors! love it.

quiltmom anna October 11, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

SarahVee, I think you have created a fantasticly original quilt where your nieces are going to have a great deal of fun playing together. I am sure it will be a family treasure. I love the polka dotted fabrics and the flowers remind me of Mary Englebreit.

I love children's books and their is a lovely book called Mother Earth and her children- a quilted fairy tale. It is a German Fairytale that was written in the 20's and a woman named Sybille von Olfers made an amazingly intricate quilt to represent the story. You may enjoy looking at the book.

Thanks for sharing your lovely piece. It is sure to be a hit.

Catherine October 11, 2009 at 1:24 AM  

This is such a happy and vibrant quilt. Well done, it sounds like you enjoyed making it. Love that polka dot fabric.

Robin October 11, 2009 at 1:27 AM  

Bright and happy, made with love-- it definitely qualifies as a quilt! :) It's so cool that there is an extra-special fabric included in it too, a little family history. Thanks for sharing!

Apple Avenue Quilts October 11, 2009 at 2:18 AM  

I love the bright colors and wonderful applique. Your niece is a lucky girl.

Rene' October 11, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

This quilt is great. I love that you used fabric from your stash and so many different technique from fellow bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

QuiltSue October 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

Lovely. A bright, fun quilt for a child.

Paula, the quilter October 11, 2009 at 10:08 AM  

What a bright, happy quilt. And the back will be just a loved as the front, wait and see.

Heather October 11, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

Very pretty and such a lucky little girl!

Alan October 11, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

What an awesome quilt! I love that you used fabric from your stash, and that some of it was from your grandma and mom. What a neat way to connect all generations Jana R.

Miri October 11, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

I love how bright and cheerful this is! Perfect for kids! Kudos!

Anonymous,  October 11, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

So very wonderful, FUN and cheerful!!! Using heairloom fabrics in a family quilt continues the legacy and memories. This is simly terrific! Thank you for sharing it! ; )

Linda and Michelle October 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM  

Great job! I love the brightness and designs in this quilt!

Renee October 11, 2009 at 8:06 PM  

it is gorgeous! And so bright! And most definitely a REAL quilt!

Sharon October 11, 2009 at 10:56 PM  

This is such a bright, happy quilt! Wonderful! And yes, REAL.

ParisMaddy October 12, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

How cheerful and fun and totally kid friendly. I love it.

Martine Kuciel October 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

un quilt tonique et lumineux félicitation

Anonymous,  October 12, 2009 at 8:29 PM  

Awesome! Wonderful! Beautiful Quilt!!

Cindy October 12, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

Your quilt is so bright and happy -- It is a joy to behold. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn October 12, 2009 at 10:48 PM  

I just love this quilt. It is so bright and cheery! The fabrics are great!


Page October 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

Such a cute quilt. I love all the different aspects of it. Great job.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales October 13, 2009 at 12:58 PM  

Such a cheerful quilt! Any child would be thrilled to have this as their playmat. The flower blocks are especially delightful.

Jeannette October 13, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

There are so many entries in the festival I can't iamgine I will see them all...but it is so stormy today I can and peek at quite a few, so I decided to check out all the blogs that have "happy or joy" in the name...and I am glad that I did. Every pediatrician in the country should hang your quilts on their walls...what medicine in bright visual delight you have provided. I go now, to prowl around your blog - you see why I am unlikely to see the whole show, I don't want to skim past such lovely blogs and not really see. Thanks for inviting me ( all of us) in!

Alexis October 13, 2009 at 5:13 PM  

What a great quilt! I love, love, love your borders, and your combination of stash fabrics and an inspiration fabric. It's so fun and sure to be a family treasure!

Kathy October 13, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

Your design for the quilt you made for your niece is wonderful. I love it's brightness and clear colors. I'm sure all the girls in the family will make use of it.

Unknown October 14, 2009 at 11:56 AM  

Sarah! I love your bright and happy quilt! I'm sure it was well received by the little princess :)

And, of course it's a quilt!!

Suzanne October 14, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

I love the farmyard print and all the bright colours! Very cheerful :)

Thearica October 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

A fun quilt for some lucky children!

Unknown October 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

You did a wonderful job designing your quilt. I love the colors!

Nanette Merrill October 16, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

I love your cottages! I'm so glad I came over to visit you this morning. You made my day!!

Patty October 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

beautiful quilt, so bright and cheerful

Thistle Cove Farm October 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM  

Such HAPPY, cheerful quilts; the girls will be greatly pleased, I'm sure.

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