Friday, May 18, 2012

Festival!

Amy's Creative Side

If you haven't been here before, then welcome to Chez Roo! I have followed the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side for the last couple of years, but since I wasn't a blogger until recently, this year is my first entry. I made this quilt a few months ago for my husband's friend's new baby. I have loved this New Wave pattern since Elizabeth of Oh Fransson! first put it out - simple and geometric, wonderful to showcase favourite fabrics and colour schemes.

Pink, blue and brown is one of my favourite colour combos. I used mostly fabrics that I already had, buying only a couple of extra pinks, like the incredible Aladdin's Lamps by Lizzy House. It has a few prints from Momo It's a Hoot, which is one of my favourite collections, and some Amy Butler Love, and Aneela Hoey's sweet puppies from Sherbet Pips.

I bound it with an espresso polka dot (I cannot resist polka dots for bindings!), and backed with a cute flannel from the LQS.

The back of the binding is hand sewn, and this quilt has the (dubious?) distinction of being the first actual quilt that I free motion quilted, with a large meander. I just told myself that it was okay if it didn't turn out perfect, because the baby probably wouldn't notice. Guess what, the quilting was not perfect, and after it was washed you would never know! It was really tough to give this one away, but I still have enough of most of these fabrics that I could make an almost identical one for my daughter. It seems kind of crazy, given that life is short and there are so many other beautiful patterns and fabrics to make into lovely quilts, yet when you love something, what do you do? Do you ever replicate your favourite quilts?

I received a very sweet and appreciative note from the baby's mum, and while "thank you"s aren't the reason that I give handmade gifts, it certainly is nice to know that what was made will be loved.

There are now over three hundred entries in the festival - check it out!

I did allude to exciting news in my last post, but I will be saving it until tomorrow, when hopefully I will also have a finish to share with you!

Thanks for visiting!

 

16 comments:

  1. Ah, the magic of washing a quilt - it hides the imperfections of quilting!

    Your quilting is beautiful - especially for your first free motion quilt. Lovely fabric choices.

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  2. I love your choice of colours. I've made this design before and really enjoy seeing other people's versions. The binding is great and the quilting looks fab

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  3. Great fabric choices! And I know exactly what you mean about the quilting, as I've had the same philosophy!

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  4. I made this quilt too and it's such a lovely design !
    Yours is gorgeous, I love the colors you used !

    And you free motion quilting looks so great to me !

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  5. OK, gotta know where that brown-turquoise chandelier print is from. Friends of mine have used chunks of it, but for whatever reason, they do not know the line it comes from. This is the first time I've seen it used in a quilt! Yah!

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  6. Seriously LOVE! The fabric, the pattern, EVERYTHING!

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  7. Love the quilt...and the fabrics! Such a great gift..and way to go on quilting it yourself.
    I made this same quilt in January but its still in the top only stage (you can see it on this blog post: http://cindysdaisydays.blogspot.com/2012/01/beach-projects.html
    Its a great pattern and goes together so nicely.
    Happy Quilt Festival!

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  8. You did a beautiful job on this quilt, and I'm sure the baby is loving it!

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  9. Love the quilt. Such pretty colours. Juliex

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  10. Great Quilt!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  11. Ahh, I love it! The colors are so pretty! I feel like I'd buy this quilt if I saw it somewhere. I especially like the chandelier looking print. Very nice!

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  12. Beautiful quilt! When I first saw the picture I thought, "Waves!". I really like the chandelier print, too!

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  13. lovely and lucky baby! beautiful fabrics. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  14. Beautiful - lovely fabrics and such a great design!

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