Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Large Quilt

Today begins the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's CreativeSide.  Please take plenty of time to view entries, take notes and jot down favs each day - it will help when it comes time to vote.  This is our way of enjoying Quilt Market - for those of us who can't go to the real thing. 

This quilt was actually almost never finished.  It was started way back in 2009 when I first started quilting.  My first QAL online - unfortunately I do not remember the name of site and its now a disfunct AOL site so the pattern is not available any more.  It is the first quilt I bought specific fabric for.  Back at that time I was only just educating myself on fabrics and designers - I like to give credit.  I think most of these were blenders by Blank Fabrics. Another thing I learned in the making of this quilt - I don't like to make large quilts.  And I have found my niche as a scrap quilter and prefer to play with mini's - so the fabrics in this just didn't please me or the size, so off into a hidey-hole she went.  

I 'unearthed' this quilt at the time I started admiring a new long armer.  I just knew this was the person I wanted to frost this quilt to make it come alive.

Valerie @ Pumpkin Patch Quilter  was gracious in accepting this Plain Jane and turning her into a beauty. She worked her magic on those bare blenders - they just sing. 

But before sending her off, I had to completely remove the center.  Applique is still not my forte', but this was too horrible to send as is. I completely removed the center from the quilt; I replaced the applique sunflowers with pieced and totally redid the stems and leaves.  I had this hideous large Yo-Yo in the center (why) and replaced it with the circle.  Thankfully, being a scrap quilter - I had saved every bit of left over of this quilt and had just enough for the fixes.  Then the center had to be stitched back in place.  A few boo-boos were fixed and then she was on her way.

You could just flip this quilt and call it a whole cloth - just love it.  But she waited almost 2 months after coming home from being frosted.  Why we should never let a project sit for so long - it took some time to find the right material to work as a binding.

Finished size: 66" x 84"
Large Quilt Entry

Sewingly Yours,


Cille said...

Lovely quilt and great quilting. I think it funny how we in the middle of a creative process sometimes can fall out of love with the project... Only to pick up much later and realise it was a hidden treasure :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

A lovely quilt with a great story to go along with it! :) I am enjoying the festival this morning :)

Pattilou said...

I was immediately drawn to this quilt! It is so lovely. (I'm glad I didn't enter my quilt in this category!) Good luck! So far there are some wonderful quilts!

tirane93 said...

i love your filigree work in the blocks. very nice quilt!

Calicojoan said...

A finished UFO and a remake of the center too! :-) Wow, the quilting is just gorgeous! I know your one happy camper with this beauty! Don't you love checking off the old stuff, so you can go onto the new!

sonia said...

Love the story of this quilt, the rejected one ;) I look back at my first quilts and I think how much I've learned and how I have defined my taste for fabrics and colours. So brave of you to unearth it and give it a new life, I'm sure it will be loved and cherished. It's beautiful!

Mary said...

I love that your call the quilting- "frosting". Nice to get this UFO out of hiding so you could fall in love with it after all the re-work.

CitricSugar said...

The workmanship on this one is amazing!

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Not a plain Jane at all! Beautifully done! Love the term 'frosted' - that is exactly what quilting does!!

Kate said...

Congrats on finishing up your not so plain Jane! It's a lovely quilt and the quilting is spectacular.