Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival Fun

It's been a while since I've had my act together enough to post a quilt to the semi-annual Blogger's Quilt  Festival that Amy hosts each spring and fall, but this time I'm ready. Well, I was almost ready. The festival opened on the 16th and I finished binding mine last night!














I've entered my Goose Tracks. I started it after our friend Sigrid passed away in 2005 and it is special in so very many ways. It is the first of my quilts that is all pieced by hand and is the first where I 'went off the grid' of making quilts with identical blocks.












In true Sigrid fashion I used several prints for the block backgrounds and to make up the setting squares, which gives it a really comfy, old-fashioned feel. 














The variety of cream fabrics continues in the saw tooth border and the combination of the creams and the wider pink border fabric ends up giving it a lovely lace effect. The backing and the binding are in the same pink as the outer border.

It's also hand quilted. The ladies at our church quilt one or two each winter as a fundraiser and I picked it up last Thursday, just in time to bind and post it. It measures 82" x 94".






I didn't want a lot of quilting on it so the setting blocks have stitching lines set about 1 1/2" apart running vertically through the quilt, and then just enough stitching in the blocks themselves to accent the fabric but not have overkill. In the pink border, double rows of stitching that begin at the base of the saw tooth blocks run perpendicular to the centre.









It didn't start out with a plan for how the blocks would go together, I just started making blocks that I liked and figured out the final layout when they were all finished.















It was a beautiful quilt to work on and I am thrilled to have it finished and to be able to start using it - I think it's totally dreamy. Thanks Amy, for the incentive to finish it off! This one is in the Hand Quilted category but there are several categories, so go check them out on the Festival page and have fun picking your favourites....M

13 comments:

Monica said...

Good luck, Marie! It's a beauty. :D

Kyle said...

I love the softness of the fabrics yet how the red blocks you placed in the center stand out just enough. Beautifully done, just in time!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love this quilt - the different background fabrics look gorgeous and your hand quilting is wonderful!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

That's a beautiful quilt, Marie! Love the scrappy, old-fashioned look.
It gets harder and harder to pick a favorite in the festival. ;-)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Oh, this is just so, so lovely!

Quilting Babcia said...

I love this quilt, and the fabrics you've chosen for it. So sweet and vintage-looking.

Mina said...

This quilt looks comfy cozy

Susan said...

It's a lovely quilt, with a beautiful story to go with it. Assorted cream backgrounds really look good.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

This is so beautiful! I love the comfy look of the fabrics and it's been beautifully hand quilted. The sawtooth border is gorgeous too!

CitricSugar said...

Beautiful work! Lovely warm, vintage-y feel.

Dorinda said...

The colors are gorgeous. Great job

Lori said...

It is totally dreamy. So soft and sweet.

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