Friday, May 18, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2012


 Pink and green, pink and yellow two of my favorite color combinations.   A couple moves ago I was part of a small group of quilters; we met every week for conversation, coffee and stitching. We worked on our own projects but we also did some round robin quilts and sometimes chose a pattern and we each made our own inturpertaion of that quilt. This quilt is from Kim Diehl's book Simple Blessings we each made our own quilt with our choice of fabrics. Kim's directions use half square triangles for the spools. I used the Y seam because it isn't that difficult come back again for a tutorial next week.  There are 100 spools I used more than 50 fabrics, there are pairs of some spools but not all.  When I am old and feeble and curled up in this quilt I will play brain games and try to match all the spools.  I puzzled for a long time over how to machine quilt this and a couple years ago I took a machine quilting class and asked the instructor, a professional quilter, she said I really should hand quilt it in each of the spools. So I am hand quilting. Last winter I hand quilted every Tuesday night during NCIS and White Collar but some nights there was just too much action to get much quilting done,  it is amazing how much I can do during a commercial break. I only have 18 spools left to do but then I wonder if I should quilt the background fabric and I have all those geese to stitch inside. I will probably do a chain design or a rope in the borders.
Linking up to  http://amyscreativeside.com/2012/05/18/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2012/
Happy Quilting,  Ann


Amy's Creative Side



48 comments:

verykerryberry said...

Lovely hand quilting, and I always like spool blocks in quilting!

Pattilou said...

I started hand quilting long before I ever pieced a quilt, so to see the lovely close-ups of yours was truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com said...

Lovely quilt. I always admire hand quilting! Thanks for sharing!

Little Island Quilting said...

Wonderful hand quilting

Melinda said...

What a great spool quilt. I am working on some spool exchange blocks right now. The hand quilting adds a lot to the look of the project.

Cecily said...

Oh my! I just love the pink and green color combo and your choices of fabrics are just breath-taking. A stunner for sure!

Sew Lovins said...

There is nothing as gorgeous as a hand quilted quilt especially still in the hoop. LOVE the quilt and spools. It is fantastic, thanks for sharing.

Sue Daurio said...

Pink and green together are so wonderful. Love your hand quilting.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Wow this quilt is absolutely wonderful, it makes me want to go right into the sewing room now and make one for me

Charlotte said...

so lovely! the hand quilting is perfect.

Raewyn said...

I love your quilt - the colours work well and the hand quilting is lovely. I'll be interested to se how eady those y seams are!

CitricSugar said...

Really lovely!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I really love your spool quilt....fresh colour and nicely hand quilted...U do hand quilting too; love it.

Lesley said...

Your quilt is stunning! Love the quilting!

Nicole said...

Love the stitching!

Margaret said...

i love the traditional and old fashioned patterns best~

margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Sandra said...

What a charming quilt. Love the colors. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my entry.

memmens said...

Lovely, I'm in one of verykerry's FQ Retreat classes to learn this block, really looking forward to it, you have done a great job.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Charming traditional spool quilt. Love hand quilting with these blocks - wonderful colors - beautiful work.

M-R said...

I love the colours you've chosen, Ann. And you hand quilting is beautiful!

dorothy v said...

Very, very pretty quilt. Absolutely love the colours.

dorothy v said...

Very, very pretty quilt. Absolutely love the colours.

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Sarcastic Quilter said...

So very pretty so far! It's going to be so satisfying once it's done. Wow.

Janet said...

So pretty! I love your colours and the quilting is amazing. And the Y seams were easy?!

Camilla said...

Visiting you back as part of the festival! Intrigued by the quilt in your header! So good to see so much lovely work by so many! Thanks for sharing.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I love, love, love this quilt...the colors, the spools...perfect!

Taryn said...

This is one of my favorite spool quilts! I love the colors you chose and the geese border!. The hand quilting is beautiful. I look forward to your Y-seam tutorial!

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

Oh!! Beautiful! Spools are on my "to do" someday list!! I love that you are handquilting each one. And I love that you have matching pairs..I love quilts that make me keep looking!!!

grendelskin said...

What a beautiful quilt! Your hand quilting is terrific and it really is the right choice for this special piece.

kheli said...

Very pretty! Inspires me to put a spool quilt on my "to-do" list!

Krysta said...

Pretty! It has a wonderful vintage look that I love

Anne said...

Ann, thanks for your nice comment to me. Your handwork is inspiring as I usually don't have the patience for it. I can relate to your bio. Just spent the weekend moving 2 college kids back home for the summer. Love having them around, love having them gone. Love them always wherever they are.

Dee J. said...

One of the lessons I learned this year is that slow and steady will get the job done. heretofore, my projects began with every intention of being finished by "yesterday," and I would end up with half finished projects for UFO piles, as soon as I got bored with the project or began another. Now, I work a few days on this one, and another day or two on another one and I'm astounded by how many more quilts I've completed. Love your hand quilting.

Julia said...

I love your spools quilt and your hand quilting. Great work. I also enjoyed browsing through your blog.

Melissa P said...

I like the Brain Game idea! My first memory of a quilt was a scrappy quilt that I distinctly remember trying to find other matching pieces from square to square.

The Thompsons said...

It's lovely! I'm always really impressed with hand stitching - I don't have the patience. :)

Shannon said...

Your spools are so pretty and the hand stitching is lovely! what a great color combination too-soft pinks with soft greens. Yummy!

ANudge said...

What a lovely quilt!

balu51 said...

It's lovely. I love your hand quilting. I'll come back for your tutorial.

Jolanda said...

Lovely quilt, I like spools and they are so perfect!!

Cindy said...

Y seams and hand quilting...wow! Its a lovely scrappy quilt. My only hand quilted quilt is a spool block one done in 1930 reproductions...no Y seams, though. :)

Happy Quilt Festival.

Eileen said...

so happy to know they're spools and not bow ties! somehow bow tie blocks irritate the heck out of me--don't really know why! it's really cute! y seams aren't as intimidating after doing a bunch of them with sylvia's bridal sample quilt this year with lots of blocks employing that technique! thanks for sharing and have a great day

bethanndodd said...

Beautiful quilting!
Smiles~Beth

sewfrench.com said...

Just perfect!
The only way to quilt a classic quilt is by hand, in my opinion. I'm a listen to the television while I quilt kind of quilter.
I love it!

PBJ Quilt Sandwiches said...

What a great story and quilt! I'm so glad you are handstitching this - it looks wonderful! I also LOVE the tutorial! I'm going to have to try this out!

Habibti at Home said...

Wo! You are hand quilting this huge quilt?!!!! Good for you!! It is so beautiful. My favorite spool quilt to date!

Susan said...

I love your colors! I want to hand quilt again someday, thanks for the inspiration!