Monday, October 29, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side

I'm adding my Single Girl to the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I wanted to make this quilt for quite some time before I actually started on it.  And I'm so glad I went for it! 

If you're a regular visitor, you might remember it from this post.  And if this is your first time stopping by, then welcome!  Here's a quick recap for ya.

I made this quilt for a dear friend as a wedding gift.  She had been a self-proclaimed "single girl for life"...right up until she got engaged.  I started with the dark purpley-red wine color of the bridesmaids' dresses and expanded into bright reds, orange, and one or two pinks and purples.  
The piecing was a challenge, but the quilting is where I spent most of my energy! (It's also my favorite thing about this quilt!)
Since my single girl was getting hitched, I used the quilting to transform it into a wedding ring pattern.  It wouldn't have been so bad if I had left myself enough time to pebble an entire quilt.  (But why would I make life easy for myself?)  I spent every spare second working on it and by some miracle, it was finished with a whole 24 hours to spare!
(wow - this is not a great picture...but you can kinda see the quilting?...)
This is one of my greatest achievements to date, second only to the time I single-handedly bathed two dogs and lived to tell the tale.  And in all honesty, if it had been for anyone else I may have kept it for myself, whipped up a quick whole-cloth quilt for the happy couple, and called it fair. But I really love my friend and she really loved the quilt!  Success!!

So here are the final stats:

Size: ~85"x92"
Pattern: Single Girl by Denyse Schmidt
Techniques: patience, free-motion quilting
Quilted by: me
Best Categories:  home machine quilted, bed quilt

Thanks again for stopping by and super-extra thanks to Amy for hosting the festival!

12 comments:

  1. I cannot believe that you quilted this one your home machine! It's absolutely stunning! And I love the idea of making the double wedding ring with the quilting.

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  2. Stunning quilt! I love the secondary pattern you have created with your quilting too.

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  3. Turning it into a double wedding ring with the quilting was genius! It would have been hard for me to part with such a pretty quilt.

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  4. I think this is my favourite of your quilts... I loved it so much the first time I saw it. Still do. :-) Never seen "patience" listed as a technique before. Lol. Have to remember that.

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  5. Fantastic job! The quilting is a wonderful addition to the pattern.

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  6. I love how you used the quilting to add to the design - excellent!! =)

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  7. Oh my! You've given me a good idea. My brother, a confirmed 41 yo bachelor, got married this past Monday. I need a gift for their reception ont he 10th. I don't think I have time for a bed quilt, but a smaller one might be doable. Your quilt is wonderful.

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  8. Your idea with the quilting transforming the single girl pattern into the wedding ring patten is simply brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing this quilt.

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  9. Love your quilting. The colors are fab too.

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  10. This is fabulous - I love the quilting!

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