Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quilt Festival

I have decided to participate in the Quilt Festival that Amy from Park City Girl has organised for those of us that are unable to go to the Houston Quilt Market. I must say it was hard to choose a favourite quilt. I have made a few and they are all special to me in their own way. The quilt I have decided to showcase is my "Log Cabin Sampler " It was made the year I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter and I can remember trying to hand quilt it while our eldest daughter who was just over 2 years kept trying to sit on it. Hand quilting was a good way to get myself to sit down and rest especially in the last couple of months of pregnancy.
So here it is:

It's one of the biggest quilts I have made (85"x85") so it took a while to finish. Because its a sampler quilt I learnt a lot of different techniques and enjoyed every minute of making it plus its a scrappy quilt so I got to use and play with lots of different fabrics. The original pattern is from a 'Piecemakers calender' quilt pattern but I mixed the blocks around from a couple of their other calenders.



This block below is one of my favourite blocks. The square in squares are made up of strips sewn together then cut into triangles and then made into squares.

This cat block was also fun to make and one of my favourites just because it's cute!

For the quilting I used a quilting stencil for the border triangles and quilted all the blocks differently. This quilt is now 10 years old and includes lots of 'country' style fabrics that were popular back then. Soon after it was completed I displayed it at our local quilting groups bi-annual quilt show and then was asked to have it included at a much larger quilt show called "Calico Christmas" in Auckland.


Well I hope you enjoyed this quilts first blog outing! There are lots of other beautiful quilts for you to look at over at Amy's Quilt festival. Enjoy!

31 comments:

Zonnah said...

Wow, I love the pattern!

Anne said...

That is stunning! I used to live a couple blocks from the Piecemakers store in CA. Of course, I didn't quilt then!

drucillastitches said...

Oh my gosh, this quilt is SO beautiful! So many different patterns to learn!! Thanks for sharing!

RosaMaría said...

wow!!! that quilt is so beautiful!!!! thanks for sharing!

Rafael's Mum said...

It is absolutely stunning! I am in awe....

happy zombie said...

Holy moly, Catherine! Your quilt is AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH mazing!!! Beautiful and so stunning!

Laura said...

It's very beautiful, must have taken years, but worth every minute Congratulations!

Ariane said...

Wow!!! This quilt is beautiful. I love all the blocks and the colors are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Kelli said...

That is an amazing quilt! Thanks for sharing :)

tooznie said...

This must have taken you ages! What a lovely result.

wishes, true and kind said...

What a masterpiece -- from the piecing to the quilting! Just lovely.

ranette said...

I love this quilt and your workmanship is amazing! Sampler quilts are a favorite of mine. Thank you for showing it.

LauraJ said...

WOW!! The time and energy it takes to put in quilts like this is amazing. My hats off to you for such a beautiful quilt!

Susan said...

What a beautiful quilt! I can't imagine hand quilting a quilt that large...it would take me a lifetime!

Marie said...

I loved your quilt it is so alive and great colors. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

SaraRules said...

What a beautiful quilt! Great color choices, and I love all the different sampler patterns. Way to hand quilt! :)

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Wow! I really like how the sampler blocks look like they're floating on top of the log cabin background. Beautiful quilt!

SarahVee said...

I really like the arrangement of your blocks. One of my favourite unquilted tops is a sampler I made while pregnant with my first child. Maybe I'll have it ready for the next festival:)

Deborah said...

beautiful quilt, nice colors and details!

wren08 said...

That is a fabulous quilt! I really love your choice of blocks

Anita said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love it when samplers aren't layed out in the usual sashed block method. It's so much more interesting!

Rene' said...

What a beautiful detailed quilt!!! Hard to believe you were able to hand quilt it with a toddler and another on the way!! Thanks for sharing.

Jeannette said...

One of the prettiest samplers ever. You must have a great eye for layout! It's very complicated and yet so unified and soothing.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt !!

Marika

Carol said...

Beautiful sampler that even with all the different colors and patterns is actually quite soothing to look at.

AnnieO said...

Your quilt is so unique and beautiful. You say you used scraps but it is so cohesive without any jarring contrasts, very homey and warm. Just lovely and wonderful! Thank you for sharing your quilt's story.

karenfae said...

I very much like how you put the sampler blocks together with log cabin blocks - how original - I have not seen any like it.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

SewCalGal said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt. Great colors, great fabric, great design. You did a fantastic job. I love it.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow amazing! Great quilt.

ChickieChirps said...

Wow! What an amazing quilt! It looks like it took hours and hours to make. You did a great job... it's beautiful!

Arabella

Videa said...

This quilt is really stunning It will be really enjoyed at the show I am sure.

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