Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2010 Edition


Amy is graciously hosting the 3rd Blogger's Quilt Festival for the next week. Be sure to check out the list of participants, and if you have a quilt you'd like to enter, be sure to add your post to the list (there are great sponsors providing the goods for giveaways!)


Anyways, moving along to my quilt...


If you've been reading my blog for awhile or know me outside of quiltland, you know that I got married in the fall, which means I needed some bridesmaids gifts. So I decided I would make quilts for the bridesmaids + the groomsmaid (groomswoman? We never did really decide what to call her).




When it comes to friends and quilts, I hate to play favorites. And I loved all the quilts I made for my bridesmaids, honestly, I did. But I loved them all for different reasons. I won't wax poetic about how much I love the other quilts and enjoyed making them. I'll save that for another post.


This particular quilt I love for many reasons.



#1 - Pinwheels. When I was pondering the idea of my first quilt and rummaging through all of Mom's books, I kept coming back to the quilts with pinwheels. Mom didn't exactly discourage me from the pinwheel patterns, but she did encourage the patterns without triangles, with long, wide rows of sashing, etc. A few months later, when I finally got around to secretly starting my first quilt, I completely ignored her and made a pinwheel quilt. I've always loved pinwheels. [Note to self: Get crackin' on The Pinwheel Sampler Quilt from Rachel!]


#2 - The quilting. It's kind of hard to tell from the photos, but to this day, I still think that I did a much better job of choosing a complementary quilting pattern on this quilt than I've ever done before or after. This was also the first quilt where my quilting followed the pattern printed on the fabric (see border close-up).



#3 - The fabric. This quilt represents my first foray into the world of modern quilting. Up to this point, I was strictly a 3 Sisters floral and paisley kind of gal. While I still love the traditional prints and tones of more traditional designers, I'm much more willing to experiment with modern designs and prints than I was a year or so ago.



#4 - The recipient. Before the Hubz and I got engaged, I think I had met Merissa all of twice, maybe three times. So, when the Hubz asked if I would make her a quilt for the gift, I won't lie. I was a little nervous. I didn't know her that well, but from the few times we met, I could tell that she has pretty impeccable taste and fashion sense. Luckily, she's also a fellow crafter who appreciates the resources (time, $$, love, tears, etc.) that go into handmade items. Now, due to the wonders of instant messaging and facebook, I've been able to get to know her much better and understand more than ever why the Hubz had to have her up there with us on The Big Day.

Anyways, thanks for checking out my entry in the festival! Don't forget to check out the other bloggers' quilts!!!

19 comments:

  1. My head just exploded... Honestly, what a stunning quilt! I love everything about it!
    E*V*E*R*Y*T*H*I*N*G
    well done, and you must be an awesome person to be making quilts for everyone before your own wedding!
    wow.
    Greetings from faraway Cyprus,
    Valentina

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  2. What lovely colors!

    margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  3. Wonderful pinwheel quilt! I'm just crazy over all the fantastic fabrics and how beautifully they all went together!

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  4. Lovely! Pinwheels are always so appealing. The green border is perfect. Makes the quilt feel fresh and springy.

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  5. Your fabrics are beautiful! I am so impressed with your quilts. I cannot believe you made so many and planned a wedding! What an awesome person you are!

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  6. Ya I can't believe you made all those quilts for your wedding party,you are amazing and generous and...... I. love. urban chicks 1974 LOVE it in your pinwheels! I stitched a quilt in this line and it's one of my favorites, great work Megan.

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  7. I'll bet all the bridesmaids and groomswoman (LOL - this is great!)were blown away when they received their quilts, but this one is amazing! It's is fabulous when the patterns in fabrics lend themselves so well to echoing in the quilting. Gorgeous quilt!

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  8. That is a really beautiful quilt. Pinwheels give quilts such vivacity and movement. Great job!

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  9. This quilt is a charmer. And I like your blog, very sharp

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  10. This is awesome! 1974 is my favorite line ever! That must've been a mammoth effort getting so much done before a wedding!!!

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  11. What a wonderful idea to make quilts for your bridesmaids! I bet they were impressed! I would be!

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  12. Fun colors and patterns. I'm glad you didn't listen to your mom's advice. :) I also made a pinwheel quilt as a wedding gift (for bride & groom) and I haven't been so wild about pinwheels ever since but I do love yours.

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  13. Love your pinwheels! It's hard to imagine making quilts for everyone in the wedding party, what a lovely gift.

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  14. this is stunning. i love the fabrics

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  15. i love the pinwheels and the colors are fabulous

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  16. What a great pinwheel quilt-too fun. There must be something in the air as I'm amazed at how many pinwheels have been part of the festival.
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  17. nicely done--pinwheels are fun blocks to do and nice you made such wonderful gifts for all those in your wedding party

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  18. Megan,
    I think you made some fantastic color choices- I really like the border you chose to set off your pinwheels. I am sure that your grooms woman loved her special quilt.
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
    Anna
    http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

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  19. How could you not love that quilt with all its pinwheel goodness. It is just so lovely.

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