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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry



Even though I am a new quilter, and I am still working on my techniques, I wanted to enter the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I really love this quilt, although it was before I learned what Dresden circles are (which made it relatively difficult to make), and it was my first time using applique. Again, I really wish I had known what a Dresden was when I made this... but I was new (and still am), and I was confident that I could do it. I also did not use interfacing. I've learned.

"Beach Babes" is for my best friend Kristina, who loves going to Aruba and the beach. I knew I wanted to make her a quilt for her birthday. Something fun, creative, and special -because she was the first roommate I could live with amicably - well, more than amicably (which is how we became such good friends). She changed my outlook on college and the rest of my time there. We also went to the beach a couple of times this summer. I could not wait to give it to her, and actually brought it over on move in day this year, a month before her birthday. I literally could not wait! I think that's one of my favorite parts - giving the quilt to the person it is intended for.


Here's the back (and my adorable little sister):

The waves were the hardest part in the beginning. Then, the sunset. Appliquing the palm trees was easy, though :)


The top of the finished quilt - Again, I wish I had known more about interfacing, but oh well. I didn't know how to use it, or what to use... also, I'm on a college student's budget, but now I'm willing to use it on my next quilts. It's worth it.

I put in little details: beach chair, beach ball, and flip flops! Can you see them? The flip flops are to the left of the beach chair.
I do my own quilting, and I was experimenting with waves (which I am getting good at, actually) and swirls (which did not go as well as I hoped because of the lack of interfacing). I'm also a self-taught quilter, so I'm learning all the time, I feel like! Thanks to Amy for organizing and hosting the festival!

For anyone who is just viewing my blog for the first time, I can't sew right now :( - I'm in the middle of a very intense semester of college and there is NO room for my sewing machine in my little dorm room, nor do I have time (I teach at a high school in the morning, then I have college classes after, and then I have to do that homework and fix lesson plans for the next day). My days are literally FULL. However, I plan on sewing over winter break, and a LOT in the summer, so hopefully you will become a follower and see what I will be doing in the months to come! For now, I post about my fabric purchases and giveaways. Just so you are aware! :)

7 comments:

  1. Love your quilt. Good luck on college

    Greetings from France

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  2. This is a lovely quilt. Very tricky and you've done it so well. Good luck getting through your busy days.

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  3. Great use of color and creativity! Best of luck in classes. I can't imagine having a hobby as obsessive as quilting while in college. Glad I found quilting after grad school :)

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  4. Cute quilts and kudos to you for all you do. My goodness, college, quilts, helping others figure things out, and so much more. You are amazing.

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  5. Hello! This quilt is just amazing - so happy, sunny and beautiful!

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