Friday, October 28, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival!

I'm linking up to the Blogger's Quilt Festival today. I had so much fun last year (when I was just starting to quilt and blog), and I decided to join up again.

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For those of you visiting for the first time, let me say I'm pleased to make your acquaintance :) I'm Jess, I've been sewing and quilting for a year and a half, and I am a college student who is always thinking about her next craft rather than her homework (though, if I may say so myself, I'm still doing very well in school and will graduate with honors in May ;)). I also just started an etsy shop called Purple Strawberry Handmade - check it out for fabric lanyards (and key fobs soon), which make awesome stocking stuffers!

My "Lucky Charms" quilt is near and dear to my heart. I started the quilt to challenge myself. Over at In Color Order, there was a Warm/Cool (color) Quilt Along, following a half-square triangle (HST) pattern. I had never really thought about color theory before when making quilts, and I had never made a HST - perfect.

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I was bogged down by other sewing commitments until after the QAL was over, but I did it anyway (sometimes I feel it's nice to see the tips of others afterwards and then try my own, too!). I had a blast going through what scraps I had, and deciding what would make the cut.

I chose mostly bright colors - from every color of the rainbow - hence the eventual name "Lucky Charms," like the cereal (a name that luckily [excuse the repeat of words] just came to me). I also tried to pick out cute prints that a child would like.

Warm/Cool QAL Baby Quilt - Quilt Top
(I messed up sewing one of the rows, so I took it out - if you look closely, it's the 5th from the bottom. The final layout ended up being completely different!)

Plus, I was super excited to finish the quilt top, because let me tell you, it took a long time. I really admire those quilters who made lap size or full size quilts - this was only a baby quilt.

I learned that I can handle a quilt with HSTs. I learned that, if I trust my color sense but still go with the scrappy look, everything will turn out okay. I also folded over the binding from the backing for an easy binding - which I then sewed down by machine. This was my first time trying that technique.

Somewhere along in this process, I heard about the quilt drive 100 Quilts for Kids. I decided that I loved this quilt so much that I was going to give it away. I donated to Quilts for Kids - I like to think that a little girl or boy has received my quilt and hopefully has found comfort in it.

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Go over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to see all the other beautiful quilts! Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you see, I hope you'll stick around! :)

Amy'sCreativeSide


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26 comments:

  1. I love the bright colours yo had eased here. They work really well together, especially as it's a smaller quilt.

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  2. What fun!... I love all the color, terrific.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  3. It's such a fun, happy quilt!

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  4. Your little quilt is deliscious, wonderfully bright and scrappy. It makes my eyes dance and my grin spread from ear to ear. I am sure whoever recieved it knows it is a treasure.

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  5. What a happy, kid friendly quilt! What a nice gesture of you to donate it to the 100 quilts for 100 kids program. The recipient is sure to love it! I saw you have made a baby book with a colorful theme too. I am very interested about that idea.

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  6. Love your warm/cool HSTs! It looks awesome. I am sure it will be well loved by its lucky recipient!

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  7. Hi! Your quilt is really beautiful! I love colourful quilts!
    x Teje

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  8. A lovely scrappy quilt Jess and it went to a great cause. Congrats on your forthcoming wedding and doing so well at college!

    lifesrichpattern at gmail dot com

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  9. So beautiful! It's so bright and happy.

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  10. Gorgeous colors. What a beautiful quilt you made.

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  11. Jess, this is a fun and happy quilt -- I love your color play and the scrappiness of it! :)

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  12. It's really pretty, I love the colours. SO kind of you to give it away.

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  13. Dsrling snd how fun for some lucky lchild to get such a bright quilt. Thabks for sharing and have a great day

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  14. I really like your colorful quilt!

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  15. Lots of wonderful colour and I love those HSTs. Great to see your quilt.

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  16. It's a great quilt and a generous donation. One little child will feel so loved and happy with it!

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  17. What a beautiful and colorful quilt! Just love it!

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  18. Love your Lucky Charms quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Lovely quilt - thanks for sharing!

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  20. So bright and cheery - thanks for sharing!

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  21. Beautiful quilt...thanks for sharing.

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