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.


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.


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.


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! :)


Subscribe to The Wonky Press,
the original bi-monthly modern quilting newsletter!

* indicates required


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

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

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

  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.

  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.

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. I really like your colorful quilt!

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

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

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

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

  19. Lovely quilt - thanks for sharing!

  20. So bright and cheery - thanks for sharing!

  21. Beautiful quilt...thanks for sharing.


Let's start a conversation! I love comments and I'd be happy to reply to all who have an email address accessible. Thanks for commenting!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...