Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival




This is my hubby's king size quilt. The bridal bouquet one is probably my favorite, but didn't think Randy would want it in there--he did though. It was fun that he liked every block as I made them, but his favorite is the pinwheel--next to bridal bouquet and top right in picture of whole quilt. Block below is one of my favorites--and one of the harder ones. The plane is to commemorate my father in law being a pilot in WW2. B52 I think, not a bi-plane!!!





It's made using Quilt in a day's Victory Garden book. I've made lots of what I call comfy quilts--pieced fronts, often using a fiesta design or something similar then backing with fleece. The first quilt I really made was for my son years ago with blocks I made up with black backgrounds then used a few strips of bright colors to snake across each block randomly. This is the first time I've used precise directions and made a whole quilt. I'm very, very happy with the results. My dear friend Shirley, did the longarm for me. She even put Eileen loves Randy in the black border and some hearts. AND she offered to bind it! I finally got brave enough after trying this binding technique on three smaller projects.


36 comments:

Angie Padilla said...

This is one nice sampler quilt! It isn't very often that you see someone working with a dark background - it sure makes for an elegant quilt!

Sandra Schwab said...

It's beautiful - and the dark background really makes the colours pop out and sparkle. Lovely!

Best wishes from Germany,
Sandy

Michele said...

oh i'm with your husband, that pinwheel block is my favourite too! i think sampler quilts are so interesting to look at. there's different story in every corner! i see why you chose to enter this one in the festival, it's just beautiful!

Catherine said...

A lovely sampler quilt! I can't pick a favourite, they're all great and the dark background really makes them stand out.

Chris said...

Fabulous. I love the colors.

Petra said...

Very beautiful quilt! But also the spiderweb quilt, it just blows me away... great job!!!

Martine said...

magnifique sampler

Denise said...

great quilt! Love the black background

Heather said...

HI Eileen, thanks for visiting my crazy quilt. I loved looking at your beautiful work, specially the sampler with the dark background. I also like using fleece for cuddy quilts, my kids practically insist on it.

ANudge said...

Great quilt, Eileen and I really like the spider one too! Tell us more about your comfy quilts with the fleece on the back. Do you just sandwich and finish like a pillow top. This sounds like a method I'd like to explore. And what is a fiesta designs? LOL-questions,questions.
Thanks for stopping by my quilt entry - I am now a follower of your blog. Look forward to seeing what you're up to,
Angie

felicity said...

Wow - what a spectacular quilt. The dark background is really inspired - am taking note for future quilts of my own. Thanks for stopping by my BQF entry!

Marit said...

It is nice to wrap one's sweetheart in a special quilt, great way to show them your love... Your quilt is lovely, I do like that dark background a lot!

QuiltSue said...

A lovely quilt, and the black background really makes it dramatic.

MARIKA said...

Kind cheerful quilt ! Very nice!

Lily Mulholland said...

What a great quilt - very brave and daring colour combination and you pulled it off :)

floribunda... aka Julie said...

I love sampler quilts and the black background makes the blocks really "pop"!

Kameleonquilt said...

What a beautiful sampler quilt. I love the colours you chose, - the background makes everything stand out.

Sandra said...

What a striking sampler quilt-love all the history with it. The black ground really makes the colors pop.
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soggybottomflats said...

Oh wow, I love it, very vivid and wonderful. Thank you for sharing, Elaine

Valentina said...

Oh, I love this quilt!
:)
And it really has a masculine feel to it, ofcourse your hubby loves his quilt! :)
Thanks you so much for sharing, Eileen!

Becky said...

Love how you choose blocks that had special meaning for you. Great masculine quilt. Thanks so much for sharing this one with us!

Mary said...

What a gorgeous quilt. You did a wonderful job and I love the way you incorporated blocks with special personal meaning like the the airplane for your father-in-law's WWII service. Your piecing is so precise - a fabulous quilt!

Allie said...

That quilt is gorgeous - no wonder he loves it! Great blocks, superb piecing, fantastic colors - really wonderful!

zetor said...

Beautiful work and the colours are so striking.

Kriza said...

it is lovely quilt, and a lovely story, so good to read about it. thanks for sharing!
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Lots of memories wrapped up in this quilt! I love the colors, too!

rlbates said...

Lovely quilt!

SarahB said...

What a great quilt! Love sampler quilts and the plane block is extra special!

Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog! :)

sternwerfer said...

Colours are always so bright with black background, I like it!

Die Farben leuchten immer so schön auf schwarzem Hintergrund, ich liebe das!

sewpam63 said...

What a nice Sampler quilt. I too like how the black background adds pizazz to all the other colors! Stitching special blocks that hold meaning or significance makes your quilt all the more special!!! : ) Thanks for sharing.

SoozeM said...

What a gorgeous quilt, the colors are just divine! I love the wedding bouquet block, I could make a whole quilt just of that one block :)

Michelle said...

Gorgeous sampler! All of the samplers I've ever seen had a light background. The black is just so striking.

Cathi said...

What a fabulously colourful quilt -- love it!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

wonderful sampler quilt! I love ones like these...they are such fun to look at!

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know what sewing machine you use :o) How neat that you also went to school in Hawaii :o) I am so ready for grandkids!

RosaMaría said...

you quilt is amazing!! i really lob the black background and sashing! and the border is perfect! bravo!!

Quilary said...

That is a spectacular quilt. I love the striking colours and the black background. It's lovely to see how other people do sampler quilts.