Friday, May 18, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival--BoylyGirlieCircly Quilt


Original Layout
This quilt, named the BoylyGirlyCircly Quilt is the result of three generations of my family.  My beautiful, talented, smart, almost perfect   grandchildren are my boyly boys and girlie girls.  Six of them are my daughter's children and they helped design and stitch.  I've been wanting to make a circle quilt for over a year.  I'd expected to make a regular sized quilt, but this seemed like the only thing I could reasonably get done in time for the festival--and I love it.  It's about 2 feet by 18 inches.  Thanks to Amy at: http://amyscreativeside.com/ for sponsoring.  Her site is full of wonderfulness--tutorials, great things she's working on and challenges.  Well worth visiting.
Final Layout
Gridded print of layout
Spencer, Sabrina, Trey, Sydney arranging circles
Ironed fold lines on background enabled copying design
Circles sewn and starched around templates
Trimming circles


My grandchildren were given various sized cardstock circle templates to trace around, then color in red, blue, yellow, green, purple, or orange.  They cut them out and then took turns putting them down without touching each other on back of a comforter.  Then they took turns tossing their circles just onto the floor...only thing they could do was to turn them over so colors showed.  Chose that design!  There were some slight changes as I sewed pieces on, but it's pretty close and kiddos lit up when they saw the finished top prior to quilting!
Circly with some stitching done

Adam, Trey, Sabrina, DL stitching

Beautiful Sydney under quilt frame
Trey & Sabrina under, Sage, Sydney, Spencer (with momma's help) stitching
Some circles being sewn down on background
Close up of children's stitches
Sabrina concentrating on her stitching--she's legally blind and light-sensitive so wears dark glasses all the time.  My intrepid little girlie girl
Sabrina and Trey stitching
Sydney watching Adam and Trey stitch
Trey and Sabrina pulling thread through to back, Sage, Sydney, DL stitching (Spencer's trying to help underneath!)
Trey, Sagie, Sydney, DL,Spencer , Sabrina 

Wow--am I totally amazed or what?  I was able to capture the button for this wonderfully fun and fantastic quilt festival!

Amy's Creative Side

71 comments:

Vicki said...

I love it! It's fun to see everyone!

Linda said...

How much fun is that! What a great project to work on together!

Barb said...

I agree with Linda...what fun!!!

Marci Girl said...

What a GREAT project for the grandchildren! So pretty and unique!

starry said...

What a great way to get children involved in quilting. I don't have grandchildren, but I may have to try this out myself.

B said...

That looks like it was a lot of fun! I love how the little ones were a part of your quilt. Very beautiful!

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

How Fun!!!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

This is the BEST quilt I've seen on the Blogger's Festival TO DATE (and I've looked at a lot of quilts).

I love, love, love, love, love you shared this entire process with those girlie girls and boyly boys. What a wonderful influence you are and how great you have given them such memories.

Now you have to do more so each can have one of their own. -wink-

CitricSugar said...

What a great project! I love that the kids were instrumental for all the steps...

Patti said...

Love the quilt and the photos of the kids doing their thing!

Karen said...

What a fun post, so great to include the kids.

Margaret said...

fun project~!

Margaret
http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

straythreads said...

what a treasure!!!!Hope they fight over it someday
AnnhParicy

fallingforpieces said...

How great! Love to see people getting kids involved in sewing projects. Hope some of them will be keeping the tradition alive. And the quilt turned out great.

Cheri said...

Wow, you are a great Grandma! What a wonderful project!
Happy Stitching Eileen!

Sue Daurio said...

What a treasure to have such a beautiful quilt that so many were able to help. Just beautiful!

Carla said...

That is awesome how the family got involved! It is an adorable quilt!

Janet said...

Fantastic idea! Wonderful quilt! It is great to see them all having fun sewing together.

Karen said...

What an awesome way to incorporate the children! You've inspired me to get my grandsons involved in one of my quilts :)

Deborah O'Hare said...

How wonderful to have your grandchildren involved in this. A special quilt!

Charlotte said...

that's wonderful! So lovely that the kids were involved, and a really cute quilt!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

What a fun quilt to make with your grandkids!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love that this quilt was made by so many of you!! I bet your grandchildren will always remember the fun you all had.

Teresa F. said...

What a fun and lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing.

purduepam said...

I just love that you involved everyone in the design process. Great quilt and fun post.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh what a lovely way to make this quilt...looks like you all had a wonderful time too. Love it!!
Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting....I appreciate it.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Wow! This is one great idea and one fun quilt! Thanks for sharing!

cat in tassie said...

What a wonderful fun project! Thanks for sharing all the photos. Makes me want to go cut out circles and make a quilt!

pinsandneedles said...

Wow! What a great way to engage your grandchildren! Very cute!

Wendi said...

A wonderful way to spend time together! What a special quilt with special memories you have all created. It's beautiful : )

bethanndodd said...

What a special quilt! Sure to be treasured for many years to come. Smiles~Beth

memmens said...

Wow that is pretty special!

Michele said...

Wow Eileen... what a fun idea!! And such a treasure you will have. Kids love seeing their own work. Thanks for the tip on the Amys Creative site. I am going to check out... on this rainy Sunday afternoon. :-) Yes... not very long Jenny, Adam and Fam will be back in the vincinity. Thanks for your nice comments on my card!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Absolutely delightful! How wonderful to all be able to work together, so fun!

CathyH said...

What an amazing Grandma! Thank you so much for sharing this story and the lovely quilt!

Sandra said...

Great committee quilt, such a wonderful memory quilt.

Come see my entries 64 (repro. applique) and 85 (antique appliques).

ildicolor said...

Beautiful quilt and lovely story! Sometimes the growing of a quilt is so important. And makes the outcome not only beautiful but so special!

Lonci said...

Congratulation, it is beautiful:))

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

What a fun project! Thanks for sharing.

♥Duff said...

What a wonderful story and collaboration--a quilt that is a true heirloom while being constructed. Especially in this day and age when people write about how kids are all on their technological toys and not speaking to one another, your pictures and story tell a tale of family, togetherness, negotiation, and accommodation, which brings the rest of us HOPE for the future!

Melissa said...

What a great memory AND quilt you've all made with each other!

Dee J. said...

Wonderful story with great results.

thanks for visit.

RADDAD said...

I watched this happen. Really wonderful process and beautiful result. Truly a family effort.

Shannon said...

I love circle quilts and have always been scared (I tried making some circular christmas tree ornaments one year and they came out soooo lumpy). Yours is just delightful and I love the inclusion of the kids!

Esther Aliu said...

This is so charming! Love it!

Simply Sandy said...

I hope you hang it on the wall so your grandbabies can see it everytime they visit. I bet they are super proud of their work. What a great grandma you are to include them. I love circle quilts. I'm your newest blog follower!

Lisa Klingbeil said...

So neat to see the whole family involved! I love the design as well - a big fan of polka dots. :-)

Camilla said...

Groovy circle quilt!looks like pretty fiddly and lots of work- but worth the effort!

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

Beautiful project, they will never forget the experience!

Cecily said...

What a beautiful quilt and I love they story and images of the quilt coming together. Lovely!!!

Quilt+Bitch said...

Hi Eileen,

Thanks for visiting my blog. What a wonderful story. This is such a wonderful project for you and your grand kids. Even the boys are doing it, which is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story. You have beautiful grand kids.

I love the colors you have selected for this quilt.

Q&B

Lily said...
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Lily said...

And now do they fight over it, or cuddle under it all together ;). Great collaboration!

tusen said...

So lovely to see the whole family working at the quilt :) Thank you so much for sharing the story and photos.

Melissa P said...

What a great collaborative effort!

The Thompsons said...

How fun! I'm terrible at circle applique, so I'm even more impressed with your little helpers. :)

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

great concept!

sewfrench.com said...

You are totally amazing! For coming up with this idea!
Quilts are all about the generations and grandmas are all about the making of memories. Now when you go to the quilters heaven in the sky those kids are going to be fighting like cats and dogs for that favorite memory !
You got me for favorite story!

thequiltingdoberman said...

I am so in love with the family contribution aspect of this quilt! What a great idea.

ANudge said...

What a wonderful quilt and project.

Michele Pacey said...

Well that is just the cutest, cleverest little quilt design! I think I love it!

Julie said...

I love the way everyone helped with the quilt. What a lovely project. Juliex

Kelli said...

That is just gorgeous that all if your munchkins helped with every part! Well done to all of you!!!

Amanda said...

I love how you all worked on it together...and not only the layout, but also the stitching.

Dorothy said...

What a wonderful post. This quilt will always be a family treasure. I love that all the grandchildren participated.

diane said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my quilt. I love how fun your quilt is, and aren't you lucky to have so many helpers!?! Looks like a good time.

Shari said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun with this little quilt - and a lot of eager little quilters in the making. You have a lovely family.

Kate said...

Very cute! What a great way to get everyone involved.

Alli said...

Oh my goodness, it's so sweet that your grandchildren helped you make this quilt! It's wonderful! :)

Ivory Spring said...

Eileen,

This has GOT to be the sweetest quilt project, ever!!!!!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Came back to look at your circle quilt that I pinned a while ago. I just noticed you're from Central Washington. I'm from Royal City (sorta near Ellensburg, Moses Lake, and Othello.)