Friday, October 9, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival


As a new quilter I have just two finished quilts, so I thought I would share both of them with you. The first quilt, Framed Robots, was made as a baby gift for my sons' pediatrician. It was made using David Walker's Robots collection and the Framed pattern was designed by Katie Henniger of the Bay Window Quilt Shop. Katie's first line of fabric for Robert Kaufmann will be introduced at Quilt Market. I love the random grid quilting that I chose to do for this quilt, as I think it reflects the quilter I envision myself to be... I just need more experience and time to accomplish those things that I imagine!



Below is my first quilt, Fat Quarter Breeze. The pattern is by Butch Myers, I just added the white sashing in between the blocks. The fabric is an old line by Piece of Cake, Scrap Basket Treasures mixed with Jennifer Paganelli's Mod Girl Molly for the backing.


I added two rows of improvisational pieced blocks to the back that I was rather proud of until I discovered my LA quilter did not get the back centered?!


So to detract from this I added a very long and narrow label to the side using selvedge's from the fabric lines and hand printing the particulars with a fine point sharpie. I don't like my own handwriting, but since it wasn't perfect (who was I kidding like it was before this backing issue?!) I decided why not... and along those same lines, I even tried machine stitching the binding rather than by hand and was pleasantly surprised! So this first quilt has been a successful learning experience I would say!


Follow the link to check out all the entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival and thanks to Amy for organizing this, what a wonderful idea!

33 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...





Great quilts Karen and how well you've adapted into the quilting world! I love the Robots - so cute!

Anita in Florida said...





Great quilts...you worked out that little problem by using your label really nicely...love the idea!

Marianne said...





Both your quilts are beautiful. I love the grid pattern you did on the Robots - just perfect! The label was a great idea on the strip of improv blocks too.

Don't be too hard on you LA quilter, it is hard to center and sometimes you are unaware until it's too late because you can't see what is going on back there unless you lay on the floor!

...dotty... said...





This softly colored quilt could be my favorite.....what a beautiful job !

iitchtostitch said...





Nice job on your first quilts. You are a natural.

Kaye Prince said...





I also showed my first two quilts as part of the Festival! I really like both of yours, keep up the great work!

Zonnah said...





They are beautiful!

Jenny said...





So happy to see your lively robot quilt again. I should look up that pattern, I just love yours!!

Terri Stegmiller said...





Love the colors in the second quilt. I also like how you did the back.

amandajean said...





both quilts are gorgeous! too bad about the pieced back not being centered, but nice way to fix it with the label.

Letterpress said...





Wow--only two quilts and you're already solving complicated problems. They're beautiful and I'm curious as to where the second quilt was photographed--great backgrounds.

We visited the Badlands a few years back and were quite amazed. Fun to see the photos again on your blog.

Keep quilting!


--ELIZABETH E, #115

Gene Black said...





I love both of the quilts. The Framed pattern gives me an idea of how to use some fabric I don't really want to cut into. Ha ha, don't we all have some like that?

CBear said...





Great quilts! I love the robots especially, and I have a bunch of that line, and I may have to copy you! ::wink::

Mosquito Farms said...





You're robot quilt is so much fun! The quilting is great. I wouldn't have that of that design, but it sets it off beautifully. I also love the colors in your breeze quilt. Very nice!

Diva Quilts said...





Lovely quilts!

taylorsoutback said...





Welcome to the club...love your robots and the colors. Wish I had $1.00 for every quilt I have made that didn't have the back quite centered. You provided a good solution.

Katie B. said...





Hi, Karen! I've made two quilts too, and my second was also with David Walker's robots. I posted it as my entry for the quilt festival too! You're much more ambitious than I am...you're inspiring me to try something more complicated next time!

ChickieChirps said...





I love the robot quilt! The colours are great and I love the pattern!

Arabella

Rene' said...





Both quilts are beautiful. I love the pieced green backing on the second quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Kerri said...





what a great quilt!!

geni (nl) said...





Love both of your wonderful quilts!
Thank you for sharing.

geni
@ Loose Ends

Leslie said...





these are both really beautiful quilts! i love the robots. great pictures too

live a colorful life said...





First of all, thanks so much for stopping by to leave kind comments on my blog.

Second, I really like both of these quilts so much. The setting on the first is something I will definitely keep in mind. I love the blocks separated by the frame. So cute.

I've really started liking white sashing, so the second one also really appeals to me as well. But the back. Wow. I am such a sucker for all things selvage. I have been obsessively collecting them, bags of them, and have made some great online friends who have traded their selvages with me for something else.

My husband comes from southern Minnesota. So of course he is also a fan of your quilts. Thanks for sharing them.

Cheryl Arkison said...





I love that robot fabric. And every time I see your name I keep thinking you are just down the road. We've got our own badlands here.

fabricartist21 said...





Really nice quilts and don't you just love quilting. I have said so many times how this craft has saved my life in more ways that one.

stitchinpenny said...





Love the framed robots. the colors and feel make it the perfect baby quilt.

beth said...





oooh! I love those robots! and great fix on the back of that second one! you're a pro already!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...





Love both of your quilts. They turned out great!

Sherri said...





Wow...I love that framed robots quilt...it's just perfect! The quilting is perfect too!

AnnieO said...





Pieced backings are fun but yes they often get off center. No matter, it looks great and no one would notice if you didn't point it out (what IS it that makes people do that to their own work?) Thanks for sharing your cute quilts and their stories.

HOPE said...





wonderful quilts...robot so cute!

I love the White sashings with the Fat Quarter quilt..very nice and fresh looking..

Congratulations!!

HOPE

sewpam63 said...





How TERRIFIC!!! I LOVE BOTH quilts! Welcome to the amazing journey and FUN of quilting!!! I appreciate your stories and your creativeness. ; ) Thanks for sharing.

Anne at Film and Thread said...





Both of your quilts are great, but the robot one is extra special!