Friday, April 17, 2009

Online quilt festival

Amy at Park City Girl has organized an online quilting festival for bloggers to showcase their favorite quilts. My favorite quilt changes after each new project but I didn't have to think twice about what quilt I wanted to showcase.

I made this quilt over a year ago. I was new to sewing, new to quilting and new to blogs. I'm not sure how or when I first stumbled on her blog but I found Amanda Jean of crazymomquilts and she was hosting her first quilt along. The idea of making a sampler quilt seemed daunting so at first , I just lurked and followed along visually. Then I realized her instructions were clear and detailed and holy crap, she even included step by step pictures! I decided to try a block or two and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. I would eagerly wait for a new week to start so I could try a new block. The time came to assemble the quilt top and add borders. I was so excited! I had been staring and petting my blocks for weeks and now I was going to finally have a quilt top. Then I read she wanted us to cut 430- 2.5" squares for the border. Huh? 430? It's gotta be a typo! Nope, no typo. She almost lost me there but I sucked it up and cut 430- 2.5" squares. You know what sucks more than cutting 430- 2.5" squares? Piecing 430- 2.5" squares! Aaah but the end result was so worth it!


Not only was this pink and green quilt my favorite color combo, I was able to use pieces of sheets from my childhood (my parents save EVERYTHING!).
And it was also my first pieced backing.


This quilt isn't perfect. I'm sure if you look close enough, you'll find plenty of mistakes but I love this quilt. I made this quilt over a year ago but I didn't have to look up how many 2.5" squares I had to cut because it's still imprinted in my brain. I initially named this quilt the pink and green sampler quilt. I was showing this quilt to a friend recently and still griping the fact that I had to cut ALL. THOSE. SQUARES! He said that I should called this quilt 430- 2.5" squares . Heh! I think I just may.



27 comments:

  1. Crazymomquilts must be quite friendly to the Google search because I found her website about a year ago, when I was doing a search about free-motion quilting...and that's when I started to realize HOW MANY crafty blogs were out there (I had only really encountered personal non-hobby blogs or gossip blogs before).

    I'm wanting to complete the star quilt along, I have all of the fabrics, I just need to incorporate one block a week along with all of the other projects competing for my attention right now! Great work on the sampler though - such a beautiful quilt!

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  2. The color combo is a great mix. An excellent quilt, that I'm sure you will always remember!

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  3. I love pink and green together. So cute.

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  4. it. is. gorgeous!!! congrats on finishing a beautiful quilt!!! i love the color scheme. :)

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  5. Love this quilt! It doesn't have to be perfect, only loved.

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  6. pink and green - always such a winning colour combo. Great quilt!

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  7. oh, i love this!! so crisp!!

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  8. Oh, very lovely quilt. I love that you have used not only colours you love, but sheets from your childhood too. Well done.

    I've just this afternoon finshed a quilt top with ove 500 2.5inch squares. I don't think I'll be doing that pattern again :-)

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  9. I love your sampler! Great work :) All the colors are beautiful too :) Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Gorgeous work. My favourite colour combo too.
    Love the pieced backing also.

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  11. All Those Squares was worth the work. It is a great quilt.

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  12. It was definitely worth the effort. Great job!

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  13. I do so love the colours. So fresh and so bright. 430 eh? Good for you for "sucking it up." It was worth the effort.

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  14. I love this quilt and your colors are quite lovely.

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  15. A woman after my own heart! recycled and everything!! Love it!

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  16. Love this! Pink and green is one of my all-time favorite color combos. Very nice!

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  17. How pretty! I love the pinks and greens!

    Cathy ♥

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  18. It's a beautiful quilt. The colors are perfect. Great job!!!

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  19. It is a beautiful quilt. The pinks and greens are wonderful. I don't know if I would have the patience to cut that many squares.

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  20. I love it! I'm about to start a pink and green quilt - I was planning on plain pinwheels. I love AmandaJean and will hav to look back at her quilt-along for this one.

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  21. Beautiful Quilt! I love the colors and the design!

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  22. Beautiful quilt...simply lovely and quite perfect!

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