Friday, October 29, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival





Yeah! The Fall Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side begins today. It is always one of my favorite times. We get to see so many of our fellow quilters, share ideas and get inspirations in mega doses from all over the world. If you have never taken the time to visit Amy, now is the time to do so. I promise it will absolutely be well worth it .

I am sharing a new finish for me this week. It's not my best work, and the oldest PIG (project in grocery sack) that I had buried in my pile. I have no idea why it decided this was the week to be quilted and called a done deal. My friend Ruth tells me that our quilts talk with us and let us know when the time is right to work on them. Humm I wonder if she knows something or has just been hitting the sauce a little to much!  This folk art quilt was one of the very first quilts I ever made. From that time, back when I had no idea what a quilt was, but I knew wanted to make one. I have to laugh when I see the fabrics that stripes don't match up and things are not on the straight of grain. Who knew then, that all these things really do make a difference. Better yet, I have discovered that "I" must have really been the one to discover "Texture Magic." If I had only known how popular it would become, I might be rich and famous from it. It doesn't show up so much, but the borders are definitely texturized. I had to really quilt the "bejeebers" out of em to get em hammered down. On any other quilt I would take off the borders and start over, but this being a my first real quilt I feel I needed to preserve the integrity (or lack of) for prosperity!!! hahahahahaha  I probably shouldn't share my pleated backing with you either, but we all had a first at one time of our lives, and there was no quilt basting spray back then and who had every heard of a long arm????? So pleated backs must have been the norm right? What might shock you all is the fact, that with all it's sins, the thing quilted up square! Now how does that happen?????   I am pretty excited about finishing this one up and thru all it's many faults, I love it. I hope to see you visit my blog from time to time, and I do promise that you will not likely see a project like this here again!  (quilt fairy's willin)   :-) Enjoy blog hoppin!

16 comments:

  1. I like your quilt and am so glad you shared it! I have a few early projects I need to finsh also. Might be time to dig them out! I like your blog and am becoming a follower!
    Take Care, Karen

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  2. That has a very early folk art feel to it that is very appealing, pleated back and all! ;-) Well done on finishing it!

    Hazle

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  3. I have one of your little quilts through the winter swap at quilt gallery. I love that snowman and will treasure it. Your quilting is awesome. What a great feeling to finish up something that has sat for awhile. I have many of those!!! I enjoy your blog and seeing all of your creations. Thanks.

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  4. Folk art is forgiving, isn't it? All that quirk just adds to the flavor! This looks like a Jan Patek pattern. I do think quilts talk. Some are really bossy and push to the front of the line like this one did, LOL!.

    Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

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  5. Haha. Thanks for sharing. I happen to enjoy folk art, and I have a few skeletons in my closet too. I wonder if I will ever finish them, with all the others I have going. I enjoyed your post.

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  6. Love the primitive look of your quilt!
    nichi

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  7. Love your quilt. I never heard of PIG before...I may need to adopt that. LOL

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  8. Joan I think Ruthie is right.
    I have to say that none of my early quilts were that ambitious (and are still not) !!!!!

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  9. Honestly, I wouldn't have guessed that this was one of your first quilts -- you made a silk purse out of a sow's ear, as my mother used to say. It really came out well -- and our first quilts really do keep us moving forward, don't they??

    Diane

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  10. Hi Joan!

    The arrangement of your blocks is really pleasing - was that your choice or did you follow a pattern? Either way, with the colours you used, and the way the angels float and the trees grow, it's lovely to rest my eyes on this one!

    Cheers,
    Christine

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  11. What a cute quilt- I really like it!

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  12. The quilt is great and the stockings is what makes it.

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  13. darling quilt and just love the trees--all of it really! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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