• Finished Quilts in 2010

    Click pictures for full details! Julia's Field of Blessings See Mom, I *Can* Make Snowmen in Texas! All Shook Up Pansies & Primroses Vintage Spring Vintage Baby A Bad Copy
  • Finished Quilts in 2009

    Click pictures for full details! Sunshine & Swimming Pools Loving Hands Boy Woogies Carina's Quilt Front Charity Quilt 1 Charity Quilt 2
  • Finished Quilts: Previous Years

    My sister's quilt Elena's Signature Quilt Cosmic Spiral Simona's Flower Garden ...And Everything Nice The Wool Quilt The Original Woogie
  • Finished Craft Projects

    Traveling Car Playmat Brown Bear Matching Cards
  • Finished Girls’ Dresses & Costumes

  • Quilt To Do List

    *Julia's "Baby" Quilt
    *Bethlehem Quilt
    *Kaffe Fassett String Quilt
    *Star Happy Batik Quilt
    *Red & Tan Single Wedding Ring Quilt (blocks made)
    *Batik Charm Square Quilt
    *Lingerie Quilt
    *Purple & Gold Mystery Quilt (just needs quilting!)
    *Eagle paper-pieced Quilt (@ half pieced)
  • Other Craft Project To Do List

    *Alphabet Matching Card Game
    *Apple/Pear Dress for Elena
    *Pillow Case Dress for Julia
    *Knit Dress for Elena (need to do post!)
    *Knit Shorts for Me

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Fall 2010 edition

First, my apologies to my regular readers.  This post is a retread from just a couple posts ago, but I wanted to include it in the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival and, per their rules, needed to make a new post!  Be sure to head over to the Festival though — there are over 500 quilts right now that you can peruse and enjoy!

And onward: Welcome to my visitors from Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! (Yes, I know I put the apostrophe in a different place than the official Festival, but it seems to me the Festival is for all Bloggers, not just one of them!)

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival
This quilt is my daughter Julia’s baptism quilt, named Julia’s Field of Blessings.  I finished it just a couple months ago and I LOVE it.  (I always feel a bit…egotistic…writing so often how much I love what I make, but I really do love it!)

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What you might not be able to tell from the big overall pictures of this quilt is that each of the flowers has a blessing written on it:
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I gave each of the guests to Julia’s baptism a square of fabric and asked that they write Julia a message befitting the day. And they did so beautifully.

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The squares sat in my sewing room for 2 years before they finally came out again, ready to be made into a quilt. In the intervening time, I spotted a quilt that would serve as my inspiration for the setting, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I detailed that inspiration and some other thoughts on making this quilt in posts here, here and here.
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I wanted to show the fun addition of a butterfly up close here.  I added 4 to the quilt top.  I almost went crazy and added dozens, but I think 4 is just enough.

I deliberated for what seemed like forever over each fabric combination. But it was so worth it!
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I’ll admit Elena didn’t write her square, seen above, 2 years ago at the time of the baptism.  Somehow, I don’t think she could write that well then!  ;) I let her do a square just a couple months ago when I pulled it out again.  She is *very* proud of her flower.

And OH, the joy with finishing the top! But, after staring at this quilt in progress on my design wall for what seemed like months, I was SO ready to be done, but not before having some fun with the back. And I dare say I love the back just as much as I love the front.  (Props to my friend C for gifting me the blue background fabric!)

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And yes, those flowers are my label, as you can see better here:

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But to really finish this quilt, it needed quilting. I gave my Mom the simple idea of spirals for the quilt, and she ran with it, doing big spirals, small spirals, and also a super-cute loopy line:
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I could have not asked for better quilting — it adds so much to the quilt.  My mom had told me she was planning on using gold thread, and I was incredibly skeptical, but I must admit the expert knew exactly what she was doing!  It goes SO well with ALL the colors in this quilt!  (and yes, she’s available to do the same beautiful work for your quilts!)

This quilt was truly a labor of love.  The best kind of quilt there is.

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Thanks for stopping by!  My posting has been a bit slow lately due to sharing-the-computer issues, but feel free to check out my sidebar for some of the projects I’ve done!

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