Friday, October 9, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It is time again for a virtual quilt show. This time it has coincided with my sister & her family moving into a new house. A new house with lots of empty walls. A new house with lots of empty walls & hardwood floors. A new house with lots of empty wall & hardwood floors that is in desperate need of soundproofing.

Not long after their closing, I asked for a roughly 5' square piece of wall & started on a hallowe'en quilt (which I will show you on hallowe'en), but as my mother so wisely pointed out a person would have trouble living with a hallowe'en quilt year-round even if they are within 100 miles of Salem, Massachusetts & crazy-sick for hallowe'en (which we kinda are).

So back to the scrap bag it was. & because the only direction I know how to go in is the opposite direction this is what we got:

The original 5" blocks were cut from scraps from other projects & originally intended to be used in a tossed/hidden/disappearing/whatever 9-patch type project but I lost interest. Also, they were not nearly different enough to give the effect I would want, so they have idled in a basket on my cutting table for 'a bit'. When this project needed doing, there they were all ready to be 9-patched.

When it came to sashing, I fell back on my old friend Reconciling the Disparate. Not because the blocks were not uniform but because it is the fastest sashing I know how to assemble, what with there being no corners to match. If you think you recognize the same blue polka-dot from my previous Blogger's Quilt Festival entry, what can I say, the strips were already cut out.

As for the yellow outer border, I really do not know what I was thinking. I have not actually decided how I feel about it but the daughter of the house the quilt is going to loves yellow & I used up the blue polka-dot in the sashing, but I had these strips of yellow gingham left-over & there was already gingham in the squares &....now you see how these things happen.

The quilting is what I call free-motion with walking foot. It works more or less as titled: I move the quilt sandwich is gradual arcs or semi-straight lines & do not worry too much about anything except overall density.

Finally the binding: would you believe I was drunk? Of course you would, but I actually was not. I just ran out of time in my rush to get this picture taken in time for Park City Girl's Bloggers Quilt Festival.

I was hoping the overall effect would be tiles in a garden. I have no idea how successful I was. I DO know that that room will not be quite so echo-ey as it was & a quilt of squares around a square will never be out of place in a Cape Cod.

Last but not, well maybe, least: in total sidebar news: this is my 115th post. Which is funny for many reasons but also because my original Bloggers Quilt Festival post was my 50th post. That is a lot of talking to myself.

30 comments:

  1. I'm sure they will love to have that quilt hanging on a wall.
    Happy quilting, Rhondi

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  2. lol at "talking to yourself". I'm sure your sister and her family will love the quilt - and the idea of all those empty walls made my mouth water. Get quilting! :)

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  3. They will love that quilt!!! It is soft and pretty...

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  4. Very nice quilt, love the colors and the quilting. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I think it is a very lovely quilt! Great work!!

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  6. much better than a halloween quilt for year round! nice job! it's lovely

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  7. Lovely quilt, and you're a great story teller. Karen

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  8. I'm sure your sister will love having one of your quilts for her new house. And thanks so much for the link to the disparate sashing. It's a brand new technique to me.

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  9. They are going to love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. great quilt...i am a new but firm believer in quilting with my walking foot. so much easier.

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  11. I love meandering when I quilt and I think yellow is a great addition to any quilt. I am sure that your sister is going to love the quilt.
    Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the quilt show- there are many spectacular quilts to see.
    Regards,
    Anna

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  12. I think your quilt is lovely. It's such a sweet quilt.

    Jocelyn
    http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

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  13. I love the quilt and I'm loving your blog just as much! I'm thinkin' I'll probably be a fan b/c of your colorful dialog! I'm crackin' up at some your stories. :) AND you're a fellow Texan. ;)

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  14. Lovely quilt - I like the yellow border - I think it helps the yellow flowers "pop" a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. They're going to love that quilt.

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  16. Great quilt...I love the reconciling the disparate sashing (that's the first time I've seen it)-very clever quick way to get motion into a quilt! Thanks-I'm going to remember that!

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  17. Great quilt. I am sure your sister will love it. Love the name of your blog by the way. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Your sister and her family will LOVE this! How nice to receive a quilt sewn with love. ; )

    I have to admit, in our home, we are Hallowe'en lovers and see nothing wrong with a Hallowe'en quilt hanging on the wall 365!!! And, we're NOT in MA.

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  19. Your sis and family will love this quilt. Nice job.

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  20. It's very pretty. Your sister is very lucky.

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  21. Delightful quilt. Thanks for participatng in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  22. Great story and a fun end result.

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  23. LOL thanks for the laugh :)
    I love your quilt and your sis/fam should be proud to have it! The colors and sashing are really great! Thanks for sharing

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  24. Thanks for sharing. I love the quilt.

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  25. Such a sweet, sweet quilt; the colors are especially soothing.

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  26. I like it the quilt very nice.
    Marika

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