Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival {Scrappy Quilt}

I am so very excited to be able to participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side!

Usually when the event is happening, I am going to or returning from Quilt Market making it difficult to participate.  This year it does not coincide with Market happenings so I have the time and a quilt    ( even more exciting) to share!

My entry is for a scrappy quilt that I started four years ago with nothing in mind other than scrappy and color. It took four years and a grand baby for this UFO to find it's purpose.



This was the first block to be made using a pattern from Sylvia's Wedding Sampler.





The entire quilt is almost 100% scrappy.  There is only one fabric that was repeated.  I cannot remember which one it was now.  If I had come across it and remembered, I think I would have replaced it. 

These whimsical scrappy blocks grew weekly.   Many of the centers are fussy cut which made this quilt perfect when I finally decided at the beginning of 2016 to finish it for my grand baby.

It had been made into a quilt top in 2012.  I was never completely committed to the setting and so it remained unquilted.  It was on my ladder in my sewing studio until and one day in January ( I am sure it was one of the snow days when I had nothing I could do) I grabbed it and two hours later it was completely un sewn and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  



The quilting was a simple crosshatch using Aurifil 50 wt.  You can see the precious mouse, heart and mushroom fussy cuts!  So adorable!


For quilting, I pulled out my trusty vintage Viking! Plopped it up on the dining room table and stitched my heart out!  The stitches on this machine always amaze me!



Choosing the binding was a group effort and took literally hours.  The two younger kids and I laid the quilt out on the foyer floor, I would choose some fabrics and we would vote.  The teen aged girl was over the whole process after hour three and decided just plain black.  The youngest was good with a color but we could not find one that complimented everything equally.

I went for a final dig into the stash and came up with this gorgeous Robert Kaufman print!

It was perfect!  The dark contrasting purple with tiny bits of complimenting colors throughout. By this time, we had discovered that the grand baby was a girl so the sweet flowers and birds were just right!



The absolute best thing about this quilt is the baby girl that will have it forever!


Thank you so much Amy for hosting this wonderful event again!


Make sure to go and check out all of the fabulous quilts that are being shared this week on 



16 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

This is such a beautiful quilt, Kim, and it just seems like it was meant to simmer and be used for such a special person. <3 I am amazed at the scraps, only one fabric repeat? That is very awesome. This is a delightful entry for the festival, and I'm so glad you can enter and participate this year!

Alison said...

I love this quilt! I might have to "borrow" this idea to help deal with my scraps. I love that you fussy cut the centers, that is a fun accent!

Jen said...

What a pretty quilt! I just love the layout. Very striking. I think that sometimes quilts do just have to sit for a bit before they are "ready". It all works out great in the end.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Kim! I love your gorgeus quilt! Scraps and beautiful colours with this great block - that's what a good quilt is made! It's just perfect for the most sweet little girl! x Teje

GranChris said...

I love it. I need your scraps.

Chrissy said...

What a lovely quilt and lovely grandbaby! I am so impressed that you only had one fabric repeating, that is amazing!

Karen said...

I love this quilt, the story, and the photos. Thanks for sharing! And I have the same vintage Viking and love it. :-) She is Old Reliable while my newer machine is Prima Donna (we have had many issues which are mostly resolved now, thank goodness).

TheEclecticAbuela said...

Beautiful, beautiful colors!

a maidenhair fern said...

Oh my word!! What a darling quilt (not to mention the baby). I will have to keep this in mind for scraps.

Ariane said...

This is such a beautiful quilt. I love it!!

Nicole said...

Love the quilt but I squeed when I got to the picture with the sewing machine! I have a Husquavarna 2000 which is not a space age model but from the 1960s. Aren't those such great machines?

Jayne said...

This is the perfect example of a scrappy quilt...I love it! I'm looking for a good scrappy quilt to make...thanks for the inspiration!

Preeti Harris said...

It is a beautiful quilt and your pictures are stunning, although I must say that the model is just the best.

Shannon said...

This is so fun! I love all the scrappy rainbow prints!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

This is lovely!! Beautiful job!

SarahZ said...

This is such a fun fresh scrappy piece!!! I am in awe of that DS plaid on the back...I have never seen this in "real life" and the scale and colors just floor me!! And of course, YaY for grandbabies!!!!

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