I’ve just stumbled upon The Bloggers Quilt Festival at http://www.amyscreativeside.com via another blog I’ve been following, http://www.jenniesthreads.blogspot.co.uk . Hosted and organised by blogger and author, Amy Ellis, the online festival has been held twice a year since 2009. There are a variety of categories and quilts are submitted via blogs. Viewers then have the opportunity to click on the photos to discover more about a quilt and it’s maker. I’ve had a great time looking at the quilt pics and clicking on the ones that really caught my attention. There’s also an opportunity for viewers to vote for their favourites. Do take a look – there’s not so many it’s overwhelming but certainly enough for inspiration and it’s a great way to discover interesting blog sites too.
I’ve got to give it a go and add my quilt to the festival! So, here goes… this is a quilt I finished last month.
It’s called ‘Spring Fever’ because of the colours of the fabrics. The fabrics were bought as a selection of half metres and fat quarters and the patchwork pattern is called ‘disappearing ninepatch’. I got the idea from a book called ‘ Nine Patch Panache’ published by Annie’s. The quilt top went together well and I really enjoyed using the bright fabrics.
Quilting was another matter! I decided to use polyester batting so the quilt could be washed and dried easily – imagining it would be used as a child’s snuggle quilt. I pinned the quilt sandwich and planned to machine quilt each block with a straight line ‘spiral’. Well! Did I end up with puckers and tucks? You bet I did! I unpicked the quilting on several blocks and tried again after re-making the quilt sandwich on a table using bull-dog clips to stop the layers shifting as I pinned. No good either – still more puckers – back to the un-picker! In desperation I decided to use a spray baste as well as pins and quilt the lines from the outside of each block to the centre rather than from the middle out.
Hurray! This worked and after it had been washed to remove any trace of the spray baste I could declare the quilt finished and start to feel pleased with it once again. I also made a pair of cushions with two spare blocks.
These can be seen on the opening page of my blog, http://www.neweverymorningpatchworkandquilting.wordpress.com and the quilt forms the background picture of my facebook page. I have a board of other things I’ve made on my Pinterest page, http://www.pinterest.com/hochland.lass/
Enjoy the virtual festival! 🙂 Why not add one of your quilts?