Friday, 21 May 2010

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

On the spur of the moment I have decided to enter a quilt into the festival even though up until this moment, I had decided I really wasn't ready.  But then I read Amy's post and this is not a traditional quilt festival where you have to be an all singing all dancing all mitering quilter.  You can be normal, mediocre, pretty rubbish and pretty newbie-ish like me.  Thank you Amy for giving the remedial quilters a chance to sit in a festival alongside quilting royalty!


So here is the first quilt I made, cobbled together from an Authentic layer cake (which I was so excited to get in the post, I nearly had a funny turn).

I thought I'd start simple with some stacked coins and then add some circles at the bottom because I love circles on quilts.  It would be in my nature now to point out every little thing that is wrong with this quilt but I am going to take the quilting lore approach that, unless you can see the mistakes when you're driving past the quilt at 30 mph, then you needn't worry.
What would I do differently?  Proabably the sashing.  Definitely the sashing.  Buying the sashing without having the layer cake with me was a rookie mistake and the colour is off.  But other than that, it hangs in my kitchen and I really really love it, warts n all.

74 comments:

  1. this is lovely...isn't quilt festival great...i can't even see that the sashing is off so i must be going at least 30 mph!!!

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  2. Wonderful quilt. I like your blog and I am going to read some of your older posts. I hate it when the tea comes out your nose!

    Carol

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  3. It's the quilting virgin who intends to remain that way BUT 1) what is sashing? 2) what is a layer cake ? (other than something I eat most weeks which is why I'm so huge I can't get near my sewing machine to quilt) and 3) that quilt is lovely, lovely, lovely warts and all. Or is warts another technical term?

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  4. Mistakes? What mistakes? Can't see a thing! Looks perfect to me.

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  5. It is a great quilt - well done!

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  6. I think it's fantastic! I love that you just made it up and added circles because you like them. Sashing looks great from here!

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  7. Looks perfectly fab to me - what mistakes?? I'm all for making up your own designs - my favourite way to make things right now.

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  8. What an awesome quilt! I love the stacked coins with the circles! They go together just perfectly.

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  9. I love your quilt,it's beautiful and of course I love Sweetwater fabrics too.... Yum

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  10. Très bien le commentaire en français ,vous aussi il est très réussi merci beaucoup

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  11. I think the sashing looks fine and I really love the circles at the ends of the coins!

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  12. I really like this quilt. It's subtle and modern at the same time. 'Classy' is the word I want, I think. :-) Well done for doing it your way!

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  13. I love this quilt! You obviously designed it yourself, and even if you say it's not perfect, this quilt shows that you're an artist as well as a quilter. I love Authentic too, and wish I had some in my stash. Hmmm... maybe I need to go shopping?!!! And your comment about driving past a quilt at 30 mph made me laugh!

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  14. This is really lovely. I can't believe it's your first quilt! I've added you to my Google Reader so I can follow all of your beautiful creations.

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  15. I think your sashing is great! "Matchy" quilts are boring, boring, boring!!!

    Your quilt is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Ronda

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  16. I love you used of Authentic, in this. You say this is your first quilt. Fabulous job. BTW, I think errors are part of quilting.

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  17. Great and awesome quilt. I don't see anything wrong with this quilt and I am not doing more than 30mph.

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  18. I like the quilt and I think the edging gives it a bit of drama :)

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  19. I love this! Don't you adore those layer cakes??

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  20. I love your quilt - and it's true, you are the only one that notices the problem areas! Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog - and I'm so glad you decided to join in the fun :)

    I can attest to 4 kids taking up lots of time!

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  21. Well, this is not mediocre, and it's definitely not rubbish! It's a great quilt, and I'm glad you decided to share it.

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  22. I think the quilt looks great. I'm trying to get up the nerve to try circles and I love seeing what others have done with them!

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  23. I think the sashing really goes with the rest of the quilt. You did an awesome job! I wish my first quilt looked like this. Lots of mistakes! Thanks for sharing :o)

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  24. Hmmm... I don't see any mistakes. In fact, I think this quilt is absolutely fantastic. Love the colors, love the pattern - it's simple and strong. But, hey, if you're not happy with it, I know the perfect place for it in my house!

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  25. Wonderful quilt! I think the sashing is perfect. And I do love the addition of the circles top and bottom. I'm all about the curves too. Awesome first quilt!

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  26. What warts? This is great - I think you've done a fantastic job. Overthinking - the could'a, should'a, would'as - leave it to someone else. Just enjoy your efforts!

    Thanks for sharing. Regards, Sue

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  27. I think your quilt is beautiful. We all have mistakes somewhere in our quilts. But it's best not to point them out ;-)

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  28. OK Drama-Queen. You are totally over-thinking the process. This is a great quilt. Perhaps you need a really good psychologist to evaluate the co-dependent nature of your sash issues. Love it. So does everyone else. Enough said.

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  29. I love your quilt choice you chose to share with the blogger's quilt fest! It is delightful and has such a mondern feeling. I'm with you on liking the circles with all the stacked coins. The shapes complement each other so well. Plus it I really like the Authentic line of fabrics.

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  30. your quilt is terrific. And my husband says that a quilt is not perfect nor is it a quilt unless it has some mistakes in it. Because it is hand made it is all allowed. Truly your quilt is wonderful!

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  31. I love this quilt - LOVE it! The circles are the perfect touch, the sashing looks fine from here!

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  32. wow, this is an amazing first quilt!! i certainly will check out your other work because this is just plain and simple great (i might even steal that design from you one day.. :-)
    claudia

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  33. This looks really great, and I can hardly believe it's your first quilt!

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  34. The sashing looks good from here! Why are we always our own worst critics?

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  35. This looks fab! I love the circles and the colours, in fact everything about it, so I'm really glad you decided to enter the festival!

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  36. What a fun quilt- I like the contrast of circles and the rows of coins - It looks great together.
    We are all newbies in our way- there are lots of different techniques that I haven't tried and I have been quilting regularly since 1996. I think that is one of the things that I like best about quilting- one can always learn new things.
    You may want to check out Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran - They do books about Liberated Quilting- There Collaborative Quilting book is one of my favorite quilt books- I just sit and look and enjoy...
    The colors are vibrant and the designs very funky.
    Happy quilting- Have fun viewing all the beautiful quilts.
    Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
    Anna
    http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

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  37. Very nice and looks great in your header! Honestly, this is the FIRST time I've liked circles in a quilt!

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  38. So glad you entered your quilt. It is lovely. More importantly you love it and appreciate the journey it took you on. Even after many quilts I always learn something from each quilt I make. I've gotta try the driving past theory. Sounds great to me. I ain't no perfectionist.

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  39. This looks great! The whole layout is fantastic, You are so brave to try circles!!!

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  40. I like the quilt very much. I have a lot of this fabric and I still haven't been able to cut into it. I am going to have to do something with it soon.

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  41. For a moment there I thought you were showing us the quilt you have used in your blog header - very beautiful. I love coin quilt!

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  42. It's really lovely! I don't know what you are talking about...talk about typical quilters ;)

    Oh and thanks for stopping by my little blog and commenting on my string quilt. I tend to make everything with as many fabrics as possible these days! LOL

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  43. I love the circles at the top and bottom, nice touch. Just the fact that you thought outside the box, makes you an awesome quilter. Love it!

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  44. The sashing was perfect for your quilt. I think it is gorgeous. As soon as I saw it, it made me want one just like it. Congratulatioms

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  45. what a cool graphic quilt!

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  46. The circles are a great twist. I like it.
    Nice colors.

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  47. I really loves this quilt, and the circles at the end adds losts of interest.

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  48. You say the sashing is off - I say it is just different enough that it makes the quilt interesting. Matchy-matchy is boring. This is fun and a little zingy.

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  49. I love it! This is one of my favorite lines, I got to quilting late...so I missed it. But yours is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

    I've just finished my first quilt top in about 15 years. I did the first taking a class. I don't know how well I did, but I had fun doing it! :D

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  50. Your quilt is beautiful. I love that fabric line. It is fun to hear the story with the quilt.

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  51. Very nice quilt! Your sashing looks great.

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  52. Lovely, tranquil quilt, Lynne! Thank you for sharing it! I don't think a quilt ever needs to be perfect. But I think the quilter often will learn from the choices one made, and want to try something new in the next quilt.

    ; )

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  53. I love it! It reminds me of being in a farm field at night and looking up at the moon.

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  54. Lynne, I LOVE that quilt! Don't worry about replying - just knowing you read what I type is enough - I have two grown children (and going to be a first-time grandma in october - yippee!) so I know how busy YOU must be with four! Yikes! My daughter has made two stacked coins so I want her to see yours with the circles - what a nice touch! I will direct her here to your blog! Thanks!

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  55. This is great - I love the circles at the edges. What a good idea to add them to the quilt.

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  56. I absolutely love it, especially what the circles added to a usual stacked coins.

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  57. Cripes, I've just re-read my comment, and I really must apologise for my awful grammar!

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  58. No need do do anything differently. It is great.

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  59. Circles in your FIRST quilt? You don't count as a newbie anymore! It's a great, fresh look and a coin stack - brava!

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  60. Love it. You shouldn't have said it was your first - I would have thought you were an old pro. Can't wait to see what you do next.

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  61. Warts and all....say what?! This is gorgeous!

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  62. I like your take on the coin quilt. Great job!

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  63. Very interesting design, use of fabrics & colors. You did a great job!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  64. wow I love this one! I have been checking out all the quilts in the festival and this is definitely one of my favorites.
    Very modern and the colors are awesome!!

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  65. I don't think the sashing color is off at all! I love this quilt! and I'm really glad you decided to post after all.

    Tracy

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  66. Cool concept with the circles on a coin quilt.

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  67. oh, my gosh!! we must be related--i have the hardest time not pointing out the failings in things i make--i laughed out loud when reading that!!! love the quilt--love chinese coin quilts and the addition of the circles is perfect--like a coin that fell down flat on the table--after spinning maybe?

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  68. Your first quilt?! I'm completely impressed. I've made lots of quilts and have yet to come up with the courage to try circles.

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  69. What a neat design! Love the circles combined with the stacked coins - so creative!!

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  70. What a lovely quilt, the sashing works because it makes the coins stand out. Like the circles, they give it a game board feel.
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  71. Yes, someone is still reading all the blogs from the festival. It takes me forever!!
    I love your quilt. The circles, the stacked coins (have to do one of those one day, the choice of fabrics....
    Well done, I say!

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