Monday, May 19, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2014 - Mini Quilt Catergory

As promised here is the second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. I recently took part in Doll Quilt Swap 14 over on Flickr. I love doing swaps! And I had a fabulous partner that I really wanted to do something fun for. When I looked over her Flickr pictures I saw that she had a vintage aqua Holly Hobbie sewing machine and new this was the quilt I wanted to make for her!
 The pattern is from Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. She was one of my favorite pattern and fabric designers. I love her style, and have you seen her adorable house!? I have had this pattern for while, so I was excited to finally have an excuse to use it.
Lots of applique and some embroidery on this one. And of course, buttons!  
My favorite part is the tomato pin cushion. I love the little "pins" made with beads.
 I hand stitched the letters using a blanket stitch.
 I made the cord using red rick rick and then adding a white embroidery thread after each rick or is it rack? :) I also did some loopy loop quilting on the background fabric.
On the back I used an adorable print from Pam Kitty Morning. Oh how I love my florals!
I hope you like this little mini, I really want to make one for myself. Be sure and check out all of the fun quilts at:

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2014 - Small Quilt Catergory

Hello friends! I have not checked in for a while, been so busy with kids, church stuff, etc. I have a little break today and I thought I share a few things. I have always love the Blogger's Quilt Festival from Amy's Creative Side. I honestly have been able to many quilts in the last year or two with all of our moves and losing my sewing space. But I did make a baby quilt and I already shared my mini quilt with you. I thought I would enter those two quilts in the festival. But I need to make two different posts so forgive me!

First up is my SMALL quilt, a baby quilt that I made for my precious new little niece, Aspen. She is her mommy's firstborn, so I wanted to make something special for her.
I knew I wanted to do a chevron quilt, but not the same one I had used before. I this cool  chevron pattern from the Etsy shop, SugarThreadz Perfect.
 I had been in love with Les Amis fabric by Patti Sloniger for sometime but couldn't justify buying any. I finally had the perfect excuse! I LOVE the colors and the sweet little prints of foxes, owls and turtles. The trick was finding the fabric because it's OOP. Well, if you haven't used the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram, don't! Unless you want to find a bunch of amazing fabric that folks are selling. And the good stuff goes fast! Just beware you can spend money your head will spin (or your hub's will!). Anyway, that's where I was able to pick some up plus a few fat quarters from Etsy. :)
I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  As always I love a white background to make those colors pop.
I wanted the back to be nice and soft. I couldn't find the right shade of minky which I love to use. So I went the old-fashioned route and found a nice peach flannel. I think I'm converted. I love the way it looked and felt. 
I machine quilted it with flowers - a first for me! And heart shaped leaves with loopy loops in between. I was doing the flowers freehand and then I decided to draw some out just for placement beforehand. It went a lot quicker after that because I didn't have to stop and figure out where the next one should go.
I also made a matching bib and a couple of burpies with the fabric I had left over. Together I think it made a nice set. 

BTW, here is a picture of my adorable niece. I mean it just doesn't get any cuter than that!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go visit all of the quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Don't forget to vote!

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