Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Star Friendship Companion Quilt

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I’ve decided to participate in Amy’s Blogger Quilt Festival. Here is what she writes:

The Festival is open to anyone that would like to participate no matter how long you’ve been quilting or how many quilts you have finished. The story of each quilt often relates quilters to one another, and is an important aspect of our Festival! I hope you take the time to write about how your entry quilt came to be and why it is important for you to share it. Likewise, I hope you enjoy reading about the quilts others’ have entered!

Through October 31st, quilters will be linking up their favorite quilts for a chance to win fabulous prizes in several categories. Nominations will be made from November 1 through 4, and then voting begins through the 8th of November. Winners in each category will be announce on Amy’s blog on the 9th.

I thought long and hard about which quilt I’d like to enter…and I decided it would be the Star Friendship Companion quilt which I designed, pieced and quilted myself. Years ago, when I first was discovering book blogs and reading challenges, I stumbled across a blog that immediately resonated with me. The blogger, a woman named Laura who lived a good 3000 miles away from me, was loving the books that I loved (and disliking the books I disliked). She was to very quickly become my “bookie soul-mate” – a reader whose thoughts about books paralleled my own.  As we got to know each other (and even managed to meet in person), I was not surprised that our sense of humor meshed perfectly, and our connection was deeper than just our shared love of literature. I decided to make a pair of quilts – one for her and one for me, similar but different, a shared quilt of sorts that when used would make us think of each other, even though the miles separate us.

This quilt is the companion to the one I made for Laura. The basic star blocks are the same in both quilts, but the layout is a bit different. In this quilt, I turned the blocks on point and used large squares of the primary fabric to offset the star blocks. I made a scrappy border and then designed a pieced back.

The fabric for this quilt is from Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley collection. I used Kona White for the background in the star blocks. I free motion quilted this one making loopy, organic stars all over with some pebbling in the half square triangle edges and corners:

The binding is the same raspberry fabric as the back:

I also hand embroidered a label:

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats

Finished quilt measures: 54″ X 64″
Special techniques used: Machine pieced and quilted on a home machine. Hand embroidered label.
Quilted by: Me – with home machine, free motioned quilted organic loopy stars and pebbling
Best Category: Favorite Throw Quilt, Favorite Quilt Photographer, Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt

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  1. Isn’t it fun to meet the blogging friends we get through our blogs! I treasure the friendships I’ve gained. The festival got me seeing a lot of blogs from all over the US and even father away like Australia. Love your bright stars with the primary colors.

    • Angela {All Patched Up} on October 26, 2012 at 17:47

    It’s a beautiful quilt and a very sweet story behind it. I think those are often the best kinds of quilts. 🙂

    And the back…wow! Equally as beautiful as the front.

  2. Had to stop by and tell you again what a beautiful quilt you created! Thanks for entering it in the Quilt Festival!

  3. I really like your quilt. Great block and wonderful, inviting colours.

    • moira on October 27, 2012 at 07:00

    what a lovely quitl and a great story. It really shows off the DS fabric to perfection

  4. Beautiful quilt. The fabrics are perfect.

  5. This is so fresh and colourful! Love it.

    And though there are drawbacks to the internet, it is really nice that it allows us to venture out and find our “people.”

    1. What a beautiful quilt. I love that you made it for your friend and a similar one for yourself. xx

  6. That is the most beautiful quilt and very special,too. A wonderful gift for your friend.

  7. What a wonderful quilt! I love that the quilting references back to the piecing. Well done!

    • Deb on October 28, 2012 at 21:21

    Beautiful. One of my fav fabric ranges. Such a cool story to go along with the quilt.

    • Melanie on October 29, 2012 at 04:48

    You make the most beautiful quilts. Thanks you for sharing them with us.

    • Amanda on October 29, 2012 at 15:54

    What a lovely tale to accompany that stunning quilt! My Mother-in-Law calls those “sister” quilts. She did something very similar once upon a time.

  8. I totally love this quilt, the colors, everything!!

    • Dolly on October 30, 2012 at 18:06

    The photo of this quilt on your porch is absolutely gorgeous.

    It’s funny, because at first sight of this quilt, I thought, “oh, traditional……I don’t ‘do’ traditional anymore (20 years==burnout)”. But, whoa,……that porch shot makes me want to sneak up, grab it, and RUN !

    • Laura on October 31, 2012 at 11:28

    I’m late to this party, but I ALWAYS love seeing that quilt!! <3

    • tusen on November 1, 2012 at 05:04

    The quilt looks great and I like the story behind it very much.

    • Rene' on November 4, 2012 at 06:23

    Love this!!! I am still hoarding my Hope Valley fabric 😉

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