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