Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~


Monday, May 21, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I think the name of my blog needs to be " LIFE with Sewing on the Side".

Fabric is my passion.... and a quilt will always make my heart skip a beat, however Life here is more often about stash and dream.  There just always seems to be more to life than my time in my sewing room can afford or the more likely culprit and time bandit ... reading blogs and dreaming of more quilts.  For all of the quilts I dream about and want to make every once in a while there is a great moment of  exhilaration when I can say horray, horray  I FINISHED a quilt!
I'm a little slow with the finishes but a finish is still a finish. I am hoping to gain a little momentum now that all my children have left the nest.....but as the story goes....

 now I have grandchildren to love.

It is time for the spring bloggers quilt festival and I am going to add my two cents to the over 500 participants. WOW that is a lot of quilts and it is a FREE show.....  This is my first time participating.  If you want a quilt fix you can get it over at Amy's site.

 Today I am sharing a quilt with you that took way to long to finish. It is not a complicated pattern so I don't expect a great amount of OOOHs and AHHHs from the grandstand.  But I left the land of what I know how to do and tried some new things.... that in itself spells D-E-L-A-Y.  I tend to procrastinate and think too much when I don't know what I am doing.  This is the first ever real life quilt I made for someone start to finish. You can read more about the details of the delay here.

Technically it started out as a baby quilt.......
but it is bigger than you might think of a baby quilt,
and since it took me nine years to finish (GASP)....
I am thankful I had bigger on my mind at the start.
The size is about 60x60.

I painted on fabric with acrylic paint adding textile medium!  I used a stencil.  Yes it was scary to start painting. There is  no turning back once you start.

and I quilted it with my little OLD Bernina sewing machine using my walking foot.

that was a first.

I don't do Free motion quilting yet.

so straight lines it is .

the stars have a little extra stuffing.
A bit of trapunto effect.
It is another new to me creative effort. 

each side of the quilt contains his birth information
full name
 Birth date
weight and length
town he was born in

thinking about warm and cozy....

quilt label

sleeping under the stars......

it would make sweet dreams I think.

A nine year old is not impressed with a quilt with baby info on it...
He is more into star wars,
 but his mommy cried when I unveiled it. 
I know she appreciated all the love and work that went into this.
And I am really glad that I finished it.
 My husband said......some day his wife will love it. 
Marshall's response...."I'm never getting married!"

Yes we had a good laugh over that comment.

So it is done and delivered.
Time will tell what becomes of it.
Perhaps it will be good fort material.      :    )

I'm linking up to the bloggers quilt festival.

 May all your quilts make you smile and feel loved
Happy day to you!
Thanks for stopping by. 

Amy's Creative Side


CitricSugar said...

That is really lovely! Isn't it fun learning and trying new things?

Simply Sandy said...

Too bad, girl, you are getting oohs and ahs from me because I think this little quiltie is beautiful. I know you must be proud of yourself for finishing this. And I bet someday Marshall's wife will love this quilt when they have a baby! :)

Kate Brown said...

He will be so happy and proud when he can wrap his first baby in it. It is just beautiful!!

Quilt+Bitch said...

Procrastination is a good thing. It can lead to a beautiful quilt because it has been stewing Absolutely beautiful.

Quilting Babcia said...

Don't worry, he loves it a lot more than he lets on. It's the age and a boy thing, you know! My 36 year old son still asks if I can fix his first quilt made when he was 2 - out of all my leftover dressmaking fabrics, the good, bad and very ugly - poly blends, loose weaves that promptly disintegrated, etc. "Quilted" with embroidery floss in what I hoped bore some resemblance to a Victorian crazy quilt. Now, on the other hand, YOUR grandson's quilt is gorgeous!!

Quiltbenaco said...

Fantastici colori, fantastica trapunta!
Potrei copiarti l'idea.
Ciao dall'Italia

Rachaeldaisy said...

This really is the most beautiful quilt and such a lovely story ! I love all the thought and little details you've put into this special gift.


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