Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I've been sitting back and enjoying looking and reading about all the quilts in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I finally decided to include a quilt as well. Here is my very first quilt made in the fall of 2004. Thank you Amy for organizing such an amazing way of supporting each other and exposing ourselves to different ways of quilting and the many stories of why we quilt.

 A bargello, picked because it looks more complicated than it actually is. It was suppose to be a gift for a friend but I liked it too much and kept it. I can't remember where I got the pattern from (a library book but not sure which one). The pattern was for a wall hanging but I repeated half of the pattern and doubled the length, so it could be used on a bed. It measures roughly 58 x 76 inches.

 I still have some of these fabrics in my stash. I can remember taking my then 2 year old daughter shopping for these fabrics. She sat in the cart with her container of cheerios while I walked up and down picking fabrics and deciding what colours I wanted.

 Border is pretty tame. I used extra fabric from the top and some of what I had in my little stash to cut squares. Blues around the top and greens around the bottom were suppose to increase the mountain feeling I got from the quilt. I always thought it looked like a mountain range, with the purple fabric where the earth touched the sky.

 I still love the tree fabric that is at the bottom. I cherish every little scrap I have of it. Piano key border was added when I thought it needed to be a little bit longer.

 The "sky".
 As for quilting... straight lines that weren't very straight. I used fusible batting for this quilt and haven't used it since. I should try again though since I assume any issues I had were as a beginner quilter.

In celebration of posting this quilt I got the quilt off the quilt rack and put it on the back of the couch so it can be used as the temperature drops. I can't wait to snuggle under it. Luckily its big enough for more than one.

Go take a look at all the other amazing quilts in the festival. They are worth the hours you will spend sitting on your butt. Thanks again Amy for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.


  1. beautiful quilt, rachel! you have a great eye for colour.

  2. Oh! It's an amazing quilt!
    By the way... I won your giveaway back in May, and thanks to that and many other blogs, I decided to take on quilting again and finished my first project!
    It's the one I'm sharing in this festival.
    So thank you!

  3. Nice quilt! Love the colors flowing together :)

  4. Beautiful! I love the style of bargello you did.

  5. Beautiful colors and a very creative border.

  6. I've always loved bargello quilts and yours is no exception. Love the colors and that you adapted the pattern to fit your needs. Awesome!

  7. WOW, this quilt is stunning! I love how much movement it has, even more than a kaleidoscope. I love how the borders create a scene - very clever.

  8. Love the blues and the greens together in an amazing design! Great work!!

  9. Thanks for posting a bargello! I truly love them - and yours is a stunner. Thanks for sharing!

  10. lovely quilt and colors. love the fabrics too. nice job. have a great day and thanks for sharing

  11. Looks lovely. i like your idea for a scenic border.


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