Friday, October 29, 2010

Bloggers' Quilt Festival


My Blue Ribbon Quilt
Originally uploaded by sandyb72357
http://amyscreativeside.com/2010/10/29/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2010/
I have viewed this festival the past couple of years and haven't entered until this year. I think I am a little intimidated by all that wonderful talent out there. This year I decided to take the plunge and share my quilt.
First, I wanted to let you know how I started sewing. I was about four years old and watching my mother and next door neighbor sew. Our next door neighbor was a quilter and even at the young age of four, I knew there was something special about it. They gave me scraps and I cut the fabric and sewed little shirts for my teddy bear. I have loved sewing ever since.
When I started making quilts, I made wall hangings and baby quilts and some quilts for beds. Most of them I gave away as gifts. It seemed like whenever I started one, someone would claim it as their own. So, I got the bright idea to make one for myself. My dear husband had decided the year before we needed a kingsize bed. And I settled on the grandmother's flower garden. Well, this is one quilt that needs to be hand sewn. It took me several months to piece this quilt and about a year to complete it. Every single stitch is done by hand. From the piecing to the quilting to the binding. I am so proud of this quilt. I entered in the state fair last year and won a blue ribbon. Hubby and I sleep so good under this quilt!

13 comments:

Dolly said...

That is one amazing finished quilt.

What were you hanging back for girl?

You do beautiful work !
So glad that you shared a picture !

Mary said...

Wow! What can I say???? That is a fantastic quilt! I can believe it took a year to finish...but well worth it! Just amazing!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous! I admire you for hand piecing such a large quilt and you should rightly be proud of your efforts!

Sew Lovins said...

Congratulations on the blue ribbon...bet those hexies took awhile! Beautiful quilt!

Kerry said...

Amazing handiwork! think of how many stitches there are in it

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Completely stunning. Flower garden is one of my all time favourites. Yours is gorgeous. And you must have patience plus.

You are one talented quilting type person!

AnnieO said...

Completely spectacular to have done this entirely by hand. I love it! Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

Chris said...

LOVE it.

Carol said...

Yah don't need to feel intimidated in amongst this great group of fun loving quilters.
Your quilt is fabulous and I am impressed that you were able to hand sew the whole thing :)

Marjorie said...

Fantastic! My favorite part of this quilt festival is seeing so many people that are still hand piecing and hand quilting. I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

Angie said...

Congrats on your win! This is a fun quilt and truly a work of patience.

Jennie said...

That is an amazing quilt. Getting the whole thing done by hand in a year is a feat. Lovely.

snippetsandyarns said...

Congratulations on your blue ribbon! It was obviously well deserved. I do not (currently) have the patience or attention span to hand stitch a king size quilt!! It's beautiful :-)

~ Meagan