Hi everyone 🙂
My dear friend Teje has reminded me that the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side has just begun. Amy organises the festival in Spring and Autumn of each year and many quilters link to their posts showing their quilts and telling the stories behind them.
I hope you will pop over to the Festival and take a look at some of the most beautiful homemade quilts ever!! There are so many lovely blogs to visit too 🙂 Make sure you have a cuppa and put your feet up. You could be there for a very long time! Voting starts soon so it may be worth having a pen and paper ready to note your favourites. There are also many prizes to be won, so maybe you would like to share your quilt too.
I have decided to enter my Blue Sampler Quilt which is the most recent one I have finished. Here it is 🙂
The first quilt top I ever made contained the same blocks as this one. I made it in red, white and blue and have shown it in a previous post. It is still on my to-do list to quilt and bind 🙂
I decided to make the blue version above because I had recently got a puppy and I needed to find a project I could pick up and put down, working only for short periods at a time. I thought the different blocks would hold my interest and, for me, the sashing was a “must have”.
Because I’d made the sampler before, I decided to take photographs of all the steps and write tutorials block by block which you can find in my tutorials category at the right hand side of my blog. I thought it might inspire one of my non-quilting readers to try quilting for the very first time so I tried to make the instructions suitable for a complete beginner. The first tutorial contains the fabric requirements and cutting instructions and further tutorials for blocks 1 to 11 are also available. The final block 12 tutorial and the ones for sashing and binding will follow soon 🙂
I used Moda Bella Solids throughout as I love their soft feel and the variety of colours available. The blocks are 12 inches square so the quilt made up quite quickly. I machine quilted it myself in a meander wiggle with turquoise thread on the front and white on the back. The backing fabric is also white.
Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
I will leave you with some close-up photos of the blocks in a slide show. Enjoy! Avis x