Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am so excited for Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It provides hours and hours of amazing eye candy and I always find the most amazing quilting blogs.  This particular festival was great for me because it was the perfect motivation to finish up a project that I was almost embarrassed to say was sitting in the closet.   


Way back on Feb 1st I introduced the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long.  This was my first time hosting a quilt-a-long and my oh my did I have a blast.  By Mid-March we had finished up and my top was complete, and then it was sadly put in the closet as I had some other projects needing attention.  (How sad is that, I am the host of the quilt-a-long and don't even finish the quilt, le sigh)  So now we find it is May and I am wondering what quilt to show for Blogger's Quilt Festival when suddenly I remember my Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long top sitting in the closet just waiting to be quilted and bound.  So out she came :)


I spent some time on hands and knees basting, and then it was off to the dining room table to quilt it up :)  I love the flowers in this line so I decided to try and do a free motion design that was similar.  This is what I came up with.  Loops and Flowers with adorable little centers.  Aren't they cute :)


I am so excited to have this quilt all finished up and ready to be snuggled and loved.  It was so much fun to host a quilt-a-long and you can bet, there will be another one in the future!!!  (Probably after the little peanut arrives though :)  

My absolute favorite part about hosting the quilt-a-long was watching the progress of everyone else.  I can't believe how many people joined in on the fun.  It blew me away!!!  Quilting experience ranged from a first quilt to quilting for 40 years. It was even several participants first quilt-a-long.  How fun is that!!!  Here are some of the completed tops and there are even more in the processing stage.  You can check them all out at our Flickr Group :)  Isnt' it just so fun to see the same pattern done so many different ways!!!!  Thanks again to everyone that joined me on this quilt-a-long and made it such a wonderful experience :)



1. Pure II, 2. Quilt Top for Quilt-A-Long.jpg, 3. Completed top, 4. by Terri in BC, 5. Finished Top, 6. Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long, 7. You Are My Sunshine, 8. Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long 2011, 9. March 2011 002, 10. Tribal, 11. QuiltAlongTop, 12. Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long, 13. Quilt along complete, 14. DSCN0851, 15. HQQA-Top Completed, 16. Happy Quilting QAL


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22 comments:

  1. Your quilt is great Melissa! Did you know you were my inspiration? I had never did a DP16, I got obsessed when I saw your quilt a long. And even though I didn't follow along. I did make my own. I featured it on Stash Manicure today.

    Thanks for the lovely inspiration :)

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  2. I just took a peak at all of the quilts. They're beautiful!!

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  3. I absolutely love your quilt!! I am so happy to see it all finished! It's perfect for the festival!

    Thank you, again, for hosting that quilt a long! It was so so fun, and I learned a whole lot! Thanks!

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  4. so glad you got it finished I really like that quilt.

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  5. Love the little floral quilting! An excellent finish to the quilt along. :)

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  6. I love this quilt! It's wonderful that it's finished.

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  7. Congrats on finishing. Your display of quilt-a-long quilts all look qood in the different colorways. I'll have to link to your blog so I can join your next one. When is the new little Peanut coming??

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  8. all my fabrics for this quilt along are still hanging on the back of the chair, haven't even cut them yet! it is next in line as of today, never knows what tomorrow will hold though!

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  9. Do you have a tutorial on Basting a Quilt...I am gonna try to do my own...but I am stuck on how to baste it so I don't get any "puckers"....

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  10. Hi Peris,

    I haven't done a basting tutorial but that is something I should do in the future, The best way I have found is to tape your backing down onto a hardwood floor and then make your quilt sandwich. Start in the middle pinning and keep working out smoothing as you go and pin like crazy :)

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  11. It's nice to know you're human ;)

    Love the free motion design you came up with!

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  12. I love the way you quilted her with flowers. So cute!

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  13. Love the way you quilted this! So fun!

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  14. This is cute, quilting is pretty!

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  15. What a great finish!! It looks so great. Makes me what to finish mine, but like you I have other pressing things first. I do like to see all of the finished tops shown together like that.

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  16. Peris, here's a tip, assuming doesn't mind:
    If you have a table large enough to hold most of your quilt, get about 8 of the very large binder clips. (The kind with the wire loops that flip down to hold the paper tight. Google binder clips for a pic.)

    Lay your backing down so the edge hangs off the table and use the binder clip to clamp it to the edge of the table on one side. Now go to the other side to pull the fabric tight and clamp. Once it's clamped, the backing can't move so it's easy to add the batting and top, then pin. If you put enough pins, there's no need to thread baste.

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  17. Melissa, I love that quilting design. It really enhances the cheerful quilt colors.

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  18. I just love how this turned out....the loops and flowers look so good!! AND I really like the giddy fabric too!

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  19. Great quilt pattern for a quilt along. You did a wonderful job.

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  20. I love the picture with all the quilts using the same pattern. That's my favorite part. Your free motion flower quilted on your quilt is adorable. Hope you have a calm weekend filled with quilting moments :)

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa