Blogger’s Quilt Festival

There’s still time for Manic Monday Linky Party! Plus, you can still get in on Mug Rug Swap v.2!

I usually do a tutorial every Tuesday, but it’s going to be a late this week. I need to get Mr. Geek to scan the template in, and the tutorial isn’t actually all the way finished yet! With all the craziness of the changeover from my blogspot blog to the sewhappygeek.co.uk domain that I actually own, I have had NO time to sew. To be honest, it’s been sooo stressful, and I’m still getting the hang of things. But wordpress.org has some big advantages over blogspot. If anyone is thinking of making the change and wants advice, email me: jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk

Amy's Creative Side

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and the quilt I’m entering! There are lots of beautiful quilts entered already, and loads of fab giveaway prizes too. If you’ve got a quilt and a blog, go enter!

quilt pattern pdf

I know you’ve seen this quilt before, when I announced that the pdf pattern was on sale in my etsy shop, but it’s really one of my favourite quilts ever and is quite special to me.

I made this quilt for my sister Serena. I know I’ve mentioned her before, but in case you missed it, here’s a small intro:

Serena is my youngest sister, and besides Mr. Geek, she’s my best friend. We are 13 years apart, so didn’t really become close until we were older. She is one of my very favourite people in the whole world. I miss her so much, and don’t get to see her often. In fact, I haven’t seen her in over 2 years, although we try to speak on the phone a few times a week.

Recently she and her husband moved to Alaska, and as I am in the UK, I don’t think I’ll be seeing her anytime soon. She’s pregnant with her first child; we just found out it’s a girl and they’ve named her Olivia. I really miss my sister, and it breaks my heart that she’s going through pregnancy and birth and babyhood without anyone from our side of the family around to help. Being a sewist and quilter, (and let’s not forget she lives in Alaska!) I decided a handmade quilt might let her know how much I think of her. To be honest, if I could make a quilt for every time I have a pang in my heart from missing her, she have at least one for every day of the year.

I got the inspiration to make this quilt after seeing some Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry fabrics in some beautiful shades of green.  Green has always been Serena’s favourite colour, and it’s not always easy to find lovely green fabrics. When I spotted some, I just started buying up 20cm and 30cm cuts. When I felt I had enough prints I added a couple of solids, too.

So I already had some fabric before I sat down to draw up the quilt pattern. I don’t really know what inspired me except I wanted to keep it very simple, both for me and anyone who might use the pdf pattern. I’m still kind of a beginner to quilting, so my patterns tend to be really simple.

I really got to grips with free motion quilting with this quilt – I had done it for two prior quilts, but I’m actually really proud of the quilting on this one. I did learn a lot about thread and thread tension, too. For quilting, my Brother needs to be cranked up to 7 or 8! I also learned how to write a quilt pattern for others to use and enjoy. And I also learned that even a lap quilt can be squished into a fairly small box with enough determination.

© J C Excell, 2011

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9 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival

  1. Ruth says:

    Your FMQ looks fantastic! The walking foot quilting I’ve cohsen to do on my quilt is taking me an age – I almost wish I’d done FMQ. My FMQ results are still beginner-ish, but at least it doesn’t take as long as the current masking-tape method I’m using with my walking foot!

  2. What a beautiful quilt, and a beautiful story. My brother is 8 years younger than me and I understand what you mean. He is now in college in Hawaii – I’m in the state of Oregon – and I miss him dearly. Sounds like the quilt is sent to Alaska full of love for Olivia. Stopping by from BQF!

  3. Marti says:

    Your story touched me…my sister is 15 years younger. The first quilt I ever made was for my son, my second was for my sister.

  4. felicity says:

    I have two sisters and two brothers whom I love to death, and they’re far away too so I feel you. What a lovely, lovely quilt you’ve made – thanks for sharing it!

  5. andrea says:

    I love it! a quilt is very sweet and fun for Olivia. I congratulate

  6. Penny G says:

    your sister will think of you every time she snuggles her baby in this quilt. Fantastic.

  7. Debbie says:

    Darling quilt & your FMQ is great! Something I’m still striving to achieve!! :-)

  8. Eileen says:

    Darling and how great for your sister to have this bit of love from you! Love the larger print intermingled with others. You made me cry with your poignant story. Love name Olivia. We have a girlie girl (granddaughter) with same name. She lives across the country from us right now and can’t wait till my son finishes residency and hopefully they return to west coast of U.S. We use Skype, texting, email to keep in touch so grandma/mom doesn’t have total withdrawal! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  9. Eileen says:

    Thought I left a message, but who knows? It’s a beautiful quilt and your sister will feel the love you sent with it. Olivia’s my newest granddaughter so love that name. Skype, email,texting keep us close even though across the country for now. Hope that might work for you, too! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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