Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Bloggers Quilt Festival number 4 organised by Amy of Amy's Creative Side has brought me in contact with quilters everywhere. Thank you Amy for hosting such a wonderful event.

I am posting for the first time thanks to one of my favorite fans. Otherwise known as grandson.

Great excitement was expressed while scrolling through photos. My 4 year old grand son was perched on the arm of the lounge (sofa) looking on. He squealed,planted a big sloppy kiss on the computer screen and announced proudly." That's my Blankie."The evening group of women I quilted with in Bathurst at the time wanted to make a mystery quilt. I searched the net and found this pattern. Many of the quilters were just beginning and rotary cutting was a must. I made a half size version knowing there was a 2nd grandchild on the way.

No soft pale colors for my daughter so I was free to use fabrics from my stash. The only supplementing I did was a couple pieces of bright green. I machine quilted it on the diagonal, nothing fancy. The quilt was intended to go from cot (crib) to bed and the washing machine.

I was going to have to purchase binding fabric ....there was nothing long enough left . The day I had the quilt with me and intended to lash out for binding one of the gals from Bathurst Flying Geese quilters piled the table high having culled her stash. Swooping by I snatched the piece of fabric that matched one I had used. The unwanted yardage partnered with my remaining scraps was enough to complete the quilt.


The blankie is well loved.

Under the sheet when the big bed is made.

Drug to the lounge room for comfort and warmth.

Packed in the car for the hour drive home after the olds watch All Blacks (New Zealand) vs Wallabies (Australia) play Test Rugby.

I know why I quilt. My quilts are the hugs I give to everyone who sleeps under them.

I have no doubt my grandson is well hugged.

I shall be visiting the festival over the week. Plan on stopping by to say Hi.


ria vogelzang said...

What a lovely grandson-quilt! And so great he loves it so much!!
I totally agree: that is the reason we quilt!
Love, Ria.

Notjustnat said...

A great DGS quilt with great story behind it. I'm glad you joined in the BQF of fun - Hugs Nat

kaite said...

heart warming as well as body warming, and i esp loved the "big sloppy kiss" on the screen. k.

Linda said...

I love kids' quilts. This one is so colorful and fun. Nice job!! I love what you made.

Cecily said...

Oh, I love the geometry of it and the contrast in fabrics! Beautiful job!

Rebecka said...

Your design and colors drew me in to find out more about this quilt. You did a wonderful job and it will bring many hugs. I also like the part where you used fabric from your stash.

Spinning Out of Control said...

I love the colors you chose. Your grandson sounds like a cutie :)

soggybottomflats said...

I love your quilt! What an awesome gift for a well loved grandson. Thank you for visiting my blog and also, thank you for sharing your heirloom quilt with the world, Elaine

My verification word is:
isn't that what your grandson did to the computer, lol?

Sandra said...

what a bright cheery quilt. I like how the designs weaves in and out, very graphic. You can't go wrong with bright green. Glad you decided to share it.
Hope you can come see my 1890 antique schoolhouse quilt and
black/white/pink scrappy miniature

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What a great much loved blankie...the best kind to snuggle up under...Dzintra♥x

CountryBelle said...

Awww! Hugs he'll remember as he gets older. My husband has a favourite quilt that he has had since his great aunt made for him as a child and it has been HUGGED lots. (my first attempt to mend a quilt) Thanks for stopping by I appreciate all the comments!

Kristen said...

Nice quilt! It's definitely the hugs!

Julie Fukuda said...

Now that's my kind of quilt, made from stuff on hand for a grandkid! Love in every stitch!

Anonymous said...

that's a beautiful quilt! great work.

Anonymous said...

great story about grandson loving the quilt! The squilt looks complicated to put together, was it?

Valentina said...

Terry, what a lovely story and I really love the quilt...
quilts are hugs that keep on giving, right?