My mind is continually overwhelmed with the creativity demonstrated by many of the bloggers I follow and more. I could spend hours on the internet browsing for inspiration – and sometimes do when I’m naughty and don’t stop myself from procrastinating 😛 It was on one of these such sessions that I came across the Quilt Blog Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. What a cool idea!! I was very pleased to stumble across this – especially as I have been enviously watching many of my favourite Quilt Bloggers prepare to take off to Houston for the Quilters Market there (one day maybe!!). So it’s nice to be able to participate in a Quilt Festival – all while parked on my sofa with my feet up, children asleep and a bar of chocolate 🙂
Here is my entry for the festival – This is Hannah’s Quilt:
I ambitiously decided to free motion quilt it (thinking that straight line quilting might bring up a few too many flaws hmmm). This again created challenges. – I had to go and find a free motion foot to suit my basic, no brand sewing machine, then master the art of tension and control. I think I broke about 10 needles getting it finished, almost needing to check myself into anger management in the process!!! How I still have both my eyes (and that sewing machine is still in 1 piece) is beyond me – lets just say that free motion quilting and my old sewing machine were NOT suited!!
I’m SO proud of myself for finishing this quilt – and SO pleased that I conquered my fear of sewing to do it. Not only did I develop a new skill (and addiction), I also created something very special for Hannah that she cherishes hugely and I’m sure will for many years to come. It’s by no means a perfect quilt, but it’s perfectly special none the less. It’s not made using designer fabric, in fact it’s not even made using all quilters cotton. I had not yet discovered that not all cotton is created equal when I made this, and just picked fabrics I liked (and could afford at the time).
Here are a couple of photos of it being loved:
To say that Hannah loves it is probably an understatement… When I took it off her bed to photograph today she had a little melt down and told me in no uncertain terms “put that back on my bed mummy – that’s Hannahs… put it back, sob sob sob sob, put it back, sob sob sob, that’s HANNAH’S”. In the end we managed to calm the storm by getting her to “help” daddy hold it up for the camera, so I hope you all like the photos LOL… Because of the craziness I also forgot to take a photo of the pieced back – but oh well. You’ll just have to imagine it’s greatness 😉
Anyway Happy Bloggers Quilt Festival everyone. Go check out everyone’s work and be inspired 🙂
What a great story – congratulations on feeling the fear and doing it anyway. What a beautiful result. Thanks for sharing!!
fun, fun story. (sob sob.) She obviously loves her quilt. I like the colours pink and green go good together esp for a little girl. Keep with the quilting, have you checked out Moda Bake Shop and Sew 4 Home (more sewing than quilting but great tutorials)
Great story and a lovely quilt
They are the best quilts – those that are LOVED. For your first quilt, wowee its great. i think you are a natural.
Very pretty quilt. I really like the hearts in the “A”s. That is so sweet that your daughter loves it so. I make quilts for my kids too and it’s just the best when you know how much they love them!
I don’t know what is cuter, the quilt, Hannah or her room!
all of it!
I have a daughter named Hanna (danish spelling) – so I was drawn to your post!
What a sweet quilt and a sweet story! Love them both – and I really like your clever use of hearts in the “a” in Hannah – what a wonderful loving touch! Happy stitching-
Great quilt perfectly made and perfectly loved!!
Beautiful!! It is so lovely. I love the little hearts in her name, such a sweet touch. And I love the photo of her all snuggly with it! What is it with little girls and their quilts? My 2 yr old loves her little crib blankie and will only be covered with that one. 🙂
What a lovely story and a gorgeous quilt. Sounds like Hannah will love it for a long time to come
I love your quilt. The colors are wonderful and I love the idea of adding your daughter’s name.
What a sweet quilt! I love her name on it too!
I absolutely LOVE how you personalized her quilt! If/when I ever get to bed sized quilts, I would love to do that for my girls. Great job persevering!
Awe! I love this spin on the coin quilt and it looks so cute in her room! Thanks for stopping by my BQF entry and for your kind comments!
That is a very pretty variation on Stacked Coins. Hannah will probably wear it out well from the sound of things 🙂
It’s a beautiful quilt! How wonderful that your daughter adores it so! You did a wonderful job quilting it too!
I have a massive appreciation now for all the stippling you did on that quilt… WOW! 🙂
Hi Kat, I’m entering your giveaway, thanks for the chance to win.
I love this quilt, I’m yet to tackle quilting, so I’m mighty impressed.
i came here for the giveaway.. but i am floored by this love quilt. soo perfect in that room. amazing story.. i loved that you took soo much trouble to freemotion quilt it.
I think it was just the other day I mentioned what ever you make for Hannah I think you should make for Audrey! I Think she would love a quilt like this! We should start brainstorming ideas I think 🙂