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 🙂