Sunday, May 23, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

For the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I thought I'd share this quilt that I made for Doll Quilt Swap 7. It's my fourth doll quilt ever, and there's really something about working with a limited amount of space that lets you really dig deep into the elements of your quilt, you know?


Inspired by this skirt which I spent all summer making, I just knew that I had to use these fabrics in another combination. Luckily my partner gave me free reign, and this is what I came up with. I appliqued the side/left portions of the quilt and did the rest in a freeform patchworking style. My rotary cutter saw a lot of action! Handquilted, since I don't have a walking foot.


I loved playing with regularity and randomness in this quilt. I also love this quilt because I felt like I was inching my way towards the Big League ... OK, well maybe the middle leagues ... in terms of crafting. Like, hey, I can use those fancy fabrics too, and I can make stuff that actually photographs decently and looks original and maybe I'm getting the hang of this crafting business. And, frankly, this quilt will always make me think of Summer 2009, when I was between semesters in graduate school, renting my friend's studio on Park Dr., dragon boating and interning with an amazing organization, overcast days and humid evenings. The summer I first learned to like Boston ...

27 comments:

Melinda said...

Your doll quilt is so cute! I especially like the arrow and the salvage edge with the fabric info. Very creative and the use of shape and space is unreal.

SewCalGal said...

Lovely prints and colors. Very fun doll quilt.

SewCalGal
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Kathy said...

What a very cute little doll quilt. I too also like the little detail of putting a selvege edge into the quilt sashing. It is a nice record of the fabric. I'll have to try that on my next project.

Lorna said...

This is wonderful, you have such a great sense of shape and color. I like that you added the salvage...nice touch!

Jessica said...

I really like the colors. What a nice doll quilt.

Zonnah said...

I really love this one!

Antoinette said...

Selvage! Makes me want a Denyse Schmidt quilt for my bed....

Marie said...

Very nice doll quilt and putting the selvage was a great idea

Deborah said...

I love it!

Rita E said...

So cute! Loved reading your post ... thanks for sharing!

Tasia said...

Cute! Not like I know anything about quilts, but I like the colours and the use of the selvedge :)

Kristen said...

I love this quilt fabric and design! Love! The selvage is a such a nice touch too.

Susan Michele said...

I love those Katie Jump Rope prints! The arrangement is great!

Ruth Anne Olson said...

I like the quilt and I like the cheery and colorful skirt that inspired it. Love the button detail.

Monica said...

gorgeous quilt!!

Leslie said...

this is so cute! you did a great job

Eileen said...

wonderful little quilt--packed with punch!!

Stephanie N. said...

The colors and textures here are so pretty! And I can definitely picture the skirt that inspired it, which is one of my favorites of yours.

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rebecs said...

what a fun doll quilt. love the placement of the fabrics.

Rachel said...

Such a cute quilt! I love how the spots on the fabric in one place look like eyes.

QuiltieComments said...

Great quilt, I love the skirt with these colors too, beautiful! I laughed when you said hand-quilted "because I don't have a walking-foot." The hand quilting is such a nice touch, congrats for being resourceful with what you have!

Heather said...

Great quilt. love the colours and fabrics. by the way, cute skirt. Love the little bit of selvedge.

Jodi said...

Wonderful quilt! I just made my first doll quilt, too, but yours is so much more fun! Keep up the good work!

Shawn said...

Adorable quilt,any dolly would love it!

creativedawn said...

Cutest, little quilt I've seen! I love the creative touch-the inclusion of the selvage strip...really nice!
hugz, Pam

patricia belyea said...

I also like to create random quilts. The freshness of your petite piece is great, especially with the white.