Sunday, May 19, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Well, it's Blogger's Quilt Festival and after admiring everyone else's work for the last few years, I've decided to plunge in and add one of mine.

Last December I decided that I had too much fabric and went on a diet--no fabric in at all.  When the scrappy quilt-along sprang to life in January, I thought it was a bandwagon I could jump on.



So I started pulling out the oldest of my fabrics bought from who knows where. Even as I used them up I wondered why I bought some of them.  Others brought back memories of quilts made and given away, with no photos taken.  Somehow when I was still working and quilting, I didn't know anything about the blogging world and how much fun it was to keep a photographic record of each handmade treasure.



This quilt is full of the memories of a stressful time of my life--my 92-year old mother had a stroke in February and with all the hours spent in hospital rooms, my quilt made only small progress.  (My sock production increased though!)  It ended up being bed sized, which in this case was VERY large.  It is on the extra long bed made by my husband for our extra long son.  I wrestled mightily with it in my home sewing machine and was not at all adventurous with the actual quilting.  Straight lines were all I could do.  But, I love it with all its wacky fabrics and colours and am in the process of making another. Needless to say, I still have fabric and I still haven't bought any!



Now I'm off to enjoy everyone else's quilts and marvel at their creativity.

9 comments:

  1. Margaret... I love your scrappy trip - and your story. Very touching. We are truly blessed by the gift of quilting and the ability to connect through the internet. Your quilt makes me happy!

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  2. Great scrappy trip! I jumped on that bandwagon, too! They're so addictive... Good solid therapy, too.

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  3. Wonderful Trip Around the World quilt. I think the straight line quilting is great.

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  4. I love the colours and how you have put them together. That last shot in the sunlight is delightful.

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  5. Your Trip along quilt is beautiful - love all of the scrappy fabrics.

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  6. Such a beautiful quilt and isn't it wonderful how fabrics and sewing get us through tough times and bring back memories!

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  7. A lovely quilt-- the straight line quilting suits it beautifully. Thank goodness for hobbies that allow us to keep our focus (and sanity) in challenging times. :)

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