Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Yay it's here!  Wonderful Amy has done it again.  And aren't we going to have fun!

This is my entry for the Festival

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It was a lot of firsts for me.  First time cutting fabric without a template, all freehand....first time doing free-motion quilting....first time putting binding on completely by machine.  First time using tulle to hold my layers in place while quilting.  I learned SO much on this quilt.  There were rough spots [serious rough spots], but it remains one of my favorites.

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It's not completely finished.  I think it will be an ongoing project for a very long time.  Someday I'd like to add seashells, tails to the kites, just little additional touches.  Whenever I see something to do with the sea, I'd like to add it to the quilt.  I love quilts that are heavily embellished.

The biggest thing I learned from this quilt was that it's ok to be imperfect.  It's ok to improvise, to play, even to mess up.  It will never be juried into a quilt show, but it wasn't meant to be.  It represents, for me, a whole new level of quilting - quilting for pure pleasure, not for someone else's satisfaction, but only for the fun of it.  I think this is my favorite quilt I've ever done.

And now I'm going back over to Amy's, and start browsing - see you next week, lol!

99 comments:

paulette said...

Wow!! Allie!! Incredible and the quilting is lovely and a FIRST!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Dorothy said...

Good for you Allie. The quilt looks wonderful. You're a lot braver than I am, I wouldn't attempt to machine quilt anything, I'd be too afraid of making a mess of it! lol

Joy said...

Allie that quilt just makes me smile!!! I love it!! Makes me want to go to the beach right now :o)!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Aimee said...

OOOOHHH, Allie! This is one I just love. I would live at the beach if it was at all feasible and your quilt includes everything I love about it minus the sand! Love it, love it!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Love the quilt - it could be the Keys in Florida or a wonderful tropical island. Great job.

Carol

Minka's Studio said...

What a fun quilt!

Allie said...

I love this quilt. It looks so happy and free. I think adding tails to the kites will be fabulous!

Terry said...

I've always loved this quilt Allie! Makes me wish I was at the beach! :0)

shellysquilts said...

Cute quilt! Well done!

Zonnah said...

I love the palm trees!

Cyndi said...

Absolutely, positively adorable, Allie! I LOVE that quilt, and you did a fantastic job on it!!!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Shasta said...

It is beautiful, and looks like a lot of fun to make.

Michelle said...

I love the palm trees too!

Victoria said...

This quilt is successful on so many levels, and it's fun, too! Great job!

Valerie said...

This quilt is unreal! I am so impressed. I love it! I can't wait until I get to sewing again which I hope is this weekend.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I love the whimsical feel of this! It looks complete to me, but the things that you are talking about adding sound wonderful, too!

Marjorie said...

Thanks for stopping by at my house (blog). I think that perhaps both the trees and houses on your post are under the influence.... But maybe that's what makes me want to book a vacation to your quilt-land :)

why not sew? said...

It's so cute! It looks so nice I wish I were there.

Jan said...

ove it, love it, love it!

jan said...

The creativity in this quilt really inspires me! I love the water, especially, and the houses. And the trees and the sky...

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your whimsical quilts. I particularly like the top one with it's brighter colors. And you did it all free hand! You are some talented lady!!

soggybottomflats said...

I'm glad you picked this one. I loved it the first time I saw it, I can hardly wait to see what else you do with it. Thanks for sharing.

Ivory Spring said...

This is just gorgeous, Allie. I think you outdid yourself!

Catherine said...

What a fun quilt! And it sounds like you had quite a bit of fun making it. I love that it is a work in process and maybe you'll continue to learn from it. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

I love this quilt! And Yay! for you to try some wonkiness! (now you need to try the stars. . . hint, hint) I think this is a great quilt, and I think your idea of further embellishment sounds like fun.

CraftyMummy said...

Love this! It's so summery and playful. I like the idea of an ongoing project that you still plan to add to.

Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier :)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Allie.....wow...this is just so happy....it really brings a smile.

whatktmadenext said...

Wow, this is so fun! I'm really impressed that this is your first attempt at FMQ because it looks great!

Shawn said...

Your quilts are wonderful,I love them. I feel the desire to achieve a goal can take us a long way, you have it, I would love to give this style a try. I'll be back to visit your blog and thanks for visiting me!
"Quilting for Pleasure" that is what it is all about!!

Stephanie said...

I'd love to vacation there. How fun.

Kriza said...

it is a first for me too - the first blog I visited today while my husband took our 3 kids down to the lake to see if everthing was okay with our sailboat after last week's terrible windy weather :-)isn't it appropriate that I am looking at sailboats too while they are gone? :-)
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

katyquilts said...

I love it! So fun!

Katy
http://katyquilts.wordpress.com/

SarahVee said...

Congrats on a joyful quilt for you! I love the happy palm trees. Thank you for sharing your learning quilt and all you learned. My happiest quilting moments are the ones when I push myself into the new.

Valentina said...

Well, Allie, you've managed to take this island girl back home to Aruba for a short and bliss-full visit, can you please pass the pina colada?!
What an amazing quilt, well done!
Valentina in cyprus

Martha said...

It's nice to see this quilt again, Allie. Even though I know you struggled with it, the quilt turned out absolutely lovely and has such a fresh, summery look. We love boats here in Seattle, and I love this little quilt.

Marie said...

it is so sweet I think it is gorgeous and Congratulations

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

It's so Fun!! Nice job!

Luv 2 Kreate said...

I love everything about this quilt...It is so much fun and would fit in perfectly at my house!

Great job!

Grams said...

Awesome quilt. You are much braver than I am :)) Maybe someday . . .

vail in tn

kylydia said...

I really love how whimsical this quilt it. I'm still afraid of applique, but I love yours!

Kelli said...

You have done such a great job! Well done! It is always great to learn something new!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt work !

Jenny of Elefantz said...

This quilt just shouts "Allie loves the beach!!", and I love it!! You have a wonderful talent, my sweet friend....
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

Quilter Going Bananas said...

This quilt says Allie loves the beach! I love love love it!!!

Kate said...

Wow - such a great fun quilt!

Bellgirl said...

Wow, it looks wonderful! I'm still learning the basics of quilting, and I'm still stuck on squares- but now I'm inspired to launch into freehand and improvisation!

Quiltluver said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun making this pretty quilt!

Mary said...

I'm so glad you picked this one to show for the quilt festival - I think you did such a fabulous job and it is perfectly beachy - lol. "Oh cabana boy, can you bring me one of those fruity drinks with an umbrella in it?"

Pat said...

What a fun quilt...I really love it! You did a terrific job with it!!!

Terriaw said...

What a stunning quilt! It looks like a fun photograph (especially of a scene I wish I saw more often). I love reading about your process for making this - all the things you learned. So impressed with your free-hand work here!

Kim D. said...

You did a fantastic job Allie. I love the palm trees and the beachy feel to it. I bet you had a fun time creating this one and I think the kite tails and shells will really enhance it.

upstateLisa said...

I love this quilt!!!! How fun!

Mickie said...

This is such a happy quilt and I wish i was there right now :D
Regarding your question, not going to quilt my sunbonnet top (the top is too thin), but going to copy the pattern which I think is cute (love the feet). Cheers and happy weekend!

Angie Padilla said...

This is wonderful and refreshing. No such thing as imperfections! I think it's great you free-pieced it - there's a freedom about it. So cute!

Carol said...

Fun. Fun. Fun.

Candied Fabrics said...

You already know I love this quilt...but I must say that I'm loving you free form house on it a LOT!

And yep, the list at Amy's is a little overwhelming!

Denise said...

Such a happy quilt!

Lis said...

Your quilt is gorgeous, so full of life and fun, it makes me feel happy and smiley just to look at it, no wonder it is your favourite.

janet said...

Ooh, I just love this! It is so carefree and fun, and the colors are wonderful:)

soggibottom said...

oh look I'm no. 60.

How could they not love palm trees.
Good one Allie x x x x x x x x

joan said...

OMG Allie it is beautiful! I would beg to differ because that quilt would be a winner in any contest in my book!

Michelle said...

Such a happy quilt! I can feel the summer breezes.

sewtakeahike said...

fabulous and fun Allie! ok, so I'm intrigued. You used tulle for what?

CJ said...

What a great quilt!!! I've always wanted to do a scene of some sort.
I love your quilting in the sky portion. Binding by machine?? I've not tried that, looks tough.
Tulle???

Marit said...

Your quilt is so playful and cheery! I loved how you described it, a quilt made for pure pleasure. We all need to play a bit!

; )

laurenaphelps said...

Oh I love this! It's so happy! Makes me want to go to the beach.

Deborah said...

So lovely and happy!

Rebekah said...

this is so pretty! I really love all of the textures you added with different fabrics and quilting

Mary-Kay said...

I still love your quilt! It looks like summer.

Melissa C said...

Great quilt. I love seeing this type of quilt, you see more of the person in them.

Riel said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my festival quilt. The quilt festival is such fun. I love what you've chosen to show as your exhibit. Great colours, design, and I love the quilted wind in the sky blowing your sailboats!

georgie said...

Wow lovely thank you for sharing your quilt and story.
happy quilting.
Georgie x

Dolly said...

Ahhhhhh.......what a good feeling , then, your favorite quilt you've ever done !
I can't see the problems, but I sure like what I DO see !

Quilting in the Pines said...

CUTE!

Aunt Spicy said...

are you serious? that is amazing! I am adding it to my list of favorite house quilts! love it!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Miss Allie - I do so love this quilt! And, what great things you learned while making it, too! You're so gifted, I tell ya!!!

Pam McL said...

Isn't that just the cutest thing you ever saw? Love it...good job, Allie!

Army Wife Quilter said...

wow i just love the colors and how they pop one by one. great palet. love love love

Lauranie said...

I will never tire of seeing this wonderful "firsts" of yours!! Everytime you add something, please post!! :D I've missed you, my friend. May has been a CRAZY busy month..I am hoping it will slow down enough for me to renew all of my blogger connections. Your mom's quilt is lovely!! xo

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Love it.

Felicity said...

Now I want to go on vacation. Great quilt.

mary said...

this is so much fun. The quilting in the sky makes me smile! Nice quilt.

susan m hinckley said...

What a delightful quilt, Allie! It has so much fun and movement. And that little piece of polka dot fabric absolutely MAKES it. Well done, and I hope you'll keep showing us if you do decide to add to it. A bit of a living diary about your sea-love, so to speak. Thanks for sharing!

Library Gal Quilts said...

Allie, So wonderful and fun! I agree, keep showing us when you add stuff...I love when we stretch our brain!! So good for us! Pam

XUE said...

You did everything fabulously, considering they are a lists of firsts!

sewpam63 said...

What a SpEcTaCuLaR quilt!!! I LOVE it!!! Your use of color and theme make me smile. Congrats on breaking out of 'the box' and allowing your heart to sing! ; )

em's scrapbag said...

I love the beach and house quilts are always a favorite. This is fabulous! Love, love, love it!

SewCalGal said...

What a wonderful quilt. Great whimsical design, delightful fabrics and colors. You did a fantastic job. Love it!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

kameleonquilt said...

Wow, - the quilt makes me want to be there. You did a great job with all those "first times". Thank you for sharing.

Karen said...

Great pictorial quilt. Excellent job. You obviously have a talent for the free handing.

Lori said...

It's too cute! Now, I want to go to the beach...

Laurel H. said...

LOVE this; there is so much movement in this!

Becky said...

Fabulous quilt! Makes me feel like I am in the tropics. Thanks so much for sharing your quilt with us!

Eileen said...

love this quilt!! would love to see it with all the embellishmemts in place.

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

This is so clever and adorable. Love the sea scene.

I'm horrible at applique but this makes me want to work on that skill a little harder-lol.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tanya said...

I remember you making this one! I have learned a lot for making quilts using tulle too. And they are really fun to make aren't they!

AnnieO said...

What a fun quilt! I like that you're still adding to it. Thank you for sharing your quilt's story :)

Janet Brady said...

I LOVE this quilt. It makes me wish I was in Hawaii! Great job!

Carrie P. said...

Hi Allie, thanks for taking time to come by my blog. So sorry to hear you are in pain too. Sometimes it can be so depressing. I pray you feel better soon.
I remember when you were working on this fun quilt. My daughter thinks it is very nice. She like beachy stuff.
I be checking up on you every once in a while to see how you are doing. Hugs!

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