Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival

So glad to be joining in this time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival from Amy's Creative Side - I've missed it the last few times!  Today I'm entering my latest quilt, and the only finish I have for this year.  Live A Little!

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I had a lot of fun working on this quilt.  I was caregiving for my aunt from the beginning of May, she had fallen and broken her hip, so I moved in to take care of her.  I was also working full-time, so had no time for sewing!  In late August, my mom [a diabetic] ended up hospitalized with a bad wound on her foot, and she moved in to my aunt's house as well so I could take care of both of them - it was good to have them in one place.  By that time I had lost my job, and brought some hand-sewing to my aunt's.  Live A Little was born out of a need to make something happy.

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I spent many days sitting in the car at doctor's offices, stitching away, enjoying the slow process and the happy fabrics.  This quilt was mainly done by hand - blanket stitch around the fusible applique, and hand quilted.  I didn't have a machine with me, or I would have been done a lot faster!  But it got me through a lot this summer, and I'm thankful.  Mum and my aunt are both on the mend now, I'm back home, and Live A Little hangs on my wall and reminds me to not miss a moment, and how glad I am that I was able to be there for my mom and my aunt.

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hanging on my aunt's fridge

I decided to make this pattern a free download in my craftsy shop.

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If you'd like to make it too, you can!  If you've never used craftsy before, it's a wonderful resource - and it's free.  Your patterns that you download stay in your history forever, so you can download them again if you lose them.

I want to thank Amy for all her hard work in putting these Festivals together, and for giving us such a treat when most can't make it to the Festival in Houston!  Enjoy all the quilts - I know what I'll be doing this weekend!!!



My quilt is entered in the Original Design Quilts category.

17 comments:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

It really is cute Allie. Thanks for the pattern......so sweet.

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a wonderful quilt, it really is happy!! I know a machine would have made it faster but I really like the look of the hand stitching. It's great to hear your Mum and Aunt are on the mend.

Fiona Ransley said...

It's a gorgeous quilt Aliie. They are very lucky to have you to look after them xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

It's wonderful thanks Allie

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

wow if life gives you lemons make lemonade is sure evident in this quilt and post ! Happy indeed! :)

Brenda said...

What a happy quilt! It would be a daily reminder to have hanging in your home. Wonderful way to keep yourself occupied this past summer!

Karen said...

Good choice for the festival.

Karen Schurr said...

What a great quilt! Such a sweet and happy work of art. Love the colors and the stitching is awesome. Hugs....

Jenny of Elefantz said...

This is such a happy quilt - and funnily enough YOU always make me happy, Allie-girl! :-)

Soggibottom said...

I for one :-) LOVE YER NEW QUILT ALLIE :-) xxx

desertskyquilts said...

Great! I'm glad you are entering that one. It's sure to get plenty of votes.

Ivory Spring said...

Allie!!!

I finally got a moment to visit my bloggy friends. I didn't mean to ignore you when you left a comment on my blog about my book a few weeks ago. Things have been crazy - especially with my baby being much older now. I hope you have been well.

That is such a cute quilt -- and you are always so generous with your patterns!!! Thank you for sharing.

Take care, and I hope to hear from you again soon. HUGS!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Oh I just love that it hangs on your frig!!! Original! I'm visiting from the festival and happily added myself as a GFC follower. Hope ya stop by: val from myplvl.blogspot.com

KaHolly said...

Oh, Allie, I am so loving this!! I just knew you'd come up with the perfect project while you were away. Well done!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Thank you for your generosity by making this a free pattern! You are a sweetheart....

Jane said...

I love this little quilt!

Rebecca in AK said...

Hi Allie! I just found your blog through the Quilt Festival. I really love your quilt and the story behind it. So glad to hear that your Mom and Aunt are doing better. Good luck!

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