Friday, May 15, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I only just discovered the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side a year ago. And I know what you all are thinking: Where have I been? Under a quilt probably. 

I loved seeing all the wonderful quilts from around the world. I would hem and haw over which quilt to vote for. And I would visit all the blogs and find inspiration. This time, I've decided to enter a quilt! So exciting. 

This is my "Painting the Roses Red" quilt I made for our Utah Valley Quilt Guild Challenge. I chose the name after a lovely commentor said it reminded her of Alice in Wonderland in the rose garden painting.
BabcoUnlimted.blogspot.com -- I Looked Out the Window Quilt Challenge, Paining the Roses Red Quilt

Our challenge was to make a quilt with the theme of "I looked out the window..." It could be anything you see out your window--it could be your car window, house window, workplace window, whatever. It also had to have a traditional block somewhere in the quilt. 

Can you find my traditional block?
BabcoUnlimted.blogspot.com -- I Looked Out the Window Quilt Challenge, Paining the Roses Red Quilt

 My windowsill is a churn dash! (I'll admit I thought I was pretty clever.)

The little ladybug makes me smile. I found her in my stash and had to piece her in somehow.
BabcoUnlimted.blogspot.com -- I Looked Out the Window Quilt Challenge, Paining the Roses Red Quilt

This is only the second quilt I have machine quilted myself. I admit I was very nervous about ruining my wonderful quilt top with my beginner quilting skills.

I quilted the flowers in wavy circles to mimic the flower petals. The green leaves were quilted in a pointy stippling to make it look like foliage. The sky received spirals. Then, I did a spiral feather thingy in the churn dash border and a loopy figure 8 in the blue border. Overall, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

BabcoUnlimted.blogspot.com -- I Looked Out the Window Quilt Challenge, Paining the Roses Red Quilt

I had to improvise with my thread choices. I had planned on using the same green varigated thread all over the backing. However, when it came to quilting the white churn-dash border, I couldn't get my tension right and the green kept pulling up to the top. It was so distracting. (And frustrating!)

I finally threw my hands in the air and quilted both sides with white thread. I was under a deadline and didn't have time for this nonsense. Now, when I look at the backing, I LOVE how it turned out.

BabcoUnlimted.blogspot.com -- I Looked Out the Window Quilt Challenge, Paining the Roses Red Quilt

You can read the original blog post about the design process here, the finished top here, and the reveal here.

Quilt Stats
Finished Size: 34" x 34"
Fabric: Assorted 100% cotton fabrics
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting
Thread: Superior Threads Fantastico line, polyester variegated thread
Techniques: Machine piecing, Machine Free Motion Quilting, Hand Sewn Binding.

I've decided to enter this quilt into the Art Quilt category. (Kinda shocking to me because I wouldn't label myself as an art quilter. I would never have made something like this if not for my guild's challenge.)

 Linked up with the Bloggers Quilt Festival Art Quilt here.

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