Friday, May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival


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It's time for Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival! For those of us who are unable to attend quilt market and the accompanying quilt festival, be not sad. Amy is hosting an online festival that is sure to inspire and add more projects to your list! Here's the link to all the fun - Thank you Amy, for giving us a place to gather and for pulling everything together.

I'm entering my latest finish:


We know a dear couple with whom we've been friends for 20 years. Our kids spent many a day exploring and finding adventure around the roping arena where the men would gather every chance they got. I still think of their little girl, Haley, as a darling 6 yr old, and I'll bet her Mama and Daddy do too, but apparently she grew up...into a lovely young woman who is about to marry her prince.

Still, I think of this child like this (She's the pretty little red head on the right. Our two hooligans are to the left of her) :


And children this age should not be getting married!

 As soon as I heard the happy news, I knew I had to make a quilt. I visited with her Mama and found out that they were decorating in yellows and grays. This was the first time I had worked with this color combination, and I am tickled with the end result:



With the days getting longer, my stitching time is dwindling quickly, but with a wedding date drawing near, I needed to get to work! It wasn't that long ago when we were in bed at 8 pm and now we're just getting back into the house at 8. Still, when I picked up Haley's quilt from Jackie, I set to stitching just a bit of the binding on every chance I got. I've got to get it into the mail. It ended up being 67 x 72" which makes a good 'hang out on the back of the couch and grab to snuggle with quilt'.We planned on making the trip, but we're working cattle that last week in May and it's just not going to happen. :( Unless we get rained out! I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I really want to be there.


Those weeds in the above photo are mustard weed. It's a nuisance and its always a battle to keep it at bay, but I found a use for it - it makes a pretty good prop for a picture. And to think I almost mowed it down the other day. :) It's too dry for even mustard to grow, but I've been watering the tree behind the fence like mad in order to keep it alive, so we have this pretty little stand of mustard in this one spot.

Jackie quilted this Happy Day pattern across the chevrons and she used this gorgeous yellow thread that was the perfect choice:


I really like the way it looks on the front and the back, and I fell in love with all of the sweet prints I ended up using:



So now it is quilted and bound and labeled and filled with much love and prayer for the happy couple as they begin their life together:



17 comments:

Dorian said...

Very pretty Karin. I am loving grays this year, it's such a great neutral.

Books_Bound said...

Pretty! I made a gray and yellow quilt for a wedding at the behest of a bride too! It wasn't a combo I would probably have chosen on my own, but I ended up loving it. Kind of nice that gift quilts sometimes push us out of our comfort zones!

Nancy said...

This is a lovely quilt that will be treasured.

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Very pretty!

CitricSugar said...

Very pretty - and great colours for a wedding quilt!

Doniene said...

Okay, girlfriend, I really haven't been ignoring your posts! They haven't been showing up on my blog reader. This one came up this morning, so of course I scrolled down a caught up on all the happenings - spring is always a busy time for us ranchers - so thought you were too busy to post - boy was I wrong!! What wonderful news and beautiful quilts you had to share!! Love them all!!! I missed your giveaway - bummer, but oh well, I really don't need anything else to work on!! So glad that Caitlyn got to spend some time at home. How's soldier boy - I pray for him often. We've had some rain in several different bunches - 4.5", 1.1" and then .5". So we are very thankful - it's coming for ya'll, I know it! I miss our little chats, but I know you are a busy lady!

Blessings

Cindy said...

How beautiful, how bright and how Cheery!! I just received a FQ bundle of yellows/whites/grays. Have no idea what I'll be making but your picture gives me a pretty nice idea.

Michigan Gal said...

Lovely! The chevrons really do look nice in that color combination. I love that you are showcasing your weeds! It's a sign of vitality in your neck of the country. There's beauty in the desert too. :)

M. E. Stephens said...

Nice job on the quilt. It looks really nice and I'm sure they'll be delighted with your handmade offering. I was thrilled to receive a quilt for our wedding - even though it was very late. ;-) I'm hoping to attempt a small quilt for a friend who is marrying soon too.

Mary said...

I enjoyed reading about your fun wedding quilt. It would be hard to let it go. Just like you have to let your children grow up and go away. I remember those mustard plants in our garden back on the farm.

Carla said...

What a fun quilt for the newly weds! I enjoyed your commentary as well!

Toni said...

Beautiful quilt! I recently made a quilt for my cousin's new baby in these colors. Yours is great and the quilting is perfect for it. Hope you get some rain soon!

a maidenhair fern said...

What a beautiful quilt. The lucky couple will enjoy them for many years to come. Nice job.

Emily said...

This quilt is so beautiful and will surely be well received! Nice work! :)

QuiltSue said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I love the colour combination of yellow and grey.

Hilachas said...

That is one gorgeous quilt for your newly-wed friends.

Jean said...

Absolutely beautiful

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