I have one more entry for this years Bloggers Quilt Festival. This quilt I am entering into the large quilts category. I posted about this quilt a couple of times last year (here, and here) if you are interested in the process of how this quilt was made. It was quite a labor of love. It is finally done, and I have to say I am so Happy with the result. I finished it by quilting a heart in the area of our home town, Muskegon, MI, (by hand) then echoed the heart out across the state. The quilting in the areas of the lakes is simple wavey horizontal lines. I suppose now I need to make a map quilt of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as an homage to my alma mater Michigan Technological University (Go Huskies!). Now, no matter where we roam, we will have a little piece of home to take with us and keep us warm.
Title: Home is…
Size: approximately 76″ X 80″
Fabric: Seven Wonders by Parson Gray (David Butler) for Westminster
Machine Pieced and Quilted
While everyone is busy with Quilt Market, this spring has turned into the spring of challenge quilts. First up for consideration is my quilt for this year’s Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition, as well as my entry for this year’s Bloggers Quilt Festival in the small quilt category. Please be sure to visit the Umbrella Prints Pinterest board starting June 1st to pin my quilt, and visit the Bloggers Quilt Festival page to vote for me!
Umbrella Prints is an Australian textile company, started in 2006, specializing in organic printed fabrics. I really love their fabrics, but I also love their environmentally friendly practices. Their annual trimmings competition, now in its 5th year, is a design challenge that forces you to look at a “waste” product (fabric scraps) with new eyes. Here is how it works, you buy a small packet of “trimmings” and make anything you want.
It can be mixed media, apparel, home décor…anything. You post a picture of it on-line and send a link to your photo to Umbrella Prints. They pin your photo to their Pinterest board for this year and the voting begins (June 1st). There are prizes for a Judges award as well as a Pinners Choice award. This year they have also added a special Quilters category. How could I not throw my hat in the ring? I bought a pack of their blue trimmings. To finish out my quilt I paired them with some hand screen printed trimmings from my friend Stefanie at 1606 and some solids in neutral tones with a pop of bright coral. The design was inspired by all the lovely southwest prints that I have seen around this season. And the triangles were improvisationally pieced.
For the back I chose a light turquoise blue, and the quilting thread is a pale coral. The quilting is predominantly stitch in the ditch, but I also added some triangle quilting to make the small triangle trimmings pop a little. And to finish it all out it is bound in the same coral fabric from the front. After a trip through the wash it crinkled up so nicely. I really love how this quilt turned out. It feels more like art to me than just a baby quilt. Although I’m sure it will be great for snuggling too.