Friday, October 9, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival


I was looking at blogs and found this great thing called Blogger's Quilt Festival (hosted by Amy over at Park City Girl). You get to pick your favorite quilt and talk about it. How fun is that to get to talk about your work. I picked my quilt called Summer Mosaic, this is one of my favorite quilts I've made over the years. I made this quilt in the summer of 2004, this was also the year my job was downsized and I was on good old unemployment. I how ever referred to it as my sabbatical. While on this break I found the fabric at my local quilt shop. It was a new line that had just come into the shop. The minute I saw the fabric I thought about a book I had bought two years before. I came home and started to look for the book, why is it everytime you need to find something you never can. After spending the afternoon looking I found the book called mosaic memories. I got to the shop the next morning and pick the fabric. I had decided that I was going to make the five color quilt and as luck would have it they had gotten the whole like with five colors. So fabric was bought might I say alot for three of the colors you needed 8 fabrics and for the other two you needed six fabrics. If your counting that's 36 plus the chain fabric or background. So 37 colors in total, I got in the car and was driving home and thought goodness I have to do alot of cutting. I then thought I have all day. For the next two weeks I sewed day and night to get this quilt done and quilted.
I loved it so much, that year our guild had it's quilt show (we have the show every other year). I put the quilt in the large bed quilt category. I was so proud of this quilt and how it keep me busy for those two weeks. On the first day of the show I saw that one of our vendors had picked it for vendors choice. I was thrilled because that meant someone other than my family like the quilt. Every chance I had I would look at the quilt hanging in the show. I also heard people talking about it. It made me smile with pride. A few weeks later one of the ladies in our guild called and asked me to bring my quilt to the next quilt meeting. I thought this means I won a ribbon. I was so happy because if you got a call to bring a quilt to the next meeting you won a ribbon. I was thrilled that I would get third place. So at the meeting we give our quilt to some one and they take it off and put a numbered card on it. At the meeting they pass out the awards by category. Mine was that last so first up was third place and my name wasn't call. I thought OK this means I got second place. So next was someone else's name for second place. I think I went into shock, does this mean what I thought it meant, that I won first place in the large bed quilt category. Sure did, I won first place. So that's the story behind this quilt. So this is so long. I hope everyone enjoys the picture.

22 comments:

kwiltmakr said...

Congratulations on winning first place with your quilt. It is beautiful. I really like it.

Heather said...

What a beautiful quilt! Well-deserved first place, I'd say. :o)

sibylle said...

Wow, that looks amazing! You did such a great job on the coour graduation,very impressive :) I agree, well deserved first place!

Zonnah said...

Wow, it is amazing!

Diva Quilts said...

What a lot of work went into this quilt - even before I read your story, I took a look at it and went "Phew! Someone has a lot of paitence!"

congrats on winning first place!

hetty said...

A lot of cutting went into this quilt! It's beautiful! I love it! No wonder you won first place! Very much deserved!

Cara said...

It's an amazing quilt. Congratulations on the first place, it really is beautiful

tooznie said...

Of course it won first, such lovely subtle gradients of colour, exactly what bargello is about.

Melinda said...

What a beautiful quilt! No wonder it won a ribbon - and first place!

Congratulations!

AnnieO said...

I'd give it a first place too! Beautiful, soft and expertly made. Can't believe it only took you two weeks! Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

amy smart said...

What a really wonderful quilt! And congratulations on first place! You deserved it. :)

s'me said...

That's gorgeous. I don't suppose you have an author for that book do you?

Roslyn said...

Very nice quilt & a good way to spend your enforced "sabbatical"

sewathome said...

It's beautiful!

Sunflower Design said...

l love your use of colour. Very nice quilt... one to be always proud of.

Rene' said...

Congratulations on the award!!! Beautiful mosaics. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such a lovely quilt! congratulations on winning first place.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

quiltmom said...

It is a stunning quilt with beautiful color gradations in it. I can see why you won first place- It is a stunning piece.
Thanks for sharing your quilt and wonderful story.
Regards,
Anna

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wonderful quilt and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on first place!!!

Suzanne said...

Wow - that it stunning! What is the name of the pattern?
You won again on Amy's blog - congrats!

QuiltSue said...

That is an amazing quilt, with a lovely story. You really deserved to win the 1st prize. Congratulations.

Sara said...

Wow! What an amazing quilt! Thanks for sharing!