Friday, May 17, 2013

At the water's edge - Blogger's Quilt Festival


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It's a wonderful time of year - time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  I remember reading through my first BQF shortly after I found blogland.  It was amazingly inspirational!   I've gotten so many good ideas and found new patterns to add to my bucket list, etc.  I look forward to seeing what everyone has to show this time too.

I would like you to consider my Blue and White One Block Wonder for this go-round of the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Blue OBW w/seagull

Yes, I posted about this quilt when I finished it in February, but for those of you joining me just for the festival, let me tell you a bit about it.

Believe it or not, this quilt is actually made with one fabric - well, one fabric with a tiny little bit of white solid for that little border.  The technique is found in the book, One Block Wonders Encore by Maxine Rosenthal.  I finally finished the quilting in February, a simple stipple on the center portion and a rope type design in the outer border.  The pattern of the top is elaborate enough, so I kept the quilting simple.

Blue OBW angle

As much as I love how this quilt turned out, when I first pulled out the top from the box it had been languishing in (aka the UFO box), I decided I was going to donate the finished quilt to Happy Chemo.  Happy Chemo is an organization, that among other things, donates quilts to those going through chemotherapy.  Most of the time, when I make up my mind to do something, I do it.  I admit, however, that I considered keeping this quilt more than a few times once I saw how nicely it turned out!  What can I say, I am selfish.  But, it was needed by someone else.  Emily at Em's Scrapbag  (who collects the quilts for Happy Chemo) once said that she needed more masculine friendly quilts, so I sent her this one, and I know that it is making someone feel better during his/her treatments.

Blue OBW at park

Quilt Stats:

Size: I forgot to measure it before I put it in the shipping box!  It is roughly 68 x 76.
Special Techniques: it is a Stack n' Whack technique outlined in both One-Block-Wonders Encore by Maxine Rosenthal and Joy Pelzmann and Stack-n-Whackipedia by Bethany S. Reynolds.
Quilted by:  Me!  on my Janome Horizon (machine quilted)
Best Category: 2 Color Quilts

Thank you for considering my quilt,  now go see what other quilty inspiration there is at the festival this year!

Jen

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PS.  I have had such a good response to this quilt that I am considering hosting a quilt along in the fall.  Is anyone interested in joining in?


60 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful! Great quilt photography too.

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  2. Easily one of my favourite quilts this year (but I've probably told you that enough...) Glad it's gone to someone who needs it!

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  3. One of my favourite quilts Jen, lovely to see it again

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  4. Oh this looks so pretty. We just had a class about these blocks at our last guild meeting from someone who has made over 80 of them. I can't even imagine having the thought process to make one since it seems so complicated. But this looks so pretty it almost makes me want to try. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I'm glad to see this beautiful quilt again. I finally bought the book but I haven't decided on right fabric. Yours is truly AWESOME.

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  6. This is one of my favourite quilts ever! Lovely to see it again :)

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  7. Beautiful...and great that it has gone to such a great cause.

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  8. Very Lovely! Looks like winter snow swirling. This is the only kind of snow I want to see anytime soon. Thanks for sharing on QBF ... :) pat

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  9. Gorgeous Quilt! I love the nautical theme and the pics are great. :)

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  10. Very nice. I made a One Block Wonder in Christmas fabric - maybe its time for another. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Oh Jen, I'm sooo happy to see this quilt again, and it's a true favourite of mine! I'd have had a difficult time parting with it too!

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  12. Absolutely LOVE this quilt -- this is a beautiful OBW. I love just the 2 colors.

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  13. Wow!!! I don't think I could have parted with it, though it sounds like a great cause! I'm sure it's well-loved, because it's gorgeous!

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  14. Wow, that is so effective! I love these quilts - each one looks so different due to the fabric chosen!

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  15. Love the colours and the pattern. Congrats!

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  16. It looks amazing - and good on you for giving it away, although I can see why it was so hard to do so.

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  17. wonderful job on this. Very striking blue and white.

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  18. Very beautiful. I think you did a great job and I am sure it is comforting someone who truly needs it.

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  19. There's an amazing effect with the two colours swirling through this, love it

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  20. This is amazing. I had to google One Block Wonders as I couldn't figure out how you got it to look like that. I want to try it now!

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  21. WOW! What a gorgeous One Block Wonder quilt! I love it! I have my own version languishing in a UFO box... I might need to get back to it!

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  22. This is an amazing quilt Jen and what a great cause you donated it to :)

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  23. Wow, this is stunning. It will be a great comfort to someone.

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  24. What a beautiful quilt in every way!! and so special to donate it to a worthy cause. Your photos are wonderful too. The first one with the flying bird and clouds is really amazing.

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  25. lovely absolutely lovely. And to part with it I am sure was such sweet sorrow!

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  26. Very clever indeed - it's a beautiful quilt and will definitely give much comfort.

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  27. I love the color combination that you used, beautiful quilt:)))

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  28. Beautiful execution. Gorgeous quilt! I've never made one of these but it is on my list!

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  29. Gorgeous quilt! I'm sure it will make someone very happy to have it :-)

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  30. I love this quilt too! Have done since you first posted it :) So glad it's making someone's hard time a little bit cosier! I love how the quilt fades from more white to more blue depending on the density of the blocks and such!

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  31. What a beautiful quilt! And so generous of you to donate it. It's a quilt that a man could really enjoy, I think, although I know it would appeal to women too. Great photography too! The setting really suits the quilt - good job!

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  32. This is a fabulous concept and execution! Beautiful!

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  33. Beautiful quilt! Just love it! And I'm sure so does the recipient of that work or art.

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  34. Stop-Me-In-My-Tracks beautiful that is! I've picked my jaw up off the floor and pinned this immediately. It is heart-stoppingly striking to me. I would love to know what fabric you used. I am sure that it makes the recipient's heart sing when he's curled up under it. Well done!!

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  35. So unusual and such an amazing quilt :-)

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  36. It is beautiful and gets my vote!

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  37. That is incredible. I have GOT to try this method someday!

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  38. Wow!! I LOVE this quilt!! What an inspiration! I may have to try this some day when I grow up :)

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  39. ack!! i've loved this quilt for a long time. i'm happy to see it in the quilt festival!

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  40. This is the most wonderful Kaleido that I have ever seen.

    Nana

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  41. Wow. I love it. I would like to see a quilt along, yes. I would love to hear what you have to say about picking a fabric for such a project, too.

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  42. Love your quilt. I think the person going through chemo will be transported to the beach with this quilt. This will be perfect to take their mind off of the pain. I would be interested in a quilt along.

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  43. Loved its debut in Feb and still love it! Love the technique - amazing how each block is different, and what a wonderful gift for someone going through chemo! Awesome quilt!

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  44. beautiful quilt you are so generous

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  45. It is so beautiful. A QAL would be wonderful!

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  46. Wow, wow, wow, This kaleido is so fantastic. My favorite color. Wonderful.
    Greetings from Germany , Grit

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  47. I am in complete awe! What a great quilt and the hours you put into this.... Amazing!

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  48. A starry, starry night in the Milky Way.

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  49. A starry, starry night in the Milky Way.

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  50. Congratulations on being one of the favourites, you surely deserve it!

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  51. My gracious, what a beautiful creation! I will have to go check out that book. You did a wonderful job of picking fabric.

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  52. Wow - that is so beautiful and unique Jen!

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  53. Mi piace tantissimo!
    Congratulazioni!!!!!

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  54. For me this is the overall winner of the festival, it is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! If you decide to host the quilt a long, count with me!

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  55. Congratulation! This is so beautiful and fantastic quilt! Your photos are also great!

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  56. Congratulations on your winning!

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  57. I love your beautiful quilt. Congratulations on your win!

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