Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2014

I have really loved the Blogger's Quilt Festival in recent years, because as Instagram has become more popular, I like to follow the #quiltmarket posts and drool over all the upcoming fabrics...the Quilt Festival helps me get through not being at Market in person to pet the pretties. Plus I really like getting the opportunity to find more blogs to follow :)

Here's my entry to the Festival...Emerald Ikat - entered into the Original Design Quilts category.

I drew this up a few years ago and then sat on it for a while. I just submitted it to Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting last fall on a whim, and when they accepted it I realized I had to figure it all out. I pieced mine using templates, but I also created a paper piecing version for the magazine.

I personally don't really like to paper piece, but I can't deny the accuracy. I got some pretty perfect points without it though!

The thing that I like the least about making projects for magazines is the tight turnaround between the acceptance of your submission and when the project is due. I have a day job that I work about 55 hours a week on average for, and I don't usually make my projects ahead of time because I don't have the funds/time to just make all the quilts that come into my head. Nor do I have oodles of people to give quilts to. So I want to know that a project needs to be made before I get started. That usually means I end up with a marathon of late-night quilting.

My cats usually think they're being helpful during these late night sessions. For this particular quilt I even sent an apology to the editor saying it would probably need to be lint-rolled when it arrived on their end, because there's just not an inch of cat-free space in my tiny apartment. Luckily, her response was that they love cats and totally understand that cats love fabric too! :)

I took pictures just outside the post office before mailing when I realized I wouldn't see the quilt again for about 6 months. It's a really big post office and I got quite a few stares and several questions. I usually take it as an opportunity to educate people about quilting and show them that young people can quilt too!

The backing is a fabulous curtain from IKEA - it's a polyester blend, but I took a chance and it worked out just fine. It was a pain in the butt to baste though, so fair warning. The binding is a black crosshatch from an unknown line [I have several in my stash from different collections, and I totally should have labeled them!].

Enjoy the rest of the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and thanks for visiting!

Emerald Ikat
Size: approximately 48"x 64"
Fabric: mixture of low volume black and white prints, various Kona green solids, various green small-scale prints, black Oval Elements, black Domino Dots, a black and white polka dot, and the charcoal star flower print from the Washi collection.
Quilting: squiggly lines following the diamonds within the white sections


  1. Stunning! And i've not seen that Ikea fabric before.

  2. How pretty and congratulations on the magazine piece! :)

  3. I like the quilt a lot. A question: how long a turn around do the mags give you on a project like this. It would seem the more complicated, the longer you'd get, but my hunch is that isn't so.

  4. Love this so much! Great design and awesome color choices too! Totally drooling over that IKEA fabric.

  5. This is so striking! And all that sharp angle work - your piecing is so precise! Gorgeous.

  6. So glad you didn’t end up with a cat-astrophe when your cat was helping you sew!

    I love everything about your quilt- beautiful geometric design , great colours , and the back is to die for !

    This one deserves to be in magazine! Congratulations.

  7. Beautiful! Love both the colors, and the design!

  8. This is really cool! Love the fabrics you used!

  9. I love this quilt! This is the only reason I bought that magazine :) Beautiful design!

  10. Very effective visually, like the design a lot! Nice work on all the perfect points, too!

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