Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quilt Festival: Fall 2009



The quilt I have chosen for the quilt festival was made for my daughter, Isabella. It was made with a combination of her infant dresses and all my scraps. I originally wanted the whole quilt to be made with her dresses, but found that I just couldn't cut into a lot of them....I really wanted her to have them for the day she has a daughter of her own. That is when my scraps came in handy. I also really wanted the quilt to have a warm patchwork feel to it, with a bit of modern thinking. Once, the top was finished and it was time to quilt, I realized that I didn't really want to distract the eye from the prints or the blocks, so I went old school and tied off using embroidery thread. I had never tied off a quilt before, and I am still not sure I like it, but I do love the simplicity of the overall look of the quilt. my daughter has spent countless hours loving it and dragging it around, so I feel like I accomplished the most important part of a quilt.

One of the main things I love about this quilt is that I really feel like it represents a time not only in my life but in my daughters life. A piece of history that she will one day share with a child of her own. I have pictures of her in all the dresses that I used in the quilt so she will be able to connect to that moment in time. I also incorporated a few pieces of her crib bedding, which will also add to the long term sentimental feel to it.

23 comments:

  1. I've used scraps of both my daughter's dresses in a couple of my quilts too. I love the compostion of the two blocks you used here, what a lovely memory of her childhood!!!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous. What a gift. I know that I still have my baby quilt, and the fabrics were not anything so special. Great job!!!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  3. Pretty and fresh, with the right amount of scrappiness and lots of meaning!

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  4. Nice idea and I bet both of you will have fun watching her look for the fabric in the quilt that she sees in the photographs.

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  5. The quilt is beautiful! How great that you will have it as a keepsake to treasure!

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  6. Hi Chris! It was so nice chatting with you last night. I'm glad you're able to make the trek up!
    This quilt is wonderful! It's such a unique design. I really love it!

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  7. A fantastic quilt! I love the fact that you have reused some fabric, it has worked so well!

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  8. I love that you used her dresses, what a great idea!

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  9. I loved the combination on the string blocks and the pieced blocks. Reminds me of a quilt I made from my graduation dress. Didn't have a pattern, but it didn't turn out nearly as pretty as yours. Wish I'd have kept it, but I sold it in a garage sale when we moved. Fun, fun look at your creativity.

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  10. Adorable! I love the scrappy colors and the patchwork design

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  11. So beautiful! I love the design of it and your story behind it. This is definitely something that your daughter will treasure forever!

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  12. Love this design and that you used her dresses! I have two bins full of my daughters clothes that I have yet to cut into. I really need to though, no reason to save that much! Were yours all quilting like cottons or were there knits too? Really pretty!

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  13. Very pretty! and I love the story behind it. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. love it! I thought about doing that with my daughters dresses but have the same problem with cutting them up!

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  15. oh this is so special. you are so brave to use your little daughters clothes...what a special way to use them. the colors look great. thanks for sharing.

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  16. This is absolutely stunning. I love how you have incorporated your daughter's dresses and your scraps together.

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  17. I think your quilt is just beautiful and love the fact that you've incorporated scraps from your daughters dresses in it. I too have done that in the quilts I have made my daughters but like you was unable to cut into the dresses themselves and have saved them in the hope of grand-daughters one day.

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  18. I love the idea of using her dresses. It is really a beautiful quilt and an awesome keepsake for the future. BEAUTIFUL!

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  19. This is a precious quilt and something that can be treasured forever.

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