Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival 2012

A big thank you to Very Kerry Berry for talking about the Amy's Creative Side Bloggers' Quilt Festival in her post today! I am new to her blog but she is already a huge source of inspiration to me.

I am really excited to participate in this quilt festival!

Amy's Creative Side

The Quilting Doberman blog started as a way for me to share my creative efforts with an out-of-state friend.

If it wasn't for Paula I am not sure how long it would have taken me to consider starting a blog on my own so I am always grateful to her for encouraging me. The original Quilting Doberman was named Odin and although he has since passed away it makes me happy knowing this blog was started featuring him. He was such a life changing love.

Nim is my current young boy shown with my quilt submission for this festival:

This quilt is represents some firsts for me in quilting as well as meaning a lot to me because of the intended recipient. 

It is the result of my first time ever trying a mystery quilt. The hard work creating the pattern and writing the instructions was done by Janet Wickell of about.com: 2012 New Year's Day Mystery Quilt.

The peach colored fabric in the quilt was actually selected by a sister who is about to finish her degree to become a teacher. At the time she had helped me pick out this fabric to make a skirt. I knew that if I liked how the mystery quilt turned out that she would be receiving this quilt as her graduation gift this coming June. She has worked extremely hard to get where she is today and I know she is going to be an incredible teacher.
 

Color selection does not come easy to me and probably one of my biggest lessons from this project was in color. It was a big challenge for me to select fabrics based on guidelines and trust (hope) the finished product was going to work. I actually became a lot more comfortable working with bolder colors after this quilt.

This quilt was large and quilted on a home sewing machine. I challenged myself to start playing with the design of free motion more in this quilt. It is probably the most I have ever crossed over my own stitching while quilting but I got much better at design and more confident that I could control that design.


I also entered this quilt in my first ever quilt show with Pacific Fabrics of Bellevue, WA. It was an in-store show for customers to display their projects. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about this special quilt and my blog!

23 comments:

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    1. I know! Totally distracted my studying and I will have to talk about our yarn hop later - hopefully tomorrow. :)

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  2. Very pretty! Love the gorgeous dog, too!

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    1. Hello and thank you! I am loving this festival (never heard of it before). I am planning to go through the entire gallery but thank you for stopping by and commenting! I will check out your site today. :)

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    2. Hi - your commenting is set to no-reply and I couldn't find an email address but I wanted to pop by again and tell you how much your comments today meant to me. Thank you so very much!

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    3. Thank you for letting me know about the commenting and e-mail situation! I have learned so much from other visitors about settings I need to change or adjust. I will look into this because I love the community and communication of the blog world.

      You quilt was wonderful! I would have totally contributed to that project. :)

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  3. Love your model...he is gorgeous!
    Pretty quilt...way to go on quilting it yourself.

    Happy Quilt Festival.

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    1. LOL...thank you Cindy. The size of the darn thing was overwhelming. Every time I make one just a little too big I remind myself I will never do it again. A year or so later I forget...

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  4. Love the quilt!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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    1. Absolutely Margaret...I will be visiting your site and thank you for commenting on mine. I feel like this entire new world of quilters is open to me now!

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  5. Hi! Your quilt is beautiful! I'm so happy to meet you and great looking Nim! I write my blog with 'Nero' and we are always happy to meet other quilting/knitting dogs! Wishes from Crete! x Teje & Nero

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself. I have had so much fun on your blog! I am loving everyone I am meeting with this festival.

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  6. Great job, love the modern touch to a traditional pattern. And it looks like you have your own "quilt police" force.

    Come see my entries 64 (repro. applique) and 85 (antique appliques).

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I went to visit your site and you brought back such a memory of how much I wanted to see that museum in Kentucky - I just didn't have the time.

      Nim likes quilt police force. I will have to remember that!

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  7. Your quilt looks great, and so does Nim. He's so sweet to pose with your work :)

    I wish I'd known sooner your quilt was entered at the Pac Fab show. Is it over now? I won't be down there until Wednesday.

    Thank you for letting me know on my blog about the Festival. I did one entry this morning but then cancelled it and posted a different one tonight. I had emailed Amy to ask if I could do two because it wasn't clear, and she politely told me "one" :) Now I'm running thru some of the blogs looking at their quilts. So much fun!

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    1. Misha! I am so excited you submitted too. Soon you will be spending WAY too much time on other quilt blogs and dreaming of travel locations.

      That show is over and I wish I had thought to let you know about that one too. :)

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  8. Thats a very psychadelic print, I like it.

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  9. Thanks for stopping my blog. I love your quilt and the secondary pattern that is created by how you placed the blocks. Nim does a great job modeling for you too. My girl Nina doesn't like having the camera pointed in her direction very much.

    Cindy

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    1. Of course! I am absolutely loving all the quilters I am "meeting."

      Nim doesn't love the camera but I have met dogs that REALLY don't like it pointed at them so I understand. :) Some days he won't look at me at all when I am trying to get a photo.

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  10. lovely quilt and great story. those are neat blocks and you've picked beautiful fabrics to make it. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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    1. Thank you! Your quilt was lovely and great fun. :)

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  11. I will be observing many good dogs and pets since a long and so Illinois German Shepherd Puppies for Sale your website and thank you for leaving comments on my own. I experience like this whole new globe of quilters is start to me now.

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