Friday, May 21, 2010

Quilt Festival time!

                                                                       

  

I joined in the Quilt Festival that http://www.amyscreativeside.com/2010/05/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2010.html Amy is once again hosting.

I have been quilting @ 30 years. I signed up for beginner quilt classes but grew weary of the instructor after the 2nd class and self taught with books and magazines after that. I collected fabric for a few years before learning how to quilt. I have made numerous baby sized quilts for friends and relatives, gifting most out. I never counted them. I have a box full of tops I haven't quilted yet, but first I have to decide HOW I want to finish them.
                                                                     

The quilt I am sharing is a navy print with a bleached muslin bearpaw. It is the first large quilt I ever made. I used templates and drew around each one,  to inexperienced enough to not realize you CAN rotary cut the pieces out! I also used a navy thread to hand quilt in the white areas and a white thread for the navy areas. I still don't know why I did that....but never did/will again!
                                        

I pieced the top, layered and basted it, even quilted a few rows...then put it in a bag and forgot it for @ 17 years. While working as a travel nurse in Arizona, I went home to New Mexico for the Christmas holidays. My son and I went to the local thrift shop, and while cruising the vintage fabric bundles...there it was...THAT navy blue fabric, the same as THE quilt! I bought the little bundle as a reminder, rummaged around at home, found the bag it was in and squirreled it away to finish in Arizona. I thought I remembered doing at least a third of it....lol....nope, just a few lines! Our anniversary was the 31st of Jan, so in between work, I quilted. Made excuses why I couldn't come home, and quilted. I finished it, washed and dried it and FINALLY got home on the 31st of Jan @ 5 pm. with my husbands 17 year quilt. He loves it. It was my first, I love it too.
                                                                                           

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I just love the expression on your husband's face when he openned the package..that is tooo cute.. You've inspired me to work on the one I sat back last year that is for my husband....I wonder if I'll get the same reaction.. have a geat weekend..

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love the quilt. I also LOVE the expression on his face when he opened that box! That must have been really satisfying for you!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love these photos - they tell the story so well! And that is a beautiful quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful quilt--and a great story. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a great story Elaine and a wonderful quilt, look on his face - priceless. Fabulous!
    Lizzie
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  7. Elaine, the look on his face is absolutely priceless - makes all that hard work worth it! What a spectacular, special quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  8. great story elaine! i love bear paw print block! such a nice quilt!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. after seeing your husband's face I think I should finish the one I am making for my husband. Beautiful Quilt

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's absolutely gorgeous - and I think your husband likes it too!

    ReplyDelete
  11. That is such a great story and look at the look on your husband's face sitting on the bed! There's love in those eyes!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank goodness you were able to find the quilt and finish-glad it didn't get lost for another 17 years. It has a very antique feel to it, great quilt.
    Sandra Starley
    Come see my quilt festival entries
    my 1890 antique double pink star quilt
    http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

    and my new star repro. quilt & its 1890 cheddar star inspiration
    http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I thought you were going to say that you found the unfinished quilt in a thrift store. That would have been amazing for it to have stil been there. LOL!
    Your Bear Paw is a wonderful quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Awesome story! And the quilt is beautiful too!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great story. His surprise opening the box is priceless.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a story! Glad you finished it - it really is a beautiful quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great quilt. Love the expressions on your hubbies face :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Pretty quilt and wonderful story!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Beautiful quilt! Love the story!

    I too have a closet full of tops but I'm working on them now that I machine quilt too!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Beautiful quilt! I'm glad you were finally able to finish it. It was worth the wait. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a cool story and great pics to illustrate it. Quilts are so cool they way they can carry so much love and history and so many stories.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great story, and great quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  23. A beautiful quilt and a beautiful story. So wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Beautiful quilt and great story!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love it :) and your dh looks like he loves it, too :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Beautiful quilt, with a wonderful story. :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. That is fantastic. It looks good for having been banished for 17 years. Love how you did it secretly for a wonderful surprise.

    ReplyDelete
  28. great quilt--the blue and white contrast is lovely and nice surprise!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I love America! Lovely quilt and great story and even cuter young man modeling the quilt! Congrats on your anniversary!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love your story. Thanks for sharing :)

    Smiles,
    Kelly

    ReplyDelete
  31. What a good photo of your husband opening his present! I like your blue and white quilt on the bed! Bear's Paw is a geat traditional block!

    ReplyDelete
  32. great quilt - great story!
    thanks for sharing
    Beth in Dallas

    ReplyDelete
  33. The pictures add to the story and it is an amazing story..... good thing you used a clasical blue color that is just as much in style as when you began.... don't wait 17 years for the next ..... you did a good job..

    ReplyDelete