10/26/12

Blogger's Quilt Festival


It's here!  The Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I've been gnashing my teeth trying to decide which of my finished quilts to enter this year, and finally decided on this doll quilt I made for the granddaughter of a friend.


This quilt is called "Butterfly Garden" after the butterfly fabric I pulled from my stash.  Here's the back.


This quilt was made completely from scraps in my stash (batting too!) and it is 30 inches x 30 inches in size. 

This past year I made doll quilts for each of my friend's five granddaughters.  You can see the other quilts right here.  It's such fun to make doll quilts because an entire quilt can be made in just a few days from cutting to quilting to binding.  When I don't have so much invested in time or materials, I feel emboldened to try new things.  This quilt was no exception.  Of the five quilts I made for this project, I worried over this one the most.

It was inspired from a quilt in a book entitled Joined at the Heart, by Ann Moscicki and Linda Wyckoff-Hickey.  Here's an image of a part of the quilt that inspired my doll quilt:


The quilt in the book was a larger quilt, but I liked the background squares and the shapes of the butterflies.  I wanted my butterflies to be made from two fabrics, and so I modified the appliques some to come up with the butterflies in my quilt.  Then I used images I found online to create the designs on their wings.  I drew the designs on with a chalk marker and then used a narrow satin stitch to stitch them out.

This quilt seemed like a perfect opportunity to try out Leah Day's tutorial for the Free Motion Quilting Challenge going on over at SewCalGal as well, and so I used Leah's motif for the free motion quilting.

I hope you like my quilt, and I hope you'll consider joining in the monthly Doll Quilt Swap at Doll Quilters Monthly.

 Doll Quilters


We have a talented and enthusiastic group of quilters, and we have a lot of fun making and exchanging our little doll quilts.

You can see more quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  Enjoy the rest of the festival!


Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures: 30″x 30″
Special techniques used: applique, free motion quilting, machine embroidery
Quilted by: Me!
Best Category: Applique Quilt;  Home Machine Quilted Quilt; Doll/Mini Quilt; Scrap Quilt

28 comments from clever and witty friends:

quilthexle said...

Lucky girls - every one got her own doll quilt! Love this one - so happy and cheery!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very sweet!

Snoodles said...

I love seeing this -- all of your doll quilts are stunning...

Mara said...

I hope you get a prize, it is to cute!

Quilting Babcia said...

What a sweet little quilt!

CitricSugar said...

Very pretty! Love your quilting.

LethargicLass said...

beautiful butterflies Barbara!

Live a Colorful Life said...

so cute. Lucky girls to have doll quilts made by you.

Eileen said...

Fantastic! Lucky little girlies to receive your lovely quilts. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

quiltzyx said...

You did such a wonderful job on this doll quilt! I especially like how you quilted the butterfly's winggs.

Vicki W said...

What a great quilt!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oh its lovely, thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

This is a lovely idea for a doll quilt. The colours are stunning and I like the quilting.

MooseStash Quilting said...

Fly away fly away, is what I thought when I saw your quilts. They are just so pretty!! Your doll swaps sound fun. Maybe the first of the year!
:-)

Teresa in Music City said...

Great choice for the festival! It is one of my favorites of your quilts :*)

Kate said...

This is one of my favorites from your collection. From the colors to the butterfly theme (a personal favorite) it's both beautiful and fun.

Diane Wild said...

Love the butterflies on this quilt and the fact that it's doll-quilt size. Very nice.

Janet said...

Such a pretty quilt. I love the bold colours!

Margaret said...

Fun quilt!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Dana Gaffney said...

I've always loved this one, the colors and the pieced background makes it so wonderfully different.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I love this one too - I love the way the scrappy greens make the butterflies pop. I;m sure that all of the quilts you made for the girls are dearly loved.

Rene' said...

This quilt is lovely! Love the background piecing behind the butterflies. The butterfly wings are super!

SewCalGal said...

What a beautiful quilt. Great design, fabrics, colors. And, your free-motion quilting looks amazing! Great job!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Swedish Scrapper said...

I still really love your choice of quilting for this one! And those greens...:D

Lyanna L. said...

love the quilting! keep up the great work! =)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Barb....this is stunning!!

Laura said...

I like the applique on top of the patchwork and the bright colors. I've never tried this before, but a doll quilt might be just the place to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration!

Derrith said...

What a great quilt! The butterflies are beautiful and I love what you did with the background blocks!