The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side is a virtual Quilt Show. All you need to do is sit in your favorite chair or at your desk and flip through lots of quilts on blogs using your computer. I think the best part about this virtual show is reading more about the quilts than one would get at a live show.
I attend several live quilt shows each year but I do enjoy reading and seeing the quilts here at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. This is my second year I’ve entered but I’ve been enjoying this festival for a few years. My last year’s entries were the Plus Quilt and the Little House on the Prairie Quilt.
This is my second entry into this year’s festival. (My first entry, Quilter’s Laundry Day Mini, can be found here.)
I started this bear quilt last summer during a sewing day with my mom and sisters. I had a couple of projects going on. They offered to help, sort of.
Eventually, there was quite a pile that needed trimming.
At the end of the day, I found the scraps shaped like this.
We got together last summer several times for sewing and eating. Really, there was more fun than sewing going on during those days. Mostly we’d eat. My sister, Sheila, was in charge of cooking because she said she doesn’t sew.
We’d have morning coffee with treats.
Then all too soon it was time for lunch.
Afternoon tea and treats followed.
I had read through this MOD Bear Paw Quilt pattern for Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts offering suggestions before she published it. Then I started sewing it. The pattern can be purchased here on her pattern site if you’d like to sew one, too, and want your directions all in one spot. She also offered it as a free quilt-a-long on her blog. Find more info about the quilt-a-long tutorials and the free pattern here.
I learned a lot when making this quilt: the importance of sewing a scant 1/4″ seam especially when the block has lots of little pieces; using lots of spray starch (Best Press is my favorite) for easier cutting, sewing, and to make the seams and blocks lay flat; and asking someone to look over my work.
That last tidbit of learning needs a bit of explaining. I had the quilt all laid out on our pool table (which serves mostly as a design table for me since it’s always covered with fabric—or folded clothes) when our exchange daughter, Kerstin, came to spend Christmas with us. She took one look and in about 30 seconds pointed out my mistake. I had turned a half-square triangle in one of the paws the wrong way. Out came the seam ripper so I could correct that mistake and then I enlisted her help to look for other errors. I was relieved when she didn’t find any more.
I gifted this quilt to my great-nephew (Bonnie’s grandson) at Christmas. It was a surprise for her, too, as I had not told her who was getting it. This little guy’s dad is a hunter. I think he liked it, too.
Pattern: By Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts
Size: 47″ x 53″
Construction: Machine pieced by me.
Fabric: All 100% cotton from the stash, mine as well as some from my mom’s. The blue backing is cotton flannel.
Batting: Quilter’s Dream
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt.
Quilting: Machine quilted by me using my domestic sewing machine stitching horizontal wavy lines. They went much better after I drank a glass of wine.
What I Learned Today:
- Don’t wait so long to post about my projects as it takes longer to gather the pictures and remember the details.
- Tuesday is coming fast and I’d better finish that I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long block so it’ll be ready for it’s “birth day”. Are you quilting along with us?
- The loot posts are going to be rather embarrassing. I haven’t forgotten about them. Other things have needed to be done or written about first.
- I miss that old ironing board cover as I’ve replace it already. I can’t remember where I bought that one.
Question: Do you make quilts according to the pattern directions, or do you let creativity take over and change the pattern, or do you prefer to design your own? I make some using the pattern exactly and others I change. I haven’t done much designing yet.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side (Thanks Amy!)
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Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt