Welcome to the Fall 2014 Bloggers Quilt Festival. I do enjoy spending the wee hours of the morning winding down and blog hopping to see everyone's entries in the Festival--so many beautiful quilts, and so much talent to be wowed by. Major thanks to Amy Ellis for coordinating this quilt fest. It's a lot of work, and we all appreciate her efforts, as well as the generosity of all that provide the prizes for the winners. (Cheers and applause).
Here's my entry in the Scrappy quilt category. I hope you enjoy it.
I call this quilt 'A Million Little Pieces'.
To my surprise, it finished in 5th place. Had I named it 'A Million Little Perfectly Aligned Pieces Meticulously Quilted on a Regular Size Home Machine with 1200 Yards of Thread With Added Flange' it might have fared better. (Next time.)
This quilt began in a workshop with Joan Ford (of Scrap Therapy fame). The pattern is 'Bloomin' Steps' from her book 'Cut the Scraps'. The quilt measures 75x87 and is made using Kaffe Fassett scraps from my stash (aka 'hoard') of Kaffe that I've been collecting since I began quilting 6 years ago. The contrast is Kona Bleach White, and it's been pieced and quilted with my all-time favorite Aurifil thread....white....50 wt for piecing/60 wt in the bobbin and 40 wt for quilting/50 wt in the bobbin.
Once it was together it hung in the studio for quite a while before I could muster the energy to begin quilting this on my trusty Bernina 440.
This has been the largest quilt I've had to wrangle, and let me tell you that not a quilting session went by where I didn't think "Note to self: Don't forget to buy a lottery ticket...I really need a longarm".
It hasn't really been used yet, not sure I want to wash it before hanging it in our Guild quilt show this Spring.It came back from the Fair with a couple of black marks on it (literally) .....hopefully they'll wash out.
Enjoy the Festival!