Wednesday, May 26, 2010

{ blogger's quilt festival spring 2010 }

I am so excited that I finished this quilt in time to participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. With everything that has been going on the past couple of weeks, I wasn't sure I could, but I did it! And I love it! Seriously, I love this quilt, and while I'm so happy that it will soon be going to a friend's new baby boy, I have to say that I'm going to miss it.

This is the first quilt I finished since becoming obsessed with making wonky quilt blocks. I came across Quilt Dad's tutorial, which is the best I've seen, so I have to thank him for sharing his technique and inspiring me with these blocks. I'm hooked on them, and am already planning out my next two { or three } wonky quilts.

I used five patterned fabrics in this quilt: Spotted Owls in Natural by Alexander Henry, Riley Blake's Firecracker in Brown and Stripes in Green from the All Star collection, and Amy Butler's Full Moon Dots in Tangerine and Sun Spots in Olive. The solid is Kona in Ivory.

The quilt measures 36 inches wide by 48 inches long, and each wonky block is 9 inches long. I fussy cut the owl fabric to start each block, so every square has a different owl in the center. The back features a patchwork pieced vertical stripe of all five prints used in the front.

I quilted it { myself! } and used my machine's foot as a guide, so each quilted line is just about a quarter of an inch wide. It took a lot longer than I expected it to, but I really love the contrast between the wonky blocks and the regularity of the quilting lines. I think this may be my new favorite way of quilting, so I better stock up on thread because it takes a lot. And I mean { a lot } , but I love it. Did I mention that I love it? :)

Please be sure to jump on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to see tons of amazing quilts. I know you'll be inspired by them!
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