It’s time again for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. For those that may not know, Amy puts on this festival in the spring and again in the fall. There are hundreds of beautiful quilts linked up to the festival. It’s amazing to see how much it has grown since it started! Amy also features some of the bloggers throughout the year.
This quilt was a long time coming. Back when I was first getting into quilting, many years ago, my husband got me a gift card to my LQS. This shop didn’t have a very big modern selection and I really only knew Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler by sight and name. I was just starting to become familiar with other designers. Something about this Fig and Plum by Fig Tree Quilts jelly roll stuck out to me. It has elements of prints that I love: damask, dots, aqua, pinks, plum, green.
The jelly roll sat on my shelf and then in a box and then I thought that I really didn’t like these fabrics at all anymore. I figured I would start playing with it, and if I ruined it, it would be ok since I really wasn’t loving the fabric anymore. All of the designs I was coming up with just weren’t right. Finially, I decided to make a simple patchwork quilt with it and be done.
Right in the middle of cutting up itty bitty pieces of fabric we found out we would be moving. So this quilt wasn’t a big priority anymore. It was the project I brought with me when we were in our temporary house on the beach for a month. I worked on it here and there, but still wasn’t really into it. The fabrics were more “me” when they were cut up in 2.5 inch squares, but I still was having trouble seeing the big picture.
And then the top was all finished and I was loving it! I knew it had to be quilted with straight lines. It was also my first time using Aurifil thread and I LOVED it! This quilt is the perfect example of how fabrics can look and feel completely different depending on the quilt they are in. This quilt is one of my favorite ones that I have ever made. I am so glad that I finally took that jelly roll out of my stash and did something with it!
Thanks for stopping by! Now grab a cup of coffee (or tea!) and swing by Amy’s Creative Side and check out all of the other quilts in the festival. You might want to get comfortable…there’s so much inspiration there that a few hours might go by before you realize it!