Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Big Red

This week is the bi-annual quilt festival hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side
I'm so excited to be participating for the first time.

Today I want to share Big Red.
I quilt, yet I had never made a quilt for my mom. She is very talented and has made all kinds of beautiful things, yet is always interested in what I'm making and thinks my creations are wonderful even when they are lacking. She is a wonderful support to me. And really, who quilts and doesn't make a quilt for their mom? Even though she likes everything I make,  I wanted to make something she would really love. About a year ago, after leafing through some quilt magazines she showed me a cover quilt she really liked.
Not a problem. I could make a quilt like that and in those colors. 
No, it turns out she wanted that quilt, that fabric, that exact quilt. 
I've never made a quilt exactly like the original and it was a
FALL/WINTER 2008 Quilt Sampler magazine, already two years old. 
After some online searching I was able to locate the fabric. 

 Here are some un-quilted close-ups

The quilt went together beautifully, but about half way through 
I realized (actually I always knew, but pushed the thought aside) I couldn't 
quilt it. It was too large for me and my little machine and I would have to send
it out to get quilted. It was hard to let it go. I've never sent a quilt out before and
Big Red and I had bonded.  Christie, a local Longarm quilter did a wonderful job, 
really bringing Big Red alive. The quilt turned out more beautiful than anticipated. 

My mom loves her quilt, in fact she loves it so much she won't put it on her bed. Go figure.
Please, mom, use your quilt. A quilt grows more beautiful with use. 

Quilt Label

If you love to look at quilts like I do, grab a refreshing drink, a bit of snack and head on over to Amy's Creative Side to enjoy all the beautiful quilts. You'll find everything from traditional to modern to art quilts from beginners to experts. I guarantee you'll find something you love. 
Thanks Amy for ALL you hard work putting the festival together!


  1. I can't believe you searched out exact fabrics, LOL!
    Of all the hundreds of hand quilted quilts, I have made, I never made my mother one..... Strange to think of that as the truth......
    Lovely quilt.

  2. Awesome quilt. Funny your Mom wanted THAT quilt. And you are so wonderful to make it for her.

  3. Wonderful quilt and a great story. I hope your mom really will use it! In the last few months I have a quilt for both my mum and MIL. I couldn't see the quilt anywhere in my MIL's house when we visited on Mother's Day....maybe it's in a cupboard, too good to use :(

  4. I love the color combination,beautiful:)

  5. Love your Mum's quilt I see why she wanted the exact fabrics they are lovely. I made my Mum three quilts she loved them dearly when I went to pack up her things they were all carefully folded on her chair. Iknow they were precious too her. Chris.

  6. Hi, its gorgeous. I love the pinwheels. I used them in my own quilt :)

  7. Love the red and white. I agree use the quilt already.

  8. Wow, searching out the exact fabrics! So good that you found them. The quilt is beautiful, it's wonderful that you made it for your mom.

  9. Ooooo....I love the red!! And how wonderful that it is for your mom!! I recently made a quilt for my mom and my mom in law! Fun!

  10. This is a quilt that is on my "to do" list. Never met a red and white quilt I did not like. Just beautiful. Judy C

  11. Oh my goodness, you are a sewing genius. What an amazing quilt and such a lovely gift for your Mum. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my baby quilt - much appreciated from someone of your talent!