Sunday, May 20, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

If you love quilts then you've probably heard of the Blogger's Quilt Festival
hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side.
Several hundred quilters show their quilts.
I look at each and every one of them and they are incredibly inspiring. 

Amy's Creative Side

I am going to share one of my favorite and most recent quilts with you.
I blogged about it only a month ago, but most of you haven't
been here before, so I think I'm OK.

This quilt was made for a doll quilt swap.  The swap had some repeating
block guidelines and I choose the churn dash block, which was a favorite for my partner.
I started planning and playing and moving things around and realized
 it reminded me of this quilt block, which I love.  

It came together pretty quickly and as I went along 
I found opportunities to add a bit of fun. I had some word fabric and thought that the centers of the churn dash blocks needed to be different from the background, to add some interest. There were four blocks, what a perfect opportunity to spell a four letter word.
The centers of the small churn dash blocks spell    L  O  V  E   

Here is the finished flimsy

   I thought it would be fun to bind it with the word fabric to tie everything together.

I didn't like it from the start, it was too light (I prefer dark) and I had
 been pushing another idea out of my mind all along, but it
 kept creeping back. I took it off and gave idea number one a try.
 I had been too lazy up until that point to try it. 
To my surprise it worked up perfectly and turned out pretty well.

So much better, don't you think? It really screamed for the color 
to continue out to the binding. 
I wish I would have quilted it more, but isn't it so wonderful 
when a idea comes together, you think its ok, but it gets better as it goes along. 

I love this little quilt. 
It was hard to send off, but I know its right where it belongs.

This is my "side of the barn" photo along side the fabulous quilt I received in the swap. 

Churn Dash Love
18.5 X 18.5
 April 2012


  1. I really like how LOVE is framed in the churn dash blocks. Cute mini!

  2. Great job, very charming. The matching binding is the perfect finish.

    Come see my entries 64 (repro. applique) and 85 (antique appliques).

  3. The binding really is fabulous! Mking the change was definitely worth the extra effort in this case. What a fun quilt. :)

  4. Love your quilt. I have always been drawn to the churn dash blocks and it is on my very long to do list.

  5. So bright and cheery! Nice job! Looks cute next to it's partner on your "barn" wall!

  6. Churn dash is my favourite! I love this mini!

  7. I love your mini quilt - so bright and colourful!

  8. wonderful and thoughtful quilt ! I like especially the 'love' you put in the centers :-)

  9. your quilt is fantastic. i love how you continued the 4 colors into the binding. that couldn't have been easy.

  10. revisiting the Spring 2012 Festival & just saw your entry; I don't know how I missed it before. Just wonderful 7 I love the binding! So often that is an afterthought or a repeat (at least for me, anyhow), you really made it something.