Monday, October 12, 2009

Quilt Festival Fall 2009


I'm a little bit tardy getting to the party, but loved the Quilt Festival last spring, so I had to show-up this year too.
Just call me fashionably late.

I'm pulling my quilt from the archives. I made this a couple of years ago.
It has become one of my all-time favorite quilts. I smile every time I see it.

I have posted pictures of it on flickr and on this blog about a year ago, but I think that maybe only my Mom was reading it back then, so I thought I would post again. I am a bit of an American Jane (by designer Sandy Klop) junkie. All of these fabrics are from Sandy's collections, most of them from the Peas and Carrots line.

I love the retro, feedsack/farmhouse feel of all the prints and I love the bright colors.

I originally made this quilt for the store where I work and the main reason I chose the turquoise sashing was because we had two bolts of it and I was just trying to use it up. I had planned to make one for myself with yellow sashing. But once the quilts were put together there was no comparison. The turquoise made all the other colors pop and I was in love. So I kept this one instead.

Chalk this quilt up to a happy, unexpected outcome. This experience made me wonder how many other times I've gone with the more conservative or same-old-plan where if I had tried the color or fabric that seemed too outlandish, I would have had a more exciting result. So moral of the story: don't be afraid to try something new!

Thanks for stopping by! If you haven't visited the Quilt Festival at Park City Girl, go.
You are in for a visual feast! There are links to hundreds of other beautiful quilts.

39 comments:

Annette said...

This quilt is just absolutely darling!

Allie said...

Your quilt is so fun! I love all the fun colors together, and I really love the binding.

Rashida Khanbhai said...

Yes, I agree it is a sweet little quilt.

Barbie said...

Gorgeous! I love your story about the blue sashing...I'm always a bit timid about trying something a little out there too, but your quilt turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing.

SandyQuilts said...

Adorable quilt.

Anne said...

That is a sweet quilt! Love the blocks with the children and animals.

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

DeeRoo said...

Had to show off that view of yours again!;) By the way, which way are you facing when you see that view? I'm am jealous!!

When you started telling your story about this quilt and the Am Jane fabric I all of a sudden saw back to when I was in 1st grade in Germany and we had those Dick and Jane readers...I loved those books...warm fuzzy memory...had to go make myself some hot cocoa. Of course the fact that it is 45 degrees and we don't have our heat on yet could be some of the reason too!:)
Love that quilt....thanks for the memory!!

Ariane said...

I love it. It's beautiful and playful. Thanks for sharing it.

Trisha said...

Fun quilt! I think it would be so fun to make samples for a store. Especially if you get to keep them when they are done being displayed!

Sunshine said...

Hi Amy, I really like the various blocks in between the American Jane blocks - they're so interesting, all slightly different! Great idea :)

Cheers,
Christine

Melissa said...

oh i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this.. the stripey binding and the "portrait" squares... sooo cool! I love the retro/vintage stuff too! So many great ideas in one quilt!
Melissa

Di~ said...

Oh what a great quilt, I love everything about it, the cute theme, awesome binding fabric, etc. Good job!

Deborah said...

Great colors and I love the way you've combined 16 patch, fence rail, and vintage-looking fabric to make a totally unique piece.

Heather said...

Such a happy quilt!

thedoodlegirl said...

oh my WOW!!! You are one talented lady!

angela said...

That's one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing it again.

Carol said...

Very interesting quilt and good piece of advice.

searchfamilies said...

This really beautiful i love it
Hugs Janice

geni (nl) said...

Love your wonderful quilt!
Great you choose for this sashing.
Thank you for sharing.

geni
@ Loose Ends

Chris said...

I LOVE this quilt, everything about it is just adorable!! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration...yet again! :) (I have an 8 year old "cowboy" who would LOVE it too!)

anna said...

As always I LOVE your designs and quilts. I have to ask - do you have a kit avail? and/or the pattern for this quilt - LOVE IT. LOVE LOVE it.

Anonymous said...

I made this quilt as well. It was the last quilt I made with my Mom before she died. I remember seeing it at the shop and LOVING it because of the blue sashing and secondly I loved the pictures.

Julianna

Aimee said...

OH, I just love this quilt! It is so happy and cheerful-- just like a child! Love, Love it!!

Sherri said...

I love this quilt...can't imagine it with any other border fabric either...this is just perfect!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is one wonderful quilt! Yes, the turquoise is perfect for a border. Thank you for sharing.

myimaginaryblog said...

It looks like I have lots of company in absolutely loving this quilt. You have such a good eye for color and design

Cara said...

Such a HAPPY quilt! American Jane is so fun.

why not sew? said...

I love your quilt! This is a great fabric line!

Beth said...

What a lovely quilt. But I'll have to admit that my favorite part is the backing. Love it. The whole thing though it just fun!!

duckyhouse said...

I'm such a big fan of American Jane fabrics and can never seem to get enough. I totally missed the peas and carrots line and the fabric is gorgeous. I love your quilt, it is stunning!!

Kaye Prince said...

This quilt is so cute! I think you did an absolutely fabulous job!

Letterpress said...

This is a great quilt, with a great story. I, too, love those retro-looking prints and have quite a few in the stash (confession!).

What's also intriguing about your quilt is the use of simple blocks, that is the rail fence variation and the nine-patch variation to bring in that retro feeling without hitting the viewer over the head. It tastefully says, "This quilt is from another time and place and if you want, you can snuggle up and feel that way again." Sometimes we get too busy, too fussy and forget to honor our quilt traditions, I think.

Love this quilt, and thanks for sharing!
--ELIZABETH E, #115

Amy - Park City Girl said...

This is a new one for me! I love that turq in there - nice pop :) So glad you had a chance to join in the fun!

Leslie said...

this is so sweet i love the fabircs

Terresa said...

this quilt is a masterpiece. Mmmm.

Ylime said...

Hi,

I just wanted to say how great your quilt is and let you know I've posted it as one of my favorites from the Park City Girl Quilt Festival. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/park-city-girl-quilt-roundup-pt-2/

Thanks,
Emily
The Handmade Experiment
http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com

Sharon said...

What a darling happy quilt. Love the colors and everything about it. It made me smile too! Sharon

Kristine said...

Just beautiful!