Monday, October 12, 2009

Quilt Festival Entry - Finn's Quilt!

Hello All and welcome to my blog! I do everything by hand, I don't own a machine. So feel free to browse the completed quilt gallery on the left side of my blog for more hand made goodness!


For the Fall Quilt Festival, I'm featuring a quilt I made last month for my friend and boss, Angela (no blog). It's an all Heather Ross wonky square quilt, with gnome cornerstones and a pieced back. Above is Finn with the quilt!
Here are the front and the back, click to see bigger - they really do look better bigger!


And in case you're wondering who's back there holding it, it's this guy:


When I was quilting it, I got the idea to put in a small quilting detail on every block. Here I circled the mom and boy (that's Finn and Angela), the girl on top of the VW (that's Avery) and the man throwing the ball to the dog (that's Scott and Bailey the dog). The whole family! Minus the cats and ferret, of course. Click to enlarge.


On this one, I highlighted a fish - can you see the highlighting?


And here, a gnome.


It's hard to see, but on this one I wrote the baby's name. I quilted it instead of putting on letters like I usually do, since I'm now superstitious about "shouting" the baby's name on a quilt until he's older. This is more like a whisper so you don't alert bad luck that he's here. Click the photo to read the name.


Here's a closeup of the back so you can see the quilting better. Thanks to Chen for the idea to add white strips around the brown. I didn't add a detail to the ones on the back as they were quilted over.


Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Wendy

32 comments:

Bowlby said...

It's beautiful! What a lucky friend. I love the fabrics. And if word gets out that your quilts induce labor, you're going to be very busy!

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

it looks great.....still can't imagine doing all that by hand

jess said...

I read your story about superstition, and I wish I could reach out and hug you. I started a cross stitch wall hanging for Tony around the time he was born, and I STILL refuse to finish it, because he was a micropreemie and I was worried that if I finished it, I'd finish HIM. So I'm hanging it up, unfinished. :-D
I am so glad you're at peace.
The quilt: DH wants me to go out and get the VW van print immediately. When you did the blocks without measuring, as you'd mentioned before, do you 'square off' the block when you're done? It's so easy, I'm sure, but I can't picture it. :o)

Wanda said...

Like it? No...I LOVE it!! You have created a family herloom for a little guy that just entered the world!!!! You are so caring, wonderful and your work expresses your love.

Aimee said...

Very nice! She will love it!

Wendy said...

Like it, I love it! What a lucky family to have such a beautiful quilt to cuddle the new baby in -
a truly wonderful gift.

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

i think that a homemade quilt is the best gift to get for a new baby! the love and care that goes into them makes them so special!
this quilt is so cute and i love the way you "highlighted" some meaningful pictures on the fabric!!
great job!

brown robin said...

so very very sweet. i love it!

Kerri said...

what a beautiful quilt!! i LOVE all the HR fabrics you used, and especially the gnomes! ;)

what a great idea to stitch around something in each block!

Anonymous said...

Lovly fabric to make this great piece!
Bravo

Kristin said...

I love you Quilt!

Allie said...

Great quilt! I love the fabrics.

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Heather said...

Lucky baby!

Roslyn said...

A fun baby quilt with a story attached for him to learn as he grows.

beth said...

oh my goodness! all by hand? You're amazing! That quilt will be LOVED!

Kaye Prince said...

This is such a beautiful quilt and the fact that it's completely hand done just makes it even more special!

I love baby quilts, I actually featured one of mine (using Amy Butler) as my Festival entry.

amy smart said...

Oh what a sweet quilt! I love all of the HR fabrics. (Why did I not get some of those gnomes when they were available??) And your quilts are that much sweeter knowing they are all made by hand.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great quilt and wonderful way to highlight the special fabric.

NiCoLe said...

Wow, what a quilt! Its fabulous. Not to mention how good you are at hand sewing. I don't have the patience for that.

The Tripp Family said...

so cute! I am planning a quilt for my lil boy for the next one - love the wonky blocks!

Priscilla said...

all by hand??? wow! it is such a great quilt, I love its old fashioned feel, I am sure its owner loves it.
Kristina

Kamala said...

Your stitching is amazing. I am lucky to get 8 to the inch! your quilt is a work of art!

Carolyn said...

By hand? Seriously? You did a wonderful job. I love all the fabric choices and you would never know it was by hand (my hand stitching is terrible and crooked). I'm so impressed. :)

Wanda said...

Hi! I've been gone and just getting caught up with my reading. I like the recap on this post...it sure looks like it generated some comments! Good for you. The blue/green blocks are really nice. Looking forward to seeing how YOUR quilt is coming!!

Leslie said...

this is amazing...i love the fabrics you used and i am absolutely amazed that you did all this by hand. that is very committed

Rene' said...

Such a beautiful hand made quilt. The fabrics are precious. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Nudge said...

Love this baby quilt! Isn't it amazing all the great fabric out there. I think I only see a 100th of it at the local stores. That's why these entries are so much fun!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I love your quilt! Esp. how you chose special elements and quilted around them.

Michelle said...

It is such a beautiful quilt. I love how you did the quilting.

Ylime said...

Just wanted to let you know I've posted your quilt on my blog, The Handmade Experiment in a favorites list from the Park City Girl Quilt Festival. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/park-city-girl-fall-quilt-festival-pt-3/
Thanks and great quilt!

Emily

Lizzy said...

YUM! I love Heather Ross fabric, and this quilt is gorgeous and showcases it so well!