A friend of mine has been trying to persuade me to enter a quilt in a show. I'm not convinced my sewing is that good, and besides, all but my very first quilt have been given away, so I have nothing to submit. Then I stumbled across Amy's Creative Side blog, which features a semi-annual virtual quilt show. I was intrigued. So, I'm taking the plunge.
Every quilt I've sewn is my favorite for some reason or another, so it was difficult to pick one to for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I've decided to go with Summer Day, which was a wedding present for friends of mine. I'm not a prolific quilter, so even though this quilt was made over three years ago, I've only done two baby quilts since then.
Joan and Matt had been quietly married in the fall, then had a wedding
celebration the following summer. I must have had the change in seasons
on my mind when I picked out the fabrics. I usually gravitate towards
brights and blues, but the green and rusty orange just spoke to me.
This quilt was a stretch for me in a few ways. It was my first wall
hanging. It was more complex than the four-patch and nine-patch quilts I usually do. Most significantly, it was the first time I tackled diamonds. I worked solely from a picture of Storm at Seas I had seen online. I hadn't considered there would be so many points to
line up until I was well into the project. I ripped out and restitched several seams. I even had to go back and purchase more beige material because I miscalculated the triangle sizes. It was a lot of work, and the quilt came out better than I had imagined. I had a hard time parting my creation, but I knew my friends would love it.
Storm at Seas seemed like a terrible name for a wedding gift, so I named the quilt Summer Day. I enjoy piecing much better than
quilting, so my quilting tends to be boring. I did stitch-in-the-ditch
along the wavy lines of green (you can see a little of the pattern next
to the label). The label was sewn on by hand with a feather stitch.
Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats
Quilt Measurement: 33" x 33"
Technique: machine pieced and quilted
Quilted by: Sally Hurley
Best Category: Wall Hanging
Be sure to check out all of the amazing quilts submitted for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!