Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival, Fall 2011: A Quilt for Finn

I'm excited to have something new to share for this fall's Bloggers' Quilt Festival! I call this quilt "Gone Fishin'":

Gone Fishin' front view
The design is adapted from "Sea Views" by Kate Conklin Designs. The print fabrics are all from the "Storyboek" collection by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, and then I also chose a few coordinating Kona solids.

Gone Fishin' embroidered block
I really love the design with all of it's wonderful, flowy curves. But I really wanted to take advantage of the larger panel prints of the fabric. So I mixed in some of those as "plain" blocks. And then I embroidered the recipient's name in one of them.

Gone Fishin' quilting detail
As much as I love the design, the pattern was a little bit challenging. Cutting it all was easy-peasy. But sewing all those curves back together again resulted in some serious wonkiness. To get them to work, I ended up having to trim my blocks smaller than her suggested sizes. And almost none of them laid flat (despite repeated attacks with the full-on steam iron). But all ended up working in the end once everything was quilted. Yay!

Gone Fishin' back view
The pieced back is fun too, I think.

Gone Fishin' label
And the finishing touch. I love making labels for my quilts. Not only can I easily personalize them for the recipient, but I can include some care instructions and information about the making of the quilt. I think of it as more than just a label-- it's also a sort of memory.

Gone Fishin' draped on a chair
This quilt is for a baby boy named Finn. Hopefully he'll have lots of fun snuggling in it!

Amy'sCreativeSide

33 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that is so cute! And the perfect fabric for little Finn's quilt!

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  2. Very fun!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  3. love the quilt! Its soooocute!

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  4. I LOVE this quilt. Love it. Possibly partly because my second son is named Finn. :) But I do love Kate's pattern -- and I adore the fabrics you chose. It's just beautiful!

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  5. Very cute! I am sure Finn will adore it.

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  6. All washed and cuddly, waiting for Finn. Nice finish.

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  7. It's beautiful quilt congratulations:)

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  8. Your quilt looks great. I like the fabrics you have used. I admire you for taking on the curves. It has turned out so well.

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  9. Wow, it is beautiful! I love all those curves, great job!

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  10. There is one lucky little guy getting a BEAUTIFUL quilt! Those colours are just wonderful!!

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  11. What a lovely quilt! I'm glad you made it all work in the end. It's so good you label all your quilts. I bet Finn will love his quilt forever!

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  12. Too cute! It is amazing how quilting the quilt solves a lot of problems.

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  13. The colors of this quilt are so beautiful and peaceful looking. You always do beautiful work, so this is no surprise!

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  14. Perfect quilt for a little boy! Love the design and fabrics...great all around. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  15. Cute quilt! i've been working on a project that involves curves like that and for the life of me can't seem to get it to lie flat. Needless to say it has been put in the to worry about at another time pile.

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  16. Love this pattern, and the fabrics you chose! I've not had the nerve to try curves yet. Seeing yours is inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Perfect fabric for this pattern! Finn is a lucky boy!

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  18. Ooh, you are daring with those curved seams! I'm such a sissy, I haven't tried those yet! This is so cute though, and I'm glad it all worked out once it was quilted!

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  19. Aww, great quilt and the name is just right. :)

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  20. What fun! I like your idea of incorporating the panels as 'plain' blocks, and the name is just perfect!

    Hazle

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  21. Oh I love the curves - your comment about "attacking" them with the steam iron made me giggle. You certainly can't tell there's any wonky business going on. This quilt is just gorgeous! Happy BQF.

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  22. Hi! That quilt looks fantastic! And the "Halloween-clothes" are LOVELY and of course your childs! Thank you for your lovely blog! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

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  23. Your quilt is so stinkin' cute! I love it.

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  24. What an adorable quilt! Love that you show it fresh washed & dried & cuddly out of the dryer. Awesome job!

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  25. Love the curvy lines! Sure to be well loved! Smiles~Beth

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  26. this is so great. i have seen the pattern before. you chose such great fabrics.

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  27. Beautiful quilt..thanks for sharing.

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  28. I know I'm a bit late, but just saw this. Sorry you had some trouble with the curved piecing. I'm glad you made it work. The finished quilt looks fantastic!

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