Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Spring 2012

I really enjoyed participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival last year, so naturally I can't wait to see what I see this year!  There was no question about what quilt I wanted to showcase this year.  I began my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt in July 2010.  The piecing took about 7 months or so.  I used 1.5" hexagons in a scrappy motif with a consistent pathway fabric.



I was fortunate to borrow a friend's Hinterburg quilting hoop and began the quilting in February 2011.  I enjoyed quilting during my TV times, especially in the colder months.  Here, I could drape the quilt a bit over my legs while I worked.






Quilting took a bit more than a year.  It was finished and ready for binding in March 2012.






It was bittersweet to finish!  I love this quilt and really enjoyed handpiecing and quilting.  I would like to improve my quilting skills (smaller stitch-length and improving my ability to hife stitches in the hexagon pieces) and have another quilt planned in my head for this year or next!

Here is the final picture!



Thank you for stopping in!  Please check out Amy's Creative Side for more Blogger's Quilt Festival photos!

54 comments:

  1. Beautiful! and I think your hand quilting is gorgeous. I know what you mean about being sad to finish. I usually just start another hexagon quilt straight away (even if it takes me years to finish), or make a hexie ball, just to slow the come-down!

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  2. A beautiful quilt - I admire your patience to hand quilt. I have a GFG I am working on, along with my 3 sisters. We have to straighten the edges then to quilt - by machine.

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  3. Among traditional designs, this is certainly one of my favorite ones. I love your purple borders! As a hand quilter myself, I certainly appreciate all the time and love put into this beautiful quilt!

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  4. This is wonderful! I have done several hexagon quilts so can appreciate the time that goes into them. Lovely

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  5. This turned out so well! I've had a pile of hexies waiting to be assembled for more than 2 years, and this is great inspiration for me. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Nicely done! What an effort for you and it turned out so pretty!

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  7. Hexagon quilts always impress me! Yours is very beautiful. :) I started one once and it was such a nightmare I ended up scrapping it.

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  8. gorgeous!!!!!sometimes I see flowers, sometimes triangles and sometimes stars. Gorgeous
    Ann

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  9. Oh my goodness! A grandmother's flower garden is an ambitious project. Very nice.

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  10. wow! what a lot of work, and so worth it!

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  11. I love GFG quilts and yours is beautiful! I like the little triangles.

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  12. What an incredible achievement! Congratulations on a wonderful finish!

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  13. It's beautiful! I think it's great you hand pieced and quilted the entire quilt. Wonderful.

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  14. Fabulous! I am also making a hexagon quilt - but I cannot fathom also hand-quilting it after all the hand piecing!

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  15. A quilt of passion for sure. You did a lovely job.

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  16. Der Quilt ist traumhaft. Ich liebe Grandma`s Flowergarden. Super schön!!!!
    Liebe Grüße Grit

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  17. I rememeber this quilt and its nice to see it again! I do really like how you quilted it.

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  18. Beautiful, it is always wonderful to see the classics!

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  19. I love your quilt...traditional and hand quilted...I love to hand quilt. lovely quilt.

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  20. I love the traditional patterns!

    Margaret
    http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

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  21. It looks like stained glass... so pretty!

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  22. Beautiful quilt Natasha, your hand quilting is lovely.

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  23. lovely! and hand quilting is so fantastic. thanks so much for sharing and have a great day

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  24. Fantastic! A real labour of love for you. I can't believe you want to start another one!

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  25. What a beautiful quilt. An inspiration for all of us who have gfg quilts languishing as ufo's (oops - me spefically). I really like the triangular spacer blocks.

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  26. A gorgeous interpretation of a class design -- thanks so much for sharing this!

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  27. What glorious colours! Your hand quilting is excellent, too. It's nice to see other quilters who enjoy the journey and don't mind how long it takes :-)) Isn't it wonderful to snuggle under a quilt during the colder weather while you're quilting it.

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  28. Wonderful quilt. I love hexie quilts.

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  29. Beautiful! I am in the slow process of making hexies and I understand how much patience this takes. Congratulations on the finish!

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  30. What a labor of love! I'm sure after spending that much time with it, that quilt feels like a member of the family :) It's lovely.

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  31. Simply stunning! Thank you for sharing :-) Avis x

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  32. Really lovely! The colors are wonderful

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  33. Beautiful quilt. I really like the setting you used for the hexagons.

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  34. This is gorgeous, and SO MUCH WORK - I know exactly what you mean about being sad to finish, I never feel that way when I machine quilt but I always do when I hand quilt!!

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  35. It's beautiful and you have put so much work in to it. I love the triangles between the hexagons.

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  36. Impressively stunning quilt!

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  37. It's beautiful, and so much love stitched in.. WTG.

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  38. Amazing! I am so impressed with your hand quilting. No doubt your Grandmother will treasure it. Smiles~Beth

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  39. This is a very pretty and happy quilt!

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  40. A very beautiful quilt. Love that purple border. Congratulations on finishing a family heirloom!

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  41. Beautiful! It motivates me to finish mine.

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  42. This was truly a labor of love!

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  43. Really beautiful! And how much work did you put on it! Amazing!

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  44. I just love hexies. I'm working on a couple projects right now with them too. Although it doesn't feel like work- I can hardly wait to get them out and start sewing any time I have a free minute!

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  45. What an accomplishment! It turned out beautifully!

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  46. Wowzers! So much work! Great job!

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  47. Beautiful! I haven't done much paper piecing yet and this is good inspiration!

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  48. Your GFG quilt is lovely. I don't think I will ever have the patience to make one myself. The purple border really sets it off beautifully.

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  49. Wow, that looks great!!! I love GFG quilts! I have one that my grandma made and it took nearly 50 years to finish!

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