Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival ~ spring 2012

Amy's Creative Side

Thank you for stopping by my blog!  This is my second time participating in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, and I look forward to checking out many of the links this time around as well.  Last spring, I jumped into the world of making bed quilts.  First up were quilts for my two boys' beds. After those were finished, I knew I wanted to make a queen size quilt for our bed as well but was having a hard time choosing a design.  That was when Camille Roskelley's "Swoon" quilt pattern came on the scene and I was smitten with it as soon as I saw it popping up on blogs.  


I also fell in love with the Hometown fabric line, by Sweetwater for Moda.  I love the colours in the line, the varied designs - tiny floral, dots, whimsical flowers - and knew that I wanted to use this fabric for our quilt.


The making of this quilt was not without its bumps, including a few cutting mistakes (oops!), sewing machine troubles, and the general awkwardness of quilting a queen size quilt on a home machine, but in the end it all managed to come together.  Phew!


I chose a simple vertical straight line quilting design.  It's subtle, and nothing fancy, but I think it totally works and allows the large blocks and the colours of the fabrics to really shine, and honestly I think it was all I could manage on a queen size quilt!

Using the leftover HSTs from the flying geese units in this quilt, I put together some throw cushions for the bed, and then veeeeeery recently I made new pillowcases for our pillows and finally the ensemble is complete.  



53 comments:

Kate said...

You already know how much I love that Swoon - but the pillows really complete the ensemble! Such a happy bed!

CJ said...

My favorite SWOON!

Svetlana said...

Heather, this is such a gorgeous quilt. I absolutely, totally love everything about it. It's AMAZING!!!

Jenelle said...

This is such a gorgeous quilt. Lovely choice! You may have to explain to me exactly how the festival works since I didn't participate last year. I have checked out some of the info on it for this year, but it's still clear as mud!

Megan said...

What a great choice for the festival! It's definitely one to add to your "greatest hits" collection.

felicity said...

It is a great choice to feature for BQF - definitely a "greatest hit"!!

Kate said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I just love love love this quilt. And it has definitely inspired me to do a swoon quilt with hometown. I just need to dive in.

Teje said...

Hi Heather! Your quilt is so beautiful! I love the pattern and with the pillows they make so wonderful set! x Teje

Jess said...

Swoon. Still love it! Great choice, beautiful quilt x

Rachael said...

This quilt is amazing, I love the hometown paired with swoon. Lovely

Rachael x

Geta Grama said...

A beautiful quilt. I love the fabric choice and the simple and modern quilting.

Charlotte said...

gotta love a swoon! And this is a gorgeous one!

Jennifer said...

This is probably my favorite swoon out there - I love the quilting! is it 1" apart? I'm hopefully going to baste and start quilting mine next week and i'm going to TRY and make it look half as amazing as yours!

Alli said...

Your quilt is wonderful! And your bed is so nice and coordinated now! :)

grendelskin said...

A gorgeous Swoon. I like the straight-line quilting and think it's just perfect for this quilt.

charlotte said...

Love it. I am doing mine with Reunion. I love the quilting so much. That is the hardest thing to me to figure out with this quilt. Yours is awesome. The pillows are the icing on the cake.

Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com said...

What a lovely quilt and pillows! Really beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

Debbie said...

One of my absolutely favorite quilts! Just so awesome! Love the straight line AND your Hometown.

Jitka Oherov√°, Czech Repubic said...

I love this pattern and your quilt is lovely.

Carla said...

Heather you did such an awesome job on this lovely quilt! I totally agree with your quilting. I want to try this but in a smaller scale. Thanks for sharing!

Melinda said...

Love your swoon quilt. My quilt festival quilt is also made from Hometown. I love that line.

Janine said...

Another amazing Swoon Quilt. This is beautifu!

Katie B. said...

I do adore this quilt, and seeing it really makes me wish my swoon mojo would reappear!

CitricSugar said...

I've got a soft spot for both the fabric line and the pattern.

Really beautiful job, Heather!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Hurrah!! Love seeing the beautiful Swoon again :)

Margaret said...

I love modern twists on traditional patterns!

Margaret
http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

Carla said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous!

Nicole said...

It's gorgeous, Heather! The quilting, the colors, the scale of the blocks - simply gorgeous. And those pillows are a nice bonus!

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

Still loving your SWOON!!!!!! Good choice for the festival!

Melissa said...

The Sweetwater fabric worked out beautifully and it's stunning on your bed! I've been wanting to make this quilt and I'm glad to see straight line quilting works well with the design.

Kirsten N said...

Absolutely beautiful Heather - love the matching pillows too! You have inspired me to finish mine:)

Deborah O'Hare said...

Wow! This is a stunner!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Woohoo!!! This is gorgeous!!! Hometown was such a great choice for the Swoon pattern!! I love the matching cushions too.

fallingforpieces said...

Great quilt and the circle of stars pillow is so awesome with it. I wish my bed looked like that!

Kendra from missknittas studio said...

This is so inspirational! I love Sweetwater fabrics -- they're so adorable and perfect for Swoon :) Well done!

♥Duff said...

WEll hello neighbor! Looks like we both decided to swoon-a-long, eh? I love the calming bedtime colors with just a pop of red--what a great ensemble of color and design!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Still one of my favorite Swoon quilts to date. Just fabulous.

quiltmania said...

Swoon and Hometown, what an awesome combination. Love the quilting!

Jan said...

I love your Swoon. It looks perfect.

Julie said...

So beautiful. I love the colours. What an inviting bed! Juliex

Beth said...

That looks so beautiful on your bed And with the pillows - awesome!

Borderline Quilter said...

That is beautiful, Love how you quilted it, it goes waell with the modern fabrics you chose!
I too have made a swoon but have only just started to quilt it.

Best Wishes
Kay in Scotland

Janet said...

Gorgeous quilt! It looks fantastic on the bed with the matching pillows.

Kristine said...

I love the straight line quilting you have done on this quilt. It finishes it off beautifully.

Sarah said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! I love Hometown too and this quilt shows it off beautifully

Krysta said...

I love it on the bed with the pillows. Perfect!

LuLu said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I still have to quilt my Swoon. I love what you've done with it! You do amazing work :-)

Eileen said...

beautiful swoon quilt! and how fun to have the lovely pillows with it. thanks for sharing and have a great day

The Thompsons said...

It looks fabulous on the bed (and the pillows are fun, too.)

sonia said...

The best choice of pattern and fabics. They look amazing togetehr. And the quilting doesn't look simple to me. Congrats on sucha a gorgeous quilt!

Sue said...

A gorgeous Swoon quilt ! This quilt is on my to - do list

Shontelle said...

I just love your Swoon quilt - it is the nicest I've seen. It's absolutely gorgeous and I love the pillows you made to go with it. While I'm gushing away I might as well tell you I just voted for you in the viewer's choice - I hope you win.

All the best,
Shontelle.

Ellen said...

Oooh those pillows add that extra 'something something' to make your swoon extra special! Love it.