Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Throw Quilt


My very first entry for the Bloggers Quilt Festival sponsored by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side

Throw Quilt 

I finished this in December 2012 for a friend who loves sunflowers.  She had recently lost her pet and wanted her to be included in the quilt.  I struggled with a way to add Hannah into the quilt and not make it a sad reminder of the lost one.  Quilts are to be happy!  It took me awhile to finally come up with something working with all the sunflower fabrics.  Although the colors fit me to a tee, the multitude of prints I was trying to incorporate was driving me crazy.  I finally eliminated some of the prints and went with colors that fit the theme rather than all the prints that fit the theme.  It came out so beautifully, I am glad that it took me so long to get there, or the quilt would be entirely different.  


Hannah's Sunflower Garden


I used a sunflower panel which I sliced into sections to create the focal area.


Free motion quilted on my home machine.


The measurements were approximately 53" X 60"

And this is Hannah, she is highlighted on the back of the quilt and if you know she is there, you can find her hidden in the sunflowers on the front.



This last photo was taken prior to quilting.

Thank you for visiting during the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  I hope you will come back!
You can find me on Flickr and Instagram under FairlyMerry and I love seeing all the photos and fun going on in both places.  
Big Thank You to Amy and all the sponsors of the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

Keep Calm and Quilt On!
Mary

4 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

Very imaginative use of the fabrics, and I love the quilted dog! Great job.

CitricSugar said...

That's a special way to remember a beloved friend! Beautiful quilt.

Vivian said...

Love the use of the fussy cuts at that focal point! You balanced the colors so beautifully, I can't imagine what you had to take out. The commorative quilting was just the right touch. Lovely!

Lonci said...

Really stunning quilt:)))