Sunday, October 11, 2009

2009 Blogger's Quilt Festival

Having come back to quilting in June after a break of several years, I find myself with only one completed quilt and a rapidly growing pile of quilt tops.  So my entry for the quilt festival is the half hexagon quilt I made as part of comfortstitching's half hexagon quiltalong on flickr. Please click on any of the images below for a closer look, and my apologies to my regular followers for re-posting this quilt so soon.



The quilt has a bit of a story.  I decided it would be a “make do” quilt, using only fabrics I had on hand.  I started by gathering primarily scraps leftover from the making of this quilt top for my daughter a few years ago. 



I cut my strips and half hexies and started playing with them on a makeshift design wall (flannel sheet) hanging over the French doors separating the family room from the living room.






My daughter walked into the house, expressed interest, and we agreed that the quilt would be for her college dorm room when she moved back to school in the fall.  However, although she had picked out most of the fabrics from the earlier quilt, her tastes have changed a little, and she wanted to use more Amy Butler fabrics and take out some of the stronger, brighter colors.  I agreed and started cutting more fabric.  As I played around with this new direction, I found myself changing more and more of the fabrics and using more and more from my long cherished Amy Butler stash.  If I didn’t have enough fabrics to complete a row in the layout, I just added other similar fabric, which was a look that both my daughter and I agreed upon.  If you look closely at the picture of the finished quilt above, you will notice that in several "rows" there are actually two or three different fabrics.


The half hexies were then sewn into strips...



...with a little "help" from Bonnie and Samantha.


We did purchase new fabric for the borders and the back.  We both quickly agreed upon this fabulous Kaffe Fassett for the backing that seemed to tie in all the fabrics.  It was quilted on a long arm by my friend, Karen Walker.


 I used leftover fabric and strips to make two pillowcases and four pillows…













…to create Dorm Room Chic.


Sweet Dreams, Molly!


Be sure to click on the badge to see other quilts in the festival.


With wishes, true and kind -- Joan

34 comments:

  1. Love it and enjoyed reading the story of the making. The whole look is wonderful. I'm sure Molly loved it as well.

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  2. I love this quilt and it's matching accessories!!! It looks fabulous on her dorm room bed! xo

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  3. I loved how you laid the hexagons out!

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  4. The modern fabrics are marvelous!
    THanks for sharing,
    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  5. The quilt looks great and I love all the different shapes, and patterned pillows. Dorm room envy!!

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  6. It's all wonderful and great to see again. I love the fabric on the back of the quilt, one of my favourites.

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  7. Joan, this is still one of my favorite quilt and ensemble! The colors, the pattern and the love that went into the quilt and pillows...makes me want to go back to school...almost. :o)
    Blessings, dear!

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  8. Loved reading about the progression of the quilt. The end result with all the accessories is gorgeous.

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  9. I love the way you put the hexagons into stripes, kinda like the zig zag quilts. And I especially love all the fabulous pillows you made to go with this. Her bed looks like an awesome corner to hang out! Of course, the silly cats have to "help" (or make a tangled mess).

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  10. So lovely! I am trying to work my way through the festival. There are so many beautiful quilts.

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  11. Love the door room chic. So fun you worked on the plan together. Looks lovely

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  12. This is really lovely. I'd be very happy to sleep in that dorm! Thanks, Ann.

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  13. Love the dorm room chic...lucky girl! It all looks fabulous together!

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  14. The quilt looks fantastic in the dorm! I am glad Molly likes it, it is such a great gift!

    Rita

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  15. Oh the purple!!!!! I never would have thought to pair with the green and orange. Add the pink, and it is perfection. Isn't it strange, now I can't think of another color combo! Thanks for sharing, I will have cheerful color thoughts all day!!!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  16. a great quilt idea!
    I love the pastel fabrics you chose for quilt backing! and pillows- they make any room outside home comfy and cozy, congrats!

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  17. Your quilt is beautiful! I especially love all the pillows you made to match!

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  18. This is a wonderful quilt, I love the colors, and together with the pillows it is just perfect! Your daughter is very lucky! :-)

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  19. your daughter is one lucky girl - that hex quilt is gorgeous! I was just scrolling through your beautiful space here and i'm in love with your orange and white gee's bend inspired blocks! there's something so special about improvisational piecing!

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  20. I love the softness of this quilt, so beautiful. I LOVE all the pillows!!!

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  21. wow...a new favorite spot to visit! Love Love Love your things...very inspiring!

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  22. I love hearing stories about how quilts came to be! How sweet.

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  23. beautiful quilt and the pillow are just fab, too!

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  24. Cheerful colors. Lovely.

    Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  25. Great quilt. Really love the colours and the design. And isn't it cool when a quilt speaks to you and turns out a little differently than you planned?

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  26. What a generous mom you are! Not to say that my mom isn't generous--she's made me at least three quilts. But the whole pillows, quilt, pillow cases--that is awesome.

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  27. this is beautiful and the combo of colors is fantastic

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  28. Still making my way through the quilt festival. Your daughter is so lucky to have such a beautiful quilt for her dorm room. Love the fabrics. The pillows are especially cool. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Incredible quilt and beautiful pillows too. Great job!!!!

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  30. Wow, how lucky to have such a wonderful quilt for a dorm room!

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  31. That quilt is guaranteed to help your daughter not be homesick! It is really beautiful and I love the pillows/cases, also!

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  32. Hey! I'm going backwards on the BQF and just came to your post. It's a beautiful quilt, Joan. Definitely brightens your daughter's dorm room and gives her homemade love while she's away. The magic of quilts...?! ; )

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