Friday, October 2, 2009

Quilt Festival


So there is an online quilting festival and you are supposed to post your favourite quilt.  Not sure if your s'posed to post it now or later... but I figured now was OK.




Here's mine.  It's a present for my brother and his wife's baby (due fairly soon). I've only made 4 quilts so didn't have many to choose from!



I made it here (Sudan)- took it with us to the UK and then the US in a bag, then posted it from the US to where he lives in Japan.  Can't post it from here  as it would never make it to Japan, and US is cheaper than UK!

The animals were cut out from some IKEA fabric.

The surrounding fabric was whatever I could find that I thought would work.  A couple of shirts, T-shirts, jellabiya material (material you buy here to make a dress thing for guys here to wear), some fabric Matt got me when he went to Kenya, and various other bits and pieces bought in the US and UK.

Sandwiched in the middle is a white cotton sheet as you can't buy batting here.  Actually I like how flexible and 'comfy' it feels with no batting.

The backing is a sheet.




I 'handquilted' (sewed as i don't know how to 'handquilt' really)  around the animals/squares with different coloured embroidery threads.  I like how it looks on the back - but my photos of the back weren't very successful.



(In case you're wondering, the photos were taken on our washing line in our yard - and it's entirely normal to have a bed in your yard here.)

83 comments:

  1. Lucy that looks great - you are so talented (and patient!) - unfortunately I didn't ge the sewing genes! Emily x

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  2. What a cute quilt, a really lovely design. It's so amazing that you have made this quilt in the Sudan, just using your available resources. Fantastic!

    Rita
    ps Yes I did wonder if that was a bed in your yard, I even clicked on the picture to get more detail!:)

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  3. Hi Lucy!
    Your quilt is so cute, and quite a globetrotter travelling around the world like that. I can't believe you only have made 4 quilts!

    I would love to respond to your comment on my Festival entry, but you have noe email address in your profile. If you would like to add one, send me an email, and I'll show you how.

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  4. I love how you made your quilt with what was readily available to you. It is the true quilting way! and your quilting is perfect too!!!

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  5. Women were quilting before designer fabrics and local quilt shops - and your entry is a brilliant reminder of that! I love the playfulness of it and the colours - I'm sure it will be a hit with the youngster as he grows up.

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  6. That is such a cheery quilt! What child wouldn't love it! And your hand quilting really adds to the charm.

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  7. What a whimsical colorful quilt. It is just perfect for a baby. I'm sure they will love it.
    Happy quilting, Rhondi

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  8. your handquilting looks just like it should - it's not as complicated as people think. although when you're really good at it (i'm not quite there yet...) it is tiny and amazing and makes my jaw drop. i love how it's traveled and you used so many different things for the fabrics. it makes the quilt that much more special.

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  9. This is great--so colorful and fun. I really enjoy it!

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  10. You certainly represent the persistence of quilters! What a treasure for the baby.

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  11. It is so special to see the very beginning of a cherished heirloom, as this quilt is sure to become one.

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  12. Awesome! What a fun quilt, and what a great story!

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  13. I'm sure the baby will adore the quilt. Love the whimsy.

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  14. This quilt is fantastic! I love the story. Your new niece or nephew will love it.

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  15. Now that's a fantastic baby quilt ... bright colors and cheerful animals. It's also truly fits into the original spirit of quilting - making something both utilitarian and gorgeous from whatever supplies you have on hand. Cheers!

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  16. Love your quilt and its wonderful trip will be a great story to tell to the baby as iy grows up. The fabric selection is great fun.

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  17. I have some of that IKEA fabric too. What a great way to show it off with all the solids. I may copying this one soon!

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  18. What a lovely bright and cheery baby quilt and a well travelled one too.

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  19. I love your "green" quilt! I celebrate the idea reusing fabric!

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  20. What a wonderful quilt. I love how you have used what you have at hand. The quilting looks perfect.

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  21. What a bright and cheerful baby quilt!!!

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  22. love this one, the back is almost as beautiful as the front!
    thanks for sharing!

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  23. Love this quilt, it's kinda like mine, a theme for kids. The colors are great. Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt. Stephanie

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  24. How fascinating that your amazing quilt has traveled to places that many of us have not visited.

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  25. VERY cute and colorful quilt! A terrific idea!

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  26. That is one cute quilt. I love your design and to have made it from differnt sources of fabric makes it even better. Very cute indeed.

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  27. So cute! That baby is very lucky to have such a quilt.

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  28. Fantastic quilt. I can't wait to see what else you create!
    -Jaclyn

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  29. This is such a sweet little quilt. Sure to be loved for a long time.

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  30. Perfect quilt for a baby. I just love the large print you used. You did a wonderful job.

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  31. i love the weight of quilts with just a sheet inside. Nice job! way to use you resources! gotta love ikea!

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  32. The legs on each of the animals are just precious! What a happy quilt and all ready with a story started as it travels around the world!

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  33. That is going to be one well used quilt. Destined to be slept on and under, made into a cape or a tent. Lovely!

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  34. Wonderful Baby quilt- Your animals are so funky looking - I am sure it is going to be a well loved quilt by its owner.
    Continue to enjoy the quilting journey- it will take you to many interesting places.
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
    Anna

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  35. Very cheerful and full of life. Great quilt!

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  36. I like how clever you were with finding materials!
    And I love the idea of a bed in the backyard ;)

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  37. I love it! Now that is a quilt.....made from all the fabrics of life! You are very resourceful......what a lucky baby!

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  38. What a great quilt. It is amazing how resourceful you are and working with what is available. You did a great job. I am sure your brother and his wife appreciate all the hard work and time it took to actually get it to them. The baby will love it too. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Thanks for dropping by to visit me! You're so resourceful, and you came up with a bright cheery quilt too. Great job!

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  40. Thanks for your visit!

    I think you made an amazing quilt working with what was available!

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  41. i love the IKEA animals and how you used things you had on hand. i am sure it will be treasured for many years to come.

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  42. Your quilt is so cute, love it. That's what quilting is all about, using what you have available. Very impressive!

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  43. so colorful and bright! I love it.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  44. What a great colorful and creative quilt! An old fashioned "I made it with what I had on hand" kind of quilt. And it's so lovely--the baby will enjoy cuddling up with it.

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  45. I love your quilt. Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Blogger's Fall Quilt Festival.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  46. My goodness! THIS is my favorite so...sew far!!! I think the quilt is just smashing!!! I especially like your creativeness and your story. : ) Keep up the good work!

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  47. Absolutely adorable - you should be very proud of your accomplishment - I'm sure the baby and his/her parents will treasure it - and the baby will drag it around on many adventures! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Great story - who knew- Ikea fabric! ou're starting out on your way to becoming a great quilter!

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  49. Really cute. You should be very proud of yourself, specially if this only your 4th quilt.

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  50. Adorable quilt! and I love how you used what was available in a wonderfully creative way! Love the Big-Stitch style quilting!

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  51. I too did not have much choice since there is only four (too). The others are almost finished where mostly because I don't have much cash to buy the batting. I too have used flannel as batting and they feel great too - not too heavy and just nice for the warm weather in Malaysia.

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  52. You made this in the true spirit of quilting, just like our fore-mothers did: use what you have. Great job!

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  53. I love your quilt!! I´m impressed by your effort to do quilt even when it seems to be hard to find the materials.
    Diana Zamora
    From Costa Rica

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  54. I really love your quilt. Funnily enough I have just come from Ikea and bought that very fabric! This looks fabulous and what a lovely idea to frame the animals like that!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours. I am glad you started blogging. I had a look at your other posts and so interesting to learn a bit about the Sudan this way. Thanks so much and please keep it up!

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  55. Its darling! I love that its a well traveled quilt!

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  56. This is adorable! I love the colors and all of the different block sizes. Your quilting is so pretty too!

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  57. that is a supercute quilt and beautifully made!

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  58. voila une histoire peu commune et le mérite de l'avoir réalisé avec des tissus peu conventionnels félicitation

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  59. Wonderful quilt, love your design and color, will be great quilt for the baby.

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  60. Your quilting is called big stitch quilting and resembles the sashiko quilting of Japan, so you really intuitively knew how to do it. It is just right for this really great 4th quilt. Looks like you are a natural!

    I really like the story with this quilt.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Cute quilt and what a special gift for a new baby. I really enjoyed reading your story about your quilt and how it traveled around the globe. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. What a journey this quilt has gone on already! I love it! all the variety of size and color, give it lots of interest! Thanks for sharing :)

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  63. WOW!!.....

    it's bright, lively and just perfect for a baby.

    and the quilt even has a journeyto tell when the baby gets older.

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  64. Love the quilt, and it's quite a traveler already. What a treasure you've made, using what you could find to finish this adorable project. Well done!

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  65. it's really great to see such a lovely quilt from someone who isn't an expert! i'm just starting, myself, and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the process. thanks for inspiring me!

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  66. That is so bright and colorful, a wonderful baby quilt.

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  67. What a happy, FUN quilt; baby is sure to love it and those great colors will stimulate baby no end.

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  68. I like it the quilt very nice.
    Marika

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  69. Bright, cheerful, and made with love---and perserverance! Definitely bound to be a "lovey" dragged around and well treasured. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story.

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  70. Wow -- your quilt is adorable -- and I love that you've handquilted it!

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  71. Fantastic colourful quilt. I am sure the baby will love it.

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