Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Amy of ParkCityGirl is hosting a Quilt Festival for bloggers, to give us something fun to do while the quilt business people are at Quilt Market in Houston. The quilt I am showing off is one of my favorites, made using the pattern Sampler Magic by Lori Smith.



My local quilt shop, Pennington Quilt Works (in Pennington, NJ), has a program called Saturday Sampler. You register for the program and pay for the book or pattern that will be used. Then one Saturday a month, you go to the store to see a demonstration of how to make the block for that month and pick up your zip lock bag with the fabric for that month's block. The materials are free as long as you bring your completed block from the prior month. If you don't make it in on the appointed day (now a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday because the program has grown big) or haven't completed the prior month's block, you pay $10 (I think) for the materials for the next block. It is a fun and inexpensive way (as long as you keep up) to complete a quilt top and a good way for beginners to pick up new skills.


They usually have several alternatives for finishing the quilt top and sell kits for finishing, plus they hold back yardage from the collection(s) so you can buy what you need to finish the top to your own design.


Now, technically, I did not make this quilt in the Saturday Sampler program because by the time I knew about it, the session was in full swing (usually lasts for 12 months). So I bought the pattern, shopped by stash, and held my own "block of the week" program in my studio. It was a lot of fun, something I intend to repeat soon.



Here's a closer look at one block and the sashing. My longarm quilter did an excellent job, using tan thread and quilting a vine in the outer border. I selected fabrics that would go well in our family room - dark green walls, white woodwork, tan carpeting and sofa, red wing chair, floral print valence and arm chair, dark wood tables, book shelves, and tv stand. You can see the quilt in action below.




I enjoyed making this quilt so much that I signed up for the Saturday Sampler program the next time it started up. I'll show you that quilt another time.


Thanks, Amy, for hosting another fun festival. I look forward to seeing the quilts on display from the participating bloggers.

33 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Stars! That quilt suits the room that chair just perfectly. All you need is a good book and you'll be good all afternoon!

Terri Stegmiller said...

It looks so great with the room surroundings.

Crafty Mama said...

It's beautiful, I love it!!

Jan said...

I love your quilt. What a fantastic way to get the blocks done.

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Trudi said...

Such a great quilt that is so at home too! Lovely!

Carol said...

Gorgeous.

stitchinpenny said...

Exquisite. I think you were brave to set out on a quest alone that was designed as a group effort.

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Beautiful quilts, nice work. Thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt.

Anne said...

Our quilt shop had the same kind of program and it was what has gotten me interested in quilting. Your work is beautiful!

Me aka Supermom said...

This is fantastic!! Gorgeous colors remind me of Christmas~

margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

die-fadenwerkstatt said...

A beautiful quilt! But I also love your anime bag on your sidebar.

Cara said...

What a great way to make a quilt. I wish my LQS did something like that.

tirane93 said...

nice work and a very pleasant, comforting quilt!

Sara said...

I love star quilts! They are among my favorite! This one is just beautiful!

Rhondi said...

The colors you chose are wonderful. The quilt goes perfectly on the chair in that room!

Dotti said...

Great sampler. One of our shops does a program just like yours!

http://piecefulmusings.blogspot.com

Quilter In Paradise said...

great quilt!
Beth in Dallas

treemoore said...

beautiful colours, I love the design.

Rene' said...

What a beautiful sampler!!! The colors do go really well in your family room. Thank for sharing.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Beautiful star sampler. I love your color choices.

Carol said...

Very pretty sampler quilt. My quilt shop has the same program and I think I will sign up. It's fun with other quilters.

Carol

Quiltluver said...

Beautiful quilt. Love the colors.

Carin said...

Its very pretty! I would end up paying for half of them I think I am no good at deadlines LOL!

SewCalGal said...

Delightful Quilt & great story. Thanks so much for sharing and for participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very stunning quilt! Love it. I think you did a great job.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

It is a gorgeous quilt. I love how the sashing puts it all together.

Serena said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I love the colors!

QuiltSue said...

A lovely quilt. I think the colours you used were beautiful.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt !!

Marika

Deborah said...

Beautiful!

Diane said...

love your colors, sampler quilts are the best and BOM's make them even better! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt.

sewpam63 said...

Lovely! The colors shopped from your stash are perfect in your room! Nice job. Glad to hear your own BOM project was sew successful! ; ) Thanks for sharing.