Friday, April 17, 2009

Blogging Quilt Festival - 2009

Thanks to Amy for organizing an online Quilt Festival!

It was easy for me to figure out which is my favorite quilt. It's my Alphabet Sampler Quilt. I had been making Tonya's free pieced letters so much, I decided I needed to make an alphabet for myself as a reference, so wouldn't have to keep looking at the instructions whenever I wanted to make a letter.

I knew I wanted both upper and lower case letters. Somewhere along the line I decided to add numbers. I wasn't sure how I wanted to arrange them, so I stared looking at early American cross-stitch samplers. Then I decided to add my house, and sign the quilt along with the date.

I needed some elements to fill empty spaces, so I added hearts, flowers, butterflies, the spools of thread and finally, my own hand.

I'm really thrilled with the way it turned out.

Check out the other quiltmakers who are participating in this Blogging Quilt Festival here.

74 comments:

rachel griffith said...

omg...this is too cute for words.
you did a great, great job!!!

Bunny said...

Great quilt! I love the sampler look.

Emma said...

What a fun quilt!

Quilt Pixie said...

You did a great job of replicating Americana samplers with the quilt. I particularly like the stack of spools you added beside the house -- very informative about what sort of "housework" goes on :-)

Stephanie said...

What a terrific quilt!!!

Quilt+Bitch said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I always wanted to do something similar to this. It's so creative.

Sarah said...

I am stunned with this! Really amazing...

Laurie said...

Fabulous I've loved the letters too but what sure where they came from. I even used them but can't remember...oh yes, a baby quilt for Austin. I love the sampler look.

Quilting4U said...

You go girl! You really outdid yourself on this quilt! It is truly one of a kind, and FUN!

amylouwho said...

I've never seen anything like this! It's so cool!

Anina said...

How absolutely wonderful!

Amy Sp said...

I've never seen anything like this, but I think it's wonderful.

StegArt said...

This is a fun quilt! Great idea for remembering how to make each letter block.

Doris said...

I love those spools!

Kari said...

I love the nod to the past even though it isn't traditional in feel. Great job!

Hedgehog said...

This is a fantastic quilt! Thanks for sharing it!

Janet Brady said...

The bright colors and the funky shapes of the letters are really great. I'd love to make a quilt like this for my daughter who teaches kindergarten to hang in her classroom. Thanks for sharing.

quiltmamajb said...

What a fun and useful quilt. Way to go! Piece...

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Amazing sampler!!! So colorful and your extra elements really add so much! what an accomplishment :)

Do you have it hanging somewhere for reference?

Bethany said...

What a neat way to do a sampler! I love the spools!

Andi said...

Really gorgeous.
What are you using it for now?

Callie said...

Fantastic! Love your quilt. Gives me ideas, it does. Hope I can get back to quilting soon. Love reading your blog.

Zonnah said...

So pretty! This would make a great baby blanket.

Maggie said...

fabulous. A modern take on the traditional needlepoint sampler.

Melody said...

I absolutly love it! Great idea. My favorite so far!

em's scrapbag said...

Terrific idea. Love it!

Crispy said...

What a wonderful quilt!! I've never seen anything like this before, a great original idea!!

Crispy

Amylou said...

This is amazing!

Kim said...

Love the quilted take on an old fashioned sampler! And the colors are great -- very happy :-) Beautiful work!

Kerri said...

oh, my!! i love this!! such a fun quilt!! :)

Robin said...

Oh, wow! I've never seen anything quite like this in quilt form. So very cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lollydo said...

Tonya and Bonnie two of my fav's - both of them would be so pleased to see your quilt. LOVe. It.

Natasha said...

Ooh I need to try some of the those letters! Great quilt.

Clare said...

I've always loved this one. The more I see it, the more it really does remind me of an antique sampler.

nicolette said...

Absolutely beautiful!

I tried to make free pieced letters, but I didn’t succeed!

Nadine said...

You should be VERY pleased with how it turned out, Millie! Love it! I used to do cross stitch (before quilting took over my life) and your quilt is just such a perfect sampler. Thanks for sharing!

karenfae said...

so colorful, I bet you were glad how it turned out.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

scrappy quilter said...

Great sampler quilt. I love the brilliant colors. One of my favorites so far.

Coloradolady said...

What a great quilt. The colors are great. Very unusual. I really love the design.

Tami said...

What a fantastic sampler quilt! I especially like how you added your house and hand. Nice touches!

Roslyn Atwood said...

good work,I have tried a little free piecing & your quilt makes me want to go back there!

Bebesboutique said...

what a wonderful quilt! And great Idea for haveing a refrence to glance at instead of the instructions. I know I have to page through all the pages I printed off when looking for a certain letter. lol

Quilt Rat said...

and thrilled you should be! It is most Excellent!

Heather said...

absolutely stunning.

Cher said...

still one of my favorite quilts of yours

Michelle said...

Wow -- what a great idea!

Susan said...

A super quilt; fun!

Pamela said...

What a cute quilt! The house on the front almost looks like mine!

scraphappy said...

I love this quilt. What a great way to showcase all the wonky letters. It is so cool that you based in on a traditional sampler pattern -- wonky and traditional fused into one.

Kelli said...

Love this!

Ariane said...

I love this quilt. You did an amazing job. I loved following your progress when you made it. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

This is a great quilt, Lynne, and a fantastic reference tool too!

Sara said...

Oh, another NH quilter - love that this reminds me of the samplers we used to embroider or cross stitch.

great quilt!

whoopdedoo_5 said...

this is soo interesting! great work!

anne bebbington said...

What a terrific way to use Tonya-esque letters

rebecs said...

wow! love the letters and numbers.

Cathy said...

What a fun, fun quilt! Very vibrant and full of color.

Cathy ♥

acardaday said...

those spools are so cute! love this quilt, thanks for sharing! xxx

Quilty Conscience said...

I really love your hand on it. What a fun quilt!

Lisa D. said...

What a beautiful alphabet sampler quilt - very creative!

Mandy said...

What a great idea. I do like the sampler. The alphabet looks such fun.

Christa Irell said...

So bright and cheery- a perfect way to show all the things you love and are good at!

knitnoid said...

What a cute idea.

kcenya1950 said...

this is a wonderful quilt. i just love it. i found you through the quilt festival and am so happy i did

Mary L. said...

Now how cute is that! I love it. You are very creative.

Andrea said...

It is so cool! Thanks for the link on the tutorial too!

sewhooked said...

How lovely and colorful! I said WOW when I first opened your page!

Ilena said...

What a wonderful idea, a colorful lovely sampler quilt!

Polly said...

Really gorgeous! Polly :-)

Jackie said...

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog! Your quilt is beautiful and I love your blog. I will definitely be back. From one fellow New Englander to another.

Minka's Studio said...

I've not seen that many sampler quilt. Cute idea!

live a colorful life said...

What a great idea, and a GREAT quilt. So cute!

Jeannette said...

Something old, something new...very artistic, thank you for the view.

Leja said...

Patchwork from Leja in Sweden


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