Friday, October 9, 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival 9-16 October 2009







For a number of years I have been inspired by the book "Grandma's Best Full-Size Quilt Blocks - Pieces of the Past for Today's Quilter" by Better Homes and Gardens. I first saw the book in my mother-in-laws extensive quilt book collection and dropped hints like bricks to my DH for a copy. Lo and behold he got it for me, probably as a Christmas gift :)
On occasion I have made a few of the blocks. Recently I decided it was time to try making them all, which will take me a while because most of the blocks do not have patterns (see my side-bar). Having said that I have been able to find patterns for the more complex ones (for me anything that involves lots of triangles and curves.)
The plan is to make wall-hangings and the occasional sampler quilt.
The main block on this scrumptious wall hanging is called "Ohio Rose" and it's finish is an experiment. I am learning how to do three dimensional applique :) This is proving to be a whoooole lot of fun.
I totally loved making this project. It would look fabulous in my daughter's bedroom but I have very reluctantly parted with it already because it is a gift for someone else. Mmmmm, maybe I should make another one.
There is another more interesting part to this story but I cann't reveal it at the moment.
Any hoo dear people. Thanks for visiting, go grab a chair, a beverage of your choice, (maybe some pic-nic supplies) and click on Amy's parkcitygirl link in the sidebar. Then go do some fun blog hopping. You will not be disappointed.
Carol H.

63 comments:

Anne said...

It's so pretty how the flower stands off of the block. Can't wait to see the whole quilt.

Micki said...

That will be a lovely wallhanging and quilt....I am glad that you decided to do it.
Micki

Rhondi said...

Hi Carol
What a beautiful quuilt. Ilokve the three dimensional flowers and the yo yo centers. SOmeone is going to be very lucky to get it!
Happy quilting, Rhondi

Diva Quilts said...

I love the 3-dimensional aspect - and your colour choice!

kaymac said...
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kaymac said...

Love the background fabric. I have a little piece of that in my stash. The pink and red are great (my favorites) and the dimensionality and setting are special touches.

Thanks for posting it!
Kay Mackenzie

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Carol said...

Thank you ladies. Pleased you like it. I'm looking forward to trying out some other variations.

Sara said...

Very cool technique of making the flower stand off the block...I really think it is very pretty.

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

I love it and have never seen this book or design. Thanks for sharing the wonderful quilt.

Jean said...

I love this flower. So pretty...good luck finishing the blocks in the book.

Isn't this festival fun?

Serena said...

A very very pretty flower!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

so fun! thanks for showing us!

Quiltluver said...

Interesting dimensional quilt. Pretty colors. So, you got the Julia Child thing going, eh? Working your way through a quilt book like she did with cooking. Sounds great!

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I'm a fan of 3-D quilts and yours is quite lovely. The center yo-yo is a nice accent. Great idea to work your way through Grandma's Block book.

nanann said...

I find it shocking that the book doesn't include patterns for all the blocks, but must be more of a 'see' than 'do' book. Sounds like you've got a fun project started, and a great start to it with this!

Linda said...

Wow... the 3d is fabulous

Ariane said...

I love it. It's beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

Hints like bricks, I need to target some of mine in like that.

Leslie said...

those flowers are great...beautiful work. i am enjoying all the entries with tea and toast!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Love this block! And what a simply awesome thing to be making the blocks from the book. Thanks for sharin!

Natalia said...

Love this, love the flowers!

wackywoman said...

Great quilt you got there Carol. I'm a Hansen; but a Dane.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very lovely quilt. I love how the flower stands up.


Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

taylorsoutback said...

Very pretty - I also love that particular book & have made a few things from it. It is a book you keep going back to, isn't it? I found a very gently used copy on eBay a while back.

Allie said...

It looks just beautiful! I need the rest of the story...now. ;)

QuiltSue said...

That's so pretty and the complete quilt will be lovely.

Carol said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments. I will respond to each of you individually once I've recovered from my migraine :)
A note about the designs in the book. They do come with full page finished patterns that all need to be adapted to use with fabric i.e. seam allowances added. Some of the more complex ones need to be completely redrawn so they can be used for paper piecing.

Miri said...

Very cute! Love the 3-d aspect!

Rene' said...

Wow. Three dimensional applique. Another technique to learn. Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

ambitious! and pretty:)

sewpam63 said...

Your 3-dimensional applique is awesome! Great job! Thanks for sharing this with us. : )

paula, the quilter said...

Love the 3d effect you have given the flowers. This is lovely.

Linda Moran said...

I love dimension in quilts!

Carin said...

Beautiful quilt!

Allie said...

Beautiful - one of my favorite patterns! I like the idea of one-block little quilts - that sounds do-able to me, lol!

geni (nl) said...

Love your wonderful quilt!
Thank you for sharing.

Geni
@ Loose Ends

stitchinpenny said...

Wow. Another one is called for/

Rebecka said...

I love your 3-D applique. Very pretty!! Thanks for sharing.

Rebekah said...

your 3-d applique is beautiful!

SewCalGal said...

Delightful quilt. Thanks for participatng in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

ParisMaddy said...

Scrumptious is right! I love the dimensionality and rosy colors.

Frieda said...

Your quilt is so pretty. I love how the flower stands up. Thank you for the comment on mine.

Carol said...

Thank you ladies. This festival is definitely proving to be inspirational and a whole lot of fun :)

kameleonquilt said...

Wow, Carol, this is beautiful! I love the effect of your 3D applique. I hope the recipient will appreciate it.

Lisa said...

I grabbed that book at a Library Book Sale a few months ago. Great book! There's a bunch of blocks in there I want to try. Your blocks are very pretty.

Cynthia said...

This flower block is awesome. Maybe I should start making some of the patterns.

Roslyn said...

Oh boy you are ambitious, I am in awe of your determination!

sewathome said...

Such a pretty flower! I love how it stands out. Inspiring...

seemommysew said...

Beautiful! I love the way you did the flowers!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

So pretty! thanks for sharing :)

Sonja♥ said...

I love the 3 dimention you give to your quilts in adding 3 dimentional appliqu├ęs!!!
Thank you for your comment:)

Mikol said...

How fun! I love the 3-D element.

Suzanne said...

Very pretty! I love the 3D rose!

Suzanne said...

I love the 3D rose - very pretty!

Tracey said...

Very pretty! Husbands can be so wonderful sometimes - You should work your way through the book!

duckyhouse said...

Ooo I love the block and the 3D flower.

Love 2 Quilt said...

Love the 3-D flower and the color is so bright and happy!!

Carol said...

Thank you everyone for visiting and leaving comments. I think I replied to everyone that I was able to.
Hope you all enjoyed the festival. I for one was inspired by all the ideas and stories.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

The flowers and the colors are beautiful; the finished quilt will be quite lovely.

MARIKA said...

I like it the quilt very nice.
Marika

Zlaty said...

Great quilt, I love the 3D effect and the pink is so pretty!

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!

Happy sewing!

tooznie said...

What a neat effect, you've used really nice authentic colurs too. Beautiful work!