Friday, May 21, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Spring 2010

Greetings to those of you visiting from Amy's Creative Side, home to the semi annual Blogger's Quilt Festival. This is the 3rd event and my 3rd time participating :)
This small wall hanging incorporates my two loves - cross stitch and hand quilting. The only machine sewing was for the internal seams. It was a joy to create right from the start and I use it for the header at my other stitching blog. http://stitchacrosstheborder.blogspot.com/
The project was originally just going to be a basic "learn how to use linen floss for Valentines Day" cross stitch but it morphed into a small quilt when I found some fabric in my drawer that "begged" to be used with it. I never did use the linen floss and the cotton floss that matched the fabric so perfectly was left over from another project :)



Some other details. Finished size approx 131/2"x133/4". Center approx. 63/4"x63/8". Hand turned  binding from back to front on 3 sides with prairie points along the bottom. Hand quilting done with DMC Ecru. Cross-stitch done on 14 ct. Aida with DMC color 3712 - 2 over 1. Cross stitch pattern called Letters Heart/Couer de Lettres by DMC.






Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope you are enjoying the festival. I know I am. Lots of wonderful quilts to see and fabulous stories to read.

45 comments:

bearpaw said...

This is such a pretty little quilt - love the cross stitch writing!
And greeting from Edinburgh! Though not technically a Scot (a Londoner by birth) I have been here over 20 years! Are you ever coming home?

MaryLu said...

Very sweet little wallhanging! I am becoing more and more attracted to reds, toiles and old fashioned prints. That little piece is just my style! Good job!

Dolly said...

Very pretty pillow......I just love hand-crafted pillows all over the house, and I especially like the red toile.

No flood damage here for us, but some here in Lewis County. Did you fare okay? What county are you?

Sandra said...

As a quilt historian & appraiser I love the toiles. Thanks for sharing.
Sandra Starley
Come see my 1890 antiquedouble pink blazing star
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

and my 1890 cheddar star and reproduction
http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

Angie said...

I incorporated some cross-stitch blocks in my first sampler quilt years ago and had forgotten about it. I'm thinking now I should try my hand at it again - it's just that cross-stitching takes so long. But your little quilt is so inspiring. Just beautiful! And love the prairie points.

Becky said...

Beautiful! Love the way you let the project speak to you. Way to go! Thanks for visiting my blog!

sewpam63 said...

What a sweet little quilt and stitchery project! Red happens to be my favorite color and I love toile! So...sew, I especially appreciate your work. ; ) Thanks for sharing!!!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That is so beautiful. I love the cross stitch design and also how beautiful the toile looks with it. I hope you weren't near the flooding a couple of weeks ago.

Mary said...

This is so gorgeous and even more so because of all the hand stitching for both the cross stitching and the quilting. Just beautiful!

Suedio said...

Love it! I do a bit of cross stitch too, but often don't know what I want to do with it when it's done. Bit of inspiration for me here.

Thanks so much for sharing. Regards, Sue

Kathy said...

You were right, the toile fabric is just the perfect pattern to coordinate with your lovely stitchery! I really like seeing creative efforts that cross over with more than one artform.

Carol said...

Thank you ladies. I enjoy being able to combine different art forms together and this one was a whole lot of fun.

whatktmadenext said...

This is beautiful! Your cross stitch heart is incredible. I've never really seen any cross stitch that made me want to try it out, but this is making me reconsider!

Catherine said...

So pretty! Love the cross stitch writing!!

The Calico Cat said...

Neat - it almost makes me want to do one of my cross stitches so I can use it as a quilt block - almost...

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt! The cross-stitch motif is wonderful, and I love the extra red stitching around the edge and in the corners. Very nice.

kylydia said...

Thanks for sharing as part of the BQF, and thanks for the comment on my entry!

Pat said...

Oh my, it is a lovely quilt. It represents such nostalgia. Toiles always hold a special place in my heart, but I don't have a single one in my house--go figure! Really do love how you mix two loves into one quilt.

Erin O. said...

Beautiful!

Bellgirl said...

How beautiful! I popped over to your other blog too to see more of your exquisite needlework.

Dani said...

Another cross stitcher/quilter :) Yay ... always great to see. I love your little wall hanging.

Carol said...

Thanks for visiting. Glad you are enjoying the combination of cross-stitch and quilting.

Janet said...

Wonderful combination of cross stitch and quilting! Lovely!

Angie said...

What a pretty little quilt!

Laurie said...

You took my favorite color, red, and used some of my favorite fabric, toile and came up with a charming quilt. I love the cross stitch heart.
(my denim quilt was an original pattern.) Thanks for visiting my blog.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

What a beautiful way to frame your stitchery. Lovely quilt!

Sew Fresh Fabrics said...

So lovely! And I love the toile... Hand stitching and cross stitch are two things I am not very good at but so appreciate. Nice!

SarahB said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Love the cross stitch design and you were right - the fabric just begged to be used with it!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such a pretty wall hanging. Love the cross over with cross stitch and quilting.

Allie said...

Your wall hanging is lovely! I love the cross stitch.

Ivory Spring said...

Carol... the quilt is just darling. I will never get tired of looking at it.

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Karen said...

What a fantastic cross stitch heart! So elegant and interesting.

piecemealquilts said...

This is adorable! Several members of my family enjoy the combination of needlework and quilting, and I've saved this link to show them.
(When I clicked on your link from the comment you left on my BQF entry, I tried to figure out what ascotintennessee meant. I came up with Ascot in Tennessee and I thought that was a little odd... Oh! "A Scot..." that makes much more sense!)

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

wow, great quilt! I love cross stitch, it reminds me of my mom.

Ariane said...

It is gorgeous. I love the cross stitch letters. Just amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

Chakatoria said...

Beautiful work. I can't wait to read more!


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Rebekah said...

This is gorgeous! I love redwork needlework.

Miri said...

Beautiful! Simply beautiful!

colourdujour said...

thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! I love the stories and the behind the scene and process of what went into making of the quilt.

colourdujour said...

oh, I forgot to say we were in your state of TN last month, at the Opryland Hotel, a week before it flooded. Heart breaks for the area.

canuckquilter said...

This is such a sweet little mini quilt. Your stitching is lovely. The points at the bottom add a nice litttle touch too.

kameleonquilt said...

Carol, this is a jewel! The cross stitch heart is so beautiful and the fabric perfect with it.

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

Love the red....just beautiful.
Randi
http://DivaBuzz.designing-diva.com

Bunny said...

This is just so beautiful I love it. I would say a work of art.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment.

Eileen said...

lovely piece!! such nice work. my grandmother came from edinburgh where she'd been in the donaldson orphanage. thank goodness so she could meet my grandpa!! she did beautiful crochet and tatting laces for the embroidered pillow cases she gave to her family.