Friday, October 29

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Once again, Amy is hosting a Blogger's Quilt Festival during the week of Fall Quilt Market. Just go here and you will see the on-line festival of quilts at oh-so-many-wonderful-blogs!!!
I'm going to share one that I've shared before but it is a favorite. This is a quilt that I made for the youth area of the Prior Lake (MN) Library. I like it because I thought of my kids and their friends as I made the fall side of the quilt that you see here.......

and then again when I made the Spring side of the quilt. The quilt is reversible! It was a commissioned piece and it had to represent the library and the community of Prior Lake. I drew my sketches and then used fusible to iron all the pieces in place. Most of the fabrics are cotton, but I found knits and other fabrics in my stash that were perfect for the jeans, sweaters, rug, etc. The picture over the fireplace represents the lake that is the "heart" of the community where we used to live. Elements in the Fall side are things that were in our home and those in the Spring side are bits and pieces of places we would pass as we walked to the library. To read more of the story in my original post on this quilt just go here .
One day, I would like to recreate this quilt so that I can hang it in our new home. It is like a storybook of our visits to the library and the books the kids would read when they were young. If I ever make the quilt again, I will do one thing differently. I will do more machine quilting. At the time that I made the original, I was concentrating more on creating the scene.....almost like painting a picture and I did not think about how the fabric might sag over time. I should have known better. :-)
No progress to share on the current Halloween quilt that I am working on.....maybe on Saturday.....or Sunday. :-) Today, I did some decorating on our porch with lights and stuff so the Trick or Treaters will know that they can come to our door for some sweet treats. And tomorrow, I am meeting my friends, Laura and Sharon, for a day out with lunch and fabric shopping. I guess you could say it's our "Halloween treat"! :-)
Have a great weekend! I'll be back on Sunday for sure with a Halloween post!
Sandi

12 comments:

Lindah said...

Such an interesting quilt! I love that it is reversible. I've been thinking about that concept of "reversible" lately as the prices for batting and backing keep on going up. I like the idea of "2 fer 1." :-)

Sandy, your surprise package arrived this week. What fun! The panels are so cute. I especially like the "Halloween Groove." The variety of H'ween prints in the stack of charms is amazing. These "combined" will make the cutest runner. ;-)

Thank you, Sandy, for drawing my name and sending this cute package. Do you know, this is the first time my name has been drawn.

Blessings!

Crispy said...

What a great quilt Sandi!! A perfect choice to showcase :0)

Crispy

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Sandi, this quilt is so perfect. Great idea to make it reversible.

Karen said...

What an interesting quilt!

Beth said...

what a cute quilt. My girls and I are big readers, so we have spent a lot of time at the library and curled up in chairs reading.
I love how the quilt is also a fond memory of past times.

Debbie said...

I like this, Sandi, because it's not the usual boring library quilt. You know, the one with the bookshelves and the books going every which way! Hope you have the chance to duplicate it.

SheilaC said...

Thanks for sharing this great quilt! I love that it is reversible!

SheilaC

Colleen said...

I love it! As a library teacher I have been looking for ideas for reading/book themed quilts!

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

Very pretty!

Sandra said...

What a lovely donation, the children look so cozy and intent on their reading. Thanks for sharing.
Come see my antique 1890 schoolhouse quilt entry
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com/
or my black/white/pink scrappy miniature
http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

Chris said...

So sweet. It is a lovely reminder of kids :)

Alicia said...

Great job, and so unique!

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