Friday, 17 April 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival



Whilst I was surfing the net recently, through Qubie's blog, via Quilt Dad's blog to Amy, who is running the first Annual Bloggers Quilt Festival. Yaaaay! You'll find a link on the side, go have a look at all the other bloggers quilts. We are all posting about our favourite quilt.
So this is my favourite quilt, known as the Boston Quilt. The pattern is called Waterfalls from the book Big 'n Easy by Judy Hopkins. We went on holiday to Boston, MA in 2007 and having researched the area for quilt shops (come on! you're not telling me you don't do a little 'research' when on a road trip... surely he he) Anyway, I took the pattern with me so I knew exactly what to buy. Whilst we were there, one colour just seemed to be predominant at that time, what I would call Duck Egg Blue. It was everywhere, even on the wall in our hotel! So that was the starting point for the colour choice. So out we travelled to the quilt shop in Cambridge, armed with my 10% off voucher from the internet, the bus driver knew the stop we had asked for and the target was found. Inside, I'm not sure the ladies knew what to make of this strange British couple piling bolt after bolt onto the counter. Sixteen different blues is a lot to get together, and make sure they all play nicely too. The poor ladies were itching to start cutting. And cut they did!






The soft buttery yellow batik is just right, and for me reminds me of the glorious sunshine we had during our stay. The pattern it makes represents all the walking we did, and what a wonderful city it is. This quilt is full of memories of our time in Boston. I gave it to my partner for Valentines day last year, and it is on his bed in his cottage.



When the ladies were cutting, I rounded up the requirements so was lucky enough to have fabrics left over. I am in the middle of making another quilt from these leftovers. Fondly known as my Boston Diversion.

17 comments:

rachel griffith said...

this is just lovely!!!

Zonnah said...

I love leftovers! This quilt is amazing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your quilt!! I am crazy for that blue too. My dh painted an old wardrobe in that colonial blue and I store my stash inside. Well, part of my stash :-)

Kerri said...

such a lovely quilt!!

Tracey said...

Lovely quilt and quilting!

Rhonda said...

Great quilt. I love the some yellow color that flows over the quilt.

Emma said...

Great quilt! My mother grew up in Boston, Lincs.

Aunt Spicy said...

How in the world did you ever choose a favorite? I have been going through your blog and am amazed at all the beautiful quilts!

StegArt said...

Your quilt is lovely!

Trudi said...

Thanks Aunt Spicy, those are just the ones completed this year! There are so many to choose from hehe

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

I love the quilt and the story behind it! Such a fun memento of your trip - and it's beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

Quilt Rat said...

Terrific quilt.........it seems to be dancing!
Isn't this festival just the all time best!

Micki said...

I do love the quilt, and you are right, the yellow batiks made it look like sunshine. I love batiks and use them alot along with the Michael Miller fairy frost.
Micki

Janet Brady said...

I love the effect of the blocks being behind the yellow chains. Amazing what contrast can do. I'm a die hard blue fan too. Thanks for sharing.

Granny Lyn said...

What a wonderful combination of colors! The yellow is the perfect compliment! no wonder you're proud of it!

Kim said...

Beautiful quilt and what a lovely gift to make for him!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

I'm so soppy, I'm smiling like a loon here reading this - the story of the holiday, you buying every blue in the quilt shop! My first holiday with Nigel was to New England and Boston and, like a pair of total tourists, we had a night in the Cheers bar! But it was before my quilting days so I didn't take advantage of US fabric shops - wouldn't make that mistake again!!!