Friday, 29 October 2010

Bloggers Fall Quilt Festival


It's that time of year again, and I'd like to thank Amy for once again organising the Bloggers Fall Quilt Festival.  And to all the lovely and oh so very generous sponsors too, a big thank you :)

So this year I thought I'd share my favourite quilt I've completed this year -  French Blue.  This quilt started life as a scrappy leaders and enders project I took with me for a retreat weekend.  Over several weekends I managed to get all the blocks pieced, and then, as with a lot of us quilting butterflies, there they sat ..... waiting!


And these blocks waited patiently until a colleague declared she was leaving us to go live in French France!  I knew I just had to make a quilt for this dear dear friend, as she had patiently watched me bring in quilt after quilt as I completed them, she actively admired and encouraged my creativity.  How could I not make a quilt for her!  

So we discussed colours, size, pattern, all the usual things you would consider when you are making something special for someone equally as special.  So when she told me she wanted something typically French cottage chic, I knew just the blocks.  I dutifully dug them out from their resting spot, a quick count up and took them for a visit to the workplace.  Perfect, just perfect! 


I was given carte blanch to finish the quilt borders and quilt it as my heart desired!  And I had great fun in the process! 

I managed to finish this quilt just in time for it to travel to Birmingham to appear on the New English Quilter Stand for Festival of Quilts.


And then brought it safely home to be wrapped and given to a very dear friend to take with her to France and not only help her settle into her new home, but also as a reminder of the good times and friends across the channel.



It was definitely a hard one to give, as I chose the blocks, pattern and especially the colours because I loved them.  What more could you put into a gift?

I hope you are enjoying visiting all the other beautiful quilts in the Festival, head back over to Amys blog to the Festival Linky to continue this amazing adventure!

Happy Quilting!




24 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh what a beautiful quilt! I love the blue and white with the touch of yellow. Gorgeous!

Barb said...

Oh...that quilt is just lovely...

Tracey said...

Its a beautiful quilt. I saw it at FOQ and it looked fantastic . I really like the backing fabric too!

kwiltmakr said...

What a nice quilt and an even nicer thing to do for a dear friend. It is lovely and I know that she will love it forever.

BJ said...

Beautiful quilt. Lovely quilting.

QuiltSue said...

It's gorgeous. Now, if I told you I was going to live in Frenchland too .....

Quilts on Bastings said...

Beautiful quilt - gorgeous quilting!

Lynne said...

Wonderful quilt and I agree with Kare, your quilting is incredible.

orchidlover said...

Beautiful quilt and such a lovely gift for your friend

Love and hugs Gina xxx

AMKreations said...

It's beautiful! I love that it was displayed too!

Vivian said...

Very nice quilt and how lucky you were to have the blocks already pieced when the need for a gift came up!

The quilting is lovely, finishes it off just right.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That quilt is an absolute beauty Trudi and I would have had a hard time sending it across the channel; but friends are worth it.

Mary said...

Wonderful quilt! I love the colors! Your friend was certainly lucky to receive such a lovely gift.

Becky said...

It's gorgeous. I love how from far away it has such a sense of motion. But up close, it's all straight lines! fantastic work

Chris said...

Wonderful story. Beautiful quilt.

Carol said...

A beautiful quilt and story. Congratulations on having it featured a FOQ.

Karen said...

I think your quilt is great! It has a combination of things that I love - yellow, blue and white plus stars!!
A beautiful gift!

Fabric Fanatic said...

Gorgeous quilt Trudi. I love the colors and I know your friend will feel the love everytime she wraps herself in it. thanks for your lovely comments about my quilt.

Cathy said...

Beautiful quilt, fantastic quilting, and a great story.

Angie said...

Neat Friendship star with the bow ties included. I am working on one tomorrow for a sampler quilt. It is clever how you added the bow ties and add some spark of yellow.
Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

beth said...

what a beautiful quilt...and such a wonderful gift for a friend!!! She'll love you forever.

Gene Black said...

That is a beautiful quilt and a a lovely story to go with it. Thank you!

Emma said...

What an incredibly generous gift, I'm sure she'll treasure it always.

I had a great trip visiting old haunts, do go, it seemed to make me realise how far I'd come. I'll hopefully post about going to Art in Woodstock tomorrow, I love that little towm!

Pattilou said...

The quilt is gorgeous--the touch of yellow really sets it off nicely and your quilting is very nicely done. Congrats on the finish!