Friday, April 17, 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival

First off I want to offer a big THANKS to Amy over at Park City Girl for hosting this wonderful quilt festival. I am just amazed at the turn out.

And the GULP!... 212+ people who have posted so far! I can just tell my whole weekend will be sucked away admiring everyone's work.

Let me introduce you to my favorite quilt:



If you have been reading along here at I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts, you may remember me posting about this quilt recently. I call this one my Picnic Quilt because it is just the right size to tuck in the back of the car or camper. It is my #1 favorite quilt I've completed to date. So much so, that I am afraid even to use it for it's exact purpose. I wouldn't want to get it dirty!

I've always loved the colorful 30's and 40's prints and had quite a collection of strips that I tucked away for a rainy day. Now, my wife and I both always loved to go camping in the summer time or spend time out doors, even before we were married. So I thought that one day I would have enough strips to make a spread to go on the bed in the camper we use that belongs to my inlaws. Well, I kept saving and saving strips, we got married, had kids and I hadn't gotten around to even starting the thing.

One day I was rummaging around the storage tubs in my sewing room for some candy themed fabric to make a Halloween quilt and I came across the bundle of strips I saved. I realized it had been almost 3 years since we were married and 5 plus years since I started saving 30's print strips. I promised myself I would start piecing after the holidays sort of like a New Year's resolution.

The construction is relatively simple. I hardly ever use patterns, just sew and go. I paired the bright prints with a white fabric to make them pop. I ended up with a variation on a log cabin block. The quilt top was done in a day or two. I ultimately decided to make something just big enough to lay on the bed to add some color to the drab 70's feel of the camper. You know, one of those that was orange and brown outside and inside? It hasn't made it on a camping trip with us yet.



To make a long story short, I didn't get the finished top to the quilter for about a year after completing it. Life happened and so did other quilting projects. It was eventually finished and hasn't left the house since its return, until recently. I dropped it off to my local department store last Wednesday so they could do a window display with it. They are featuring men who quilt and sew next month. Maybe when I get it back I might let it air out every once in awhile to enjoy it more.

32 comments:

  1. I love log cabin quilts, and this one is a beauty.

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  2. What a dilemma...it's like a new car, or new clothes...you like them, they are great, but they aren't really really yours yet until they get used and they pick up a little...let's call it character. It's that first scratch on a new hardwood floor, it doesn't look nice...but someday, when the wood has numerous memories of much life, as long as it is clean and oiled up...it is a beautiful floor. This is a gorgeous quilt...but it needs to be used. I dare you! How else are you going to really enjoy it? Okay, art on the wall...but this is truly a quilt.

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  3. I'm glad I found your blog through the online festival! Lovely quilt. I had lots of stitching planned for this weekend, but seem to be spending all my time so far online!

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  4. What a terrific finish. I can certainly understand not wanting to "get it dirty". Maybe you can use this one at home and make something "darker" but equally as pretty for your camping trips. Love the "Men who Quilt" idea.

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  5. Don't you just love finding those boxes tucked away?? It is like breathing new life into a project. Look at how it turned out, beautiful. I just love the 30's as well and am working on a grandmother's flower garden quilt. Great quilt!

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  6. Oh Jackie - Grandmothers flower garden is such a wonderful quilt block. It does look the best when using 30's prints. I've always wanted to make one, but have decided to wait when I have more time. It's such a traditional block that you would almost HAVE to hand stitch it to preserve character.

    Loving this quilt festival everyone!
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. One of my favorite pattersn is the Log Cabin. Your's is wonderful.

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  8. Oooh I really like this one. The colours and fabrics work so well together and I love how the white sets it all off.

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  9. Oh it is beautiful, Ryan. I wish I could branch into brighter colors like that. I may make that my next personal challenge. I always use neutrals and earth tones because; even though I love happier colors I fear them for some reason. lol

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  10. I like the color combination. A guy who quilts - booyahh.

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  11. Great quit Ryan! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing about your quilting adventure......

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  12. Sorry, typo..... meant to say "quilt".

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  13. Just lovely! I made one very similar some years ago. It was a gift and, oh, it kinda hurt to give it away!

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  14. what a great pattern to highlight those fabrics. The colours really pop against the white.

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  15. That quilt is much too beautiful to be a picnic quilt. Picnic quilts should be basically any othere majority color than white. i love that you are a guy that quilts and are willing to blog about it.

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  16. Great colour combo and contrast plus a guy who quilts?
    FABULOUS! Enjoy the festival

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  17. Love your quilt. I would hate to get it dirty too, it's too good to go on the ground but great to cuddle with.

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  18. Wonderful '30s log cabin! Love the orange!

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  19. Dude, I love it! Plus I love that you are a male quilter...we need more in the world!

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  20. I love log cabin blocks! I love
    30's fabrics. Put them together and you get a wonderful quilt! I love it! I also love the fact that you are a male quilter!

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  21. Do get it out and enjoy it more! I've been told a few times, use it and if something happens to it just make more :) I love all the fun colors in your quilt and classic design. Thanks for sharing

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  22. What a beautiful log cabin quilt.
    I love the wonderful coloured fabrics offset by the crisp white.
    Andi :-)

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  23. I like it - nice and simple and a down home feel about it. Just right for picnics.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  24. Ryan,
    What a wonderful version of Log Cabin- pretty, pretty 30's fabrics- I have not worked with 30's fabrics but won a giveaaway last summer so I have begun my own collection.... I wonder how long before I have enough fabric to make a quilt LOL..
    Regards,
    Anna

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  25. Great quilt - use it and enjoy it. This online festival is sapping a lot of my quilting time, too!

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  26. Such a great log cabin treatment, and I've always loved the way the barn raising layout looks. Beautiful!

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  27. I've wanted to make a picnic quilt too, but would probably have as hard a time as you actually using it for a picnic :-) And no wonder, it's GORGEOUS. Love the fabrics and the pattern you've used. Lovely work!

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  28. ce festival permet de visiter de nouveau blog le votre en fait partie ,joli quilt

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  29. Wonderful quilt. I love 1930's fabric.

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  30. first of all...i love your quilt. Those fabrics are so pretty! I also recently finished, this week, a "picnic" quilt but can not bring myself to use it for that because i am afraid it will get dirty, so i feel your pain

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  31. Ryan,

    You have a great style. I love your selection of fabrics. Cheerful & comforting colors! You did a great job.

    Thank you for sharing.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  32. i just saw this - running 3 years behind, as usual! Just want to say that i love Log Cabin quilts, and this one is my favorite! The pattern/arrangement is awesome and the fabrics are refreshing and look very enchanting and beautiful together!
    Thanks and please post updates.
    Marise

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