Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bloggers' Quilt Festival Small Quilt

Twice a year, Amy at Amy's Creative Side hosts this spectacular online show for the bloggers left behind when the Quilt Show happens in Houston.


This is my second entry into the festival.  This is Jack and Friends For Brady, and I'm entering it into the Small Quilt category.  Clicking on that link will take you to the page where you will find all the quilts entered into this category. 

Every year in late August/early September, my daughter and grandson come here for a visit.  They time it for the season opener for the Detroit Lions, and also, she hopes, for not such hot weather.  I usually fly out to Alberta to visit them in November.  Last November, Brady, then age 6, who takes such an interest in everyone around him and also in their doings, first of all wanted me to teach him to knit (he did do some wrapping of wool and slipping off of stitches) and second, he intently perused the first several pages of my American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, found the picture of the quilt "Jack and Friends" advertising their website, All People Quilt, and asked me to make it for him.  So I did this past September, so he could go home, once again, with a new quilt! 

If you want to read more about this quilt, click here for the original finish post.


This child loves quilts.  Loves.  Sadly, his mother (how can she be carrying my genes?) does not.  I quilted it with glow in the dark thread, and boy, did we have fun downstairs, he pushing the "gas pedal", me steering, quilting this baby!  He'd run to the light switch, hit it, I'd leave my sewing machine light on until he got beside me, and then I'd hit it, and there'd be a few seconds of silence while our eyes adjusted....

Whoa!
Ooh, look at that!
Can you see your name?
YEAH!
Can you see mine?

Nana, can we quilt some more now?

Repeat.
Rocco our pittie, loves kids; Brady loves Rocco, but is sadly allergic to dogs and cats. Rocco also loves quilts!
I did some dot to dot work in the border triangles and an all-over meander in the rest of the quilt. I outlined the jack-o'-lanterns (they look really cool in the dark) and many of the Halloween images.  I dug through my scraps to find these rather than do all jack-o'-lanterns.

I did 12 blocks instead of the 9 in the original pattern, and I changed the outer border to make it bigger. Rather than doing prairie points, I made it into a sawtooth border.  I bought the jack-o'-lanterns fabric, the purple owls and the bats; the rest is all scraps and stash fabric.

It's on his bed now as a topper; it's just a small lap quilt measuring approximately 36X42".

On Friday, Oct. 30, voting opens, so visiting Amy's Creative Side then will allow you to select your favourite quilts in each category.  BUT! You can also vote your 3 favourite quilts out of the entire festival in the Viewers' Choice Category by clicking here.  There is still a little time to enter, and there are some fabulous prizes to be won!

My first entry, Parisville Weave, is here.

I'm also linking this post up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. Check out her fantastic eagle block she showed us today.  Love it.

9 comments:

  1. I love this quilt and, even more, I love the story behind it. The photo of Brady with Rocco is priceless.

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  2. I love the quilt and its story too! I grew up in Southwestern Ontario (Etobicoke) though I live in Vancouver now. My dad is from Detroit but he's more of a Tigers man than a Lions guy. :)

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  3. Great quilt and I love the story behind it xx

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  4. Cute Cute Cute!!! THanks for sharing the story with us.

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  5. Love my great nephew so much! And Rocco too! And that quilt! You'll get my vote again on this one!

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  6. That is a very fun story behind a fabulous Halloween quilt!! What a curious and smart boy Brady is. Isn't it great that he loves quilts so much. You can keep on making them for him. Rocco is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Happy Halloween!
    -Soma

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  7. Seeing this quilt and Brady's handsome little face again makes me smile! Great choice for the festival, headed over to vote for Brady and his sweet Halloween quilt. . . er I mean for you ;)

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  8. LOOK at how the colors just glow in this! Isn't that fun? Wonderful quilting story of the two of you enjoying that glow in the dark thread. Thanks for the smile!

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