I am happy to share with you my choice for my second entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival! Although I have had just a small amount of time to glance through some of the entries, I am just so impressed and inspired by what quilters around the world are doing every minute of every day, 24/7! It's a feast for the eyes, a massage for the spirit, a flame to ignite creativity...and it's F. R. E. E. !!! Thank you Amy!
here to vote. Anyone with an email address can vote for the favourite three within the entire festival.
So without further ado, here is my second entry, my Seashell Runner. I am entering it into Small Quilts. It is too big perimeter-wise for the mini quilts category, and I already put a quilt into Art Quilts, and I'm not sure whether this really is an art quilt...maybe they need a runners category, right?!
I bought the pattern several years ago in Florida at a quilt shop. I wanted something designed by a local, and I'd planned to make it for the condo we owned at that time in Florida. I picked up several fat quarters of batiks I thought would work.
This winter, I took it down to Florida once again (yep, it went down...and back north last winter, not gonna lie) and put it on my Q1 FAL list.
And got it done! Here is the back:
All the satin-stitching and quilting detail looks pretty cool.
I was so pleasantly surprised that it fits absolutely perfectly on the coffee table in our house we now own in Florida. Love that.
I brought it back north for show 'n tell at my Kingsville guild meeting, and was even more happy to find that it fits here on our coffee table! We live on Lake Erie, so the shells theme works here too, maybe not so much the sharks' teeth and starfish, but that's okay.
It's pretty unique as far as quilted runners go; each shell or shark's tooth is made individually and then all the shells, starfish and sharks' teeth are tacked together. You can read more about the process here and here, and the finish here.
One more detail shot:
Small Quilts category. Remember that the thumbnails change places each time you visit a page, so you have to hunt through all the tantalizing pics to find the one you want. Good strategy for more than one reason, wink.
Voting starts May 22, but you can vote now for Viewers' Choice - pick your fave three quilts! It is so interesting (and a vortex to be sure, but a good vortex) to go and see all the many many entries. And thank you so very much to Amy at Amy's Creative Side for organizing this twice yearly event--she's been doing this since 2009!!