Friday, May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am SO excited to enter this quilt in AmysCreativeSide's 2013 Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival :D

My quilt is entered into the baby quilt category #18 HERE (VOTE for me there too ;)

Each year for our local quilt show, The Peteeneet Quilt Show, there is a challenge fabric.  

The challenge fabric for this year is a darling print from Emily Herrick's fabric collection, Going Coastal.  Specifically, it was the bottle caps print. (Which is my FAVORITE!!)

I used prints from Emily's Going Coastal and Shore Thing collections to make this quilt.

Last year, I turned the bottle caps into 1.5" hexies.  ...and set them aside for a bit (like 8 months ;)
I used English paper piecing for my method of hexifying the fabric ;D

My original design for the quilt was totally different from what I ended up with :)

The bangle design was inspired by pictures I saw on Instagram of hexies made from Sarah Fielke's new book Hand Quilted With Love called Bangles.

I have been crushing on English Paper Piecing (epp), so I came up with a paper template that would get me an EPP bangle.

I have become TOTALLY obsessed with EPP.

Deciding how to quilt this sweet baby was really hard.

I finally came to the realization that the quilting would have to be a hybrid, 
a little hand quilting and a little machine quilting.

(The back)

With the nautical theme, the white fabric required small pebble quilting.

The hand pieced English paper pieced bangles and border hexies required hand quilting.

For the hand quilting, I used pearl cotton embroidery thread.

I used white for the bangles and navy for the border hexies.

Fussy cutting lent to an AWESOME hexy in the border ;D

This quilt will eventually belong to our future (someday) grandchild. ;D

You can read all about this quilts evolution HERE.

Quilt Stats

  • Quilt Measurements- 35" x 33.25"
  • Special Techniques used- English paper piecing, hand applique, entirely hand pieced.
  • Quilted by ME! ;)  I used my home machine for the pebbles and hand quilting for the English paper piecing.
Spring 2013 Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  
You can check it out  HERE


  1. Very nice. I like the random look of it.

  2. Really lovely work - great idea to feature the bottle caps that way!

  3. Great finish! It turned out amazing, so much work!!

  4. You did an excellent job. I don't think I would have had the patience to do that quilt, but the hexies really set off the quilt. I love the bottle caps.

  5. I really love this quilt. It is so unique and original and really eye catching. Great Job!

  6. So much work!! I really like the way this has all come together. It's a great quilt.

  7. W.O.W. this is magnificent!

  8. Fabulous!! I am in love with this quilt. I bet you are so proud of the work you did on this and you should be. You did a wonderful job.

  9. You know how much I love this quilt Marion! I really hope you'll get nominated! Xoxoo

  10. Love love the pebbling, great machine work!

  11. Marion, you got some great photos of it. :D You know I *love* this quilt!

  12. First of all, I love this quilt. Particularly the Hexie border and the pebble quilting.
    Second of all, it's a SMALL WORLD! I live in Payson! It's crazy to find out that there are other people out there like me and they are not so far away. I've been looking around and I am majorly impressed with how many quilts (and other things) you have made so far! I'll be following along from now on. :)

  13. I especially love the pebble quilting and the piecing on the back! I imagine you are the only person in the history of the world to make a baby quilt with crabs and lobsters on it! So creative!

  14. You know I love love this quilt, but I'll say it again--it's terrific! Fun to get the overview and explanation of how your creative process went forth. Congrats on a great finish!

    Elizabeth E.

  15. This is a great quilt! Love the pebble quilting allowing the bright Coastal colors to pop! Great handstitching too! Lucky baby!

  16. Wow, your quilt looks so fantastic.
    Grit from Germany

  17. Very cute! I love the use of hexies.

  18. That hexie binding is such a great idea! And your quilting is fantastic!


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