Shiner was our first English Setter who taught me the value of "stopping to smell the roses" ... or in her case swimming after a duck, chasing a worn-out frisbee, or hunting down the RIGHT stick thrown in the woods.
We should all enjoy life as much as Shiner did ... so I choose to look through Shiner's View ...
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Love the Bloggers Quilt Festival!
Another Bloggers Quilt Festival from Amy's Creative Side and all of her sponsors! I saw the Festival was back last night on when I was on Little Island Quilting's blog (who ... by the way has THE best headline photo on her blog ... take a minute some time to head on over, it will put a smile on your face ;-).
My choice of which quilt to put up this time was easy ... it was a quilt that I designed and that I really, really struggled with sending to it's intended recipient.
This was a birthday present for my sister-in-law who lives back east. It started with an email to her older daughter asking what her mom's favorite colors were -- green and grey. After I bought the material, I started thinking about what pattern I wanted to make (I know ... that's not exactly the right order of things, but more often than not, that's what I seem to do). I decided on half square triangles and then got some inspiration from this, this, and this. But after considerable playing around with the potential options, eventually landed on the Envelope design.
At first I was worried that it was too blah and was thinking of doing something on the binding or back to brighten it up. My husband casually commented (which is unusual for him) that he thought it was very serene and he really liked the continuity of color ... all of a sudden, I saw it in a new light.
So instead of spicing up the back, I stayed true to the front and kept it in the green family with my favorite standby ... Kona Sweet Pea (my favorite mostly because I really like the color and how versatile it is, but partly because it's sold at JoAnns and I can use a 40% off coupon to purchase it).
The back is fairly simple with just a little bit of piecing to break it up. And just a little bit of spice on the binding.
Pertinent facts: Front a variety of FQs from my LQS. The white is Sateen from JoAnn's, as I mentioned the back is Kona Sweet Pea and the dimensions after washing were 66" x 52". I used a white thread to quilt it in a meandering pattern.
Enjoy the quilting show and don't forget to visit Amy and the Flickr Pool.
All the best