Sunday, 19 May 2013

OK, I couldn't resist ...

... Amy from is currently holding the 5th Bloggers' Quilt Festival, which is a great event with loads of chances to look at some wonderful quilts and maybe win some wonderful prizes too.  You don't even have to have a quilt entered in the show in order to win - how good is that?

This year you can enter two quilts, in different categories, so, of course, I just had to enter one in the throw and one in the bed quilt categories.

My entry for a throw is my Crazy Christmas Trees quilt. 

Of course, I wouldn't be me if I didn't alter the pattern a bit, and with this one I decided to add borders, which the original did not have.  Doing that meant that I didn't have enough backing fabric, and so I decided to really step out of my comfort zone, and make a pieced backing.  I then thought I'd make it even more difficult for myself and settled on inserting a pieced strip diagonally.  

Once January had come to an end, I reluctantly decided that my Crazy Christmas Trees had to be put away  but couldn't decide what to replace it with.  Then I realised that February is Valentine month, so I really should have a red quilt.  So what did I do?  Turned Crazy Christmas Trees over!  Simple.  I have a reversible quilt that I am very happy with.  Mind you, it had been like this for several days before Mr Fixit looked at it one evening and said "when did you make that quilt?"  It's good to have someone so observant around!

 and here is a close up of a couple of the blocks, so you can see the quilting. 

Quilt facts
  • Quilt measures 64" x 82" approx - almost a single bed size I guess
  • More than 30 FQ's were used in the making of this quilt!
  • LA quilted by me (with the help of Big Bertha, my robotic LA system)
  • Quilting pattern is called Square Spirals

This quilt is everything I thought I didn't like, ie quite scrappy and with a pieced backing.  Well, you know what?  I was wrong, I don't just like this quilt, I LOVE it!

Now if you go here, you can see all the other entries in the Throw quilts category, and don't forget to start deciding on which ones you would like to nominate for the Viewer's Choice quilts in each category.


  1. Love this quilt especially that it's not just for Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  2. Great quilt - I love the reversible versatility of it!

  3. I loved this quilt when you first did it and I still do. Your so game entering them into these contests. I wouldn't be game and don't even know how. Wish you Luck.

  4. I have always loved this quilt of yours! Both the front and the back!

  5. A wonderful quilt and as a lover of pieced backs, I think it's great!

    Nothing better than a two-fer quilt!

  6. I really love this pattern, your quilt is beautiful.

  7. Wahooo!!! Out of your comfort zone and beautiful!


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