Friday, October 9, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival...and More!

I had so much fun with the Blogger's Quilt Festival (hosted by Amy over at Park City Girl) last spring that it was a definite for this fall. Today I've decided to share my very first sampler quilt made in 2004. I'd been quilting for a few years before getting the courage to sign up for this block of the month at one of my favorite quilt shops, The Christmas Goose. I'd never done anything but simple quilts before starting this project and didn't have a 1/4 inch foot for my machine when I made it. So...it has a few cut-off corners, but I love it anyway!

The quilt is from the book At Piece with Time: A Woman's Journey Stitched in Cloth by Kristin C. Steiner & Diane C. Frankenberger. The book was delightful in and of itself...sometimes I still browse through it for inspiration. If you are familiar with this book and quilt you will recognize that there is a lot of applique' in the original pattern. I was definitely too afraid to try the applique' when I made this; every once in a while I think about making it again...with the applique'!

Just a few more things going on in my sewing room...yesterday Love arrived via the USPS! Yes, Amy Butler's new line...I'd ordered a few fat quarters and love them all. In fact, I couldn't wait to sew with them and made a posy flower block right away--now I just need to decide what to do with the block! I have a project in mind for the fat quarters that I'll get going on next week as well.



This is the time of year I start collecting "piles" in my sewing room...piles of projects for Christmas gifts. I've started several...think I need to finish a few before I start any more piles!


Another pile...Simple Abundance with some Shangri-La added in...they coordinate wonderfully! These triangles will make up the border blocks for this applique' block I just finished. This project is from the new Lori Smith book Fat Quarter Quilting...I love Lori's designs and am working on two right now.


Well...off to work on those piles...have a great weekend!

49 comments:

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Sherri, I know how you feel with all the Christmas projects growing larger and larger. Just thinking of the time going by so fast is a little scarry. Love the new Amy's fabric.
You sure couldn't tell you didn't have a 1/4" foot on your quilt.
Have a great and blessed weekend,
Bonnie

happy zombie said...

Your quilt is stunning!!! And I love the love the Love! I followed your link, and then downloaded Amy's LoveBrochure.... mmmmm yum!

blushing rose said...

Exquisite!

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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow Sherri, your quilt is so beautiful! And I love Lori Smith's new book. Such delicious fabrics.

Coffee_Queen said...

Simply beautiful, Sherri! I bought Lori's new book last week and plan to use it with Moda's upcoming 'Old Primrose Inn' fabric. I hope mine turns out as well as yours did. Thanks for the eye candy!
-Marilyn.

Melody said...

I love your quilt! The design, the fabric and the quilting, very nice!

merumo said...

Your "Pile" looks yummy! And the applique project from Lori Smith's new book - I love that book and will start something soon... looks so "Sherri"! Happy Autumn :)

Rita said...

I love your quilt! It has a lot of charm. Thanks for sharing.

Letterpress said...

Too fun. It's hard to sit here and visit, when each new blog makes me want to jump up and get creating. I love the quilt--clicked through and enjoyed some of your blog as well.

Terrific!

--ELIZABETH E, #115

The Quilt Buddy said...

You are one busy gal!

BTW-I think that I should be the next thing to go into your studio! Who knows what might leave with me!

Have a good weekend!

Cardygirl said...

Lots of lovely things...that new amy Butler is divine!

Simone de Klerk said...

The Amy Butler fat quarters are beautiful! And I love what you started with it.
You have been very very busy with cutting. How does your body respond to that?
Have a lovely weekend.

Janet said...

I know all about the piles, lol. Your sampler is one of the nicest I've seen, lovely setting. You have plenty to keep you happy there.

Notjustnat said...

I love this quilt. Where have you been hiding it? Very nice way to show case star blocks - hugs Nat

hetty said...

Love your sampler quilt! Stunning! Love your piles too! And the applique! Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Can't wait to see what those "piles" grow into. The applique block is just beautiful. You inspire us all!

Nedra said...

I thhink I'll be gettin me a little of that LOve. Anything Amy Butler is a hit for me.
Have a great weekend too! I have a feeling you will be doing some quilting.

Thelma said...

Every time I visit your blog I'm amazed by what you are working on. I love your fabric choices and patterns. Your finished project look picture perfect!

dotti white said...

Love it all! So beautiful, as always!

Karen said...

Your quilt is very good. I used to know Kristen Steiner when I lived in South Carolina.
Your Lori Smith block is something that I really like. What size is the block. I have some of Lori's patterns but don't know if I have this one.

Carrie P. said...

A great sampler quilt. We all cut off corners, still do sometimes. How was that quilt quilted? It looks like it has some dimension to it.
Love, what a great name for fabric.
Love that applique block for sure.

Material Mary said...

Lovely projects and fabric...a quilter's paradise!!
Mary

Terriaw said...

I love sampler quilts and this one is gorgeous. Love those blocks and the colors are great. I was wondering if anyone had ordered Amy's new fabrics. I love what you made with them already - such a cute posie!

Quilt Hollow said...

Simply smiling here...everything so spot on!

Beth Karese said...

I really like the sampler quilt (and they're not typically my thing). Love the colors.
I was also taken with your applique block. I've recently started doing applique. You are quite talented!

Julie said...

Sherri, I love your Year Of Schnibbles. They are such great patterns. Lisa D. suggested I contact you, I own Keepsake Cottage Fabrics, and she works for me.

I have had people call for the patterns you are using, and I would love to have them in early. I happened to have the 1st two, but was hoping to find out early, so I could be sure to have them in stock. I would be happy to donate doorprizes.

Great idea, and a darling blog! Julie

Sinta Renee said...

ohhh... I just want to touch your new fabrics! Amy's new line is yummy! I have Lori Smith's new book too and have been wanting to do a little something out of it! You do such beautiful work!!!

Ariane said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Love your fabric piles and your new fabric from Amy Butler. I have to get me some of those. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

So pretty. I am going to do my best with Schnibbles this month. Being gone so much last month did me in.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

congratulations on having figured out how to quilt in your sleep! Now can you share the secret with the rest of us? :)

The Amy Butler fabric is really pretty. Nice colors. And I love the way you can mix and match a lot of the Moda lines. My local shop doesn't always carry an entire line, but it seems like there's always something the next season that I can add to my stash that coordinates well with the other pieces.

Your applique block is beautiful. Lori Smith's patterns are wonderful.

Kaaren said...

Great sampler, Sherri. I didn't have a 1/4" for my first quilt either and wondered why the pieces didn't fit after taking such pains with the cutting. I just assumed...

Live and learn, huh?

Brenda said...

Isn't the pile method just wonderful. I too use it to get Christmas presnts finsihed. Love your quilt.

Jane said...

I popped on over from parkcitygirl and love your quilt, the free motion work looks great. I loooove Amy Butlers new line, wow. I live in Australia and have to wait too long to get it here, so I will be buying off the net from the U.S

Trisha said...

Love your sampler quilt! Such warm, comfy colors.

Your posie looks great in the Love fabric. Those triangles look so pretty lined up like that.

Nicole said...

Fabulous applique! I really need to practice.

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful Quilt. Thanks for participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Rae Ann said...

I love your quilt! I love Christmas Goose too! I adore all the sweet ladies that work there as well. Your fabric is gorgeous and I can't wait to see what you make out of it all. Have fun quilting!!

Thimbleanna said...

Your quilt is beautiful! And I LOVE that little posy out of Love -- those blues and greens are gorgeous!

Rebecka said...

Your quilt is beautiful!!

Rene' said...

Sherri, that's a beautiful sampler. Love the quilting design. I see by your new project that you have gotten over your fear of applique!! I love the new Amy Butler love fabric. I am making a list of cool ideas to try and buy as I make my way through the festival entries, (You can see I still have a long way to go!!) and I have added this to my list. I like the fabric combination of Simple Abundance and Shangri La. I have a few charm packs of Shangri La that don't have a project destination. You've given me a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt work I like it folk artist motive . Kind and cheerful work

Marika

amy smart said...

Your sampler quilt is wonderful! I'm so glad you shared. And I love looking at all the other piles too. Cute, cute!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

I love your quilt, isn't it nice to stretch yourself! Love the blue it really sets the quilt nicely.
Love your Lori Smith quilt, it would look very nice cross-hatched like you say. And your baskets, girl you are very productive!! Enjoy them, I saw your last ones and they are starting to speak to me.

AnnieO said...

Yummy colorway on your Festival entry. I can't believe you did all that without a 1/4" foot. It looks great. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story.

I'd like to dive into your fabric piles too:)

Cathy said...

Wow Sherri, your quilt is beautiful! I love your pics here, isn't the Amy Butler fabric gorgeous? xo

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your applique is so good. I love that flower.

ParisMaddy said...

Love, love, love your fabrics and quilt!

Carolyn said...

What a lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing!