Amy's Blogger's Quilting Festival. My first entry was this spring, with my very first quilt, and the festival is what prompted me to start this blog. I have learned so much since then, and am excited that it is Festival time again, and have been working hard to finish my latest project.
Well, the best laid plans.....
Regular readers will know that I had 2 sets of good friends each have twin boys in September, a week apart. I had such fun making twin quilts using Riley Blake Wheels for the first set, blogged here.
I have been working away on the second set, which I intended to show for the Festival. BUT, due to an unscheduled date with my seam ripper, "Twin Quilts Take 2" and I are not on speaking terms at the moment. Don't worry, we'll make up in a day or two and I will likely be showing them to you in the next week or so, but for now, I have stuffed them in the closet and we are "on a break." But I WILL give you a sneak peek :-)
So, for the festival, I decided to revive and oldie but goodie. By "oldie", I mean from June....I am still new at this! But this quilt is special to me as it is THE ONE where I truly fell in love with quilting. It is simple, but sometimes simplicity can be striking.
I named this quilt the Mckinley quilt after its recipient, a sweet little girl adopted by friends following a long struggle with infertility. I wanted to give them something to mark and celebrate the creation of their new family.
I used a Hunky Dory charm pack, some white solid for sashing, and accented the quilt with hand embroidery and some shabby chic flowers. To learn more details about its construction, you can read the original post, here.
I had such a great response to this quilt, that I later posted the free pattern, here. I have had a few readers send me photos of their finished Mckinley quilts, and it makes me so proud that my simple design has inspired some other new quilters!
Speaking of inspiration, don't forget to go and check out the other amazing entries in the Quilt Festival...prepare to be awestruck!