Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Yeah finally Amy's Bloggers Quilt festival is here. Welcome to everyone who is stopping by for the first time, it's great to take part in something so big and see the amazing creations that other bloggers have produced. Hope to see you again

I have been saving posting about this quilt until today because it's my own design, got a bit of a story behind it and i'm really pleased with how it has turned out.

Buddy's ABC Quilt
My baby Buddy is 7 months old, when he was 1 month he had to undergo an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital to have the lens removed from inside his left eye as it was stuck to his cornea. Because of this he can only see contrast from his left eye, it has no focus. Luckily the vision in his right eye is not affected.

Obviously we were devastated that our tiny boy had to have surgery and we were worried sick but he pulled through brilliantly.

To cut a long story short I decided that a black and white quilt/play-mat would be great for him as he can see contrast in his left eye. I wanted it to be suitable for a child but something that would still suit him as he grows up so the alphabet was perfect.
Babies learn so much through feel and texture that I wanted to incorporate this into the quilt but I wanted to do it all in cotton and keep it subtle. So I decided to use a range of techniques for the alphabet
Applique - blanket stitched by hand

Reverse applique

Applique using zig-zag on my sewing machine

Free motion machine embroidery

I finished it off by making some black piping, using a red, white and black stripe for the binding and red cotton for the quilting
The black and white numbers fabric was a perfect find for the border

I love the backing fabric, something I picked up a couple of years ago when we visited the in-laws in Australia.

All in all i'm very happy with this quilt, Buddy snuggles up under it on the sofa or as he has just learnt to sit on his own so he can now sit and play on it. He is doing wonderfully and is the happiest, smiliest baby you will meet, we are utterly blessed to have two such wonderful little boys.


I'm going to sit back with a large cup of something now and enjoy all of the amazing quilts that are being entered into the Bloggers Quilt Festival
Thanks again for stopping by, please come again

37 comments:

Sabine said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing,
Sabine

Anne at Film and Thread said...

What a great story behind your quilt and good to hear your son is doing ok. I really love the different techniques you used for the letters.

Linda said...

Love your design. And the red in the binding. Thanks for sharing.

missknitta.com said...

This is really wonderful, and the color choice also makes it something your son will be able to use far beyond his baby years. Thanks so much for participating in the festival and for sharing with us!

Janet said...

What a fabulous quilt! I love that you used all the different techniques to create texture. I bet Buddy grows up not realizing that he is different....

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

You are so clever! This is a wonderful quilt!

Katie B. said...

This is excellent! I know Buddy will love it for years to come.

Eileen said...

Great quilt and fascinating story. My granddaughter can only see in shades of gray. This would be perfect for her. You've given me an idea for her. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Karen said...

This is a fantastic quilt. What a great idea for your son. I loved reading the story abour your son and your quilt. Beautiful!

stitchinpenny said...

This is a wonderful gift for your little boy. I loved the thumbnail and couldn't wait until it was the blog I was supposed to read next. The story is almost as amazing as your quilt. The fabrics are awesome.

Amy said...

beautiful quilt.I love the different techniques you incorporated into it.

Mary-Kay said...

What an awesome quilt! Beautiful and very creative.

Leila said...

What a beautiful quilt and such a moving story behind it. I am glad to hear you're boy is happy and doing so well :-)

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

With a mum as thoughtful as you I'm sure he will do well! I'm in the process of making a texture quilt for a friend of my mum's who is blind: I'm making it with really bland colours so it looks boring, but should feel great!

Kelly said...

love the choice of fabric you used, the black and white really make this striking and the letters stand out. Well done!

Debbie said...

sweet story & clever to do black & white - your different techniques are great!

btw, you posted on my post & mentioned basting spray to baste quilts - what brand do you use with success? Thanks!

frybreadquilts said...

This is wonderful! Those Australians always design the best fabrics!

Allie said...

What a wonderful quilt - and a very moving story! I think it was brilliant to use the different techniques for the applique. Good for you! And I'm also very glad to hear that your son is doing so well.

Sandra said...

What a graphic striking quilt, I love all the different methods of making the letters. I'm sure the little one loves it. Kudos.
Come see my entries #211, repro cheddar orange stars and #215 antique 1850 applique flower garden

BJ said...

Great quilt. Love the variety of techniques you used. It's beautiful.

Linz said...

Oh, my!! What a wonderful quilt! SO beautiful, and such a sweet and tender story! Thank you for sharing! It is amazing!

quilthexle said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful, special quilt - and its story. The variety of techniques you used is amazing, and I'm pretty sure your little boy will treasure his quilt forever!

Angela Flicker said...

Wow, what a great quilt! I bet this makes a great play mat for your little boy. I hope he is doing well. Thanks for sharing this beautiful quilt, and your sentimental story with us.

Kristen said...

This is a great quilt!! I like the different techniques used to make your letters! Thanks for sharing its story.

BaileyGirl5 said...

Very special quilt for a very special boy! I have always felt that a quilt is a tangible expression of care and love and this one especially so. LOVE IT!

Hollie said...

What a wonderful quilt for a brave boy. Thank you for sharing.

Cynthia said...

This is great! I bet your little guy just loves it!

felicity said...

I am always amazed at what comes from a Mama's deep love - this is a beautiful, beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Manda said...

Great quilt!

Marci Girl said...

What a wonderful story, and beautiful quilt! You did an awesome job attaching all those letters! Thanks for sharing something so personal!

Vicki said...

Beautiful quilt! I love that you used different techniques for making the letters. :)

Kate said...

Beautiful quilt!

quiltmom said...

Lotti-
I love the beautiful font that you used to create your Alphabet letters. I am sure that Buddy will treasure his mama's quilt always.
Enjoy the festival.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Sherry said...

What an awesome quilt. So glad your son is doing great & enjoying it!

SarahB said...

Such a wonderful quilt! I have always wanted to make an alphabet quilt! Yours is extra-special! I really like how you combined so many techniques and the end result really is perfect.

Ms Muffin said...

Oh my goodness - I just stopped by from the SMS giveaway day ... and found this on your pinterest account ...
I LOVE this!!! It is so gorgeous! Must have been so much work. And I so love that this is still suitable for an adult! I should have thought of something like that before I started the quilt for my boy ... oh well ...

Truly truly beautiful!!!

P's Qs said...

I'm a new follower. Thank you for signing up for giveaway day. I find so many inspiring blogs! I adore this quilt