Friday, October 25, 2013

Bloggers' Quilt Festival, Fall 2013 #2

It's that time of year again - Bloggers' Quilt Festival!  I love the opportunity to see so many other lovely quilts out there in Blogland, all in one place.  It *almost* makes up for seeing all the lovely new fabric at Quilt Market.  Almost ;)

Earlier this year, my sister and I made this quilt for my parents.  They were serving a mission with our church in Bogota Columbia for a year and a half.  They came home early last spring before heading out on another mission this past summer, this time serving in Huancayo, Peru for the next three years.  My sister came up with the idea to make them a quilt, so working with our other siblings, we made them this.
We decided that since we were working on this long-distance (she lives on the west coast, and we're on the east coast), a layer cake would be the way to go so that we could have a fun, scrappy, yet still coordinated look.  V&Co's Simply Color line was perfect - lots of fun patterns in great colors.
We used Amanda Jean's Fair and Square pattern, just sized up to make it a throw quilt.  I'm the oldest of five kids, and each of us and our families are represented by one block - a boat for a brother who sails, a globe for a sister in the State Department who lives abroad, the Union Jack for a brother who served his mission in England, mountains and a tree for a sister who camps a lot, and the beach for our family since we love the beach. 
Each of the eight grandchildren are represented by their handprint. The tiny hot pink, unnamed hands belong to our youngest daughter - we hadn't picked out her name yet :)
We also threw in some blocks that meant something to my parents or our family - the flag from our summer beach trips, maps of Peru and Columbia which is where my parents' missions have been, a map of North Carolina which is where we grew up, bikes since my parents love to ride, a watering can and shovel for my mom's love of gardening, and the Oakland temple where my parents were married.  
I had only done machine applique once before, so this quilt certainly stretched my abilities. 
I kept the quilting simple - just a wavy stitch on my machine lengthened out.  I think it turned out pretty well.
The backing was also simple, and definitely in my wheelhouse, with two large panels and a pieced bit in the middle.
A simple binding in the blue ikat finished it off.
My parents loved the quilt, and my mom even cried when she opened up the package.  They appreciated all the time, effort, and love that went into it.  And now they have a little piece of each of us while they're living so far away for the next three years.

Now go check out all the other lovely quilts over at Bloggers' Quilt Festival, and thanks for stopping by!


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Your quilt is just beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

What a precious quilt to receive!

CitricSugar said...

That is really lovely - and so special!

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

This is so beautiful and I love the story! I love maps and states etc. on quilts - this is really neat!

Aoife said...

What a beautifully meaningful quilt! The blocks are lovely, really pretty.

Joan Kawano said...

Oh my gosh, what a labor of love and treasured family heirloom. Tears of joy are what quilting is all about!