Saturday, March 20, 2010

A quilt every few days or so #12 - and Happy International Quilting Day



Today is National Quilting Day - and in honor of the bloggers/quilters around the world I declare it International Quilting Day - so what are you making this fine day?

And now to the quilts . . .

This story started many years ago - when I was first on the internet - over 15 years ago, in Northern California. I was part of a quilting group on Prodigy - it was one of the best groups I've been involved with. We chatted, had swaps and became great friends. My best online quilting buddy was from that group.

We decided to do a challenge quilt. Each month one of us would pick a 12" pattern and then everyone who wanted to would make the block that month in their favorite colors. I decided to make mine in yellows and golds - and thoroughly enjoyed the project. After a year of making blocks we were to put them together - any way we chose. I like to make sashing and cornerstone stars - so that was my choice. I like this photo because of the light shining through the quilt top - makes it look like stained glass.


Close up of some of the blocks . . .



Beccy and Lori - helping me baste the quilt top for hand quilting. This was on a lovely summer day when we lived in the country (in Bellingham), before we bought our new house. All the kids were visiting and we had a barbecue and basted two quilt tops that day. Jamie was there helping too - but I didn't get a photo of her at the quilts.

I did, however, get this cute picture of Jamie playing with Ben . . .

5 comments:

Peg said...

Oh, Joann, what a lovely quilt. And an inspiration. I've been looking for an idea for my living room tables, and now I have one. I'm going to have to pull out my 'quilt blocks' book and get going.

Crispy said...

I love sampler quilts and the colors in this one is wonderful. Basting is best done with LOTS of help :0)

Crispy

PS - Loved yesterday's quilt too. (I was having Google issues this morning and finally got it fixed.)

Fearless Nester said...

That DOES look like stained glass in that picture. What a fun place to hand baste the quilt top too. I'm glad you take pictures to document your work, I'm sure when you look at each one you can remember so much about that time in your life. ~Lili

Julie said...

What a great color combination! I wouldn't have thought of that one. Such a great family story on the basting too.

Dena said...

I love the stained glass shot of this quilt. It's one of my favorites.