Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - 2010

 

I am so excited to share this wall hanging for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

This all started when I received a couple packages of scraps from two Etsy shops. These darling little gnomes were tucked inside and the second I saw them I knew I had to do something special with them. Right away I decided I'd experiment and create some type of wonky project since I'd never made anything wonky (on purpose :).

I just happened to be in the middle of working on a different project but I couldn't stop thinking about the gnomes. So one stormy night when I couldn't sleep I found a tutorial from Quilt Dad and started cutting. This is the first quilt I've been driven to make for fun that didn't really have a purpose except just to enjoy.

I did learn that a new sharp needle is your friend when you start a new project. My machine was skipping stitches when I first started but a new needle solved that problem.

 
It was so much fun to work on this! I pulled from my bag of scraps and my stash of fat quarters. There's even a circle print that I spotted in my Mom's home studio stash and she was gracious enough to send it home with me last year! I just love the first little gnome with the rake. He looks in charge and ready to go and I need him to bring his friends to my yard! I've named this wall hanging Garden Friends in their honor.

Besides the gnomes, my other favorite piece is the Black Eyed Susans on the hot pink fabric.

When I try one of these again, I think I'd like to throw in some solids just to give the eyes a place to rest.

I love pieced backs on quilts but I knew this will hang on my wall where I sew, so I used a fun fat quarter for the back. For the quilting, I just stitched in the ditch in a spiral pattern around the wonky logs.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy all of the inspiration at the Festival. I love reading all the  stories and of course seeing the beautiful quilts. I plan on having my laptop open today to check out entries in between the loads of laundry I'll be catching up on today. I appreciate Amy putting this together for us to enjoy!



30 comments:

Stephanie in Michigan said...

That gnome fabric is super cute! I can see why it drove you! I also love that black-eyed Susan fabric, along with all the other fabric in your little quilt. Too cute. I think I even have some of that backing fabric in my stash!

Mandy said...

I love this! I agree, the gnomes are so great!

bearpaw said...

This so cute - I love it!

Pat said...

OMG I love that fabric and the way you used it in this wallhanging is so darn cute!

adam said...

Adam is gonna love those garden gnomes....pretty darn cute sis

emedoodle said...

IT's adorable! I think it's so awesome sometimes just to sit down and make something just for ourselves because we like the fabric! :)
PS - don't be afraid of free-motion quilting... it's not too hard once you practice a bit. My first practice pieces were just two pieces of fabric with batting in "doll size" lol... my neices love them and don't care about my mistakes. :)

Claire said...

I really love those GNOMES! they remind me of David the Gnome from when I was a little kid, when times were simpler it seemed

kwiltmakr said...

Those Gnomes are so cute. I love the fabric on the back.

Carol said...

What a fun quilt. Even managed to make the gnomes look pretty. (Now don't go telling them that.)

Marit said...

A funky and fun wall hanging - very happy quilt! It is nice to be able to make small quilts using some favorite print. I am a big fan of Heather Ross, too.
; )
Thank you for your lovely visit.

Candi said...

not to sound all weird and creepy, but I seriously LOVE this!!! Really. Love. It. Great quilt.

Marie said...

it is very nice I liked the fabrics a lot as well as the quilt

Allie said...

That is absolutely darling!

Martine said...

trop mignon , j'aime beaucoup la simplicité

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Really fun, very colorful, and I'd like them to come work in my yard too!

Leslie said...

oh the gnomes are too cute!!!

georgie said...

What an absolutely fab wall hanging and such vibrant colours,another one of my planned makes.
Happy quilting.
Georgie x

Denise said...

Love this quilt!

Rose said...

I just love this...it makes me smile to look at it.

View my entry for the festival HERE.

Karen said...

That is cute! Great use of the gnome fabric.

SewCalGal said...

Very cute.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Shannon w/ Monkey Dog Quitls said...

gnomes are uber-cute. Nice springy colors too

Dolly said...

Purty lil' quilt !
Seriously, I wish I had grabbed your leftovers from this one to add to the one I made today !

Loving the gnomes in the middle of all that pink and green.

And, yes, that black-eyed susan just cuts it !

KarrieLyne said...

This is so adorable!

beth said...

What pretty scraps you have there!

Stephanie said...

Wow... what a fun little quilt!

Randi said...

The gnomes are just darling!

Catherine said...

That's such a cute wallhanging! Love the litle gnomes, a great way to showcase them. I have some of that Sandi Henderson fabric in my stash and I think I spy a couple of pieces in the quilt top that I have as well. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

The gnomes rock-it does look like their ad for yard work service.
Way too cute, love it.
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Eileen said...

what a fun, little quilt! love the colors, the fabrics, the story, the design--whole thing is fun to see. actually i think the middle has enough of a background and is the focus which is exactly where my eys went quickly. thanks for sharing

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