Blogger's Quilt Festival begins today and I'm sharing my Bloom Strong
quilt. I wasn't sure which of my quilts to share because I love
them all for different reasons. I saw this one at my friend's house
today and the sweet little girl it was made for and I remembered how
much I enjoyed making it.
I love architecture, especially historical architecture. One night I was watching television and caught a local program that highlighted some buildings in my area. I was intrigued by the details of Strong Hall which surprised me because it's not a style that usually appeals to me.
In fact, I've had classes in this University of Kansas building and walked by it thousands of times and never noticed the clean and simple lines inside and out. I quickly started sketching and knew these details would eventually make it into a quilt.
While it's not the first quilt I've designed my self (I consider this one my first) it is the first pieced quilt I designed. It was lots of fun and it was great to stretch my brain in a new way.
I quilted it with straight lines to keep it nice and soft for my friend's new baby girl.
The back is pieced with lots of Kate Spain Verna prints so that the quilt could be loved and used, even outside on the lawn. I'd love to try it again with scraps, perhaps in fewer colors just to see what how it changes.
Enjoy the festival! I know I can't wait to spend time perusing all the inspiring quilts and their stories.
Thanks for visiting!