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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blogger's Festival

It's that of year again - the Blogger's Quilt Festival. This is my quilt "Going Home" which was made for the 100th Anniversary of Naval aviation. It was accepted into the traveling exhibit and has been touring the country since January. Here it is hanging in my office - it was up for one day before I had to ship it off!

Of the quilts I've done in the past year, this one stands out as being very special to me. I'm kind of a traditional quilter and so this "art" quilt was a stretch for me. You can find the whole story here. It's also the first time I've entered a national contest. So even though I didn't win an award, just being selected to be in the traveling exhibit was a thrill!








The rules stated that the quilt had to finish at 40 x 40 and my squares finish at 1". So there are 1,600 squares in this. My biggest challenge was creating the setting sun and trying to reflect the sunshine on the water.




The planes are WWII F6 Hellcats. I learned a lot about planes doing this. I was pretty pleased with the quilting on this too.




While looking thru my pictures to decide what I wanted to use for this post, look what I found. A picture of Rodger - checking it out!! This almost made me cry. I don't even remember taking this picture. He was always so interested in my quilts LOL!! He might have been my biggest fan!! Still miss this little guy...

Anyway, thanks to Amy for this opportunity to share our work with each other. Go by and check out all the quilts!!
Until next time,
-Karen

39 comments:

M-R said...

Karen, your quilt is gorgeous! It has almost a pointilist look to it. Very cool! Thanks for sharing it!

ferne said...

Wow! That is beautiful and so great that it is traveling for others to see also...and now in cyberspace too!

fallingforpieces said...

Stunning! Such impressive work, it really deserves a show spot!

sewfrench.com said...

OMGosh! This is exceptional! My husband is the biggest early aviation buff ever! I so need to make this!
Did you applique the planes? Where can I see it? Is there a schedule where it is on display?
Beautiful job! And beautiful job on the reflecting sun!
I am in awe!! Thanks for sharing!

Carla said...

I enjoyed seeing your lovely quilt again! Is it still traveling? Thanks for sharing your incredible work!

Kelly said...

This is amazing! Those planes are amazing! WOW!

Rona said...

I think you can call yourself an art quilter now! This is lovely. And your quilting looks great too.

bhafer said...

This is just beautiful and loved reading the process. Beautiful work.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

You did such a great job on this quilt. The sun really looks like it's reflecting on the water. Just beautiful!

Stampmouse said...

wow this is absolutely stunning

Quilting Corner said...

This quilt is fantastic. You should have won an award for this.
Etty

Stephanie said...

What a lovely story behind the quilt. Definitely worthy of being part of a traveling exhibit. I know you'll be glad to have it back home one day.

Jolanda said...

You quil is stunning! I always wanted to do one like this, in the future perhaps...:)

Lonci said...

This is to quilt art, congratulations:)

Angie said...

Beautiful quilt! I'm boggled by the thought of 1600 one inch squares! Congratulations on having your quilt in the traveling exhibit!

sewkatiedid said...

love this quilt and the a and m is still one of my favorite fabric stores to step into.

Quilt Hollow said...

Wonderful quilt...and your little guy will always, always have a special place in your heart.

Linda said...

I'd never seen this quilt, Karen. Thanks for displaying it in the BQF. I can't imagine dealing with all those little pieces, but you made it work - colorwash perfection. Congratulations on your honor of having it tour. That IS wonderful. You can be very proud of yourself.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Hey Sunshine! ;-) You and your quilt! It's beautiful! thank you for sharing! you do amazing work!

Editfolt said...

Greetings from Hungary. I love the asymmetrical quilt. The colors are beautiful. Very nice work. Fine in stapled

laura said...

what a beautiful quilt!

Ruth Anne Olson said...

I love your quilt. You really captured the theme. Great colors.

LynCC said...

Wow! This is a really wonderful quilt. I would love to see it in person. Will they be hanging the exhibit in Pensacola? I see your greeting from Hungary - I'll send you one from the Destin area. ;D

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Very creative. WONDERFUL to look at for a long time. Makes me want to take a trip to Florida right now! Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the traveling it will do!

Barb said...

stunning quilt! I love the texture of the quilting.
your little meow meow is too cute!

Myra said...

Impressive! Love it! 8-)

kendascrafts said...

That is beautiful and very impressive! Congrats on it being selected to go on exhibit!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

That's a lot of squares!! And congrats on getting it entered in the travelling show. Must be a great feeling. And I can understand looking back on a quilt and smiling at your cat!! ... my pups are always getting in the pictures. Just wonderful!

Lori said...

I loved reading about that quilt when you made it. Happy to see it again!!

felicity said...

Wow this quilt is completely beautiful and stunning. I love the pixellated look and I didn't even notice the planes until you mentioned them, I was so busy looking at the colours of the piece. Lovely, lovely work - happy BQF and thanks for sharing!

MamaT said...

How sweet of Roger to take this walk back through your life! It's a good picture of him.
The quilt is fabulous and I'd like to congratulate you for it being chosen to travel around the country. What an honor!

Lis said...

Congratulations and well deserved, your quilt is very effective.

Eileen said...

oh, my...love your quilt. no wonder it's in the travelling exhibit! gotta send your blog post to my hubby...he'll love it, too. really great. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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Rachel said...

Impressive!

Pieces to Love said...

Beautiful! Just think of how many hundreds of thousands of quilters have seen your work of art as it is travelling around. You have every right to be proud.

Amish Stories said...

I thought id stop by and post a comment since im checking out some new blogs. So greetings from the Amish settlement of Lebanon ,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

Kit Lang said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing. :)

Julia said...

Wow Karen, that's amazing...love the quilting!
Julia ♥