October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

The forth Blogger's Quilt Festival organized by Amy of Amy's Creative Side is from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5. I have taken part in the BQF since the beginning. Thanks to Amy for putting on this fantastic online quilt festival. I'm so looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous quilts in the festival. I hope to meet some new bloggers here as well. You know that I don't finish many quilts throughout the year, but this year I managed to finish this one quilt so, it's an achievement and special. I named it "Christmas Vintage Scrap". I know it's almost 2 months before Christmas, but it will be here before you know it...!
Ever since I started quilting for almost 20 years now. I always buy a couple pieces of Christmas fabric each year. I can say my Christmas fabric is quite vintage so when I saw this Christmas quilt at Happy Cottage Quilter I thought I would make it using all my Christmas scraps. I'm very happy with the way it turned out considering that I only had a photo to go by. 
I used the leftover strips as part of the backing. This quilt is totally a scrap saver. I can now get myself more Christmas fabric to top up my stash. For some reason I'm not very fond of the new Christmas fabric out there lately. I still love the traditional red and green for Christmas colours. 
A closer look at the quilt. Of course you can click on the images to enlarge them. If you would like to make this quilt for yourself. You can find a tutorial I did on part 1 and part 2. This quilt will look good using any fabric. Even with blue and white...!
The quilt was machine quilted by Donna Ward in New Zealand. Donna has been quilting for me for years and years now. Without Donna I wouldn't have any finished quilts, thanks Donna!

If you haven't been in the Blogger's Quilt Festival before I would highly recommended that you try it this time. It's as easy as posting on your blog and linking your post to the BQF site over at Amy's Creative Side. After that you just enjoy hopping around to all the blogs in the festival to see all the quilts.


37 comments:

kaite said...

i agree Nat, the vintage christmas fabric was much more interesting than it is now. your quilt looks very christmassie, but it's too early yet! cheers, k.

Terry said...

Inspiring use of stash. I know you always decorate for Christmas and now you have another hand made treasure.
The tutorials were excellent and the result is so Red and Green Traditional.
Well Done

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

That is sooo Christmasey Nat...I love it!!! Well done!!! Have a great weekend...I am still Cabareting...Dzintra♥x

Kathie said...

oh I love this quilt...what a wonderful memory to look at and remember all the years you bought the fabrics...

hmmm maybe I should try something like this with my stash?
Kathie

deanna7trees said...

you did a great job with all those different fabrics. I love the red and white candy cane edge.

Michelle said...

Stash buster, what a great idea, I love any reason to go buy more fabric. I really like the pointsetta fabrics, especially the burgundy/pink coloring. I've never made a Christmas quilt...thinking I need to start collecting, thanks for the inspiration.

Béa said...

Very beautiful quilt, great idea, congrats Nat !
XOXO

Diane H said...

Wonderful quilt, Nat! A treasure to be loved every Christmas from now on. It's not too early,
our TV advertising and print ads here in Canada have started for Christmas already!

Roolen said...

Very pretty quilt! Thanks for sharing!:) Hugs from Russia

Jacky said...

What a fabulous Christmas quilt...I love that it is a scrap quilt and you have used so many fabrics collected over the years (and no doubt from many countries). Scrappy quilts are my favourites.

Beautiful keepsake.

Jacky xox

Carol said...

Cute idea. I have some of those Christmas fabrics in my drawer :)

Karen said...

This is a great quilt. I love the idea of using fabrics from Christmas each year. I must admit to liking the red and green of Christmas too.
Great effect with the use of the strips on the back.
Gorgeous work!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi Nat,
Your quilt turned out beautifully. I am so happy that you were inspired by my post. What a great way to use your Christmas stash. And I too love the traditional red and green.

Jocelyn

Ivory Spring said...

Natima,

I love your Christmas quilt. Very well done. Christmas will be here before we know it. :)

The blogger quilt festival always makes me think of you. :)

Hugs.

Karen said...

I thinks its great how each year you collected a couple of farics. You now have a wonderful quilt to show.

Allie said...

What a happy Christmas quilt, I love it!

QuiltSue said...

It's lovely. I doa gree with you about the current christmas fabrics - they're just not the same somehow.

Karen said...

A lovely quilt for Christmas Nat and it is just around the corner!

Michele Pacey said...

Nat, your Christmas quilt using those greens and reds is just lovely and I like this very simple yet elegant design!

Miri said...

Fun Christmas quilt! Thanks for the tut!

Kristen said...

Beautiful Christmas quilt! That was a fabulous use of your scraps on the backing!

Sand and Sunshine said...

Big Loops and Stars! It's great to see another twist that I can do when I quilt next time. This pattern is delightful and the back is just perfect. Did you use a stripe for the binding to get that candy cane look or is it something special?

Kim D. said...

Beautiful Quilt Nat! I love the candy cane binding too and the lovely quilting. I'm sure you're going to enjoy this quilt for years to come. It looks just gorgeous the way you have it hanging.

Sue-Anne said...

That is the perfect pattern for using up lots of stash fabric. Your quilt looks beautiful Nat and it will make a wonderful addition to your Christmas decorating.

SewSara said...

i love scrappy quilts ... this looks awesome!
i think i want to make a new christmas quilt this year now :)

great quilt,great work!

Micki said...

Your Christmas quilt is just lovely!
Micki

Kathy said...

I like your idea about using so many of your vintage Christmas fabrics up in the fabulous quilt. It's especially great when you intend to top off your stash with more!!! Sounds like something I'd do.

Suedio said...

Nat, well done on using fabrics from your stash for such a lovely quilt. I bet the decorating has already begun at your place!!

Regards, Sue

Vicki said...

beautiful Christmas quilt!

by Daisy said...

i'm not usually a big fan of xmas fabrics (go figure) but your quilt is so nice that it might drag me to the dark side heheheh

Bev C said...

Hello Nat, A stunning Christmas quilt. Vintage materials never fail to please. Love that you used some of it on the back too. Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

mngirltx said...

Very pretty!

Mama Mel said...

I love this scrappy Christmas quilt! :)

Rachaeldaisy said...

I'm a sucker for Christmas fabrics! This is a wonderful pattern!! As you say it would look great in any colours, love those kind've patterns.

AnnieO said...

This is a lovely Christmas Scrap quilt! I too prefer the red and green fabrics but there are some fun ones out there that are pretty irresistable. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

Sandra said...

What a great use of your 'vintage' and new Christmas fabrics. What a cozy and warm quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Eileen said...

great quilt. fun to HAVE to get more fabric, eh? it would look great in any fabrics, but i do love what you've done. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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