Quilt Festival Time


Over at Amy’s Creative Side she is holding her annual Bloggers Quilt Festival.  This time instead of asking people to vote for your quilt the winners will be drawn by random number generator – I think this is so much better – personally the one thing I didn’t like about this festival was asking others to vote for my quilt.

You can put in two quilts and blog about each in a separate post.  I thought I would enter my Postage Stamp Quilt that I finished earlier this year for this post.  This quilt has 4,000 – 1.5 inch squares in it.  Wow that was a lot – I found a sketch of the main part of this pattern on pinterest – just a sketch no directions so I made that up myself.  For the border (which the sketch had none) I decided to do wool applique using a design that was from a book by Australian Wendy Williams she made a wall hanging with this type of design – I enlarged it and made my own flowers, birds and things free style just cutting into the wool.   I glue basted rows of clamshells to mimic grass and then appliqued them in place.   The quilt finished at 94 x 95.  It is machine pieced, hand applique and hand quilted.

Here are some photos.

Postage Stamp Quilt



On the bed


The little squares


Some of the wool applique


The back of the quilt, a look at the hand quilting after the quilt was washed and dried and nice and crinkled just like I like it.  Two quilts can be entered so I guess I better look through recent quilts and find another – a lot of nice prizes are offered and the show is much easier to view this year too.


Linking up to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts today and Jo’s Country Junction  and Susan’s Midweek Makers .






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43 comments… add one
  • Jeanne in Ohio Sep 19, 2017

    I’m glad to hear the Festival will be easier to view. I’ve given up on it the past couple years. Your quilt is wonderful!

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      I was about ready to stop trying to view it too as it seemed like it was getting harder to use and I really didn’t like the voting part of it

  • Deb Sep 20, 2017

    Oh my gosh your quilt is truly amazing. There is a lot of work in it for sure and it looks beautiful on the bed. Stunning!
    Obviously no black haired cats in your house, lol

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      no black hair cats or dogs in this house – although we used to have pets we gave having pets after the last one died long ago when we wanted to be able to take off traveling when we feel like and not have to find someone to care for them

  • Nicolette Sep 20, 2017

    It’s such an amazing quilt, showing your perseverance! I had given up on the Festival, because of the voting part. Not sure if I will take part this year as I don’t have time to visit the blogs!
    Nicolette recently posted…Antique Sampler – a finishMy Profile

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      you do not have to visit the blogs if you do not wish to – there are thumbnail photos if you wish to go to the festival and glance through

  • Susan Riley Sep 20, 2017

    so loving the ‘freshness’ of this quilt-stunning! Good luck-Susan

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      would be nice if the random generator gave me one of the prizes – I think there are 15 of them

  • Karen Sep 20, 2017

    Your quilt has turned out so well. Beautiful work with all the tiny pieces. And the applique border is a lovely finish!!
    Karen recently posted…Rainbow Cats For Blogger’s Quilt Festival.My Profile

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks Karen – it sure took me awhile to get it done, I know I stopped several times and took a month break from it – I was very pleased with the way it turned out but wish I had made it just a little bigger

  • Barbara Sep 20, 2017

    What a beautiful quilt!

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks Barbara

  • maxine lesline Sep 20, 2017

    The previous posters have said what I want to say.. stunning quilt.. and that truly lovely hand quilting. ! Is the wool used in the applique pre-shrunk ?

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      the wool is felted so yes it had gone through all the washing procedure before I got it. I believe it is dyed and then goes through several boiling baths and rinses before it goes to the stores. I got most of it from two different on line shops.

  • Deb Sep 20, 2017

    Love the revisit of this beauty 🙂
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    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks Deb – I think this will always be one of my favorites

  • Ann Douglas Sep 20, 2017

    Great use of scraps and love the border

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks Ann – I’m glad I decided on this border – it really help set off that the tiny squares and gave the quilt a great fun look

  • Sharon Sep 20, 2017

    Your quilt is just gorgeous! You did an incredible job in the design and piecing, everything. I just love it.

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks Sharon – this was a fun quilt to make and those little pieces were sewn in between other projects until I really got into it and wanted it done

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 20, 2017

    I’ve fallen in love with this quilt all over again, Karen. I’m glad you picked this one, it’s just so beautiful! I hope your quilt wins a prize and am looking forward to seeing the second quilt you pick, and thank you for the link.

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      it is all just random prizes – some of them are pretty darn good though so would be nice to win one! I will enter one more as you can enter two

  • Deborah Sep 20, 2017

    So beautiful! Congratulations. I know you don’t like the voting, but I would have been happy to vote for this one.

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks! I love this quilt too

  • JanineMarie Sep 20, 2017

    So fun to see this quilt again. It looks gorgeous on the bed with the border showing on the side.
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    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      The borders really add a lot to the quilt don’t they

  • Sally Sep 20, 2017

    What an interesting combination of postage stamp and applique. A very pretty quilt!

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017


  • gretchen wylegala Sep 21, 2017

    Wow. So bright and lovely!
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    • Karen Sep 21, 2017


  • Susan Sep 21, 2017

    Wow! Does that ever look fantastic! A great quilt to enter in the Bloggers Quilt Festival – and thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers too! I’ve enjoyed watching it’s progress.

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks Susan!

  • audrey Sep 21, 2017

    I adore the border work on this quilt Karen! Really great use of scraps too.:) So much patience to cut that many little squares!

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      well I had been saving a box of 1.5 inch squares and adding to it for years so they were not all cut at once which was a very big help indeed and this quilt emptied the box!

  • Eileen Kranzberg Sep 21, 2017

    Beautiful quilt! Love the border too.

    • Karen Sep 22, 2017

      thanks I am really glad I added the borders

  • Linda Dutch Sep 21, 2017

    Such a wonderful quilt! I love all those small scrappy pieces, and your applique border makes it very special!
    Linda Dutch recently posted…Blogger’s Quilt FestivalMy Profile

  • Karen, Tu-Na Quilts Sep 22, 2017

    I enjoyed watching you make this quilt and so glad you entered it in the festival.

    • Karen Sep 22, 2017

      thanks Karen- I love it too

  • The Joyful Quilter Sep 24, 2017

    Simply stunning scrap quilt!! The applique really takes the scrappy to another level. Beautiful work!

    • Karen Sep 24, 2017


  • Connie K Campbell Sep 25, 2017

    What a beautiful quilt and I love all the teeny tiny pieces! Thanks for sharing and good luck!
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    • Karen Sep 25, 2017

      thanks – and I was lucky!

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