Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Collecting Memories

For my second Blogger’s Quilt Festival entry, I’m also taking a page from the Grandma Sparkles playbook and entering Collecting Memories into the Two Color Quilt categoryThis quilt, (fully blogged here) was my first hands-on foray into quilting. Not gonna lie, I didn’t push the sewing machine pedal once in the creation of this quilt. I did however select and buy the fabrics, create the design, and layout, draft the strip-piecing pattern, cut and iron the fabrics, and then run them back and forth from the living room to the sewing machine. (My aching back!) 
This all begs the question about who is the creator of a quilt–the designer, the facilitator, or a combination of people. I think there are multiple answers to this complex question, and it is one I have been spending a lot of time thinking about recently. However, I didn’t feel this work should be represented in the same way a Bee quilt should, so purposefully chose not to put it in that category. 
Because Grandma Sparkles and I made this quilt together, I chose to call it Collecting Memories to represent the shared memory we will always have of the insane week we spent making the quilt top. Also, it unintentionally reminds me of the Harry Potter Pensieve! The goal was to create a white to blue ombre and I’m so sparkly, deliciously happy with what we achieved. This quilt lives on my bed as a constant reminder of what one can achieve even in moments of self-doubt. 
Quilt Stats:
  • Finished size: 90″ x 90″
  • Fabrics: 40+ shades of blue quilting cottons and batiks
  • Domestic machine pieced
  • Hand stitched binding
  • I was scared of the sewing machine at this stage
  • Blogger’s Festival Category: Two Color Quilts

11 Responses

  1. vexa says:

    I really like the effect you created on this one so I'm glad to see it again.

  2. Paula says:

    Lovely to see this again. It makes me think of starbursts and supernovas!

  3. Katy Cameron says:

    You had a great collaboration. And thank you, I couldn't think what it reminded me of, but the pensieve comment did it, I think it's like the Tardis vanishing :oD

  4. CitricSugar says:

    This is one of the most gorgeous trip-around-the-world quilts I've ever seen. Your gradient is perfection. I absolutely love it!

  5. Jane S. says:

    That's just gorgeous! It practically glows. 🙂

  6. superbe dégradé ,lumineux magnifique réalisation

  7. I have been a fan of this quilt since I first saw it. The center shines brightly, like the Sun. I love the inner ombre through the aqua colors–so perfectly done, and then the quilt gets interesting. This isn't "simply" an ombre quilt, but it's a work of art.

  8. Sarah_L_N says:

    Oh that is yummy! It really does sparkle, very clever 🙂

  9. jeifner says:

    It is so visually arresting. Great job!

  10. This is absolutly amazing

  11. Loving this one and Walking on Sunshine! Both are definitely sparkly:)
    This one practically glows!!! Great work.
    Following on bloglovin'

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