Friday, April 17, 2009

Quilt Festival 2009, blogger-style

I made this quilt quite a few years ago, maybe 10? not sure. I loved the black border fabric, so started collecting the blacks and grays so I could make something scrappy with it as the border. I decided on the Snails Trail block as I like the way the blocks connect and I thought that it would be really pretty with the grays on one half and the blacks on the other half. I hadn't made a block like that before, so didn't really know what to do when I noticed that the triangles weren't really meeting up like I thought they should. So in the middle of making blocks, I started squaring them up as I sewed them together. Well you probably guessed it, I ended up with 3 different size blocks. They weren't all that different in size, but the biggest didn't fit the smallest. It took some tricky piecing to get them together so that the quilt looked square. I took it to a quilter to quilt ( I didn't have my machine then) and I think it turned out great. It is one of my favorite quilts!

One thing about quilting...I have learned much more when things aren't working out like I wanted, then when everything goes smoothly!

The Blogger Quilt Festival has begun! Amy at Park City Girl is hosting an online quilt festival. This is my entry. Just visit her blog and check out one of the many participants listed there. Or better yet, join in the fun!

19 comments:

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

There's something I just love about black and white quilts! I am definitely going to make a black/white quilt one day. Yours is just beautiful!

Stephanie D. said...

Well, I think your hunch was right-on. I love the way the blacks and whites and grays all combine--the snail trails are distinct from each other, but blended and not harsh.

No wonder it's your favorite!

Susan said...

The red border really sets it all off nicely...very pretty!

Fiesta said...

Jean that is a beautiful quilt.

Kerri said...

such a lovely quilt!!

Serena said...

Great Quilt!! I agree you learn so much more from mistakes than if everything goes well.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great quilt that was well thought out.

Zonnah said...

I LOVE this quilt!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt! And the red border is such a great accent.

maggi said...

Great quilt. I love the way it shades.

Susan said...

I love this quilt; Snail Trail has been calling to me. I am so glad I saw yours.

The Quilting Pirate said...

Great entry!! I love it! I have yet to make my own snail trail.

You were doing black and white before it was cool...you trend setter you!! :)

stitchinpenny said...

I love this pattern and you did it well. colors are great

karenfae said...

I always love those colors in a quilt! Wonderful - you know I have never made that pattern - I wonder why? I always like it when I see it
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

I agree! I learn so much more when it's not going quite right :) Love your quilt, and all of your accomplishments making it! The use of color is spot on! Thanks for sharing.

quiltmom said...

Snails trail quilts are one of my favorite designs - they are so cool the way that they are interlaced with one another. I love the black and grey combination- it really is beautiful..
Your kitties are very handsome too- what is it about cushy quilts and cats- they can often be found laying on the highest spots.
Regards,
Anna

Sandra said...

Black and white and shades of grey always seem to make graphic quilts and snail's trail is a great old design.

Come see my favorites
#210 Sandra Starley -funky petroglyph quilt
#215 Utah Quilt Appraiser-civil war era red & green quilts

dee said...

Snails Trail is perfect for something so graphic like B&W&Gray. Having 3 different sized blocks is a familiar thing around here. You did good!

Granny Lyn said...

What a beautiful quilt! I absolutely love the way you brought all the blacks and greys together! I would be so proud of it, too!