Friday, October 28, 2011

Ogee, it's the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

This is my second time participating in The Blogger's Quilt Festival - I love getting the inspiration by poking through everyone else's link ups!


No surprise, this entry is my recently finished Ogee Quiltalong (Rebecca Johnson's Curlicue Crush pattern, quilt along led by Lesly, at Stitch Literate.)

This quilt was a bit of heartache, but mostly heart. It's a yet-to-be-given Christmas gift for my grandmother (who hopefully isn't reading the blog.. but I'm pretty sure she already knows I made it).



The fabric choice was a breeze. I selected 20 prints from Sunkissed and paired it with Kona Banana. The colors.. they're just her. You know? Someone can usually look at a pile of hot pink, cerulean, lime, and orange and say "BREE!". This pile was just her. It's sunny summer afternoons on her back porch, it's the warm and friendly vibe she gives off. It's generosity and sweetness evoked by a color palette.

The pattern called to me. It reminds me of those old, hanging ornate birdcages - and since birds are her favorite, it was only a natural selection.

This quilt had a few bloopers along the way. That dadblasted birdcage? It looked a whole lot more like a crying onion at one point than a bird cage:



(See it? step back from your monitor.) It's a crying onion. And while I greatly appreciate the irony in a crying onion, it did not make me very happy! It took some finagling to turn it around and come back to the birdcage:


Once the birdcage was sorted out, the rest was a breeze. I'm thrilled to be giving this to my grandma - she taught me to sew and has encouraged me every step of the way!

As a part of my small tribute to her, I've placed a matching birdie on my own recently finished KSQA quilt:

Post coming soon about that - it's finally finished!

Go check out the rest of the quilts at the festival - I can't wait to see what everyone's got in store!


23 comments:

Heidi said...

The crying onion still kills me Bree!! You did fab making it caged birds again!!

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Aunt Spicy said...

oh gosh...the quilt is gorgeous, and then you see the cute details like the onion and birds...so fun!

selfsewn@summerfete said...

Oh Bree the crying onion!!
Its still a beautiful quilt and such a sweet detail.

Prof. S said...

This is such a beautiful...and the onion really made me chuckle :)

Jolanda said...

Very funny the onion story! Love your quilt:)

Alli said...

Hee hee! You did a great job fixing the crying onion! I like the onion too, though. :D

Candi said...

omg - I was looking at the quilt wondering if that was an onion! I thought it was clever! The quilt is so pretty and Im sure your grandma will love it.

Eileen said...

Bree, this is just wonderful. Had a good laugh, or should hat be cry over your onion cum birdcage. Really turned out so cute. Great memories with and for your grandma!

Queenie Believe said...

What a wonderful quilt. I'm sure your grandmother will love it!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Melinda said...

Just lovely Bree! I loved this one when I saw it before! Great job!

fallingforpieces said...

I think I'm in love! What an all around fabulous quilt!

Leanne said...

I love this one, I am certain your grandmother will too. I love how you fixed the crying onion!

Andrea said...

that the birds were good in the quilt

The Thompsons said...

The crying onion is awesome, but I can see why you changed it. :) The quilt is beautiful!

laura said...

lovely quilt!

Pattilou said...

What a fun, unique gift. One with the receiver in mind. Your grandma should love it!!!

Lyanna L. said...

I love the crying onion i mean bird cage! The birds are super cute and I think this quilt is so fun. =)

Julie Fukuda said...

Crying onion ... that is just too funny. Enjoy the story as much as the quilt.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

What a lovely gift, even with the crying onion, I mean birdcage. :D

Kit Lang said...

Lovely little bird on the back - and the crying onion is great. ;)

Thanks for sharing!

Sherry said...

I just love this quilt & your choice of fabrics. I bet your Grandmother will be so excited when she receives it. Great job! Love that little bird on the back, too cute!

Martha said...

This is such a cute quilt...love all the little extras. Thanks for sharing.

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