Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

This is my first time entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Thank you Amy for coming up with this wonderful idea and for taking the time to host it.

I have so many favorite quilts.  It was hard to pick just one!  Many years ago, I joined a charity group from my work place. When I joined the group, I realized I needed to learn to quilt faster. Up to that time, all my quilts were handmade and would take a long time to finish.

With this quilt, I learned paper-piecing. I struggled with the machine quilting on this one, but I think I am getting better with practice. By the end of my second year, I was donating at least one quilt a month if not two quilts!

Since I could not give up all of my hand work, I would add a little hand-worked appliqué to all my quilts. I love whimsy and I often looked for fun juvenile fabric with a design that I could make into an appliqué add-on to enhance the overall quilt. Retro Dog’s design came from the material in this quilt.  I hope my quilts have given comfort as well as a smile to the receiver.

A little over a year ago, my husband and I retired. We are traveling around the country in our motorhome. I really miss all of my quilting friends and I think about them often. I am still making small quilts for children, but my heart belongs to my hand-piecing and quilting. I find this easier to do now that we are full-timing in our motorhome.


  1. You are so lucky to be traveling! That's what I would love to do!!

    Beautiful quilt!

  2. I love your quilt, and the little purple guy is adorable!

  3. Adorable! I like your banner too! Does the kitty travel with you?

  4. I love the humor in your quilt and the color choice is interesting.

  5. I guarantee this quilt brings smiles to everyone who sees it. I love how the applique makes the quilt sing. Thanks for all your donations.
    Come see my antique quilt entries

  6. that purple doggie is too cute!

  7. Thanks Everyone for your wonderful comments!

    Mel, I hope someday you can travel. There is a lot of beautiful country and quilt shops to see!

    Linda, Yes, we have 4 kitties traveling with us. That is Dusty, our rescued cat. Then there is Squirrel, Mad Max, and Hitch (short for Hitchhiker). Hitch moved in at a campground and never left!

    Sandra, I will be stopping by to see your quilts. I love antique quilts.
    Happy Quilting! Sandy

  8. Adorable! And so is your kitty!

  9. I love the gray cat,how sweet. the quilt is lovely, I alway chicken out with the fun prints I need to loosen up. You may have inspired me a bit!

  10. darling quilt--love the little applique poodle!! colors are great. my folks full-timed about 9 mos a year for a few years. mom made exquisite pine needle baskets having fun collecting needles from around the u.s.


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