Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival May 2014 - French Connection

I am so excited that Bloggers Quilt Festival is finally here again, thanks to Amy
from Amys Creative Side for Hosting the Festival.

I am entering "French Connection" into the Large Quilt Catergory.
This quilt measure 54 x 72 inches.
I made it for a friend of mine,
 Jeanne, who turned the big 60, so what better
  way to celebrate the occasion than with a quilt.

I really had no idea what colour to make or what pattern
to do, I had brought fabric in America on our trip (that we did together)
with intentions to make it into a quilt.

Still unsure I kept and eye out and then I found it in a
recent issue of Homespun Magazine.

"French Connection"
by Rebecca Johnson

I am so happy with how it has turned out and I know this will go
well with Jeanne's decor. I loved it so much that I went out
straight away and brought the same fabric to make me one. It goes well
with my decor too, I was sort of hoping she didnt like it and then I could
make her another ha ha!!!

I went to the local patchwork shop and chose all my fabrics
 and then began busily putting this together. You definiltely
need space to spread out with this one.

I machine quilted it with a Panto called "Gardenia" by Patricia Ritter

For the first time in a while I put a label on the back, I generally
don't put labels on but recently have changed my views on labelling 
I did add a quote on the back saying
"Friends are the family you choose"

Jeanne loved her quilt and I hope she has many cozy nights curled 
up on the couch with her quilt.

I must add that about an hour and a half before I gave her the quilt I decided
to photograph the back and would you believe I got bird poo on it, fresh bird poo!!!
Arrrggghhhh! I tried sponging it off but, NO, it made it worst so into the washing machine
it went, all the time crossing my fingers the black wouldn't run. Thank goodness
for colour catchers. Then straight into the dryer and onto the BBQ. Phew!!!
It was a little tense I must say but all was well in the end.
Happy Quilting!


dutchcomfort said...

Wonderful story to go with an even more beautiful quilt. Love the colours and the quilting too!! Great entry!

sonia said...

Love it. Nice colours and pattern. Beautiful!

tirane93 said...

beautiful fabrics and gorgeous pattern. nice work!

Patchwork and Play said...

Ah, all's well that ends well! Lovely quilt Mandy!

Cille said...

No wonder she liked it. You just have to make another one for yourself :)

CitricSugar said...

It's beautiful! I think there's an old adage about things being christened by bird poo and that being good luck... :-)

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love this pattern and hope to make it one day....add it to the list!

Shay said...

LOVE the colours in this quilt- so striking yet understated .

Tanyia said...

love your quilt and your colors!

Vivian said...

Love the quilt and colors, your friend is so lucky to have you!

They say that a "bird christening" is a good luck sign so consider that the bird's were blessing the gift!