Monday, October 29, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival- A quilt for Hadley

Wow! So I just stumbled across the Blogger's Quilt Festival and it looks like so much fun!! Strolling through the many quilts on display took hours but Wow!!! In looking at all these beautiful quilts so many great ideas kept popping into my mind. My to-do list is getting longer and longer...  This spring seems to be a spring for weddings for my family and friends this year. I think a quilt makes an excellent wedding gift so I have really got my work cut out for myself and now so many wonderful ideas!

So I am new to the game when it comes to quilting and blogging but I thought it would be fun to at least submit an entry. I thought and thought about what my absolute favorite quilt would be and I must say, it is a quilt I made for my little girl, Hadley, for her fifth birthday.

If you have read my blog you know that I am a newbie to the sewing/quilting world. I have now been sewing/quilting for three years and I love it!! Last year for Christmas my then four year old decided she wanted a sewing machine for Christmas. This made my heart so happy. My parents bought her a little Hello Kitty sewing machine by Janome. Let me tell you if you are looking for a little girls' machine, look no further! This little green guy is great!! I even use it sometimes when I am too lazy to change thread or my sewing foot on my machine. Anyways, a couple months after that she asked me to make her a "flower quilt" for her birthday. Okay, by this point my heart is flying!! I was so excited!

 So I love a good scrappy quilt. I went to my stash and pulled all the fabrics that reminded me of my sweet little girl. I knew she wanted a "flower quilt" but I didn't just want to use flower prints so I decided to go with some dresden flowers. I pieced together my different sized dresdens and then hand blanket stitched them onto my quilt. I then took her first "big girl bedsheets" (the purple fabric with white polka dots) and used that for my border for the quilt.


As I mentioned, I love a scrappy feel which is why I then pieced together all my scraps in rows to the left. I then hand stitched "I love you. -mom" onto a row of the scraps, just for sentiment.

Then to find the fabric for the back. Hmmmm. I pondered this for quite some time. I wanted it to somehow go with my flowers but I wanted this quilt to tell a lesson beyond ages as my sweet little girl would keep growing up, even when I tried my best not to blink. While wandering around the fabric store I found these sweet little umbrellas by Riley Blake. I loved them!!

Hence Hadley's quilt became, "Find a flower in every rain."

I machine quilted the quilt with nice diagonal lines and then used some more scraps to make a nice ratty binding (something I find nice sometimes on a good scrappy quilt.)

And here is my "flower." Love!!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 41″x 45″
Special techniques used : applique, personal design, dresden flowers
Quilted by : Me!!
Best Category : Scrap Quilt, Baby Quilt, Throw Quilt


  1. Very cute! Love that you went dresdens instead of florals.

  2. Thanks CitricSugar! I really enjoyed doing the dresdens as well. It was my first time to blanket stitch and it went much faster than I anticipated. I tell everyone, with each quilt I do I learn something new, and I love that about each quilt I make!!

  3. Darling! Love your little quilt and how precious for your little girlie. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  4. Thanks so much for all the kind words! I'm so glad I am seeing such inspiration and support getting online! What fun!!

  5. Yay! What a special quilt-- every detail so carefully thought out with such care and love. Seriously-- Blogger's Quilt Festival is like creative overload-- LOVE it! :)

  6. Beautiful quilt! Your daughter must love it!