Friday, 20 April 2012

Festival of Half Square Triangles and Hello Again!

Hi everyone !! Nice to see you!!! After a bit of an absence I am slowly making a little come back online... You know how you sometimes can just give 100% to something to make it work? And how it sometimes (despite you giving it your all) does not work? And then being told it still is not enough? Well... something like that happened. But I reckon that maybe sometimes, just sometimes I can do something for me and take that 1% of my time that's not work related and that is of course going to be quilting (and blogging about it :-) Enough said.

Have you heard about the Festival of Half Square Triangles that is currently going on at Canoe Ridge Creations? (see HERE). Megan is doing a linky party and lots of lovely quilt pics are already uploaded. It's going on till the 22nd April (noon CST)after which 10 judges (all experienced bloggers with their own fabulous blogs and creations)will choose their ten favourite quilts. Then, on monday 23rd, it's up to YOU to choose your favourite. Of course there are fabulous prizes too but just think what an HONOUR it would be to win this. That would mean that loads of people LIKE what you created !

OK, I will try and find out how this linky party works in a minute but first and foremost, I will post about my entry, which is:




Daisy's quilt. The pattern I used was taken from a book called 'Scrap Quilt Sensation' by Katharine Guerrier. It took a while to make and was pieced together bit by bit, scrap by scrap to be done by a birthday in February (you can see, I overshot a little...) but if you know this is a 91" square quilt you may forgive me for that! (it's a lot of seams to make lie flat before quilting I can tell you that!!)



Here it is being basted in the back yard (nowhere in the house was big enough..)

and of course on completion it had to have it's first outing at the beach before being gifted;



I'll spare you the other 100 or so photo's I took ! What is that? You want more??Oh.......... ok then, one more of the whole thing whilst quilted already;



I am quite proud of the fact that I quilted it all on my domestic sewing machine (Bernina 240, and that is not one with an extra wide throat). And just to mix things up I made some of the smaller stars wonky on purpose (see if you can spot any! I deliberated ages what colour binding I would give it and I am really glad with the final choice of red. I think it frames it all really nicely and it had to be a solid with so much going on in the quilt.

If you like it I would be really pleased if you leave me a comment saying so. And DO go to Canoe Ridge Creations (click HERE) and have a look at all the other amazing entries to the Festival. Some really beautiful entries there!

And if you are still around blogland on Monday, I might see you there as I am certainly going to vote and see which are the top ten on there. I'm going to pick my ten out right now and see if my list is anywhere near what the judges will pick out. Great fun! Hope you will enjoy it as much as I am. Thanks Megan for organising the Festival!

17 comments:

K.andy said...

What a super awesome quilt! So pretty, I love the shot on the beach!

Rafael's Mum said...

Thanks Kristy! Your profile is set to 'no reply' so I can't email you but I appreciate your comment.

Flying Blind... said...

Oh I bow to your amazing and awesome HSTness - truly gorgeous - good luck xxx

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It looks fantastic! I love seeing all the great pictures you took of it.

imquilternity said...

Marguerite! Hi there...glad to see you back! Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and pattern you chose. You know how I love those bold colors!! Thanks so much for joining in my Earth Day giveaway. I hope I didn't scare others away by asking what they were planning to do. Even doing nothing is doing something, right? Anyway, I'm really happy you joined in and it was a real thrill to see your name again!! :)

Cathy said...

Like it? I LOVE it!! What a stunner of a quilt Marguerite, fabulous pattern, awesome colours and brilliant photography!!! It is so lovely to see you here again, you have been through so much, I'm hoping for some awesome times coming your way! xo

Kirsten N said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! Love all of your pictures too.

Patchwork and Play said...

Firstly, its great to have you back Marg! Your quilt is beautiful!!!! I am sure it will be well received!

Lizzie said...

Hello my friend, it's lovely to hear from you..! I love, love your quilt, it's beautiful and colourful...Hope you're well,
Lizzie
xxx

Ethne said...

This is a beautiful quilt - great to see you coming back to join us on blogland

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is dazzlingly wonderful!!!

Michelle said...

Absolutely beautiful!

quilthexle said...

Wonderful quilt - and I just LOVE how you take pictures of your quilts. Stunning !!!

Lauranie said...

OMGoodness...girl, it is STUNNING!!! I absolutely LOVE the colors!! Your photos are gorgeous too!! Good to see you friend! xo

Liz said...

Lovely lovely quilt and in my opinion you can rarely go wrong with red anything.

Jo said...

Oh Boy, your quilt is stunning, and so glad to hear that it is loved, all that work deserves to be loved lots.

Sarah Lou said...

This is a gorgeous quilt, well done! How on earth did you manage to get this quilting on your own machine?