Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pinwheel Quilt- Blogger's Quilt Festival

For all of my regular readers-- yes, I'm alive and kicking! It's been a busy few weeks in our house (I know I'm not alone!). I'll catch everyone up later. But for now, here's my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!


I completed this pinwheel quilt in May of 2009 as a birthday gift for my sister-in-law, Jamie. I'll admit that it started as a wedding gift for her and my brother a year earlier, but got replaced by a food processor and put on the back burner for awhile. I had never made a quilt larger than child-sized before this one.


It was also the first time I had done half-square triangles. At the time, I didn't know that I should square them up before piecing them all together! Once I figured that out, everything came together.


I love looking back at photos of this quilt because it features so many of my favorite fabrics-- including orange mono pez, many Alexander Henry prints, and Prints Charming teardrops. Since making this quilt I've become more nervous about using fabrics that I love because I don't want to run out of them! And that's silly. So this quilt is a good reminder that there's no sense in hoarding fabrics. Don't leave those favorite fabrics folded on a shelf!

30 comments:

Monica said...

I've got a pinwheel quilt in my list... gorgeous... I really think you can do no wrong!!

(you can call it the food-processor quilt... :)...)

Trudi said...

It's a beautiful Pinwheels quilt, very pretty!

Lisa said...

While the front is lovely the back is AMAZING!!! Nice job and I am sure they appreciated the food processor too ;-)

Terry said...

The quilt is beautiful You always remember your first full size quilt. Use fabrics you like it's more fun.
If you can't part with them make a charm hexigon and begin your own memory quilt.
Awsume!!!

Ariane said...

I love it! It's gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

felicity said...

Pinwheels make everything awesome. This quilt is gorgeous, and your message is a good one - why are we saving that fabric?? MAKE SOMETHING!

Poppyprint said...

That's a wonderful, energetic quilt. I adore pinwheels (and yes, that squaring up is very helpful!). Glad all is well, I was just going to email you to check in. Happy Hallowe'en!

Kristie said...

Very pretty, and I love the back!
p.s. love your header :-)

Happy Festival!

Leslie said...

i made a point of adding in some of my favorite fabrics into the cancer quilt i just made. what else do i hoard, i mean have them for, right?

this quilt is beautiful...the fabrics you used are amazing. that zebra print really caught my eye. love that!

Cindy V. said...

i totally get what you mean about not wanting to use up your favorite fabrics, but your quilt is great inspiration for HOW to use them up! i love it!!

Bellgirl said...

I like the philospohy of using your favorites so you can see them in the quilts! I'm about to make my first half-square ttriangle quilt, and I'm thinking of doing pinwheels, so it's lovely to see how beautifully yours turned out.

elizabeth said...

I love this quilt - one of my favorite patterns. The back on yours is great!

ktquilts said...

Love pinwheel scrappiness!!! Yup, that favorite fabric is for cutting!!!!

Blessings,

KT

Rebecca Johnson said...

I have wanted to do a giant pinwheel quilt for a while now..and you have inspired me to just do it!! Yours is so beautiful..amazing colours! and the back...well it could be a whole other quilt top... amazing! xx i wanna follow you and see whats next!

Bellgirl said...

BTW I've started making myself little sewing accessories, like needlebooks or pincushions, out of my favorite fabric scraps, so I'll have them around even when I've used the rest- it makes me feel comfortable about using the yardage!

Borderline Quilter said...

I love it...it's kind of simple and homely....don't you just love the look of a quilt when it's been washed, it looks so snuggley!

Best Wishes
Kay in Scoltand

Marit said...

Lovely quilt! Good advice about using your favorite fabrics - and a hard one to follow...
; )

quiltilicious said...

Like both the front and the back.

Quiltbenaco said...

Queste girandole sono deliziose!
Ciao ciao Domenica

Mom2three said...

Beautiful pinwheel! I love the bright colors. I'm going to dig through my stash and see what I come up with.

Janet said...

Isn't it funny how a gift can go from being for a wedding to a birthday, or from a birth to a birthday, or from a gift to comfort a sick person to a memory for one passed on. Not funny I guess, more like perfect. Love your quilt!

harleywife57 said...

beautiful !! I'm working on a pinwheel for my sister's Christmas gift and got 'stuck' ; couldn't decide whether to do a border , or just all pinwheels and your lovely quilt made my decision ..... no border ! NICE job !

Dani said...

As always, your color/fabric choices are the best.

I have a horrible habit of saving fabric. I don't know why either. There is always another "must have" to take its place.

Glad to see you are still on the scene.

Christine said...

I love pinwheel quilts and I love the fabrics you used in yours. What a nice gift!

Karen said...

I never get tired of pinwheels!
I love the fabrics and colours you have chosen. It looks so fresh with the white.
It's a beautiful quilt!

Jennie said...

Lovely, I always adore pinwheels. And I agree about using favorite fabrics, how can they really be loved if they're stuck on a shelf...and I'm off to break open a fat quarter bundle!

SarahB said...

I love pinwheels! Your pieced back is great too!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Pinwheels are so much fun! The pieced back is awesome, too. Great quilt!

Rebekah said...

What a pretty quilt! The pinwheels are so cheery.

Loved your comment "started as a wedding gift but gave a food processor instead". We did the same thing for a wedding we attended this year (the cut quilt pieces are now in my closet waiting to be sewn together.)

Hannah said...

What size did your quilt end up being and what size squares did you use, if you don't mind sharing? SEeking ideas for my mother's 60th birthday present and I've always wanted to make a pinwheel quilt! Yours is gorgeous and such an inspiration!