Friday, April 17, 2009

Blogger Quilt Festival


I've never been to an actual quilt show, so when I saw the posting on Park City Girl's site I had to join. It took me awhile to decide which quilt was my favorite, but I had to go with this one of The Shmoo's nap quilt for school. The story goes a little something like this....

When The Shmoo started Nursery School last year he refused to sleep at school...okay, he didn't really sleep at home either. Well, as he got older ( and wiser) he started napping at school EVERY DAY. One day I asked the teacher what he slept with. She pulled out a rag. No, really, it was a rag. I was horrified. How could my Shmoodle sleep under a rag when I have more fabric than a quilt store? So, that weekend I started a " Nap Quilt" for him. I pulled out scraps, and yardage, and began cutting 2X7 rectangles. I wanted it to be scrappy, and happy, and fun. I wanted him to be able to look at all the different pieces while he fell asleep, but more than anything I wanted him to be wrapped in my love while he was away from me. Once it was complete I knew it needed to be professionally quilted to last the weekly washings it was going to have to withstand. I picked red thread to match the red and white polka dot backing fabric and a dragon fly pattern for fun and funk. I love this quilt. The Shmoo loves this quilt. There are fabrics from almost every quilt I have every made. It has pieces from pajama pants I wear all the time, Grants Qwillow, my mom's many quilts, etc. It has history, and when he sleeps under it his is wrapped in all the love that went into it. At some point he will out grow it, but I made it 36X47 so we have a little time before that happens:-)

Hop on over to Amy's blog and check out everyone else involved in the festival. There are so amazing quilts out there in Blog land, and the best part is you can look at them all in your pajamas!

Happy Weekend to you all! Peace be with you.

27 comments:

  1. You just whipped this out?? Amazing. I love the fun fabrics and the bright colors. Talented my dear. Love it.

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  2. That is very cool! I love this pattern too. This one is one my list of quilts to make! I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  3. Oh, it's so cute! And much better than a rag, that's for sure!! ~ Jennie

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  4. That was a great story! I'm not sure I would be able to send something so nice to school. I really love it.

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  5. This is a great quilt. I love that it went with your son to school. Wonderful Quilt. Wonderful Story.

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  6. this is such an adorable story, and schmoo? cutest pet name ever!!! love the quilt too BTW :)

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  7. What a fantastic scrap quilt and a beautiful story!

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  8. Very cool braid quilt!
    Great idea to put the dark sashing between the braids!

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  9. I just love a happy quilt. Yours truly tells me you had fun putting this all together...a good choice.

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  10. What a happy fun quilt! It is vibrant with color. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. What a wonderful quilt with a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing your quilt with us!

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  12. The Shmoo is a lucky guy to have a mother like you who can make a beauty like this :-) I would sleep happily under a quilt like this too :-)
    Kristina
    priscillacraft.blogspot.com

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  13. What a lucky boy! A lovely quilt and a lovely story to go with it. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. The story and the quilt are eauqlly beautiful!

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  15. Does Shmoo recognize any of the fabrics? The quilt is very cool.

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  16. Laura,
    What a bright cheery braid quilt- The colors are wonderful against the black contrast.
    Enjoy your visits around the blog show.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Regards,
    Anna

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  17. Yes this is an extremely HAPPY quilt. Wonderful work

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  18. Gorgeous story.
    Beautiful quilt
    Sleep well Schmoo
    Andi :-)

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  19. Such a great quilt with so much love in it! Putting a little of ourselves in our work is what makes quilting so special! I love your quilt - so happy and colorful - thank you for sharing :)

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  20. Wonderful quilt and wonderful story. In my opinion that's how a quilt should be. A little bit of everything. After all, isn't that what they did all those years ago?

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  21. Wow! I taught preschool for eight years and I never saw a naptime blanket that beautiful. What a lucky boy he is.

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  22. I love scrappy quilts. This one is gorgeous. What a lucky boy!!!

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  23. What a beautiful and very colorful quilt!

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