Saturday, October 29, 2011
Lost in Wonderland at Bloggers Fall Festival
"Amy's Creative Side" is hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2011. Amy does this each fall and spring to allow bloggers to gather online and share their quilts. This year, the fall festival runs from October 28 and through November 4. I’ve been spending time browsing through the gorgeous quilts and reading the stories that go along with them and all I can say is, “Wow!” I’m still going to include my humble little quilt after reading that Amy says that the skill level or style of quilts are not in question as I am definitely not an expert on any quilting techniques. As a matter of fact, the quilt I am showing for the Festival is made of fabrics I purchased at Wal-Mart, JoAnn’s, thrift shops etc. when I first started quilting. This was before I even knew what constituted “good fabric,” much less quality quilt store fabric or matching squares or seams etc. I just bought fabric that inspired me or looked pretty to me. I did know enough to buy all 100% cotton… Then I appliquéd my blocks and sewed them together with sashing since that’s the only type of finishing I’d seen. If the seams on the blocks happened to match up, that was purely accidental.
So saying, and with all the disclaimers, I present my “Alice in Wonderland” quilt.
I love Lewis Carroll and his fabulous stories, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” and have read each several times, even as an adult. I made my own pattern surfing the free internet clip-art plus clip-art from my “Print Shop” software or even my own ideas. I read on the internet about quilting with a technique I’d never heard of before at that time called “stippling.” I loved it and quilted my “Alice” using this method and learning as I went.