Bloggers’ Quilt Festival!!

Rainbows from the heart

I’ve already posted about this quilt some but I wanted to include it in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival going on over at Amy’s Creative Side

This quilt was made to be donated to an unnamed charitable cause.  Earlier this year I issued myself a challenge to create 6 [correction: the challenge was for 5 quilts to the guild friend – the sixth was sent to Queensland but was included in the total] charity quilts to be given to a member of my guild who had asked for kid quilts…you can read the whole dramatic story here.  Then the horrible events in Japan started to unfold and I just couldn’t stand around and do nothing.  Quilter’s Newsletter put out a call for quilts that they would send to Japan and I decided as soon as I read the post that I would be making two quilts for my April kid-charity-quilt challenge: one for my guild friend and one to send to Japan.  The one pictured here was sent to Japan, though they both look basically the same.

This quilt is special to me for a variety of reasons.  First and foremost – it reminds me of The Husband.  There is a Rolling Stones song about a woman being like a rainbow and The Husband is a huge fan.  So this quilt gives me warm fuzzies for him.  He tried to lay claim to the quilt but he already has a designated rainbowish quilt, and I had already detached myself from this one.  Second, I designed it and made it so from a little sketch I made.  It is super-gratifying to picture it, map it out, and get a result all out of your own head.  I am really proud to have created it.  And third, it means an enormous amount to me that I did something (other than throw money at the Red Cross or someone else – which is important too but sometimes I think that makes it easy to turn a blind eye) to aid people who are having such troubled times. 

I’ll soon be posting a tutorial [correction: the tutorial is posted here] about how I made this quilt.  It isn’t really a pattern, it is more of an improvisation thing.  Actually that doesn’t seem entirely accurate.  Just think of it as “loosely based” quilting.  Making this quilt was a little difficult for me mentally because while I have no problem winging it when sewing a garment I think of quilting as a more structured process. I also had to be somewhat aloof – knowing that I was giving it away meant I couldn’t get so attached that I would keep it.  It is hard sometimes to be generous but I managed to let go and send it off. 


Thank you for stopping by my little portion fo the Quilt Festival!!!  Make sure you visit as many quilts on the tour as you can.

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26 Responses to Bloggers’ Quilt Festival!!

  1. So retro and fun, I love it!

  2. Jane says:

    Your quilt looks great…and you designed it! Lovely!

  3. Jill says:

    Such a great design! I’m sure it will be loved in Japan!

  4. Janet says:

    So sweet – a rainbow and a heart. It is lovely and I’m sure will be well loved in Japan.

  5. Sara says:

    Simple and so sweet!

  6. Penny G says:

    You improvise so very well. The quilt will be loved.

  7. Rachaeldaisy says:

    What a special quilt! A rainbow of love! Beautiful photo of the little girl wrapped up in the colourful cosiness.

  8. Allie says:

    What a lovely quilt – or pair of quilts – and how wonderfully generous you are. I love that you designed it – I know what it’s like to have it turn out just like in your head, it’s an awesome feeling, isn’t it? Good job!

  9. Eileen says:

    Great quilt and wonderful story! Lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  10. DoloresTJ says:

    I can’t wait to see the tutorial. I am very interested in learning more about designing the patterns that live in my head. Loverly, simply loverly.

  11. Karen says:

    Oh, I love the quilts I draw out and design the best–they are entirely my creations. I rarely use a structured pattern. That to me is the beauty of quilting–you make it what YOU want it to be.

  12. Emily says:

    beautiful work! :) I especially love how it looks wrapped around someone!

  13. Karen says:

    This is quite a striking quilt. What a great idea for a donation. Very generous!

  14. Anne says:

    That quilt will bring smiles to whoever receives it. Your design is great! I also love your podcasts, so thank you for them.

  15. Lotti says:

    I love the design and I love the story of why you made this quilt. What a great challenge you have set yourself, good luck

  16. amy says:

    beautiful quilt!

  17. Becky says:

    Good for you and what a fantastic quilt! Thank you for sharing. I had decided that 2012 was going to be a charity making year for me so it is inspirational to see your decision and follow through.

  18. Pat says:

    What a heartwarming story and such a beautiful quilt. The pictures of it will remind you of your warm feelings toward it and to its unknown recipient–I’m sure they will love it as much as you.

  19. Sally says:

    I love it, it’s so cheery and hopeful! Beautiful work.

  20. Manda says:

    This is great full of bright colours and hope :)

  21. Hollie says:

    What a perfect and beautiful charity quilt!

  22. Sandra says:

    What a generous donation. What a great way to literally send a piece of your heart to be of comfort. Kudos.
    Come see my entries #211, repro cheddar orange stars and #215 antique 1850 applique flower garden

  23. Margo says:

    I LOVE this quilt! so cool. I will be eager to see the tutorial – I want to know if it’s pieced or appliqued. And I like what you say about being detached when you’re giving it away – that’s so important, but I haven’t heard someone talk about that before.

  24. Rachel says:

    What a lovely quilt and how kind of you to donate it. I am sure its recipient is so grateful to you. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  25. Laura Baker says:

    This is my first visit to your blog and I have subscribed. I love your flying heart. Beautiful work!

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