Recently online I’ve been seeing posts about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side, and I thought I’d join in the fun! The festival provides a way for quilt bloggers like me to share their work and to inspire each other.
Bloggers can enter up to two quilts—each with its own blog post, and in separate categories. My first entry is a recent finish for me, and I call it Rainbow Connection.
I was inspired to design this quilt after hearing about the recent events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida. The Modern Quilt Guild of Orlando put out a request for heart blocks they could assemble into quilts and give to survivors, victim’s families, and first responders. They also encouraged people to send finished quilts if they could, so that’s what I decided to do. At last count, they have over 1500 completed quilts! Isn’t that amazing? It just makes me love quilters even more.
I knew that I wanted something fast and fun that also included the heart blocks, so I came up with a variation of a classic chevron design. As I was designing this, all I could think of was sending them a rainbow of love, and a rainbow it certainly is!
I quilted Rainbow Connection on my home machine with straight-line quilting along the edges and throught the middle of the chevron blocks. (I apologize for the crinkly look--normally I take photos before I wash my quilts!)
I quilted the heart blocks with a free-motion quilting design.
On the back of the quilt, I pieced together some valentine’s fabrics I had on hand.
I bound the quilt with rainbow fabric. I love how this looks!
When I sent off the quilt, all I could think of was how much quilts warm and comfort us. My hope is that Rainbow Connection will do that too!
Here are the quilt details:
56-1/2” x 68”
Fabrics: Various scraps in a rainbow of colors
Batting: Quilter’s Dream
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Mako 50 wt, #2326
Quilting Thread: Sulky 40 wt thread, various colors
Pieced and Quilted by Jennifer Fulton
Be sure to check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and vote for your favorite quilts (hopefully mine!) and enter the giveaways! They've extended the time allowed for entering, so voting begins I think on Tuesday, September 27th and runs to the end of the month. Right now (through the weekend) you can vote for Viewer's Choice.
Finishing this quilt was part of my 2016 FAL goals, so I get to check off another one!