I am so excited to share my first entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!
This is a quilt that I made this past summer for my brother-in-law Jim. Also known to us as Uncle Buster or Grunkle. In the spring I made a couple of quilts to donate to Quilts of Valor so the colors red, white, and blue were on my mind. These colors also suited for Jim because he is a Vietnam Veteran and a very patriotic person.
|Star quilt for Jim|
I began with some sale fabric and the July Star Block pattern from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. Without a pattern for layout or really much of a plan, I just sewed block after block making each one a different color/fabric combination. Then I placed them on my design wall and played. I came up with an idea, then made the blocks I needed to finish the overall pattern. No two blocks are exactly the same! Wanting to use the leftover fabric for the back, I had fun creating a reversible quilt.
|An interesting Back|
Then, I chose to quilt it with my favorite freehand overall swirl pattern. I considered loopy stars but I thought that would be too many stars. The swirls give it movement and a texture that I think is nice. Plus, I had fun quilting it since swirls are my favorite!
|Bonus triangles as pinwheels|
The great thing about this star pattern is the leftover triangles that were easily sewn into pinwheels. This is the beginning of a new Quilts of Valor donation quilt!
I gave Jim his quilt while were on vacation together at the Outer Banks in NC. He loves it! I only wish I had thought to take some pictures of it on the beach. At the time I didn't have a blog or even dreamed of joining the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Now I have a blog and enjoy sharing my quilts and quilting, as well as getting involved with the quilt blogging community.
In the past few years, I have given many quilts to family members and charities. Because I have a longarm machine quilting business, (Quilting As Desired) it so important for me to take the time to quilt for my family and charities. It helps me keep a balance and reminds me that this is a hobby that I love, as well as, a business that I love.
Thank you for the opportunity to share Jim's quilt...
hope you like it.
hope you like it.