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Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

November 5, 2010

And I am just sneaking in by the skin of my teeth…



Oh I love the Blogger’s Quilt Fest. The amazing brain child of Amy, where one could get lost for hours discovering all the amazing creations all around the bloggiverse.

And finally I’m in there too 🙂



My quilt is one I made a few years ago for the hubby’s boss’ wife. Literally the day Vince (my hubby) learned about the impending birth, he came up to me, gazed imploringly with his bright blues into my browns and requested a quilt.

“I know if I gave you lots of time you would create something spectacular!”

He gave me 6 months.

Now one would think anyone could create a quilt masterpiece in that time. I mean it’s a baby quilt. It’s not like he’s asking for a king sized,  hand quilted trapunto or anything. (oh but that would be spectacular..)

So for the next month or so, I sketched and thought… bought some fabrics…

scrapped that idea…sketched some more….agonized over fabrics for hours…and finally made up my mind before I lost it entirely.

Needle turned appliqued and hand embroidered. Featuring an adorable boy (which they were expecting) in a sail boat fishing. Underwater the worm is having story time for his friends. There would be signal flags on the mast and a pocket to hold stuffies at the bottom. I now had 5 months to execute my mini masterpiece.



I bought a massive package of varigated embroidery floss and proceeded to hand wash every . single. one .  in scalding hot water to bleed out any extra dye. There was no way anything was ever going to bleed out and wreck the white background. I was also aghast at the thought of using any sort of chemical that could be at all toxic. So boiling water it was.

The only one to bleed anything was the “poopy brown” which I didn’t end up using at all.  Go figure.

Slowly the sea creatures came to life…


Each one took nearly 3 hours to do…

I nearly lost my mind…

I mean O.M.G. what was I thinking?!



signal flags spelling out the baby's name


Finally this baby was BORN and the quilt was nowhere near completion. *cry*


I remember one evening I decided to attempt the little boy.

Cute eh? He’s one of the adorable little boys in Gyo Fujikawa’s book “Oh What a Busy Day”, a treasured favorite in my family. And by the grace of all that is holy, he actually looks like a happy little boy with a bowl cut fishing in his boat!

Lemme tell ya, what I had at first was a  fat, possessed demon ewok offspring,  crouching in the boat waiting to devour his next innocent prey.  It took me about 30 minutes to get past my utter disbelief and horror and realize where I had gone wrong. I so nearly threw the whole project in the garbage! By the time my hubby came to check on me (he had spent the previous 30 minutes getting the children to sleep) I was laughing quite hysterically muttering “Look out, the demon ewok’s gonna get your baby!” over and over. But I digress.

Finally, thankfully, after an all-nighter of frantic quilting, binding and finishing this sucker was done!

Vince even took it upon himself to sew up the 5 starfish stuffies for the pocket.

He presented it to his boss the day before he left for his Christmas holidays, 3 months after the baby was born. *sigh*

I was just informed that the boss’ wife just gave birth to their second child. Maybe I should start that quilt sometime soon eh?


Thanks for reading everyone! Enjoy the rest of the festival, I know I will !



13 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne permalink
    November 5, 2010 11:12 am

    That is a fantastic, creative quilt. I’ll bet they were glad they waited the three months to get such a treasure.

  2. November 5, 2010 12:25 pm

    I remember when you first posted this one, it’s one of my very favorites. Outstanding work!

  3. kskovbroten permalink
    November 5, 2010 12:31 pm

    What a fantastic quilt!! I love the attention to detail both in the appliques and the quilting. It adds so much!

  4. November 5, 2010 12:42 pm

    Bella storia!
    Stupendo il quilt
    Ciao Domenica

  5. Paula permalink
    November 5, 2010 12:48 pm

    Wow! It’s beautiful! I’m not sure I would have been able to give it away …

  6. Lily permalink
    November 5, 2010 1:00 pm

    wow… I’ve made 2 baby quits for coworkers (and I need to make a third.)

    No where near as nice as this quilt! a matter of fact, the most recent one, I bought a pre-pieced quilt top, and whipped it up in 2 weekends.

  7. November 5, 2010 6:34 pm

    I love this! love the details and colors!!

  8. November 5, 2010 7:23 pm

    1. This quilt is crazy (awesome).
    2. You must be nuts 🙂
    3. I hope hubs got a raise 😉

  9. November 6, 2010 1:10 am

    What an amazing amount of creativity, sweat and worry you put into this work of art! I hope that you have at least gotten to visit the quilt again and enjoy all that went into it. The embroidery work is adorable. Totally unique and charming! Thanks for sharing your quilt’s story 🙂 (and it was only a million pictures)

  10. November 6, 2010 10:08 am

    Totally Awesome!

  11. November 8, 2010 10:20 am

    I remember when you were originally making this! It is so beautiful, and I know they enjoyed it. It is truly a work of art!

  12. November 9, 2010 3:28 am

    This is such a beautiful quilt!
    I love the applique and all the embroidery.
    Great choice of colour and a wonderful design!!
    What a wonderful gift!

  13. November 21, 2010 7:19 pm

    Oh my gosh this is amazing!! I’m seriously blown away. Especially that clown fish man, that is amazing.
    I’m honestly like speechless looking at it.. haha I’m amazed with all the work you did!

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