Monday, September 18, 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017

Amy at Amy's Creative Side is again hosting her Bloggers Quilt Festival.  I've met so many wonderful bloggers through this festival in past years that it just seems right to enter one more time. So here goes ...

This quilt was conceived during our trip back to Oregon in fall 2015, having moved back to our home state of New York in 2014 when DH retired.  We traveled to many of our favorite haunts, and I began picking up odd fat quarters and even up to a yard of Oregon/beach/mountain/greenery/ocean themed fabric at each of the quilt shops we visited between Port Orford along the southern coast all the way up to Astoria along the mighty Columbia River, where we found the theme fabric for this quilt, depicting turn-of-the-20th century salmon canning labels.  So fitting since my husband worked at the OSU Seafood Lab in Astoria while a student at Clatsop Community College many years ago.   The colors of the canning labels are so rich and vibrant, my rather pathetic photo editing skills do not do them justice at all. The quilt is aptly named Memories of Astoria, for my husband who lived, went to college and worked there right after graduating high school.   Without further ado, a few photos:

Begun fall-winter 2015, completed late 2016, hand quilted

I hand quilted this quite simply, about 1/8" from the ditch along nearly every seam, then outlined various features within each block.  My husband wanted cotton batting, the Hobbs 80/20 makes the quilt relatively flat and I'm happy with that look for this quilt since we wanted the fabric features to be the focal point, not the quilting.  Finished size is 56x65 inches, just about perfect for an afternoon nap on the couch.  A few close-ups:





I hope you'll take the time to visit the many other bloggers who share their work during this annual Festival, and perhaps make some new quilting friends too.  Just follow this link to see all the other entries.  Enjoy the show!

19 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful quilt. I would not have expected the theme of canning labels to be of any interest, but you have proven me so wrong. Your quilting is also a delight.

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  2. I really love how this turned out. I enjoy the balance you got by adding in some circles with the label shapes. A good lesson to remember on how to expand and enhance a yard or small cut of themed fabric. The best finish is your hand quilting and I know hubby loves it.

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  3. I LOVE this quilt and the story behind it!!!! I grew up in Astoria!!! My dad was born and raised there too. My favorite place in the whole wide world!!! Our home was right across the street from Clatsop Community College. We played around it as kids. And my grandma worked in the Bumble Bee cannery. Thank you for sharing, you made my day!!!

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  4. This is beautiful! I laughed when you said "simple hand quilting!" I don't think hand quilting is simple! Ha! Love this one!

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  5. What a perfect quilt to show at the festival. Beautiful! Afraid I'm going to miss the festival this time around. Just can't pull it together to get a post written while we're on the road.

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  6. I love this quilt. The warm colors pull me right in and the memories of collecting all of the fabrics must be wonderful.

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  7. Great fabric choice! I would utilize that one too ~

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  8. Your memory quilt is wonderful.

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  9. I love the way you have combined the labels and circles. Makes a great visual effect.
    I think that the term "simple hand quilting" is an oxymoron!:)

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  10. I love all the little details in this quilt. It's a perfect gift quilt with lots of meaning.:)

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  11. Very beautiful hand quilting. What a sweet momento for your DH.

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  12. Wow the quilt is so wonderful and the hand quilting is impressive!

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  13. A beautiful set of memories. I like the way you collected the fabric, organized it into this lovely quilt. Hand quilting. Wow. You are a champ! Congratulations.

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  14. Absolutely beautiful with all the detail and all the hours of labor hand quilting. I suspect this quilt holds lots of memories.

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  15. Beautiful quilt! I see some fabric you might have picked up from Threads That Bind in Coos Bay - I work there :)

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  16. Love those salmon label blocks!! Such rich colors too. And the detailed quilting you did really adds to the quilt. Wonderfully done. And the quilting designs in your header are super.

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  17. How great to see this quilt again - I remember loving it when you were making it.

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