One of my favorite weeks of the year - the Bloggers Quilt Festival! Hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side each spring during Quilt Market, this is our chance to visit hundreds of quilters blogs and see some gorgeous creations from the comfort of our own home.
When this year's Festival was first announced, the Hand Quilting category had been dropped for lack of entries in the most recent Festivals. Members of the Facebook group Celebrate Hand Quilting successfully persuaded Amy to add the category back, and with over 6,000 members, we hope to have LOTS of entries this spring!
The quilt I've chosen to enter this time is one I completed for my youngest grandson who was born last fall. Each of my grandchildren receives a hand quilted "heirloom" baby quilt, and when they are ready to graduate to a big bed they get a child-friendly, rough and tumble twin size quilt that I generally machine quilt on my domestic sewing machine. So, here is Zachary's baby quilt, a traditional single wedding ring pieced pattern inspired by a vintage quilt I found in Eleanor Levie's book Great Little Quilts. The original quilt measured only 27 3/8 inches by 35 1/2 inches, so I up-sized mine a bit and added an extra border to make it a full crib size.
I free-hand quilted Zachary's full name and date of birth on one of the inner borders, a portion of which is visible in the close-up below.
Machine pieced and hand quilted by me
Finished size approximately 45 x 60 inches
Batting is an 80/20 cotton from JoAnn's (I neglected to write down the brand before discarding the wrapper)
Quilted with Coats 100% cotton glace thread
I'll be linking up with The Bloggers Quilt Festival Hand Quilting Category here, and you can see quilts in each of the other categories by clicking the main Festival post here.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you'll enter one or two of your quilts in this Festival!