Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

 Hi, everyone!  It is time again for one of my favorite blogging times of the year-Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It is always so much fun seeing so many beautiful quilts and finding new blogs to love.



For this round of the festival, I want to share my yo-yo quilt that I finished this past summer. I first started this quilt in 2003, and it is the first quilt I ever started. I really didn't realize what I was getting myself into when I started making it; I just knew I wanted to make a quilt; I didn't have a machine, so it would have to be all done by hand. I am so proud that it is completely pieced together by hand without using a machine at all.


I could also call this my "traveling quilt" because it has definitely traveled. When I started the quilt, I was living in Birmingham, AL, then I got married and moved to Ft. Payne, AL where we lived for about a year. We then moved to Denver, CO, which is where we live now. It has traveled across the country with us as we have moved several times. I have worked on it while driving from Denver to Hobbs, NM to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and new niece, and it has been to Destin, FL several times over the summer to visit with my family. It traveled up to Newport, VA one New Year's Eve to go to a concert, and it has also been to San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans. I even worked on it on the ten hour drive from Denver to Yellowstone National Park several years ago. Many of my friends have seen me working on this from time to time over the last eight(!) years, which is so different than the quilts I have worked on with the machine. I like that it has traveled so much, and it was easy to take with me since it was hand sewing.


 The finished quilt is 56 yo-yos across by 56 yo-yos down with the yo-yos being approximately 1-5/8 inches across. It is 90" square, which I think makes it a queen size quilt. It has 3, 156 yo-yos!

It is the quilt that I am most proud of making, and I am so glad that I finished it!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Be sure to go check out all the other amazing quilts on display by using the button below! 

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34 comments:

Lynn said...

Gasp! What a stunning quilt! I really admire this one, 8 years in the making. You must be proud!

Beverly said...

That is an accomplishment!!! AND beautiful!

Kim said...

WOW!!!! That is a lot of yo yo's!!!! Very beautiful!

Heather D. said...

Truly stunning.

scraphappy said...

Wow! What great determination.

carol fun said...

What a spectacular quilt! Simply beautiful!

sewfrench.com said...

ROFLOL! This is just crazy cool! What a wonderful quilt, story and job done!
I'm a hand quilter and my quilts travel with me a lot, also. It's pretty cool thinking where they have all been before they are gifted!
Thank you so much for sharing! What an accomplishment!

em's scrapbag said...

This is so wonderful!!!

Michelle said...

Amazing, all by hand, so glad you finished it, it is an heirloom for sure. Love all the colors.

LeslieUnfinished said...

Holy cow!

Lee said...

Wow! That is an incredible piece of work. It's lovely.

Ariane said...

Wow!!!! This quilt is stunning!!! I love it!!!

LynCC said...

Awesome :D I'm planning on making a yo-yo quilt in the next couple years. Love this!

larissa said...

Saw this on the BQF page. Absolutely amazing work! So inspiring.

Lisa said...

speechless ... stunning ...

Jane said...

Well, you obviously aren't afraid of commitment! And the result is gorgeous!

bear said...

I remember you working on your yo yos at the beach. What an amazing quilt! I love it! It is priceless for sure. The photographs are beautiful. Were all the yo yos a solid color or did you have prints or both? What an heirloom:)

Issabella The Cat said...

That second picture down is really a grown up and your quilt is humongusly big :D
It is a beautiful colourful work of art!
Did you set off with a plan in mind or did you let it meander and grow? I'm intrigued, it's just so fab!

Deborah O'Hare said...

All I can say is WOW!!!!

notes of sincerity said...

Oh my goodness!
Your yo-yo quilt
is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

I love your quilt! thats a lot of yo-yos!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com
msolomo1@maine.rr.com

christhequilter said...

gorgeous!!

Alisa said...

It's amazing! What dedication to finish it up. Very, very nice.

Vicki said...

beautiful! I love the yo-yos, what an amazing project.

Myra said...

Oh my goodness! Yo-yos galore!! Love it, and love your choice of backdrops to display it!! Very nice! 8-)

Andrea said...

I work with incredible

Lyanna L. said...

i can't get over how much work it must have taken to complete this quilt. great job.

Anonymous said...

very very very very very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Italy

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Oh Wow. I have never even made a yoyo. Here you have made an awesome Heirloom from them. I admire your tenacity to keep working and get it finished. Lovely!

Shannon said...

Holy Cow!!!! You put so much work in to this beautiful quilt. What a treasure!!!

Little Island Quilting said...

I am in complete and total awe of your quilt. Amazing!

Pieces to Love said...

That is a lot of yo-yo's! It is beautiful. I can't wait to see what other quilts you have made.

Eileen said...

wow! super impressive and lovely. what a great story of the time making it. i've made some yo-yo's and know the time just to make them, let alone sewing them all together. just wonderful. thanks for sharing and have a great day

Anastacia Knits said...

that is an absolutely amazing quilt!