Phew I just made it!
Yes, I have just snuck in to the Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2013 on the last day!
Thanks so much to Amy for hosting one of my favourite events in the quilting year.
Usually I am right there at the front of the queue but this year I was waiting for a quilt to come back from the Long Arm Quilters. I picked it up last night.
This is 'Frida', and this is the first time I have ever had a quilt professionally quilted. It is also the first quilt I have 'made' that properly fits my bed!
And what a quilt!!
Frida was made as a Round Robin quilt in the Flickr group 'Around the bend and across the pond' (an offshoot of The Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along) and finished last September.
We each sent a centre to the next person on the list and they added a border and sent it on to the next person who added a border, etc.
Every month we posted photos on Flickr so we could see how it was developing, which was so exciting!
Marilyn. I had been hoarding it as I didn't really know what I wanted to do with it and couldn't bear to cut in to it! I asked the group to use the centre as inspiration for their rounds.
And as you can see they all really went for it!
I don't think I have ever seen another quilt like it . It is huge (85 x 79" or 216 x 200cm), incredibly bright and loud (with a distinctly rastafari feel!) and with really extraordinary details. You can read more about the evolution of this quilt here.
Beechwood Quilting. I had been recommended to them by a few other UK quilters and they are based not far from where I live.
They spent a long time with me discussing how to tackle the quilt and coming up with great suggestions. In the end I pretty much left it up to them.
I was lucky enough to have the perfect binding, a stripe from Global Bazaar by Blend, and I stayed up pretty late last night attaching it. I knew I wouldn't have time to hand stitch from the back so I worked from the back first, turning over at the front and top stitching. It is my easy cheat method and actually looks really smart here.
There are so many amazing quilts in the Bloggers Quilt Festival, make sure you check them all out here. And voting starts tomorrow!