In my last post I showed a little sneak peek of the quilt that I wanted to show for the festival, but alas time has gotten away from me and so I’m going to have to make that my next post. It’s a very special quilt to me and it’s got a great story…but everyone will just have to check back for that 🙂
So what to show? I decided to go with a quilt that I completed earlier this year that hasn’t been on the blog yet. This quilt is great inspiration to dig into your WIPS and make something glorious. One of the children I nannied for in undergrad had a great kite quilt on his bed and I wanted to try something like it. His was pieced and I didn’t have a pattern (also, I do not thrive on patterns) so I decided to applique some kites onto a blue background and go from there. But it never went anywhere. Alas, it sat in a box for the better part of five years, just three kites appliqued and two pinned on a blue rectangle. Then this spring I had a little (sadly short lived) kick to finish up all of the WIPs I could. I think this one turned out marvelously!
I kind of went all out on the quilting techniques! First I hand quilted the background swirls with a white metallic quilting thread. Then I quilted around the kites with cotton perle. Then I embroidered some bows on the kite strings. Then I machine quilted the borders. Finally I bound it up.
Sadly it has been sitting in my etsy shop, well, linen closet for a few months now. I’m hoping to find someone to give it to soon. I’m pretty sure this quilt is just waiting to become a “special blanky” for a child somewhere!
Make sure to check out all the quilts in the festival (click the widget on the sidebar to find your way there). I know I’m just waiting for a slow night this week to click away!