Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2012




It's time for the fall installment of the Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side.  This is the largest quilt show I get to attend during the year.  I'm certainly looking forward to seeing all the eye candy that will posted over the next few days and meeting lots of new blogger friends. 

My entry for the Fall installment spent significant time as a UFO.  In fact, this was a UFO that almost didn't become a quilt.  The first 3 blocks were finished in a class.  I didn't like them, so put the whole project away.  That was in 2005.  In 2009, I pulled out the box and still didn't like it, but decided to make 3 more blocks before I consigned those first 3 to the orphan block bin.  Adding a few new blocks to the design wall showed some promise, so the cutting and stitching continued.  I finally finished the project in July of this year. 


Pattern by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolf
From the Book "Successful Scrap Quilts"


This project was known as the "purple and yellow scrap quilt" while it was under construction.  When it came time to name it, the colors made me think of pansies, but My Guy was pretty adamant that was a really wimpy name for this quilt.  Someone suggested naming it Johnny Jump Ups, which is a common name for the viola tricolor.  Another variation on that nick name is Jump up and Kiss Me Jack.  My Guy's nickname in certain circles is Jack, so it just seemed right to christen this quilt "And Kiss Me Jack".  



The finished quilt is 77" x 94".  Trudy Lindemann quilted the top with a floral motif using a variegated purple thread.   The floral motif fits right in with name of the quilt.   


The backing is a rather bright purple and yellow floral that was found on the sale table.  It definitely carries on the bright floral theme from the front.   


I don't usually like to use light bindings, but the yellow binding on the dark purple border really framed the quilt nicely.



In the 12 or so years that I've been quilting, I've never entered any of my finished projects in a show.  At the urging of My Guy and Drama Teen, And Kiss Me Jack was entered into the new for this year "commercially quilted" category at the county fair.  


Definitely a surprise at how well it did.  Our county fair is pretty small, I don't think there were more than 10 entries in the whole class.  The monetary winnings were used to buy ice cream to celebrate. 

That's my quilt that almost wasn't.  Check out all the other beautiful quilts on "display" in the Fall 2012 Blogger's Quilt Festival

Best Categories:  Scrap Quilt, Two Color Quilt, Professionally Quilted

23 comments:

  1. I love it even though you picked a better name than my suggestion! ;) I love the purple/yellow combo, especially this time of the year when my neighbor plants those pansies in his yard. An award winning quilt!

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  2. Your quilt is beautiful! So glad that you kept at it.

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  3. Congrats on your win! You know I love this quilt. Beautiful!

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  4. Very beautiful! I love the combination of purple and yellow.

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  5. What regal colors! So glad you decided to finish it - a gorgeous quilt and worthy of that ribbon. Congrats, Kate!

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  6. Kate, it's gorgeous! So glad you didn't let it languish as a UFO! Congrats on the win too! The backing is perfect and the quilting is lovely. Great choice for your entry!

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  7. Kate, it's gorgeous! So glad you didn't let it languish as a UFO! Congrats on the win too! The backing is perfect and the quilting is lovely. Great choice for your entry!

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  8. The quilt is beautiful. I especially love the dark and light striping, and the yellow binding is perfect.

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  9. It's beautiful! I love the shading. And I'm sure it would've won in a much larger pool of quilts - the work in it is gorgeous.

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  10. Hard to believe you had this little beauty stashed away for all that time. So glad you finally decided to finish it and share it with us. Love the name!

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  11. I'm so glad you pulled this out of the UFO pile, it really is a beautiful quilt. Congratulations on First Prize, that's really exciting.

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  12. Kate, it's lovely!! I love the combination of purple and yellow -- my very favorite complementary colors!! Congratulations on the blue!! :)

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  13. Oooooh! Beautiful and stunning quilt. Wow! Thank you so much!

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  14. I always thought you did a brilliant job of picking thise two colours and then finding the perfect fabrics for them. This has to be one of my favourites Kate. Im so glad you managed to complete it.

    Very cool name too!

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  15. Its lovely -I like the quilting design and well done on the win! Thanks for sharing. #263

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  16. Very pretty~

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  17. The colour combination here is beautiful, and it's name is brilliant!

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  18. Happy to see this beauty again, Kate! Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon--it is fun to win those. I love the quilt's name, too!

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  19. Good for you for sticking with that UFO and making it work! It turned out beautifully, and I love the story of how it came by its name. Thanks so much for sharing! (And congratulations on that ribbon-- totally awesome!) :)

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  20. It's so amazing when you put a few blocks together on the wall and they come alive. Lovely quilt!

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  21. A beautiful quilt - love the colors and the name. Good for you for sticking with it and getting it finished - some quilts are difficult that way! LOL

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  22. I love the way the colors look like they are coming in waves, such a beautiful combination of colors too.

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