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 RolfFrom 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