Blogger’s Quilt Festival

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Welcome to my entry in the blogger’s quilt festival! Those of us who can’t get to Houston can blog about a favorite quilt instead! Then we all go visit each other’s quilts – too much fun – click on the badge abouve for more info!

One of the focuses of this festival is the story behind the quilt, so I thought I’d show you folks the last pair of bed sized quilts I made – 5 years ago! We had just moved across the country, from Newark, OH to Redlands, CA. In fact, I created a little diary about our journey to share with friends and family, and posted it here, feel free to take a look!

The boys new bedroom was the 1st room I decorated – I wanted them to feel excitement about the new home, so we talked about how to decorate it while driving cross country. The idea we hit on was to make it feel like the southwest, since we had a short but fun visit at the Grand Canyon during our cross country trek. Each boy bought a poster of the Grand Canyon and a dream catcher to hang while we were there, and I painted the walls, and made some stencils with Kokopelli and other primitive Native American type figures:

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Although I had sworn off making large quilts, because the free motion quilting I do on them takes so long and is hard to manipulate with my Bernina (lovely though she is), I really wanted to make the perfect quilts for those beds! It was quilte a struggle to design, as I’ve never worked with these types of motifs, but I got it designed, with a row for each boys name. I was lucky enough to have a couple of yards of PFD fabric with little Kokopelli’s on it, which I dyed, along with some other earthy Southwest colors…and here’s the result:

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The boys have used them every night for 5 years and they’re still going strong!Thanks for stopping by!

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30 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival
  1. ravening_rose
    October 9, 2009 | 6:26 am

    what incredible bed quilts for the boys… there is so much love and creativity found in these very special quilts. thank you for sharing them!

  2. Dee Martin
    October 9, 2009 | 9:17 am

    Oh my…what a wonderful Mommy. I’m not a big western/south western fan…but your heart is showing through in these two and your boys are blessed!

  3. Zonnah
    October 9, 2009 | 1:55 pm

    Very cool! I love the colors.

  4. Allie
    October 9, 2009 | 4:52 pm

    How lovely are those! Very cool, love the entire room!

  5. Lisa
    October 9, 2009 | 7:49 pm

    Those are both beautiful, I love them!!

  6. CBear
    October 10, 2009 | 4:46 am

    Oh wow! Just… WOW!

  7. Marge
    October 10, 2009 | 5:53 am

    These certainly show a mother’s love and talent. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Liz
    October 10, 2009 | 8:02 am

    Wow, I remember you making them was it only 5 years ago? they still look lovely.

  9. Cara
    October 10, 2009 | 11:11 am

    What awesome quilts. Your boys are lucky to sleep under something made with so much thought and love.

  10. penny g
    October 10, 2009 | 4:42 pm

    What a great mom you are to include the boys in designing their room and then to create magnificent quilts.

  11. Sara
    October 10, 2009 | 7:47 pm

    I love those colors – and the quilts just brighten up the beds beautifully! Lucky boys!!!

  12. Rene'
    October 11, 2009 | 8:16 am

    Love the room and love the quilts. Hard to believe they were made that long ago. They look brand new. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Theresa
    October 11, 2009 | 9:12 am

    These are wonderful, I love the design and the colours are so bright and cheerful.

  14. Karen
    October 11, 2009 | 9:40 am

    what neat wonderful quilts you made for your boys – they are so original
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

  15. Rhondi
    October 11, 2009 | 1:42 pm

    I like the way the quilts and the border match. The quilts look brand new!

  16. Anna( quiltmom)
    October 11, 2009 | 8:05 pm

    What wonderful wonderful quilts- The colors are so southwestern and soothing. I have not tried making a row quilt but I think they would be a fun quilt to make. I am sure that your boys love them.
    You created a beautiful room for them.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the show..
    Regards,
    Anna

  17. Alia
    October 11, 2009 | 8:57 pm

    Wow! How fun! I love the colors and am about to paint my two kids’ room myself, which I have never done and am a bit intimidated! I love them, you must be proud!! Thanks for sharing!

    Alia in sunny Muscat, Oman

  18. marie Saborio
    October 12, 2009 | 6:35 am

    Great Job. Excellent quilts for boys.

  19. Carin
    October 12, 2009 | 5:31 pm

    They are fantastic! Great design and colors.

  20. Roslyn
    October 12, 2009 | 8:17 pm

    Nicely done & all coordinated with the room I hope that they keep it neat….boys you know!

  21. Jeannette
    October 13, 2009 | 5:55 pm

    Hey those quilts are so fine I bet they look good even when they are mussed up and especially when they have the guys snuggled down under them. I want to look at more of your blog now…really like what I have already seen.

  22. QuiltSue
    October 14, 2009 | 1:57 am

    Great quilts with a lovely story.

  23. Beth
    October 14, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    Wow…how terrific!

  24. Pam in KC
    October 16, 2009 | 5:16 am

    What great quilts. I’m sure your sons will treasure these quilts forever.

  25. Rose Marie
    October 16, 2009 | 8:21 am

    Great quilts and a terrific idea for your boys to get settled into their new home with specially made quilts and bedroom for them!

  26. Allie
    October 19, 2009 | 8:18 pm

    What great quilts. You are so creative, I love the Kokopellis!

  27. Thearica Burroughs
    October 24, 2009 | 10:42 am

    I love these quilts! I have the Kokopelli pantograph and am anxious to quilt it on someones quilt!

  28. Carolyn
    October 29, 2009 | 6:14 pm

    Beautiful quilts! I’m from Santa Fe so I’m very familiar. You did an incredible job and for them to still look so good in five years! Not in my house! :)

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  30. [...] the walls of the boys bedroom were painted when we first moved in (see that story along with the Southwestern style quilts I made for their beds here) and still looked pretty darn good, the white walls of the playroom were in need of a lot of touch [...]

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