July 27, 2011

Summer Blogger Quilt Fair

We have a county fair every year in my hometown in Indiana for Labor Day called the Blueberry Festival. We are the county seat so we get to host this fun event. It is your usual fair with rides, tons of yummy food, and lots and lots of booths to check out. Unfortunately, there definitely was never a quilt contest and it seems such a shame. That would have been so neat to see and might have piqued my interest in quilting long long ago.

I doubt I will ever make a quilt amazing enough for a real quilt contest at a fair, but I'm happy to link up one here:
 Gen X Quilters Summer Fair

Here is the quilt I have chosen, nicknamed "The Blue Beast"


This lovely monster was a Father's Day present for my dad this year which I delivered in person over 4th of July weekend. It is my first king sized quilt and maybe my last haha. It took me around 4 months to make this quilt, start to finish, including quilting it on my home machine. I learned A LOT about my machine, quilting, the value of spreading the quilting process out over a long span of time instead of marathon quilting sessions, and lots of "what to do better next time" tips. Its not my best work, but I am proud of what I learned and proud of how it turned out in the end inspite of the many challenges I faced during the process.



 My dad loves it, it keeps his bed looking pretty and him warm at night, so I guess I can't complain :)

Hope you like "The Blue Beast" and hope you enjoy checking out all the other quilts being showcased!

13 comments:

Connie said...

Wonderful quilt and I know what you mean about working on a big quilt!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Your dad is one lucky father! This quilt is perfect for a man .... masculine yet beautiful. Love it! And I'm super impressed that you quilted it on your machine. Wow.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Quilting a king on your DSM? Crazy girl! You did an amazing job. Love the fabrics and setting.

Mitzi said...

You're so brave. I could never quilt a king size bed myself. Awesome job, the quilt is beautiful.

Debbie said...

The blue beast is fantastic! I can see why your dad loves it!

Cathy said...

wonderful! I named a quilt the blue beast too! I made it for my mum. I know exactly what you are talking about!

**nicke... said...

i love it. i have said that before though... i really do love it a lot!

Doris said...

I think that just might be good enough for a county fair entry! I have never quilted anything on my home machine larger than a twin size, so kudos to you for that accomplishment!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love it!! The name, the pattern, the colours. I'm so impressed you quilted a king size quilt!!

Sara said...

I am sure your dad smiles every time he sees it:) Very masculine and well done!!

AnneMarie said...

Congrats on a KING! Yikes - no wonder you call it a "Beast"...:) Great man quilt! Thanks so much for joining in Summer Fair and sharing with us! AM

Melinda said...

Wow, I've made a full sized but nothing bigger. And I had to get it quilted by someone else! Nice job!

Toni said...

Love the name! Very impressed you conquered the king.It must have taken a lot of quilt-wrangling to get that beast done!