Friday, May 13, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Airplane Quilt

The wonderful Amy at Amy's Creative Side continues to host these biannual bloggers festivals. A chance for us to show a favorite quilt and to see other blogger's favorites.  This festival runs 5/13 through 5/20. You have time to post a favorite, too!

One of my favorites is the quilt I designed from scratch using the help of EQ6.  I designed it for my girlfriend's baby boy and to fit in with his nursery theme of airplanes.  It started like this:
Then became the top with different textured fabrics.

I backed it with some dotted minkee and finally, it was enjoyed as I had hoped!
I quilted spirals in the log cabin blocks, SID the airplanes and around each plan block, and finally I added a few small clouds in the blue skies.
The different textures and colors keep this a favorite quilt of this little guy even 1 year later.
I am so proud of this quilt because it was the first time I could completely envision what I want, get it designed how I wanted it, executed it to look just as I wanted, finished it to the size I wanted, and even quilted it with an original design. This quilt may not look like it but it stretched me creatively and organizationally. I had to figure out how to put it together (write the pattern, if you will), and execute it from a thought in my head. I feel great about the entire process and since I've done this with success, I've felt more free to experiment with other design ideas and even better, to modify or tweak patterns I come across.  It definately makes me happy to think of this quilt for all it has given me and more importantly, the joy I know it's giving that little boy. I designed it with the idea I wanted it to be loved, slept on, dragged around, used as a tent, etc.  and that's what he does with it!  :-)

Now go look at all the other great quilts being highlighted by clicking on the link (sorry, I can't get the button to input correctly here).

BLOGGERS QUILT FESTIVAL - 2011

Cheers! Beck

56 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Not only is the quilt adorable, the little guy is such a cutie too! Great design.

Teresa said...

Very cute! I love seeing boy quilts! You did a really awesome job! Thanks for sharing

Hilachas said...

The quilt you designed and made is beautiful. What a cute kid on the blanket too :)

Lisa said...

I remember that quilt, I think about the time I started reading your blog. Love the bright colors, and log cabin blocks! Isn't it nice when the recipient really uses the quilt?! Nothing better.

Mrs A said...

That is fabulous, it looks like he loves it!

Riel Nason said...

It looks great!!! As soon as I saw the thumbnail on the BQF list I had to click over. Great design and great finished result!!

Kate said...

Fun quilt! Great story! It's such a feeling of accomplishment when it's your design and you execute it well.

Shay said...

I love making quilts for kids. It feels like you can bend a lot of rules. They love bright happy fun quilts and I love making them.

I adore this airplane quilt. It;s so adorable. Great idea for a boy quilt too!

You rock Becks.

Carol said...

His face just says it all. Wonderful quilt.

Ivory Spring said...

Thanks for visiting me! :) I appreciate your kind comment.

Your airplane quilt is absolutely adorable. I like the log cabins in the border.

Vicki W said...

That quilt is adorable!

Sandra said...

Great job, you really created the exact quilt you drafted. Kudos and obviously it is a huge hit.
Come see my entries #211, repro cheddar orange stars and #215 antique 1850 applique flower garden

rlbates said...

What a fun quilt! Love it!

................Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters said...

That is the perfect quilt for a boy whose dad likes to fly. Lovely little boys quilt. Great job! And I like the bright colors too.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

This is a wonderful quilt! You did it ALL. Love that part. Lucky little guy... I also love the quilt that is behind your blog name on your blog site. Beautiful!

Vicki said...

What a great quilt, thanks for sharing it! I love the planes!

Debbie said...

Darling! What a great job you did & it sounds like you really enjoyed the process! cool.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I love the idea of the spirals in the log cabins . . . kind of like the propellers going around. It is just a wonderful quilt and you can tell the baby likes it!

stitchinpenny said...

Amazing The envisioning of a quilt is the difference between a seamstress and a quilter. The art which includes the perfect quilting motifs make the plan come together.

Marg said...

Becky it's fabulous. It's such a great design and you did it all from start to finish, congratulations. Such a cute little guy too, so happy!

Eileen said...

Darling quilt and how fun to have the story to go with it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's beautiful! You should be so proud!

diane said...

Wonderful story and a beautiful quilt.

Quilt+Bitch said...

What a beautiful and joyful quilt. I love everything about your quilt.

Elaine said...

This is a very cute quilt. I'm always looking for baby quilt ideas. This is a good one.

Kwilt Noob said...

Such a huge accomplishment to design, piece and quilt something all on your own. you knocked it out of the park! :)

Janet said...

Your quilt is just perfect, and the little guy obviously loves it! So cute!

Editfolt said...

This beautiful quilt. Once I try this pattern. a beautiful baby!

Karen said...

This is a delightful quilt. Great colours and design. I love the way it has turned out.

Jane said...

Great quilt for a little boy! Thanks for sharing!

Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters said...

Thanks so much for your kind comment on my post. I sure have been enjoying this quilt festival. Each day I treat myself to some time looking and reading others posts. what a delight seeing your airplane quilt. Beautiful!

Allie said...

This is really darling - excellent job designing and creating! The pictures of him with his quilt are priceless!

Marci Girl said...

Oh great quilt! My mom had talked about making an airplane quilt for my son, I'll have to send her a link to this one! Beautiful!

Charming's Mama said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your quilt is super cute and the model couldn't be cuter! What a handsome little guy. How was it working with the minkee on the back? Did you struggle with it stretching?

Laurel H. said...

The quilt is so bright and fun, but I just LOVE the little model!

Sand and Sunshine said...

Awww, what a sweet quilt. How wonderful that you have those precious pictures to remember.

Vickie said...

What a perfect quilt story!!! How wonderful that it is so loved, too!

Angela Flicker said...

Oh wow, this is too cute. The colors are similar to my kids quilt too. What a special quilt, for a very sweet boy!

Bree said...

wow! I really love the use of the log cabins as a bordering effect... great job!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What an awesome quilt!! And the model is the cutest!! What a smile!!

Mary said...

That is one adorable baby and one fabulous quilt, especially given the fact that you designed it especially for your friend's little boy - what a treasure :)

Barb said...

Your airplanes are soooooooooooooooo adorable and that little one on there is soooo cute!

O'Quilts said...

That is a wonderful quilt! I just love airplanes and that is the nicest airplane quilt I have seen.

quilthexle said...

The little man looks very happy with his quilt ;-)) How cool that you did all the design from scratch - you did a very good job!

ANudge said...

What a precious quilt!

Hollie said...

Those planes are soooo cool! Great quilt!

Dolly said...

That is a terrific execution of an original great idea !

How precious he looks enjoying his quiltie !

mathea said...

What a fun quilt! You did a god job designing and making it - no wonder the little chap looks so happy :-)

Lisa Echerd said...

I'm sure he will always love this bright, inventive quilt. wonderful!

Valentina said...

Oh Becky, what a joy!
I can't stop smiling seeing your quilt and then to see that lovely smile... Congratulations! I love love love the design, and I don't use anything else for baby quilts backing-- It's a miracle how it soothes them! :)

Pam said...

That is one adorable quilt and baby. Congratulations on a great quilt.

Kriza said...

lovely quilt!

Manda said...

This is fabulous! I love all the planes! :)

felicity said...

FUN quilt! The log cabin border is wonderful, and those planes are awesome! Happy BQF!

Heather A said...

AWESOME quilt! Love all the different flying machines! You have inspired me greatly!

textisle said...

it's so cool, you can tell he'll always remember this. I like how you made each airplane different