29 Oct Blogger’s Quilt Festival
My entry in the Festival is called “Holly Street.” It is a Christmas version of my Third Street quilt which was done in black and white. I chose this quilt for the Festival because it makes me smile and think.
I had a lot of fun making this table runner, but it felt like a departure from my usual style! I wanted to make the runner in Christmas colors using a fat quarter bundle that I had fallen in love with at a local quilt shop (Nancy Halvorsen’s “Tidings” line). As I was working on the blocks, adding the rickrack popped into my head. I thought “You can’t put rickrack on a quilt! That would be way too cute and you don’t do cute!” However, I was too excited about the rickrack to listen to myself.
I have spent a lot of time over the past few years, trying to figure out what kinds of quilts I like best and what quilts I want to make. The quilts I like cover a wide variety of eras and construction techniques. After looking at hundreds (thousands?) of quilts and images of quilts, I figured out what quilts really spoke to me and where to head in my quiltmaking journey.
So, I am very happy that I have found a quilting style that suits me. Keeping some of the elements of my style in mind helps me when I am designing a quilt and it isn’t looking quite right. It can really provide direction. In spite of these thoughts, I am glad to see that I don’t have to stick to that style all the time.
That rickrack still makes me smile every time I look at it!
Be sure to check out all the other entries in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and the BQF Flickr group!
EileenPosted at 08:42h, 14 December
darling table runner. thanks for sharing and have a great day
RachaeldaisyPosted at 18:17h, 03 November
This is so lovely!! The rick rack sets works so well as snow on the rooves so of course you had to use it. I've got rick rack on my BQFestival so I guess I'm a little biased.
CarolPosted at 20:08h, 01 November
Love the snow effect on the rooflines from the rick-rack.
AngiePosted at 04:29h, 01 November
This is a great street to a wall hanging for Christmas. Beautiful finish!
baukjePosted at 18:21h, 31 October
I love your street, looked also in your etsy shop, love your patterns too.
Greetings from France
lindaPosted at 04:05h, 31 October
DeborahPosted at 20:41h, 30 October
LisaPosted at 18:01h, 30 October
you can … and did … put rickrack on there and it is the perfect touch. Nicely done and I LOVE your style!
AnnieOPosted at 06:55h, 30 October
The rick rack is adorable! But mostly it is clever 🙂 I like a wide variety of quilts too. That's one of the best things about quilting, so many choices. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story 🙂
kwiltmakrPosted at 02:45h, 30 October
Your houses are nice. I like the red and green. Just like your black and white ones. They are really nice.
ANudgePosted at 01:16h, 30 October
Cute table runner – a neat idea.
RobinPosted at 20:16h, 29 October
What a fun table runner this is! I think the rick-rac is a wonderful touch and really adds a festive feel to the piece. Sometimes, stepping out of the box can lead to great results. 🙂