Friday, November 4, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival


Amy'sCreativeSide



The inspiration for my first quilt came from a photo which a co-worker entered in our annual “Best Vacation Photo” company calendar contest in 1997. This photo was of the Chicago Lighthouse uniquely taken from in the lake looking back at the city sky line. I love lighthouses all my life. I had recently moved from Phoenix to Chicago where it makes more sense to use lighthouses for decor. In Phoenix, people would see my lighthouses and say, “ You aren’t from here are you?” When I saw this photo, I decided that it would be a great piece to hang my dining room on the white fireplace wall.

I sat down one evening with a roll of blank used news paper and drew out my design based on the photo. Then I when to my sewing room and looked at what I had in my stash. I did not have much then because I had not started to quilt yet. It took me a few weeks to find the fabrics and before long I was cutting out the pieces and sewing it together. I soon learned that I did not know what the heck I was doing but I continued on bravely. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.


After I finished this piece, I decided that it was time for me to take a class and really learn how to do this correctly. I have been learning and quilting every since!

Happy Sewing , Jan


12 comments:

  1. Very nice lighthouse! I am not brave enough to attempt a scene in a quilt ... yet!
    Mrs.Hearts
    www.busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com

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  2. Love your lighthouse. I have always been fascinated by them maybe because I live on the plains. My son manages a wind farm here.
    Ann

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  3. Wonderful lighthouse. Great story for your first quilt!

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  4. I think that is awesome! The quilt AND the story. :)

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  5. bravo! good for you, for jumping in feet first and crafting a beautiful work of art :)

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  6. GREAT story! Love that quilt and your gumption to keep going. Do you like Chicago? We left Chicago for Seattle, where I learned to quilt! You are the last entry in this fabulous festival. Congrats!

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  7. It's fabulous, I love the lighthouse, what a wonderful first quilt.

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  8. what a great quilt! just love your story and your pluckiness to just do it and you've done it so well. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  9. very beautiful! I just love it. :)

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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