Saturday, October 10, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Fall

My entry for the Fall Festival is the quilt I made for my sweetie, Grant, this year. This is a Sandy Gervais pattern that appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine in April 2004 called "Diamonds are Forever". See the diamonds? Cleverly, the secondary pattern appears when you twist the blocks in placement, although all the blocks are pieced the same way, alternating solid 3" squares with triangle-squares--each block with 16 squares. That was a lot of cutting, for 24 pieces per block. I enjoyed collecting fabrics for this quilt and also using some scraps and donated fabrics. I made each block different. *edited to include the link to the Blogger Quilt Festival.


I machine quilted around the large diamonds and hand quilted through the center of the smaller diamonds in the centers. In one corner, I hand quilted a Gibson guitar, my husband Grant's favorite guitar brand, essentially as a label.


Many favorite fabrics are in this quilt, though it nearly killed me not to put any green in it, my favorite color!

My husband is a built-in heater for me, but occasionally he does feel cold and when that happens, he'll have a quilt built with love from me to wrap up in!

39 comments:

Vivian said...

How could I have missed this great pattern? I read AP&Q cover to cover. Great job, and I bet Grant loves it. (Sandy Gervais lives less than an hour from our home--hope to meet her some day, but I think she's kind of elusive.) The quilt is gorgeous.

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Hello Annie, Thanks for your comment on my blog! :-)
I like your quilt very much, the warm colors are so beautiful. Your husband must be very proud of it.
I missed this pattern too, although my mother and I are reading AP&Q for some years now, it´s one of the best patchwork magazines!
Kind greetings from Germany, Steffi

Julie in the Barn said...

Beee-ooo-teeeful! I really love your scrappy quilt and the diamond illusion works great with your choice of fabrics.

Dotti said...

This quilt is beautifully pieced! The colors are perfectly placed. Oh, and thank you for visiting my quilt and commenting!

http://piecefulmusings.blogspot.com

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

ROZ said...

What a beautiful and cozy quilt. I wish you much happiness with your charming husband

*karendianne. said...

Annie, this isn't just a beautiful quilt - it's spectacular. And I must say your quilting is -WOW! What a great contribution to the Festival. You know, your work never ceases to delight me. :)

Gretchen said...

I love this scrappy quilt!!! Beautiful quilting too!

cozy quilter said...

Thanks for sharing this scrappy quilt with everyone. I have yet to make a totally scrappy quilt.

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a lovely quilt for your husband. I am making a green Lone Star for Don - so I get to use a lot of green.

Ann J said...

Just lovely and my kind of quilt - I love 'scrappy' and the colours are me too!! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.........Luv AJ (France)

Susan said...

Now that's an impressive quilt, Annie! Look at all those squares, what a big job putting all that together and having it make sense so nicely.

Your Grant does look sweet, what a cutie. He's a lucky guy!

belinda said...

I'm a 'scrappy' quilt fan!!! This is a great looking quilt and I love how you quilted it!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Now I need to run and see if I have this issue! Your must be better if I've overlooked marking my magazine page! Fantastic job...and what a lovely gift for your sweetie!

Riet said...

That is a lovely quilt. I love the scrappy quilts

Carol said...

I love your scrappy quilt. The diamonds are wonderful.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Carol

loulee said...

My Tony is a one man furnace, he just has to sit in a room to warm it up. I love this quilt, even with no green.

Carrie P. said...

Hi Annie, thanks for coming by my blog to see my quilt that ended up being finished by my grandma.
The quilt you made for your husband is fabulous. I really like how you used machine and hand quilting. Very neat.

Shari said...

This is a great quilt! To me this is just what a quilt should be - scrappy and filled with love... and I love the guitar!

quiltcetera said...

This is very nice. I love the hand quilted touch you included too.

Notjustnat said...

Great scrap quilt Annie. I love all the colors in it. Yes, I can see the diamonds now. I think I have that issue of APQ. It's a great quilt for guy. Thanks for sharing - Hugs Natima

tooznie said...

Amazing what one can do with scraps! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying such nice things!

Rafael's Mum said...

That is an amazing quilt! Beautiful colours and put together. Wow! It is funny how you can see the diamonds so clearly while there are no very big differences in colour. I wonder how that works... is it the quilting?

Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving such nice comments. Much appreciated!

Frieda said...

Hi Annie, I love this quilt. Very manly.Thank you for the sweet comment on my quilt.

Grams said...

Beautiful quilt Annie. Bet your "sweetie" is loving it too:)

vail in TN

Heather said...

What a beatiful quilt! I love scrappy quilts, as they're just SO cozy looking. I'll bet he really loves this gift from your heart. :o)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Chris said...

I too made a quilt using this pattern. It is so fun and easy to put together. I love your results!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt .good days
Greeting Marika

Catherine said...

Gorgeous scrappy quilt. Love the colours you used and the secondary pattern of the diamonds coming through.

Sherri said...

What a gorgeous quilt! The fabrics and quilting are both equally beautiful!

SewCalGal said...

I love scrap quilt and yours is fantastic. Delightful colors & fabrics.

Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Annie, great looking quilt! Thanks again for stopping by to visit. As I type this my eyes are wandering to the sidebar at the black and white log cabin. Love, love, love that one. I'm headed to check it out next.

Sarah said...

Annie, I clicked on the black and white log cabin, but it didn't take me anywhere. Is there a post about this quilt? It's fabulous, both front and back!

Northern Deb said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I just LOVE your scrappy quilt! Scrap quilts are my favorites. Your choice of colors to make the diamonds pop was PERFECT.

Julie said...

Great cozy looking quilt. I love scrap quilts too.

jovaliquilts said...

It's a great quilt! And I love your creative thinking about quilting -- mixing machine and hand quilting, and quilting in the guitar. Your husband must love this quilt!

Tanya said...

What a great quilt! I too think the combination of machine quilting and hand quilting is a great idea!

Rene' said...

What a beautiful quilt!!! I love the colors and the diamond pattern. Really pretty quilting and putting the Gibson guitar detail in is great. Thanks for sharing.

Sara said...

This is a very pretty quilt! I love scraps. Although green is my favorite also, it looks great without it!