Friday, May 18, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side



My entry to Amy's Creative Side's Blogger's Quilt Festival is the quilt my sister and I pieced more than 400 miles apart from each other.  We wanted to create something together for two major events going on in our Dad's life.  He retired from the Presbyterian ministry after 38 years and just before retirement he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

He retired officially in February, preaching his last sermon just days away from surgery to remove his prostate.  I'm happy to report he underwent surgery, has recovered quickly and is well.


Opa's Wonky Blocks Quilt

We decided on a pattern and a color scheme and we each made 15 blocks.  The front is made up of 25 of them and I used 5 in the back.  The pattern is from Block Party and is Oh, Fransson's Wonky Stripe Block.  Her's is here and she made another version here.  This was such a great and fun quilt to make - the blocks came together easily and nothing else really mattered!  It was a great quilt to do "long distance".  I was actually shocked at  how well our colors worked together. Finished size is roughly 60 X 60.


Opa's Wonky Blocks


Opa's Wonky Blocks


Entering for the first time this year!

28 comments:

  1. that's beautiful. It reminds me a little of silver birch trees.

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  2. a beautiful quilt. And i'm glad your dad is doing okay. My sil and I did a quilt for my niece from 2000 miles apart. Its kind of fun :)

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  3. Great story...love the simple approach for the strip piecing. It creates a striking effect. Good job by both of you.

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  4. I love the Block Party book. Your quilt turned out awesome! I really want to give this pattern a try! :)

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  5. Beautiful quilt! Glad to hear he's recovering.

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  6. I remember this one! Amazing that you were able to do this long distance!

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  7. I love this quilt - so nice that you and your sister could put this together, being so far apart. Happy to hear your dad is doing well.

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  8. Very nice quilt. Thanks for sharing the story and I'm glad he is recovering.

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  9. Cool modern look - I like it!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  10. I really like the fabrics you used - great colors!

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  11. Your quilt is gorgeous, so restful but modern as well. Great idea to share making blocks with your sister. My sister doesn't sew, but she does take an interest in my quilts so I am lucky too!

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  12. What a great collaboration and loving gift. I really like the quiet restful colour combinations.

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  13. Lovely quilt! It's wonderful that you share this talent with your sister and that your father benefits from your collaboration! So glad your father recovered well!

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  14. such a great man quilt. Hope your dad is well x

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  15. It's a lovely quilt - beautiful colours.

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  16. lovely quilt and great news about your dad.

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  17. Stunning modern quilt for a special man. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Great quilt. Your father must think of you both often as he snuggles under.

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  19. This is a beautiful quilt for such a special man.

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  20. Such a gorgeous quilt and I love that you and your sister made it together for your dad. He must have been so touched by all the love put into that quilt! And I'm so glad to hear that he's doing well. What a scary time that must have been!

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  21. I never thought I could ever contribute to something like this -- you are so inspiring. It totally rocks. Let's do another one!

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  22. Wow! I clicked on your pictures from the blog Fest, because I love the quilt, but when I started reading, I was stunned! My dad was also a Presbyterian minister. He passed away suddenly from a pulmonary embolism just months before he retired, 4 years ago. His doctors found cancer on autopsy. I'm so glad that your dad was able to both retire and to find and fight cancer. I'm sure he loves the quilt!! It's beautiful! I'm a follower now, so hope to get to know you better!!

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  23. wonderful quilt--colors and design. the story is great working on it together with your sister for your dad. so glad he's doing ok. thanks for sharing and have great day

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  24. Oh my!!! This quilt is totally gorgeous! I love your choice of fabrics, they make for an amazingly modern and beautiful quilt.

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  25. I've always wanted to do this quilt. I love the subtle colors.

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