Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Polaroids for Bloggers Quilt Festival

Twice a year lots of bloggers share favorite finished quilts via Bloggers Quilt Festival.  Too often I forget to participate.  But this time, after scanning the list of quilt categories, I knew I wanted to take the chance to celebrate a very special quilt one last time....

Polaroids on a Cloudy Day

a Few Happy Blocks of my own

Polaroids by Love circle

Joined by a passel of fun created by the Love circle of do. Good Stitches

Design floor w/Aviary Indiglow

Tossed and rearranged and some even partially picked apart

Love in Polaroids with do. Good Stitches

to Create a finished work packed with color, faces and laughter.

Love in Polaroids was made with my bee mates at the Love Circle to bring joy to some child through Wrap Them in Love.  We're one of many do. Good Stitches {a charity quilting bee} circles joining together as modern quilters to have fun and do good.  I count myself lucky!

One day I photographed the pile of them and was instantly inspired to try for a random "tossed" design.  I knew it would mean picking apart some of the blocks and wasn't sure how I felt about doing that.  But in the end, the tossed arrangement was just so much more interesting than sewing the blocks together end to end, so I timidly wielded the seam ripper and carefully, carefully took apart about a third of the blocks.  (Mainly, I deconstructed the 9-polaroid blocks into smaller groups of 6 or 3 or 2 or 1.) Not a polaroid was wasted!

blocks by the Love circle!

This quilt is full of characters front and back!  I think it's going to be so fun for a child to discover.  In fact, I know it is because Aria and Liam both initiated spontaneous eye-spy games during the making!  All those polaroids are mesmerizing and they're going every-which-way too, so there's not a top or bottom to this quilt.

bound in Loulouthi stockings stripe

Love in Polaroids is bound in Loulouthi Stockings stripe by machine with my easy zigzag binding finish.  I love this print as a binding!  It's gray and bright.  Perfect. 

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 66″x 82″
Special techniques used : improv piecing, spiral straight-line quilting
Quilted by :  myself
Best Category : Bee quilt, Throw quilt

Thanks for stopping by during the festival!  To see more of my finished quilts (and other projects), stop by my Projects page!  It's a little outdated (updated last early 2012), but you can find lots of my older projects hanging out there in tidy little categories.

32 comments:

  1. Love the 'tossed' look you came up with using your polaroids! And your mix of background fabrics just adds to this quilts interest!

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  2. Oh, I just love this quilt. You make so many beautiful quilts, but this is one of my favorites. I'm glad you chose to enter it into the festival!

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  3. Love this! Polaroid blocks are definitely the solution to my I-spy quilt problem (not a horrible problem but I have been looking for a different way to do an i-spy quilt). And now my "favorite bee quilt" category nomination spot has been filled. :)

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  4. Perfect choice for the Festival. Your quilt sparked such an interest in Polaroids it's great to read all about how it evolved.

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  5. I love polaroid blocks. Great quilt - I really enjoy how you tackled the 'assembly' of the all!

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  6. Great choice for the festival. Your choose such great designs for the love circle, I can't wait to see the EPP one soon.

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  7. The quilt looks great. Love it! It looks like a bunch of photos tossed on the floor.

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  8. Such a sweet eye spy quilt. I am sure someone is very happy to have received it.

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  9. Oh my gosh I love this idea. Great blocks. Perfect.

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  10. I have loved this since I first time I ever saw it!!

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  11. Your polaroids are A-mazing!!! I agree, the scattered look is so cute and perfect with the concept. Beautiful quilt!

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  12. Fantastic quilt and I love the tossed look because isn't that just how we sort through photos!

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  13. It's great! You made a good choice for the festival.

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  14. Love this one, it is really beautiful! Great idea.

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  15. That is a wonderful quilt! I love the look of the tossed polaroids!

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  16. What a great quilt!! Is there a way I can get involved in do. Good stitches? I'm not really even sure what it is, but if it's doing good things for people in need by sewing, I'd love to be involved. :)

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    1. Yes, indeed! do. Good Stitches is a charity quilting bee organized on Flickr. We're always starting new circles, so if you're active on Flickr and enjoy making modern quilts, please join the wait list here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDluZlpfZTl0akhVMWlHeG9qN1NNVmc6MQ

      Thanks for asking!

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  17. Love this quilt ~ gave me a great idea for my son and dil! I'm so inspired by your blog ~

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  18. Wonderful quilt for bloggers festival :)

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  19. That is the I-spy, to end all I-spy quilts! I bet it brings a child a TON of joy!

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  20. Love, love, love this quilt! Thanks for choosing this one to share for blogger's festival!

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  21. Love this quilt! What a different take on an I Spy, and it's so fun. Love the little "polaroids"!

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  22. I still love this quilt!!! I want to do an iSpy for my son with this idea!!!

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  23. You got my vote, Rachel! Wonderful quilt!

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