Friday, May 21, 2010

C UR I DKTR--Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's Blogger's Quilt Festival  so get ready to see quilts that will knock your socks off. Picture after picture of beautiful quilts, and each one has a story behind it. And before I forget to mention it later, my new etsy shop, Sewing on the Edge, is one of the premier sponsors, so be sure to comment on the festival post to be entered into the giveaways.

Our son, Aaron, and daughter-in-law, Christa, spent five years in Portland, Oregon, while Aaron went to optometry school. I always knew I would make him a quilt when he graduated. I didn't know I would be lucky enough to find eye chart fabric.
I found the pattern, "Hollow Cube," and started collecting black, white and red fabric. The blocks look complicated, but with some organization they were pretty simple to construct. Even then I was finding a way to work selvages into my quilts. Nearsighted...

Black, white and read all over...
Lots of eyeglass frames for the back.

And a little pin for the front: the eyes have it!

The first eye chart fabric I found was quilting related. Fortunately I found something closer to the real thing for the border on the front. Because I'm pretty sure Aaron wouldn't have appreciated an eye chart that reads: "quilting and sewing makes me happy, love to buy beautiful fabric." No matter how true that is.

C UR I DKTR. Good advice for anyone. Especially anyone who spends a lot of time at the sewing machine.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy all the quilts.


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Quilts on Bastings said... #

Fantastic quilt - love the fabrics you found to go into it - what a great story!

Anonymous said... #

I **LOVE** the fabrics you picked for this quilt, it's so quirky and fun!

Lisa said... #

wow!!!!! I love it!!!! I love black/white combos with red!!!! What a lucky guy!!!!

AJ said... #

What a great story this quilt has! Love the red/black/white!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said... #

That is amazing - very Escher!

Red Pepper Quilts - Rita Hodge said... #

Love this quilt pattern - it is going straight to my very long "quilts to make list". Wonderfully inspiring and with great original detail.


Anonymous said... #

That is so eye-catching and unusual! I love the design and the fabrics you chose--I would never have thought there would be eye chart fabric out there--wow, goes to show there's something for everyone in quilting! A great story to go with an amazing quilt! :-)

Jocelyn said... #

WOW what a great quilt! I love how you used the color scheme. And the label is great!

Alice R. said... #

That quilt is gorgeous! I've seen the block, but never done in black and white, and you made it look so rich! That can be difficult in black and white - fantastic!

Anne at Film and Thread said... #

This is utterly fantastic! Everywhere you look there is something interesting.

Jennifer said... #

That is awesome! I love all the details too!

Jennifer :)

Q @ JAQS said... #

Wow it looks like a lot of thought and hard work went into this beauty. Great job.

Carla said... #

Such an amazing quilt pattern! Now I'll have to make it. Isn't wonderful when you can find "THE" perfect fabric for a quilt project? Fantastic quilt!

Melissa C said... #

Great find on the fabrics. Love this quilt. I just received a book with this pattern, and it needs to be bumped up the make it list.

elle said... #

What an amazing quilt. Such pertinent and perfect detailing.

girlyhurley said... #

You are so talented!!! I'm so jealous!


Michelle said... #

This quilt is fabulous in sew many ways! Who would have ever thought eye chart fabric was available? Black, red, and white is always stunning, imo. And that pattern is just outstanding. Where did you get it?

ilovebabyquilts said... #

OMGosh, this is so gorgeous! I would have agonized for a thousand years over what to make for a new optometrist and I wouldn't have come near what you figured out! It's absolutely perfect, down to the eyeglasses, and even the pattern is an eye trick.

Carol said... #

Oh my goodness. This is definitely a "knock your socks off" type quilt. Loved the story too.

Katie B said... #

That is so cool! Love it.

Marjorie said... #

Fantastic. Nothing better than a quilt that tells its own story.

Suedio said... #

I loved reading your story. What a great quilt (in its own right) and you must have such a sense of satisfaction at seeking out just the right fabrics. One proud mum and one great quilt. Well done.

Regards, Sue

Angie Padilla said... #

Love the quilt, but especially love the story. Some quilts are extra special because of all the time and thought put into them. And here is an example of how each quilt is truly unique.

Zonnah said... #

It is beautiful!

marlene@ByTheSeam said... #

What a really cool quilt. I think the 'eyes' have it!LOL

Dani said... #

Awesome quilt ... I love that you were able to find the eye chart fabric and glasses.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said... #

fun fabric choices!

Allie said... #

Wonderful story to go with a fabulous quilt!

Laurel H. said... #

This could almost be an I Spy quilt, there are so many great things to see on it! Love the 3D items, the eye chart fabric--WOW!

quiltmom anna said... #

What perfect fabric you found to make this special quilt.
I have been working on a Hollow Cubes quilt for quite awhile- I keep getting side tracked from it. It is a tricky pattern to make- Thanks for sharing its wonderful story .

Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

KylieC said... #

This is a great quilt - I hope he loves it!

Karen said... #

What an absolutely great quilt. Love the personal touches you added. You must have been over the moon at finding the eye chart fabric.

Jill said... #

Absolutely fantstic quilt!! So I catching :) I just became a follower, and I am equally selvage obsessed. Stop by my blog and take a look!

pinsandneedles said... #

I love it! Great fabrics and a great story! Love your use of selvages and your label!!!

Strlady said... #

I love those little details that make this quilt unforgettable. Wonderful!

Leslie said... #

what a great story to go along with a really cool quilt

Marika said... #

Very beautiful quilt work !

allsewnup said... #

WOW!! This is a-m-a-z-i-n-g !!


wishes, true and kind said... #

Wow! I don't see how this quilt could be any more perfect. How thoughtful and personal :)

Kim Brackett said... #

Fabulous quilt for an optometrist! Or anyone, for that matter. It's gorgeous.

mary said... #

I love this quilt. Think I gotta make one. Thanks for sharing

Peapod Four said... #

This is a fabulous quilt! Thanks for sharing it!

Denise said... #
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Denise said... #

Great quilt, love the fabrics, the charm and label!!!

Kim said... #

The quilt is gorgeous! I love the pattern you used and I love the color combo.

tirane93 said... #

yummy! black white and red in such a strong pattern. just a delight!

mathea said... #

Can I say "eye-catching"? ;-)
I love quilts that have a whole story about the recipient in them. It shows that the maker has spent a lot of time and effort i creating a special quilt just for that person. Your quilt is very striking as well, with the optical illusions in the cubes, the eye charts and the colour scheme of black, white and read. I'm sure he loved it!

Kathy said... #

What a beautiful quilt for your son the optometrist. You really got into the details and it makes the quilt so unique! Congratulations on a job well done!

Staci said... #

This quilt really is a stunner! Thanks for sharing the detailed photos, I so enjoyed seeing it!

Deborah said... #

I love it!

Kelli said... #

awesome! I have never seen this pattern before, I love it! perfect for a fella! That fabric is so much fun! who would've thought that it would be out there!?!

Anonymous said... #

What a fun quilt! I love that you chose a pattern that was an optical illusion for your optometrist.

Diane said... #

that is a terrific quilt. I love the cubes, just started making them myself (I'm working on "One Block Wonder" quilts right now!) yours are fabulous!

Unknown said... #

wow Cindy! I love how special this quilt is - thank you for sharing it and the story to go with it :)

Marit said... #

Your quilt is fantastic!!! What a great gift! I love the fabrics you used, they make the quilt so interesting. But I don't believe for one second that it was easy to make...
; )

Thank you for sponsoring this wonderful event!

Oddbjørg said... #

I have only one word for your quilt: Fantastic!

QuiltSue said... #

What an amazing quilt.

Mary-Kay said... #

Great quilt! And a great story to go with it. Eye love all the fabrics you chose and how you went the extra mile to get it just right.

stitchinpenny said... #

Love the fabricsand how they highlight the structure of the cubes.

debbi d-w said... #

optical illusions for the optomitrist - inspired! Love all the fun finds that brought this quilt together - great work!

Shelly said... #

It's amazing that you found so many eye-related fabrics, especially the eye-chart one -- it's fantastic!

SewCalGal said... #

Beautiful quilt. Amazing fabric and colors. I can't think of a better gift for your son. Delightful.


Sew I Was Thinking... said... #

This quilt is fantastic! I love the pattern and the story behind it. A true family heirloom.

Randi said... #

Love the quilt and the story. Awesome

Unknown said... #

oh brilliant!!

Tammy said... #

Cindy, how very cool to find such perfect fabric for your quilt! Who'd a thunk, eh? :-) Great fabric, great story, and great quilt!

Tammy ~@~

Cheryl Arkison said... #

Fantastic! 9I have a friend who went to optometry school in Portland. Actually, a high school classmate too. When was your boy there?

Lizzy said... #

Really great quilt and I love that you found all the cool eye themed fabric. Awesome!

Eileen said... #

how fun!! and how great you found the fabrics you did--doesn't that just warm the cockles of your heart when something like that happens!!!!!!!!!!

Coffeebean's Dailies said... #

This is absolutely lovely! He must love it! What a wonderful pattern and the colors and everything! Job well done! Thanks for sharing.

Angie said... #

What a great find with the eye chart and glasses fabric - - That is a great graduation gift for him!

Kristen said... #

This a great quilt. I love all the personal touches.

prashant said... #

Fantastic quilt
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Sandra said... #

what a perfect personalized quilt for your eye doc son. Great graphics and visuals (pun intended). I used some of the same fabrics in a crossword puzzle quilt 'what's black and white and red (read) allover'(see it on starleys blog).
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Susan Michele said... #

The optical illusion in this quilt design is great!

Anonymous said... #

Fabulous quilt!!! I LOVE the little hidden messages within this quilt. Quite clever! Congrats on your son graduating and becoming an eye Dr.! ; )

Anonymous said... #

Hello! I know you made this some time ago, so it's a shot in the dark, but where did you find the eye chart fabric? My daughter is getting ready to graduate from Optometry school and her Aunt would like to make her a quilt.

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