Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Spring 2012

by Nicole
Are you as excited about Bloggers’ Quilt Festival as I am?!? 
Amy's Creative Side
I’ve ooh’d and ahh’d over all the amazing quilts in past festivals and am happy to add my little quilt to this year’s festival. 

Me and my quilt
“Over and Under” is my first bed size quilt that I quilted on my home machine. It fits my queen sized bed and is a major victory for me.

over and under

Eleven years ago, I was a beginner quilter who after making two baby quilts decided it was time to make quilt for my bed. Ambitious, I know!

I finished the top, but quickly got frustrated with the quilting and gave up. That quilt is still a UFO somewhere deep in one of my closets. I avoided making a bed sized quilt until a few months ago when I found a quilt pattern that I just had to try.

Working on this quilt was not easy. I had to encourage myself to keep at it and get it done. I came through it having learned a lot about quilting a big quilt on a small machine. I put together a few tips in the hopes of encouraging other quilters to give it a try. 

Once I got this quilt finished, I felt so accomplished that I started planning my next big quilt!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the festival!

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Quilts on Bastings May 18, 2012 - 11:52 am

Beautiful quilt – certainly worth persevering!

Dee J. May 18, 2012 - 11:56 am

Hi "Mama Love Quilts" ( love your blog name)
Lovely quilt. Beautiful color choices and nice quilting.

Eileen May 18, 2012 - 12:02 pm

great quilt! wonderful colors. looks great wrapped around you. thanks for sharing and have a great day

quilthexle May 18, 2012 - 12:28 pm

That first pic with the quilt wrapped around you is a true eye-catcher! Wonderful quilt – and I love your quilting lines !!

pinsandneedles May 18, 2012 - 12:34 pm

This is a beautiful quilt with lovely color choices. Your straight line quilting looks great. Thanks for sharing tips for quilting.

susan May 18, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Love the quilt, the colours are just stunning!

Sue Daurio May 18, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Love the quilt, the colors are just perfect! The quilting is amazing.

Kendra from missknittas studio May 18, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Congratulations on persevering — this is so beautiful! I'm clicking through to look at your quilting tips right now — thank you!

Katie B. May 18, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Nicole, this is gorgeous!!

Dirt Road Quilter May 18, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Such lovely colors! That's a great pattern and your quilting is stunning I cannot imagine how much time that took to quilt, but it was worth it! Gorgeous!

KrisD May 18, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Beautiful! I'm still not brave enough to quilt a larger project…I keep sending them off…You did a wonderful job!

Emma May 18, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Wow your quilt is gorgeous! Well worth the effort. The quilting you've chosen really pulls it all together.

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies May 18, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Totally a VICTORY!!! Beautiful!!!

straythreads May 18, 2012 - 2:30 pm


Annette May 18, 2012 - 2:46 pm

I LOVE your quilt. Beautiful color and great stitches.

Margaret May 18, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Awesome quilt. I really like that pattern and the quilting is perfect. I make a lot of bed sized quilts but I always send them out to my long arm quilter to quilt. I admire anyone who does their own quilting by machine.

Sarcastic Quilter May 18, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Beautiful! I'm so happy for you for perservering through the process. Your photos are just lovely, too.

I get so frustrated even quilting table mats on my domestic machine but years ago caved and bought a mid-arm and frame as my "toy" so I wouldn't give up on the process at all. I am in awe of those who manage such great projects with their home machines… I'm in awe of you.

So, so pretty.

a maidenhair fern May 18, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Hi Nicole, your quilt is beautiful. Your fabric choices on white are crisp. Love the photo too.

Annie May 18, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Beautiul, beautiful quilt! I love the fabrics, colors and the design! Great job with the quilting. Sending quilts out to a longarmer is fine, but there's nothing like the feeling of quilting it yourself and knowing that you made the whole thing, start to finish! Well done Nicole!

CitricSugar May 18, 2012 - 3:42 pm

It's beautiful. A lovely mix of tradition and modern, complexity and simplicity.

Love your quilting choice!

Heidi Staples May 18, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Yep…still gorgeous!!! Love it, Nicole!

Loris May 18, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Great accomplishment! This quilt is gorgeous! From the pattern to the colors of fabric you chose and the quilting design, it is really a beautiful work of art! Keep quilting…you are an artist!

Barbara May 18, 2012 - 4:42 pm

This is a lovely quilt with great colors and fabrics. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.

Heather D. May 18, 2012 - 5:15 pm

So gorgeous Nicole. I just love this quilt.

Cecily May 18, 2012 - 5:36 pm

That's a stunner! Love the color palette and the pattern. Beautiful!

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha May 18, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Very nice and I love the quilting!! Thanks for sharing.

Krista @ May 18, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Very pretty and a beautiful design!

Quiltbenaco May 18, 2012 - 6:41 pm

I colori sono veramente belli!

Martine Kuciel May 18, 2012 - 6:44 pm

choix de couleur sans aucun doute original félicitation
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choice of color undoubtedly original congratulatory

Jennie May 18, 2012 - 6:46 pm

I just love the texture that straight line quilting adds to a quilt. Your quilt is so pretty. Well done!

Jenny May 18, 2012 - 6:52 pm

This is beautiful!

Krysta May 18, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Such pretty colors!

Kelly May 18, 2012 - 7:23 pm

I am so happy you entered this one, it is a stunner!!

Kelly May 18, 2012 - 7:23 pm

I am so happy you entered this one, it is a stunner!!

Mary Ann May 18, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Beautiful quilt. Love the colors and the use of white for the background. I am seeing so many quilts with white as the background that are really amazing in all the quilting magazines. Enjoy your blog so I have signed on as a regular! I really like reading all the different quilting blogs out there.

Marjorie's Busy Corner May 18, 2012 - 7:48 pm

Beautiful Nicole….you couldn't have picked a better one for festival!!

Janine May 18, 2012 - 7:57 pm

I love yor quilt and the choice of colors!

Katy Cameron May 18, 2012 - 7:58 pm

So glad you seized the moment with another bed sized quilt, it's fab :o)

Sue May 18, 2012 - 8:12 pm

I just love your quilt ! Gorgeous fabrics you used !

Margaret May 18, 2012 - 8:35 pm
MonikaC May 18, 2012 - 8:50 pm

I LOVE this quilt! The pattern, the colors, everything! So beautiful!

Cherie May 18, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Still loving that quilt!
Good luck in the festival!! =D

Patti May 18, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Love your colours in this beautiful quilt!

Kim's Crafty Apple May 18, 2012 - 9:36 pm


Cindy May 18, 2012 - 9:42 pm

What a great photo of you and your quilt. Both of you are beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.

Julia May 18, 2012 - 10:48 pm

I enjoyed browsing through your blog. You do amazing work and I love your choice of design and color. Great job.

fallingforpieces May 18, 2012 - 11:04 pm

Love the secondary star pattern that shows up in the background fabric. Congrats on a big finish!

Janet May 18, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Your quilt is so pretty! Thanks for the quilting encouragement and tips. I have a queen size quilt top made and need to get it quilted, but I've been dreading it. You make it sound doable.

Alison May 18, 2012 - 11:45 pm

I love Scrap-Basket Sensations! I am in love with your version of this quilt (maybe even more so than the one in the book!!!!)

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) May 19, 2012 - 12:23 am

WOW! Your quilt is so beautiful! Love it! : )

Cathy May 19, 2012 - 1:02 am

Gorgeous – very impactful with the wide, white border and I like the way you quilted it.

Melanie May 19, 2012 - 1:57 am

So glad you stuck with your goal to make a bed size quilt! It's gorgeous!

Kati from Kati's Quilting May 19, 2012 - 3:04 am

Wow, the colors and pattern are really wonderful! I love the straight line quilting!

Apple Avenue Quilts May 19, 2012 - 3:51 am

Beautiful quilt. What an accomplishment to have quilted it on a home sewing machine!

Carla May 19, 2012 - 4:16 am

I'm glad you showed this again. I think this is a wonderful accomplishment

cat in tassie May 19, 2012 - 4:43 am

I love that pattern and the colours you chose are just perfect. It was certainly worth wrestling with it on your little machine. Glad to hear it didn't put you off and that you're willing to have a go at another one.

Emma May 19, 2012 - 5:32 am

Your quilt is beautiful; I especially love the colour and fabric choices.

Alli May 19, 2012 - 12:41 pm

You did a great job — I'm amazed that you quilted such nice, close-together lines on a little machine! I was one of those people who tried quilting a queen-sized one on an eensy machine and vowed never to do it again… my solution was to get a bigger machine one, though. ;D

Dorothy May 19, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Wonderful quilt, and beautiful color choices. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kris from Duke Says Sew What May 19, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Beautiful quilt and yay you for doing all that quilting on your machine! Nice to find your blog. 🙂

Little Island Quilting May 19, 2012 - 4:53 pm


Leslie May 19, 2012 - 8:19 pm

this is really beautiful thanks for the inspiration. i love the colors of the fabrics

Leanne May 19, 2012 - 10:09 pm

I love this quilt, so nice to see it in the festival!

Quilterbell May 19, 2012 - 10:13 pm

It is a very pretty quilt!, well done. The selection of fabrics is wonderful.

Gretchen May 20, 2012 - 12:43 am

Love your quilt! Thank you for sharing with us!

Allie May 20, 2012 - 2:13 am

Oh my this quilt is fabulous – the quilting is just amazing! I quilt all of my quilts on my domestic machine, so I do understand – it can get tough sometimes! You did a fantastic job, and I LOVE the top pic of you wrapped up in it, so gorgeous!!!

Cynthia May 20, 2012 - 2:43 am

Great quilt! Love the fabrics you used!

Patchwork and Play May 20, 2012 - 2:44 am

What a stunning quilt! The colour palette is really beautiful! I can see why you are so proud of it! I need some of your encouragement from your tips to quilt one of my latest tops!

Sea Sew May 20, 2012 - 2:58 am

This quilt is beautiful! I love the pic with you in it. I just feel how cozy it is with that stripped quilting. I quilted one like that at the beginning of the year and loved how it felt.

Busy Little Quilter May 20, 2012 - 4:32 am

It's beautiful. You did such a wonderful job on the machine quilting.

MariQuilts May 20, 2012 - 4:41 am


felicity May 20, 2012 - 5:12 am

A beautiful quilt, beautifully photographed!

Carol E. May 20, 2012 - 5:32 am

Gorgeous quilt, your quilting is fabulous… and I totally LOVE that first photo of you wrapped in the quilt. Gorgeous.

Sue May 20, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Your quilt is truly striking and so is the top picture.

Shauna May 20, 2012 - 2:05 pm

I have admired this quilt before as I think it is just gorgeous!

Debbie May 20, 2012 - 2:24 pm

This is SUCH an AWESOME quilt – just love it!

Annabella May 20, 2012 - 3:05 pm

You know I love this quilt Nicole – the greens and purples, the design, the quilting and the shot of you is gorgeous too!

Lorna May 20, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Nicole: What a stunning quilt. The first photo of you wrapped up in the quilt is amazing! An awesome photo. Nothing says "love" like a quilt wrapped around someone providing warmth 🙂

Andrea Louise May 20, 2012 - 7:50 pm

Love your quilt!

Robin May 20, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Gorgeous quilt! I love your fabric choices!

MissMary May 20, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Great tips, great colours, you encourage me to "go big"… thanks much!

MissMary May 20, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Great tips, great colours, you encourage me to "go big"… thanks much!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma May 21, 2012 - 12:39 am

THIS QUILT IS BEAUTIFUL! I really like the design, the fabric and the QUILTING. Thanks so much for the tips!

Rachel May 21, 2012 - 4:15 am


quiltmom May 21, 2012 - 6:20 am

Some great tips and reminders about the importance of ergonomics of quilting…
I love the beautiful colors you chose in your design.
The quilting is lovely too.
Thanks for sharing your quilt- May you continue to make many more large quilts.

Jolanda May 21, 2012 - 9:24 am

I love your quilt Nicole and I thank your for the very interesting tips about quilting on a home machine. I usually handquilt, because I like the process, but my next quilt will be machine quilted and I will take care of your tips.

Dana Gaffney May 21, 2012 - 11:58 am

Your quilt is beautiful, I love the pattern and colors you picked. Thanks for the tips, I haven't tried bigger quilts yet so I read your tips closely. Thank you.

Julie May 21, 2012 - 12:33 pm

It is such a beautiful quilt. It is lovely to tackle something new or harder and to succeed to well. I'm off to check out your tips – I think I need them! Juliex

Diane E W May 21, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Awesome!!!! love the pattern, colors and story.

Melissa May 22, 2012 - 4:27 am

Wow! You did an awesome job and I love the colors you chose.

Stephanie May 22, 2012 - 7:54 pm

This quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Great job!

thequiltingdoberman May 23, 2012 - 9:24 pm

I love the photo work on this quilt by the way. You really featured it well. I totally hear you on using a small machine to do the quilting…you did a stunning job with that.

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com May 24, 2012 - 2:38 pm

beautiful…love the colors!

sonia May 28, 2012 - 8:44 pm

We've been nominated together at the blogger's quilt festival for best photographer. It's such an honour. Your quilt is fantastic!

Habibti at Home May 29, 2012 - 11:27 am

Wow it is really beautiful and such an accomplishment! I have a king sized quilt I have been working on for four years or so now. One of these days I'll get the motivation to get through the final stages. This is really a great quilt!!

Simone de Klerk May 29, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Beautiful, Nicole! You got my votes (o:

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