Bloggers Quilt Festival // Community Gardens Quilt

Amy from Amy’s Creative Side is currently hosting the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2010–its a great opportunity to see everyone’s favorite quilts! If you haven’t been here before, welcome! If you have been here recently, you will probably recognize my favorite quilt. In honor of Bike Month 2010, I included the representation of my house (to the right) first.

I completed this quilt, called “Community Gardens,” as part of a local quilt challenge. I did not win, but really enjoyed telling a story through quilting, trying a new technique (raw edged applique), and working with fabric that I never would have chosen on my own. I’m intrigued by the idea of community gardens, and since our small backyard is almost entirely shaded, I hope to garden at one of the nearby community gardens if I can ever get my act together. Until then, this quilt will hang in our hallway downstairs and remind me of everything good that I love about our neighborhood. My husband and I are both involved locally in preserving historic neighborhoods and working towards complete streets (pedestrian, bike, and car friendly), and have really enjoyed our own little neighborhood. Community matters to us, and I wanted to create something that reflects that. (I was inspired by Amanda Jean of crazymomquilts’ Ticker Tape Quilt for the actual central gardens.)

I participated last year too!

 

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27 Comments

  1. Posted May 22, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I love this quilt, it is adorable!!!

  2. Posted May 22, 2010 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    This is very cute! Well done!

  3. Posted May 22, 2010 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I am in love with this! LOVE LOVE LOVE the sunshine!

  4. Posted May 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    What a fun and heart-warming quilt. Wonderful!

  5. Posted May 22, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh, those fussy cut food items in the garden are great. A real nice touch of whimsy! A wonderfully cheerful quilt!

  6. Posted May 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    A bright and fun quilt. You must have really enjoyed creating this personal quilt. We have Community Gardens here too but I have a yellow thumb :(

    Thank you for sharing your quilt’s story :)

  7. Posted May 23, 2010 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    I like this a lot! Great ideas for assembling my blocks from a Neighborhood Block Swap! http://www.flickr.com/groups/1296320@N20/ I want to do the Sunshine block and maybe some trees! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Posted May 23, 2010 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    WOW! You are a busy mom! I love your improv style!

  9. Posted May 23, 2010 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    I LOVE it!! Love it, love it, love it! Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Posted May 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I love this quilt! So happy and bright. I think I need to do a self portrait of my house like this, very fun!

  11. Posted May 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Such an original idea loved your quilt. Beautiful

  12. Posted May 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful quilt about a community garden. THe ticker tape style was a perfect way to showcase all that cool garden fabric.

  13. Barb
    Posted May 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    what a super fun quilt and so original – thanks.
    I like your blog name too

  14. Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    I REALLY like your quilt. I would have voted for you to win.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  15. Posted May 24, 2010 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Brilliant. Such a fun & cheerful quilt. Great job!

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  16. Posted May 24, 2010 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    this is so much fun!!!! beautiful job

  17. Bellgirl
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    How wonderful! I love community gardens too, and I love to wander through them and look at people’s vegies and their different growing techniques.

  18. Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Great quilt such creativity

  19. Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    A beautiful quilt, love the idea of the community garden. Take care:)

  20. the momma
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    this is great!! I think the garden is my favorite part ~ your veggies are just perfect :-)

  21. Posted May 28, 2010 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    What a great quilt! Love the neighborhood :)

  22. Stephanie
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Wow…what a fun quilt!

  23. erin lebeau
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    you’ve really told a story with your quilt & you have a great applique style — love this quilt!!! http://erinlebeau.blogspot.com/

  24. Sarah
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    okay so, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt (and community gardens and bicycles and neighbors and and and!)

  25. Laurel H.
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    O WOW! This is an incredibly creative, well-executed quilt!

  26. Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I really, really like this quilt. Not just how it looks but what it represents to you.

  27. Posted August 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    How the heck did you not win? That quilt is fabulous!

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