Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Old School Library

Old School Library

Welcome to the Spring 2012 Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side! It’s a great chance for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be at International Quilt Market & Festival (in Kansas City & this summer in Long Beach) to show off our quilts and admire each other’s quilts!

I chose to enter my Old School Library quilt, named during a DC Modern Quilt Guild Sewing Day at a veeeeeery old school library basement in the District. It reminded me of the stacks in the basement, what can I say?

Trust circle of do.Good Stitches

The quilt was made with the help of the very talented members of the Trust Circle of do.Good Stitches. do.Good Stitches is a bee that makes charity quilts for kids–I’m not currently in a circle, but I am happy to see so many people quilting for kids in need!  (Check out my soon to launch 3rd Annual 100 Quilts for Kids if you are interested in making quilts for kids in need!)  The tutorial for the block is part of the BOM by Handmade by Alissa at Sew Mama Sew.

Old School Library Back

When I make charity quilts, I try to try something new with the quilting each time. I have wanted to get better at turning corners for a long time, and this was the perfect opportunity. I got a lot of practice. Most of my corners are okay, a few are perfect, and a few, well. Yeah. Pretty terrible.

Old School Library Quilting Detail
Old School Library 2
If you are a regular reader, thanks for indulging me in looking at one of my favorite quilts (again). If not, I hope you come back! 

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Past entries here:
Fall 2011: Garden Windows
Spring 2011: Strawberry Patch
Fall 2010: Around the World (or at least the Metro Area)
Spring 2010: Community Gardens

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Join me in checking out all of the great quilts! Thanks, Amy, for organizing such a terrific event! 

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  1. Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    SO great, I just love this quilt!

  2. Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    when is the next 100qfk launching? I still have two charm packs from last year that I never made into quilts…I was thinking I was a bit more ambitious than I actually was… :)

  3. Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure I’ve already pinned this quilt, but now I’ve done it again.

  4. Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    As always, I love this quilt. Great use of colors and pattern. I hope it’s being loved in its new home!

  5. Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    What a really cool quilt and I love your inspiration!

  6. Posted May 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Nice design, reminds me of books too.

  7. Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    This is so lovely, Katie! I love the way you’ve quilted it, too!

  8. Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Still love it. :)

  9. B
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    If anyone uses “books” and “quilts” in one sentence.. I am hooked, LOL. I love your quilt, it’s beautiful! I haven’t tried that method of quilting yet but I’m really anxious to give it a go.

  10. Posted May 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I love it!

  11. Posted May 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Lovely, simple and modern, Well done!

  12. Posted May 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Love it – fresh and modern. Also love that you try new things with charity quilts…

  13. Posted May 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    A great quilt and it is appropriately named! I’ll have to check out the Quilts for Kids now. :)

  14. Posted May 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I really, really love how this one came out! I need to use this block someday! Your colors work perfectly together.

  15. Posted May 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Lovely! A beautiful color palette and a great design. Love it!

  16. Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    love it Katie…..just so fresh

  17. Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I love modern designs!


  18. Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Love the colors! and the design is just great!

  19. Posted May 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Love your use of solids in this fabulous quilt!

  20. Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    wow, amazing. How do you keep coming up with such cool patterns? And I will definitely be trying your FMQ design. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Lisa
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Great quilt! Love the name too. Haha. My bookcases look like that.

  22. Posted May 19, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    I remember meeting you for the first time at that library and you were working on that quilt Katie. It turned out just beautifully. Thanks for sharing and I’ll see you tomorrow!!!

  23. Posted May 19, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    This quilt is not my “usual” style. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Eileen
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    great design–fun to have pictured among the stacks, too. thanks for sharing and have a great day

  25. Posted May 19, 2012 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    What fun! Love the improv style. Thanks for sharing your quilt’s story.

  26. pinsandneedles
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Love it! It really does give the feel of stacks of books on rows of shelves. Great job!

  27. Posted May 19, 2012 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    I love it….it’s wonderful. Great story too!

  28. Posted May 19, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    I love this quit! It’s so simple and modern plus the colors are just phenomenal.

  29. Posted May 19, 2012 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    Oh wow, this is awesome!

  30. Posted May 19, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Love this quilt – the block design is really effective!

  31. Janet
    Posted May 19, 2012 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    I like this quilt a lot. And it does look just like the library stacks.

  32. Posted May 19, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I really like this, front and back. I think it’s quite lovely

  33. Posted May 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful quilt. Such a simple design but so very effective! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  34. Posted May 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    this is so cool. what a great quilt

  35. Posted May 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I do love this quilt, and it is so nice to see it here in the festival.

  36. Posted May 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Love this quilt, especially the ‘in situ’ photo!

  37. Posted May 20, 2012 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Love this quilt! I even love the back of it. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Posted May 20, 2012 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I love your take of the Old School Library. It is a marvelous fresh modern quilt!! Great work!

  39. Posted May 20, 2012 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Love the library inspiration and the modern, fresh look of the quilt. Nice job!

  40. Posted May 20, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Nice job! Great modern quilt!

  41. Posted May 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    This is really fun! Love the photoshoot.

  42. Posted May 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    It`s really beautiful – I just love the palette, the use of negative space and the name of course!

  43. Posted May 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    What a great quilt! Indeed it does remind one of books in a library :)

  44. Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    This turned out so nicely. I am especially fond of the color combo and the quilting shows up so beautifully on the back. I will be checking out your 100 quilts for kids, everyone deserves a quilt!! Smiles~Beth

  45. Posted May 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I love your quilt. It is beautiful!!

  46. Posted May 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Posted May 21, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink


  48. Posted May 21, 2012 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    What an awesome quilt! Love the origin of the name.

  49. Linda at Roscoe's Ma
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    MMMM…love this quilt…fresh and modern!

  50. Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    So unique and modern…Love it!!

  51. Posted May 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I love to read…this would be a great quilt to snuggle up under on a rainy day to read. It’s beautiful.

  52. Posted May 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I really love the graphic simplicity of this quilt…love the back as well.

  53. Posted May 22, 2012 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Very striking! And I will be moving to DC area this summer and I’m planning on joining the DCMQG, so I thought it was really funny that I picked your quilt out of all the thumbnails!

  54. Posted May 22, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    What a great quilt to read and dream under! I’m sure it’s loved!

  55. Posted May 22, 2012 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Nice modern looking quilt with a cool colors. I like it a lot!

  56. Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    Love your modern quilt!

  57. Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    love this! so simple yet striking!

  58. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Awesome quilt and great inspiration from the stacks of books at the library!

  59. Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I love this quilt and the colors you chose. Beautiful!

  60. Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Muy bonito, me gusto. Suerte.

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