Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival is Here!

I'll admit that picking which quilt to showcase for the Spring Bloggers' Quilt Festival wasn't difficult. Why's that? Well, I've really only finished one quilt to date (two if you count Levi's growth chart, but technically it isn't done because I'm stalled on the embroidery)!

Amy's Creative SideIf this quilt festival is new to you, I highly recommend you check it out. Pretty much every quilt blogger online participates. Seriously. As of today there are 372 entries. Last fall there were 617 entries. This thing is BIG! The rules are that you pick one quilt to show and tell it's story. The quilt doesn't have to be new, in fact, you can have already blogged about it - but you do need to write a new post.

Welcome to any new readers visiting Modern Balabusta for the first time! I'm so happy that you've stopped by. Please say hello so that I can make sure you check out your festival entry. I can't wait to see what you've made!

Okay. Enough preamble!  Behold...The Frog Prince Quilt! (The original post about this quilt can be found here).

The Frog Prince Quilt will always be special to me because it's the first quilt I completed. I took a Sampler Quilt class at The Workroom with Johanna Masko.  I'd been dabbling in quilting already, but felt that proper instruction would give me a good foundation to quilting and I wasn't disappointed. Johanna is an amazing teacher.
Testing out options for my Churn Dash block. Which would you have selected?
(Spoiler alert: I used #1)
The class covered fabric selection, basic piecing, curves and applique, sashing, borders, basting, straight line quilting and binding (machine and hand). We learned it all!
I thought I would hate hand sewing. Boy was I wrong!
I used many prints from Tula Pink's Prince Charming collection, as well as Kona solids, Jewels from Outfoxed (which regular readers will recall is my very favorite blender), Cultivated Flower from Modern Workshop, Sundae in Sherbet from Ruby, Hernshead  from Central Park and two prints from Origins by Basic Grey. I'm probably missing some stuff but you get the idea.

I also experimented with improv piecing when making my scrappy back.
Getting started on the scrappy back

The scrappy back allowed me to use up a bunch of scraps and also to include the 16 HSTs I made from the leftovers of my flying geese block.

Not perfect piecing, but still loveable!
Finished back
I like using painters tape as guidelines.

I used a pop of pink in my binding, something I've seen others do.
I love it and think this will likely be included in future quilts.
The finished quilt
Please take time to check out the other entries in the Spring Bloggers' Quilt Festival. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. That's your first quilt? Wow! You did a great job, Lisa!

  2. Lovely quilt - such a modern take on traditional blocks!

  3. a really fun sampler!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn

  4. What a fun sampler! And that back is awesome. Congrats on your first quilt-- it is fabulous!!! :)

  5. Cute, cute, cute! Sweet little sampler quilt. The quilting bug has snagged another victim!