I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a bit and joining the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Inspiration for this quilt came from the arrival of a special little girl, Olivia. If you'd like to read her story, hope on over here, where this quilt first began. This quilt was the source of much joy, prayer, tears, and mutterings, along with many trips to see the Quilt Lady.
I first saw a 3-D Bow Tie quilt while attending a quilt show in Dallas over 15 years ago. There was a booth set up for fellow quilters to complete a square and it would be added to a special quilt going to a charity. I was intrigued and asked if I could complete an extra square so I could take it home. It sat dormant in my idea box until Olivia was born and it really seemed the perfect quilt for her. Using scraps from two quilts I recently made and a new fabric added in, Olivia's 3-D Bow Tie Quilt was created from the heart.
Mostly because of inspiration from Tracy,
I wanted to add some personalization
words that represented
She is surrounded by
and she is so very
and most of all, there is
Olivia's hand prints along with her 2 siblings are hidden in the quilt
Introducing Miss Olivia and her quilt.
Isn't she beautiful!
Since this was my first real quilt (my others were rag quilts), I learned a lot along the way. My own machine is not able to handle free-motion quilting. I was so thankful to The Quilt Lady, who allowed me to borrow her sweet machine to finish Olivia's quilt. This eliminated much stress and ripping out thread bunched up on the back of the quilt. It didn't matter how much I or Tracy adjusted my machine, it wouldn't do it. I even took it to the shop and had it worked on in hopes to solve the problem. I love going over to the Quilt Lady's place - to me it was a comfortable place, where I can sit down, talk, and she would take time out of her busy day to guide me along, encourage me, and show me how to solve a problem. What a blessing and dear friend she has been in letting me borrow her really cool machine, which made finishing this quilt more stress-free.
I entered this in the Spring Bloggers' Quilt Festival
Now if you don't already know about this, please visit Amy's Creative Side because she's hosting her 4th Blogger's Quilt Festival this week!