Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2012

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to my blog if you are joining me from Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival for 2012. Welcome back to all of my regular readers. Thank you Amy, and all of the sponsors for giving everyone the opportunity to enter quilts, view quilts from around the world, and have the chance to win some great prizes. Click HERE to see the quilt show.

My entry for the show is Toyland Tree .

The quilt specifications are:

Quilt Measurement:  64" x 76"
Special Technique:  Applique, blood, sweat and tears
Quilted by:  Me
Best Category:  Applique
When I was designing this quilt, I tried to incorporate toys from my youth.

Toys that are now considered vintage and in antique shops!

Everyone has a teddy bear so this block doesn't 'date' me.

I loved to listen to Gene Autry sing Frosty the Snowman on my old 45rpm record player.  I was always sad when Frosty melted.  My snowman will never melt away.

Isn't it funny that we knew Jack was going to jump out of the box and we still looked forward in anticipation and squealed with delight.

I received a new doll every Christmas.  I still have all my dolls and their complete wardrobes.  Some of their clothes were made by my Grandmother.  Of course she made a doll quilt too.

I never had a marionette, but I do now!

Under the specifications, I mentioned blood, sweat and tears.  I agonized over the selection for the background fabric.  I completed four blocks with a green background and stopped working on the quilt.  Several months later, I switched the background to black and I was much happier with the overall, dramatic look.

I never had a train when I was growing up....but I do now.

The stocking always came first for me on Christmas morning.  It was so much fun to look for the treasures buried in the bottom of the stocking's toe.  What fun!

I used specialty thread and quilted snowflakes around the tree in the crosshatched area.

I quilted swirls in the body of the tree to give it movement and the look of swirling snow and added a fun, colorful border.

I used crosshatching to define the outline of the tree.

Pour a cup of coffee and head on over to and enjoy the show. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog. 


  1. What a wonderful quilt! Great design, fabrics and quilting -this is definitely an heirloom!

  2. This is so CUTE! I'm impressed by the quilting, and the applique. Applique terrifies me. :-)

  3. what a wonderful memory quilt love your fabric choices Beautiful I'm going to peruse your blog looks like there are lots of wonderful quilts. ann

  4. Wow! Love your so very creative quilt. Fantastic job from start to finish and i do love the black. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  5. It's a beautiful, fun quilt and a great Christmas wall hanging. One of your best.

  6. Toyland treat is a wonderful name for your quilt...gorgeous quilt and a perfect entry for the festival!

  7. Is this just the most precious!!! Just delightful!

  8. Wow! This is breathtaking! I am just in awe of your skill - not just with the applique, but with your amazing ability to choose fabrics! You go, girl!

  9. Your quilt is lovely . There is so much interest and detail. Your work is lovely.

  10. Soooo cute and stunning! Your applique' is adorable! I love the innocent looking toys :)
    Thanks for sharing your quilt!

  11. I just love this quilt. It really is so evocativee of Christmas when we were children.

  12. What a fabulous quilt - I love all the items on the tree and how you have made them so personal to you - something to treasure for years! Thanks for sharing. #263

  13. Wow. Your applique is amazing. The quilt is stunning.

  14. Wow, what a great original design. It would make a great commercial pattern. Kudos.

    Come see my entries #23 antique zigzag and #46 repro tulip batik

  15. What a delightful quilt and such a beautiful design. Take care.

  16. WOW! That is some applique!! WOW! Your quilting is truly gorgeous!

  17. Your quilt is just beautiful and truly deserving to win! I voted for you! Good Luck!