Blogger’s Quilt Festival


I love the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. It’s such fun to visit new blogs and see quilts that I have missed and it’s also great to see favorite quilts from the past few months pop up again. It’s good to have an excuse to share a favorite again, right? I hope you said yes because that’s what I am about to do! I am entering my Spinning Wheels Quilt into the Quilt Photography category because I love the photos of this quilt as much as I love the quilt itself.

Spinning Wheel on Barn

I made this quilt for American Quilter Magazine. I took the pictures in the winter though I knew that the magazine would be hitting the newsstands in the late summer. Well, I am in New England and that presented a problem. There was snow on the ground and I was attempting to make my pictures look like summer or at very least, not like winter. I started with this shot taken on the side of my circa 1920 barn.  I photograph almost all of my quilts on my barn so I felt like it was a safe shot.

Spinning Wheel on Rock Wall

Then I started driving and found this great rock wall at a local State Park. I was happy with the shot but not thrilled.  My husband suggested that we go to the beach. I looked at him a little bit funny because it was frigid out and it would just be colder there!  But he pointed out that there would be no snow.  And he was right.

Spinning Wheel on Rock

This was my first shot taken at the beach. I love that massive rock and the neat perspective.

Spinning Wheel with Lobster Boat

Then I moved the quilt to another group of rocks.  In the distance, we noticed a lobster boat approaching. I waited for it to enter the shot. I love the touch of color that it added as well as the New England charm.

Spinning Wheel Cover AQ

I couldn’t have been happier when the staff at American Quilter chose this image for the magazine cover.  It really still excites me to see it there!

Spinning Wheel AQ

And my second favorite picture was used inside the magazine in a full page color image.

I think I just really lucked out because the colors in the quilt coordinated so perfectly with the ocean and granite.  Even my quilting was supposed to represent seafoam.

Quilt Stats:

The quilt is my original design and was paper pieced by me using Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements solids.  I machine quilted it myself on my domestic machine (a Janome Memory Craft 6600).  It measures 60″ square finished.  The quilt was completed in the winter of 2013.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  Please check out the rest of the quilts in the festival by clicking here.


  1. Such a beautiful quilt and photo shoot – your hubby was right to take it to the beach. That rock just makes the one block pop, love the quilting, congrats on the cover.

  2. I love everything about this quilt Amy – and your photos are beautiful as always!

  3. The shots really are gorgeous, Amy! As is the quilt. Very nice work!

  4. Fabulous! Congratulations about being in the magazine! It is a dream come true, right?

  5. I loved these photos too, they’re wonderful. Good luck with your entry Amy. I’m going to have a look at the photography entries – I love to see how people have pictured their quilts, there are such wonderful creative pictures.

  6. love the quilt, the grey block is stunning amongst the other blocks

  7. fantastic photographs! I wish I had somewhere even half as scenic to take pictures of my quilts. Good luck in the festival!

  8. Love you quilt and your shots of it. Beautiful!

  9. The photographs are wonderful, great match of quilt and location and the quilting is stunning!

  10. Congratulations on such an amazing quilt and photos!! We share the same background and colours but yours is so much brighter… Amazing!

  11. Love your beach pic!

  12. I love this quilt and its photos 🙂

  13. A great photo-shoot with a gorgeous quilt! I love everything about it. Congrats on having it in the magazine!

  14. First of all, the quilt’s prettier than all-get-out. Secondly, the shots you got are amazing! Rocks and waves…. They so perfectly compliment the shapes and colours in the quilt. Well done.

  15. Lovely quilt Amy and gorgeous pictures. I love the quilting as well. I was wondering how to quilt one of my quilt to picture a sea scape, you’ve given me an idea but then I doubt my quilting will be as neat as yours. Good luck in the festival

  16. This is still one of my favourite quilts, but as hard as I tried (even in the US) I never was able to find the magazine… it is lovely Amy!

  17. I love that quilt, and your photos and now I love them both more because of the story behind them.

  18. Congratulations on your magazine entry, lovely quilt and great photos!!

  19. What a gorgeous quilt and photos. I love the colors. The photo with the lobster boat is a fabulous picture.

  20. Just stunning, Amy. The quilt and the photos! And your machine quilting is fantastic. Great quilt!

  21. Your photos are wonderful and represent your gorgeous quilt design (and the quilt itself!) perfectly. I’m so happy you entered it into this category!

  22. Beautiful photography! And congrats on making the magazine cover! Your quilt really is a beauty.

  23. I saw your quilt in the magazine!! LOVE IT!! your photos are great! Great Work!

  24. Gorgeous shot of your quilt at the beach. Kudos to your husband for suggesting a beach trip. I love the colors in the quilt … that grey block just adds the right touch of interest. Lovely!

  25. Really really love this quilt and the beautiful Pictures of it!!!

  26. Awesome quilt., Love the colors and movement of the blocks. The photos are wonderful. So glad you went with your beach.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  27. The quilt really is striking and I love the pictures on the shore.

  28. Beautiful quilt, I really love all the colors in it. The photos are perfect. I lvoe to photograph quilts at the beach, too.

  29. Amazing quilt and great pictures! You got my vote!
    Thanks for sharing!

  30. Congratulations on your winning! Way to go!!!

  31. Congrats on your win! Love this quilt.

  32. Congrats! The photos and quilt are beautiful!

  33. Congrats, Amy! Beautiful quilt. Beautiful pattern. Beautiful photography! … 🙂

  34. I love blues and greens. These are beautiful colors and a beautiful quilt! Congrats on being featured in the magazine and especially on the cover!

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