Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Amy FriendUncategorized34 Comments


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.