Friday, May 13, 2011

Quilt Festival Time!

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If you are a new visitor, welcome!   And if you are a loyal reader, thanks for playing along with an "old" quilt.  I can't believe this is my third time to enter the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I've come to look forward to it each time and Amy always does a fabulous job of organizing this event.

Today I found it fitting to share my favorite quilt, Serendipity.  When I made this quilt, simply put, I was having a bad day.  I started with a stack of fabric and started cutting with no real plan.  A weekend later I had my favorite quilt and my first quilt pattern available to purchase.

Why is it fitting to share this quilt?  Well, I've been struggling a lot lately and sometimes I think we all need the reminder that even in the midst of struggles we can find still unexpected surprises and provisions... bits of serendipity if we will just stop and look.  That is what this quilt means to me.


I used Essex linen for the solid and a mix of blue, green and yellow prints from some of my favorite lines.


I quilted it with simple straight lines that came together to form a unique secondary pattern. 


I backed it with the softest vintage sheet and bound it with one of my all time favorite prints from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line.

Thanks for reading along and may you find your own bit of serendipity today! 

39 comments:

Tiffany said...

Is this made with HST's or a different pattern? super cute either way - love your color choice! I wish I could get better about pulling together colors instead of just using a set by a designer.

Ann Flowers said...

Gorgeous job on your quilt. It is lovely!!


Ann Flowers

Live a Colorful Life said...

I have always loved this quilt. Thanks for sharing it again.

Carol T said...

Jennifer, Your quilt is so pretty. I hope it cheers you up whenever you look at it. I know struggles can be very hard on all who have them. I hope you come out on top :).

Fabric Warrior said...

Your quilt is so serene and soothing... if that makes sense! : ) Love it!!

The colors are fab; love the pattern too.

twin fibers said...

It's a beautiful quilt!

Kristen said...

I love this quilt. It's so fun when you just cut fabric with no plan and then it just turns into something so beautiful!

Elizabeth D. said...

I just love this quilt, Jennifer, and I love the story behind it. It's just wonderful beautiful fabric can turn your entire day around :)

Anne at Film and Thread said...

This quilt makes me think of the beach . . . and that's a great thing to think of. Really so pretty!

Amy said...

I love the colors and design both. I am sorry that you are struggling. I hope things brighten up soon! This is my third festival too. It's so much fun.

Becky said...

Beautiful quilt and story!

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing so much, Jennifer. I've been following your blog for a while now and look forward to your posts. Great quilt!

audreypawdrey said...

It is beautiful! I know that sewing helps me out when I am stressed out, and I am hoping that you are relieved from some of your struggles too. This quilt is perfect for relaxing under with its lovely blues and yellows. Maybe the yellow is the sun coming back to you soon?:)

Kristie said...

This has always been my favorite quilt of yours, Jennifer! The colors, the design, the sheet on the back...I just love it, and- fair warning- will very likely be making one of these one day to pay tribute to you!!

I often read your blog, and just realized that I wasn't following....have fixed that today :-)

Betty said...

You know I love this quilt (I ordered the pattern already, didn't I), that's not the point.
There's always light at the end of the tunnel, and always something good comes from something bad.
These are two commonplaces, but o, so true!

Ginger said...

I love this quilt so much! It reminds me of the ocean with the sun reflecting off of it. As someone else said, it's calming to me. I pray for us that struggle. I really appreciate your sharing your genuine self with us!!!

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Great quilt!

Sara said...

Vintage touch--how pretty!

Madame Samm said...

Honey child, this is a beauty and since I am quite partial to these colors...I would say..bravo, take a bow..you are sew deserving

felicity said...

Still love this quilt, Jennifer. Hugs to you.

Debbie said...

This is a beautiful quilt & I love your color choices! Blessings.....

rosie said...

Just love that quilt..Thankyou for sharing with us..

Eileen said...

Very nice and love your pattern. Colors are so very calming to me. Backing nice. Just used a vintage sheet on mine entry too but don't have a picture yet of it thanks for sharing and have a great day

stitchinpenny said...

Love the quilt. I am especially fond of the backing. The quilting is so simple but great.

Karen said...

A gorgeous quilt. It looks so soft and pretty. Love the fabrics and the design.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I can see what this is a favorite of yours! I just love organic designing and your results are just stunning. I have been reading along for some time now, but hadn't seen this one yet... glad you re-shared it!!

Katie B. said...

This is a beautiful quilt, Jennifer! I love the color palette.

Marg said...

Jennifer, it's a beautiful quilt, the colours are so peaceful. The design is lovely, it's a great pattern.

Jan Marie said...

love this quilt. what a great happy accident.

BJ said...

Great quilt. Lovely fabric mix and great pattern.

noga quilts said...

Beautiful quilt, and great combination of colors. It's a great design!

Janet said...

I love your quilt, when I look at it a second time, I can see 3d boxes. The colours are very fresh looking.

Vicki said...

Such a pretty quilt! Love the colors you chose.

Poppyprint said...

It's such a pretty quilt - thanks for sharing it's story!

traceyjay said...

this is so pretty it makes my chest squeeze a little bit... love it!

Janet said...

the blue tones are very soothing - great for times of stress. Your quilt is lovely.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I just love this quilt. There's not much more that I can say except I think I'd always be pulling it out to cuddle under if it were at my house. :)

Hollie said...

I love this quilt. Serendipity is the perfect name for it. Gorgeous fabric choices!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Really like this quilt! I LOVE the quilting...and the fabric and the colors. Great quilt!

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