It's that time again! I love the online quilt festival that Amy of Amy's Creative Side hosts twice a year to coincide with Quilt Market. This time, I'm entering a group quilt made by attendees of this year's Sew South Retreat. Jennifer of Ellison Lane hosts this event and it is spectacular! I thought it would be a nice surprise to thank her for her hard work with a quilt made by all of us - an enduring keepsake stitched with love and gratitude! I asked the group to send in 12" or 6" stars of their choosing with a color palette of teal, pink, orange, and yellow with a low volume background.
I love making quilts like this because you end up with so many different blocks that work so great together.
For the back, I pieced the words "Sew South" - going scrappy within each letter in the color palette chosen, which I felt would compliment all the different fabrics on the front. I also pieced a signature panel from siggy blocks sent in by each person participating.
For the quilting, I used a tutorial from Better Off Thread to do wavy lines close together. I love the effect - kind of looks like a fingerprint! This kind of quilting takes a ton of time but is worth it for the results and newly toned triceps. Quilting is my favorite sport!
Jenn loves her quilt and we were able to keep it a surprise until the last day of the retreat. It is always a joy to make quilts for people, especially good friends!
I'm off to check out more Blogger Quilt Festival quilts - join me!