Sunday, 19 May 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2013

I've been following with envy and delight, all the fantastic quilts and fabrics exhibited at Quilt Market.  It looks like such a cool place to be right now!
But thankfully, so the rest of the quilt blogging world don't feel left out, there is a wonderful online competition twice a year to coincide with Quilt Market, hosted by Amy's Creative Side.

Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival -
I had a couple of quilts I was considering entering, but ultimately the quilt I love best that I've made this year is my Anchors Away quilt.  
I've been waiting for a sunny day to photograph it, (it's been a long wait!) and here in Jersey we are spoilt for choice with nautical locations, and I eventually went with a quaint little harbour just down the road from where I live. 
The anchor is raw edge applique that I designed myself, on a backdrop of 2" squares. 
I had great fun making the flying geese and I decided to add a further border of rectangles with white sashing between the borders.

For the back I fussy cut this adorable map of the world print, not just once but twice, and cut out 72 x 2" squares.  Yes for the back, I must be mad!  But I think it was worth the effort as they really frame the map prints nicely. 
Finally I quilted with vertical straight lines at  1 1/2" inch intervals and finished with some gorgeous, nautical navy stripy binding.

And it's not often I include photos of myself on my blog, but the sun was shining and I was feeling particularly happy that I've finally managed to photograph this quilt in a location more appropriate than my back garden ;-)  So here I am.
 I've put this quilt on display at the local gallery, The Harbour Gallery and you can read more about my display here.  Here are the quilt details. 
Category: Baby Quilt
Designed by:  Sarah Ashford (me!)
Size: Approx 35"x 41"
Techniques: Raw edge applique, machine pieced, machine quilted
Fabrics: Out to Sea by Sarah Jane and Kona Snow

Thank you so much for stopping by.  If you are new to my blog then it's lovely to meet you, do drop me a line to say hello, I'd love to hear from you.  I'm also on facebook and twitter so hopefully I'll see you there too :-) 
Now I'm off to check out all the other wonderful entries!
Sarah x



  1. It's a lovely quilt - I really like the colours against the white which look really fresh. It's beautiful nautical!

  2. Very cute! The back is perfect!

  3. I love the anchor!! Great job! I love boating so I always favor nautical quilts!

  4. Such a lovely photo of you and the quilt Sarah - you really get an idea of the scale when you see that shot. A great entry!

  5. How fabulous! Great design job.

  6. Just as well you didn't wait until Sunday to take a photo!!

  7. Great choice to put in the festival, Sarah. You already know I love it. Great photos too. I think it would have done as well in that category as the baby quilt category. Too bad a quilt can't go in more than one!

  8. That is such a lovely quilt, the back as well as the front. The anchor in the center is a great centerpiece. Fabulous photos too, you coud have entered this in the photography catergory.

  9. Glad you managed to take some photos in such a lovely location.

  10. Thanks very much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment. I LOVE ths quilt and I LOVE those fabrics they're so cute. I've used some of the pink/peach ones in my Bloom Bloom Pow and could easily buy a lot more. Good Luck!

  11. Cute quilt! The backing is almost as fun as the front. Love this fabric line!

  12. How clever of you to put the maps on the back! It could definitely be the front too! Wonderful!


  13. It looks gorgeous! Bright and fun to look at.

  14. Love your pics! And the quilt looks so fresh and happy. Love everything maritime! The backing is also amazing. Congrats!

  15. Lovely quilt, and great photos. Perfect for a baby boy

  16. This is SO cute!! I absolutely LOVE what you did with the maps on the back!! It's awesome! Beautiful pics!


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