Saturday, 25 October 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Autumn 2014

It's that time of year again, the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2014!

So if you are new to my blog, firstly, welcome, and secondly, I hope you enjoy listening to the story behind my entry.  

I made this quilt for my daughter's 5th  Birthday.  She adores Hello Kitty, and I knew that I wanted to make her a quilt for her birthday, so a Hello Kitty quilt was perfect.  I got the original inspiration from a cross stitch pattern, and it didn't take me long to blow it up and turn it into a pattern for a quilt. 

That's when I realised there were 720 squares!  I wanted the quilt to have a real 'pixel' effect, so I didn't cut corners, I cut and sewed back together even the white background squares instead of using strips...that did seem a little crazy!

I'm not one to use solids a lot in my work and so this was a real departure from the norm for me.  And with so many white areas, I really wanted the quilting to add texture and depth to the quilt.  So I matchstick quilted it, which took what seemed like forever, but hopefully you will agree was worth it.  

I also included a new technique that I wanted to try; piping around the binding. This is something that I had seen done by my quilting icon, Philippa Naylor.

I think it's a really lovely detail, that I will most certainly be using again.

So here is 'Hello Kitty' basking in the sun in our garden back in the summer.  

I do hope you like her as much as I enjoyed bringing her to life!

Quilt Stats:

Pattern:  Hello Kitty Cross Stitch Chart
Size: Approx 50" x 60"
Fabric: Kona Coal, White, Azalea, Carnation
Backing: Kate Spain
Thread: Aurifil
Quilting: 1/2 inch horizontal straight line quilting
Pieced and Quilted by: Me

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Sarah x


  1. Well how clever of you! I have a granddaughter that went through that Hello Kitty phase--even got her dad a Hello Kitty coffee pot! She would have LOVED this!

  2. I remember you fist blogging about the quilt - it really is stunning. I don't think I appreciated then, though, that you had pieced all those squares in the white - wow! I love it! Juliex

  3. This is one of my all time favourite quilts of yours, its so lovely, and I'm sure is the envy of many little girls (and big ones too!)

  4. This Hello Kitty quilt is so pretty! I love the use of solids, the quilting and especially the flanged binding. Beautiful work, Sarah!

  5. I liked this first time round, such a great idea! ( and I love the binding!)

  6. YAY!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! This turned out amazingly!! All your hard work definitely paid off!! It's just stunning! ♥ it!

  7. I love this quilt! I need to make a 'big girl' quilt for my youngest niece and I think she'd love something like this!

  8. I love the pixelated effect from using all those squares. So cute.

  9. Wow- a true labor of love. What a wonderful gift for your little girl! It came out terrific.

  10. Good Job and Great Story! Worth all the work!! Love it!

  11. This is fabulous! I love love love it. May have to make my own Hello Kitty quilt some day :) That piping detail is really nice, and I love the pixel look.

  12. This is super adorable! It turned out so amazing; I especially love the quilting and the piping on the binding.

  13. Love it! Hello Kitty couldn't be any sweeter! What a treasure this quilt will always be for your daughter.

  14. Your quilt is sew cool . . . I know that your daughter loves it. I know that my granddaughters would. I am new to your blog and delighted that I found it. You are so talented. I love it here. I enjoy quilting and sewing, but at the moment I have been putting most of my energy into making our new house and home. This last spring we purchased a 1905 fixer upper and it is taking up every minute to get it ready for winter. It has gone from plastic on some of the windows, to new windows and insulation and that was only a small part of it. I am your newest follower and I hope that you will visit my blog and follow me back. I love making new friends with common interests. Have a wonderful day and keep smiling.
    Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

  15. Please tell me you're selling the pattern? I want to make one!!!!


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