21 May 2010

bloggers quilt festival - spring 2010


It's festival time again! Lots of pretty quilts to see, good stories to be shared. And the best of it all - no volcano interfering!


I wanted to share two quilts I made that are close to my heart. These two string quilts are not living with me anymore, they were gifted to my oldest nephew and my oldest niece who both turned 15 this april / may.


Proud and happy for them, I wanted to give them "a hug that lasts". This is their first quilts. Living in Norway, quilts are not that common, even if it is a growing interest in this great old craft.


So these two quilts have strings attached, hart-strings. I really put my hart into making them. The quilts were started last spring, and I finished putting on the binding this spring. They are sewn on foundation muslin, and professionally quilted in a beautiful manner with harts / stars all over. The quilts measure about 60" * 75" and are intended to wrap these two lovely teenagers up in a warm hug!

Enjoy more stories and great quilts on your virtual quilt show tour!
Thank you Amy for hosting this event, and thank you for stopping by...

; )

105 comments:

Helen said...

Ohhhhhh, love the colours! Very very nice. ;)

Quilts on Bastings said...

Great quilts - I love string quilts!

Mrs Moen said...

Love them, Marit! Your fabric combos are perfect!!

Logopaedchen said...

Wow, what a wonderful page..thanks for inviting me...I will link your Blog in my bloglist, feel free to do the same.
greets Kirsten

Quiltefia said...

Lucky kids having you for their aunt!! Lovely quilts as usual!! AnneKari:-)

Janet said...

I love them, they're so vibrant. Thank you for sharing them.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

What a wonderful gift for your niece and nephew! Great string quilts - on my list of quilts to make.

live a colorful life said...

Beautiful quilts. I love string quilts. Thanks for sharing these, and the story.

Lynne said...

Hy Marit, I love how you've broken up the strippy blocks with the dark blue - it looks really cool and a bit different.

comfortstitching said...

I love how you made these so colourful, quilts made with love cant be beaten!

upstateLisa said...

I love these quilts! I need to make one too!

Leslie said...

these are stunning...what a special way to send a hug to your niece and nephew

Carol at Serendipity said...

Stunning quilts. The colors are perfect.

Carol

bearpaw said...

I love the red one! I must have a go at this design - so good for using up scraps!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Two very beautiful quilts and what a nice story behind them. I bet the two kids are very proud of their quilts!

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

What beautiful quilts ....the colors are fabulous !! And what amazing gifts that can be treasured for a life time.

sunt said...

Those are both so fabby I can barely chose between them, much as I love red! :-) Such a great effect the design gives. What a great way to remind them of home.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I love seeing the same quilt in two colorways. Really beautiful!

shellysquilts said...

Hey Marit, Two beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Linda said...

These are both really beautiful! Just love them! Gotta try a string quilt...

Tonya R said...

wonderful quilts - I'm particularly fond of the red one. yummy!

mjb said...

These are both really beautiful quilts!

Stephanie said...

They're both fantastic! I'm a big fan of string quilts.

alobsiger said...

The quilts you've shared are fantastic, Marit! Oh that red one makes my heart sing especially! I'll bet your niece and nephew love their hugs that last!

That Girl said...

"A hug that lasts..." I love it! String quilts are so special and your colors are wonderful!

Jennifer :)

Claire said...

The quilt with the red sashing reminds me of the quilt that my grandma made me....she used the smae pattern too...the inside squares are made from clothing from family members, & she used red sashing as well.

The quilt looks great!

Sew It Up Baby! said...

You are a very loving aunt! I love the style of these quilts and the colors you used make them shine! Thank you for sharing Marit :o)

Melissa C said...

Love these quilts and the reason for them. Need to add a string quilt to my list.

laurenaphelps said...

Beautiful! I love the Red one especially. Also, I love your blog title image :)

elle said...

They are equally successful. Great!

True Blue Nana said...

All I have to say is gorgeous. You raise string quilting to new heights.

Michelle said...

Beautiful! It's so intriguing to see them done in different colors. Your niece and nephew are lucky to have you.

Shayla Sharp said...

These are lovely! They'll be keeping those forever.

Carol said...

Oh your neice and nephew are so lucky. Gorgeous quilts.

Shannon said...

LOVE scrappy strippy quilts! String Quilts are sooooo affordable too! Sew On!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness, I am in love with these two quilts! They turned out so beautifully. You did a great job with the color way.

quiltmom said...

Great string quilts Marit- I love the rich colors that you chose- I am sure that your niece and nephew treasure them and feel the warm of your loved wrapped around them.

Enjoy the festival Marit.
You can find my blog here:
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

Regards,
Anna

Melanie said...

Wow, wow, wow! These are gorgeous quilts! I love the sashing on a string quilt. What a great idea!

Andi said...

Love them. Especially the red one but you know me ...

Allie said...

These are so beautiful - it's so nice to wrap someone you love in a quilty hug!

Suedio said...

Both of these quilts are so beautiful (and timeless). As much as your niece and nephew enjoy them now, I'm sure as the years pass the will love them even more.

Thanks for sharing. Regards, Sue

kwiltmakr said...

Beautiful quilts! I want to make a string quilt so bad. Soon, very soon. Yours are super.

Kay Lynne said...

I love them both. Very nice quilts!

AJ said...

Lovely colourful quilty hugs! Well Done!

Dolly said...

Well said and done !
Lovely gifts from the heart.

AnnieO said...

I love all the colors and fabric mix in both. They are lively and cozy at the same time. Stitched with love, so sweet. Thanks for sharing your quilt's stories :)

Jenny said...

so marvelous!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

gorgeous strings!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I love your string quilts. The colors are wonderful!

O'Quilts said...

very nice

Laurel H. said...

That red string quilt is FABULOUS! If it's in flickr, I'll be selecting that as a fave!

Quilting in the Pines said...

Beautiful. I vote for the red one!

Melissa said...

Beautiful! These make me want to try a string quilt. Your niece and nephew are very lucky indeed.

Karen said...

They are just gorgeous quilts. What wonderful gifts you have made. Love the colours you have used.

sewkatiedid said...

So beautiful and inspiring for me to pull out mine that have been waiting for too long!

Jackie said...

Marit, they are both gorgeous! I must say that even though I love them both, I am partial to the red one. Love it!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Those are both exquisite string quilts! Your niece and nephew are very lucky to have received such wonderful gifts!

Stephanie said...

I love both of them - great fabric choices.

Valentina said...

That red one makes my heart sing! oh, your niece and nephew must really be happy with them.
Thank you for sharing these beauties with us
greetings from Cyprus

lulureview said...

String quilts are favorites of mine. Yours are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

QuiltyGoodness said...

They are both gorgeous! I am sure they are cherished greatly.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful Quilt work

wishes, true and kind said...

I love string quilts, and these are two very beautiful examples!

Jill said...

What beautiful quilts, love them both!

Kim said...

Your string quilts are gorgeous!

debbi d-w said...

What a beautiful pair - and what lucky kids to have such a generous aunt!

erin lebeau said...

both are gorgeous -the red one is eye candy!! http://erinlebeau.blogspot.com/

Cathy said...

I love that Marit...hugs that last! These quilts are truly that, what beautiful gifts that your nephew and niece will be able to treasure from you forever. Fabulous colours too xo

Sharon said...

Oh Marit, what a special gift for your niece and nephew! I love your string quilts...you did a wonderful job! They're both beautiful!

Quilts and Cats said...

Such great quilts! The reds are spectacular and the blues are wonderful. I love the picture of the cats you used for your header! I'm looking forward to following your blog. Lynne

karenfae said...

I love the colors of both of these quilts - string quilts are wonderful.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

quilthexle said...

Thank you for sharing! But I have to admit - I was grinning from the moment I saw your header! Those two kitties are just adorable ... did they help with sewing your two string quilts???

Deborah said...

They are both gorgeous!

Diane said...

I love making string quilts and darn it now that I've seen yours I'm really itching to start another one!!!:)
they are both so bright and cheerful I'm sure the teenage's love them!!

Seams Sew Together said...

Love, Love, Love, String Quilts. Your quilts are gorgeous.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Beautiful Marit! I love the colors and your choice of fabrics. I hope they are loving their quilts!

QuiltSue said...

They are both absolutely ebautiful. I wish I had your skill with combining fabrics like that.

grendelskin said...

They're both beautiful; your eye for color is very good! I'm sure both teens are enjoying them immensely.

mom said...

Marit, they are both beautiful! How interesting that quilts aren't commonly found in Norway. I would think that warm blankets would be a desirable thing there, especially pretty warm blankets :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
Garden Glimpses

nanann said...

Those are beautiful!

janet said...

I just love string quilts, those are both lovely. What a wonderful gift:)

Rose said...

Love the quilts and love the story behind them...I have a entered a version of a string quilt for my entry HERE.

Miri said...

Terrific string quilts!

KateKwiltz said...

Both are beautiful, but that red one just makes me smile. It's very energizing!

Cami said...

Very beautiful! What a lovely gift.

emedoodle said...

I love those quilts! :) good job!

jacquie said...

a hug that lasts...brilliant!

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

Just gorgeous!

SewCalGal said...

Such cheerful quilts. Love the colors. You did a great job!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

miss~nance said...

Beautiful - I love string quilts too. I am sure I ahve enough scraps saved to make several.

Gail

Evelyn said...

You're right - I do love that blue sashing! They're both so beautiful. You make such wonderful quilts, it makes me happy just to see them. :-)

Lizzy said...

Both quilts are lovely, and I'm sure the new owners are loving them!

Eileen said...

lovely quilts and a lovely story to go along with them. my heart just sang when my granddaughter joyfully wrapper herself in the quild i'd made for her birthday last year. made all the effort worth it, so i know you've had that wonderful feeling also.

Ruth Anne Olson said...

Just wonderful string quilts. The children must love them.

Angie said...

Magnificent! The colors really pop!

Great job!!

www.craftedAngles.com

Kathy said...

Excellent quilts! I always like the look of string quilt blocks.

greenbuttonstudio said...

love both of them! it's awesome how just slightly changing the layout can create such a different look to finished quilt. i can see why you are so attached to these beauties!

Sandra said...

What great string quilts, both look so warm and cozy.
Come see my antique quilt entries
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
(there are a couple of antique strings on that blog)
http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

stitchedincolor said...

The colors of the pink string quilt are so warm and inviting. Beautiful work!

Thanks for your kind words about my Colorbrick quilt :)

suchele said...

I so love your pair of string quilts!

sewtakeahike said...

lovely Marit! what a special gift to give your niece and nephew! I love your story about them too!

Jennifer said...

I absolutely love the pieced pink quilt. Beautiful!

ANudge said...

I love your string quilts - both of the but the one for your niece moreso, because I am crazy about red. And I would think quilts would be more used in Norway as you have snow more than we do - LOL>

Thanks for sharing these with us!

Shawn said...

Wow what wonderful gifts, your quilts are beautiful!

sewpam63 said...

Such beautiful quilts! What a wonderful hug - filled with warmth and much love. ; ) Thanks for sharing.