15 May 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival Quilt - Max & Whiskers

Amy's Creative Side

I decided to show my first (real) quilt ever in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  This is the 3rd quilted object I've ever made, but the 1st one was a sewing machine cover (will blog about that later) and the 2nd was a table runner.  

I'm showing this quilt because my husband (yes, my husband) fell in love with the Max & Whiskers puppy and kitty prints and so I decided to make my first quilt for him. We have 2 cats and 2 dogs and he loves them all.  This was my first (and only so far) attempt at a big quilt. 

I decided to make all the 5x5 squares that had a directional print go in one direction.  The quilting pattern goes around all the pieces of the blocks.  I think because there is really no quilting in the white areas, it's a little too wrinkly, but it's OK with me!

My favorite block - love the blue cat!
The entire quilt

I attempted to make all the squares go different directions, none facing each other, and none using the same orientation.  I thought I accomplished it, but after the quilt top was complete, I realized I missed one.  Can you find it?  (3rd from the left in the bottom 2 rows both go the same way - darn it!!!)

I learned that you can spend as much time moving around the squares before connecting them as you do putting them together!  I also learned that there's nothing like seeing the face of someone you love when they see your creation and love it!

Luckily (but not for him) my husband's plane got stuck on the tarmac the night I finished this and I was able to finish the binding before he arrived home and surprise him.  He loved it!  I hope you like it too.  Lily.


  1. This is a fantastic first quilt! Hope you'll be sticking with it. Good to see new quilters in the festival.

  2. Great first quilt...welcome to the addiction!

  3. Wow, thats a really greait first quilt! I love the colors and the story!

  4. You are very welcome..and thank you for your nice comment on my quilt...you did this well on your first quilt; I am sure the next on will be beautiful...I've been at this for a number of years...all my large quilts are hand quilted...if you would like to see more of them...on my blog there is a big red button..Shepodys Quilter...that is my work website....have a peek....and thanks again.

  5. First quilt?!? You definitely have the knack! Love your quilt! I really think this fabric line is cute.

  6. This is a wonderful quilt - and it's only your first. Love the design you have used with this fabric. It looks great!

  7. Beautiful quilt. You are so talented Linda!

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