Saturday, October 25, 2014

BQF: Fava's Quilt.


For Blogger's Quilt Festival this fall, I'm entering Fava's Quilt in the small quilt category. Let me tell you right now, this is easily one of the most exciting and fun quilts I have ever had the opportunity to make. The design is original, though I made the center medallion using a bee block tutorial from Sylvia, and the paper pieced feathers are from a free pattern of Sarah's. The finished quilt is square, and the sides are all about 42" long.

Fava is my third son, and I finished this quilt back in July just a few weeks before he was born. As I pieced this, I thought a lot about who he would be. I prayed over it, knowing that this little boy would change my life a third time in a super positive way. And he has. Fava is so sweet, and by the time he is old enough to fend for himself, he will understand the word "longsuffering" like no one's business. (He has very enthusiastic older brothers who adore hugging and kissing him.) Having a new baby pretty much kills any opportunity I have for sewing (or even showering!), but he is totally worth it, and I am so thankful for him. While this quilt took forever to piece and finish, I am happy that I took that time to make him something really special. 

When I first started planning this quilt, I knew I wanted to make a medallion quilt. Deciding on fabric was hard. I remember crying to my husband--remember that I was pregnant--what if I can't find any fabric that will be perfect for him? But then! I saw a F8 bundle of Violet Craft's Waterfront Park, and while I almost never use an entire line, I couldn't say no. I absolutely adore that line. I added solids in teal, navy, red, and white, and a some grays and khaki in the scrappy binding.


The back is more Waterfront Park. Apparently, if I'm going to use a fabric line, I'm *really* going to use it seriously. But I love this bridge print, and my husband loved it too, so using it as a back was an awesome way to showcase it.


The binding is one of my favorite parts. I was trying to decide what solid to use, when my friend K suggested I use all of them. YES.


The quilting was really simple--echo quilting in the solid fabric areas. I briefly considered using fancy FMQ, but the top is so extravagant on its own that I didn't want to take away from it.


Here the quilt is, hanging up on Fava's crib. This crib was also my husband's, and he and his three siblings used it. My two older sons used it. And now, my sweet baby Fava is its current resident.

Thanks for visiting--and thank you following friends for indulging me yet again with this quilt--and I am so happy to list this among the other fabulous quilts that are taking a part in BQF this fall. There is so much talent, and I can already feel my brain working as I get inspired by other quilters' creations.

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20 comments:

  1. I really love how this quilt turned out. Fava is one very lucky little guy. The history of the crib is so sweet, too. Anyway, the waterfront park link seems so fitting and I do love all the bridges for the backing. Good luck in the festival!

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  2. Audrey Fava's quilt is striking. Beautifully balances in design and colours. The quilting is just right and so is the binding. It must be a joy to see every day, along with Fava and your other children.

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  3. This is such a unique medallion quilt! The arrows are a masculine touch, and I agree that the binding is just perfect for the quilt. I enjoyed the story behind making it and am glad you were able to find the right fabric!

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  4. Beautiful. Good choice for the festival!

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  5. Beautiful quilt, lots of detail, so glad to get to see it through the quilt festival!

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  6. I just love this quilt - I know I've said it before!

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  7. This is SO awesome! I love every little bit of it and the story behind it!! It's just perfect!

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  8. What a gorgeous baby quilt and congratulations on the birth of your third son! Extra love for that pieced binding ; )

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  9. Love the quilt and your motivation for making it! The quilts I've made for my sons are some of my favorites. I can totally relate to crying over not finding the perfect fabric for your boy, too ;)

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  10. I loved watching this quilt grow :-) I know it will serve the long suffering Fava well for years and years to come...

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  11. This is so beautiful! the colors are striking and it just jumps out of the pictures. Nice work!

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  12. I love this quilt so much! And I love that you have three boys! Me, too! Lots of luck in the festival!!

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  13. A beautiful quilt to remember and celebrate your son's birth. The binding is definitely a great touch!

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  14. What a great story! I love how this quilt was part of your nesting and preparing for the baby coming. Some of my best quilts have love stitched into them as I was thinking about a special someone, event, or overcoming a challenge. Of course, the quilt itself is beautiful too.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think the best quilts are always made with love. :)

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  15. So glad you entered this quilt!! I love it so much - glad to get to look at it again. Loved hearing about the multigenerational crib and the overflowing loving of Fava's two big brothers :)

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