Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit curated a new My Favorite Quilt series for us this June! Visit for a new quilt every day, and join the fun with your own link. Learn more about Jessica in her introduction, and enjoy this quilty goodness all month long!
Thank you so much for joining me for the My Favorite Quilt series at Sew Mama Sew! I came up with this series a couple months ago as I pondered my love for blogs. As a reader and a quilter, I crave process posts and details of a finished quilt more than ever (though I still love Instagram; I’m @quiltyhabit!). I thought it would be fun to conduct in-depth interviews with 30 quilt bloggers, both well-known and up-and-coming, about their favorite personal handmade quilts. If you link up and join us with your own post, you will be in the running to win some great prizes! Now, I leave you with the first interview: mine.
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
Hands down, my favorite quilt is Dresden Rainbow, our wedding quilt. It’s no contest! I started the laborious process of sewing Dresden plates right after we got engaged in August 2010, paused for the wedding on October 7, 2012, and finished the quilt in the summer of 2013. I used a Dresden ruler for the first time, which was a learning process because I had just started sewing. In the beginning I chose rainbow colors based on what I had, and filled in the gaps as time went on. Many of these pieces are scarce or depleted from my personal fabric stash. Finally, I lovingly cut my current favorite modern fabrics for the center rainbow block, which I finished and embroidered after the wedding.
Dresden Rainbow by Jessica Skultety of Quilty Habit
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
I entered as part of the 2013 Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Otherwise, I have shown it to my students and community, and they gravitate towards it when compared to the rest of my quilts. I think it’s the rainbow set on white that attracts them. Rainbow quilts seem to resonate with people!
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
This quilt is all about my relationship with my husband. He’s my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been together for eight years this August. This quilt represents our past (high school, college, our wedding), present (apartment living on our own) and future (children and goodness knows what else). I even included a “silly” fabric that would make him (and future children hopefully endowed with a sense of humor) laugh in each Dresden plate (you can see the up-close pictures here). The subdued back showcases signatures, messages and unexpected but TOTALLY awesome pictures of dinosaurs and whales from our wedding guests! If any quilt of mine survives the impending zombie apocalypse or becomes a family heirloom, I want it to be this one.
What do you like best about the quilt?
I love looking at it from far away because you can see the difference in the color values (light/dark) around and in the Dresden plates. I didn’t plan that at all when I made the quilt. I think it’s funny that we quilters spend so much time looking at things right in front of our faces when, really, the coolest part can be standing at a distance. Because of this quilt, I try to take far-away pictures of all my quilts!
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
This quilt encompasses my first three years as a quilter, so growth was inevitable. I mastered the quarter inch seam, straight line quilting, pressing and sewing in a straight line, the last of which I believe is an underrated achievement. I grew by leaps and bounds as a free motion quilter because I tried different designs in each block, many for the first time. I think the growth this quilt showcases is one reason I adore it so much. I finished the quilting while I was with my guild, and I was totally ecstatic!
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
Overall, I would change nothing but I did consider it very late in the game (as in, during the quilting stage). Suddenly I noticed many of the fabrics in the yellow Dresden were more on the neon side than “yellow.” I decided not to change it; first, because I didn’t want to make another Dresden (honesty is the best policy) and second, because it shows where I came from as a quilter (see above). It turns out that it really doesn’t stick out much anyway.
Back of the Dresden Rainbow
Where is the quilt now?
This quilt is on our bed; I will never buy a comforter again! In all seriousness, it makes me giddy to see it every day. I occasionally switch it out for other quilts, but whenever it reappears it’s electrifying (cue Grease)!
If you are interested, you can see my original finish post for this quilt here.
Thanks again for joining me! Check back each day of June to read about a new quilt!
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.
- You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
- Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
- You can answer all or some of the questions below.
- Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.
- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
This series is sponsored by Fabricworm, your source for modern, designer and Japanese import fabrics, perfect for crafts, quilts and home decorators.