My Favorite Quilt: Alison Robins of Little Island Quilting

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Alison is an inspiring color artist and quilter; I’m always impressed when I see one of her quilts on her blog. I especially enjoyed her down-to-earth post on how long it takes to make a quilt. Alison is currently running Soy Amado, a charity drive; you can send her 12.5” blocks, which she will assemble into a quilt-as-you-go quilt. The quilts are donated to a home for former street children in Mexico City. Her drive has already produced 32 (!) quilts! For more information or to contribute a block, see Alison’s blog. Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics? I started making it about four years ago… A paper piecing pattern from Judy Niemyer called “Arrowhead Crossing.” I’d bought the pattern almost 10 years before that but it had sat gathering dust. When I was having a sort out, the only reason I kept it was because I thought it would be a waste to get rid of a pattern that included all the foundation pieces. So I started it, and on and off it took me about a year and a half. I had moments when I completely hated the long, laborious process of paper piecing such tiny pieces (there were over a thousand) and I questioned why I was doing it. When I finished it I felt quite deflated and wasn’t really in love with it any more. If I had quilted it myself I’d have done a rushed all-over meander just to finish it but I felt it deserved something more. So, I did something I have never done before… I sent it over 4,000 miles away to be long-armed. I had “met” Krista Withers in an online bee and I hugely admired her free spirited, organic way of long-arm quilting. She really did work magic on it and when it came back I gasped with amazement. She had created something truly special. I’d say it’s one of my few quilts that I would regard as a family heirloom and it will never be given away or sold.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests? I showed it at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham last year (the largest quilt show in Europe) and it got a “Highly Commended” in the “two-persons” category which I attribute to Krista’s amazing quilting! What memories or people does the quilt make you think of? As it’s a scrap quilt, it’s a memory of all my past quilts with the little bits of fabric left over. Krista described it as “an extreme fabric diary” and I think that is how it sums it up best! What do you like best about the quilt? Aside from the quilting, it really is all the tiny little scraps of fabric (some are as small as less than an inch). I felt like I used up without buying new and yet (in my mind) it’s a homogenous mess that works. How did you grow as a quilter while making it? It taught me patience. Because I’d “outed” myself on my blog and admitted I was making it, I knew I had to see it through to the bitter end. I’m not a quitter and I’m not a huge fan of lots of WIPs. They leave me feeling uncomfortable and restless. Because I’d declared to the outside world I was making it, I just pressed on and on. If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently? Well I wouldn’t make it again! If I had to, there is nothing I would change. The colors and fabrics I used were just an expression of what I liked at the time and all I really focused on was value (I didn’t really think about color) so that was very freeing.

Where is the quilt now? Carefully put away in a cupboard. We’re decorating at the moment and it is my plan to have it hanging on the guest bedroom wall.

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. Rules:

  • 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.

Questions:

  • 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?

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3 Responses to My Favorite Quilt: Alison Robins of Little Island Quilting

  1. Pauline Perry says:

    This is such an adorable quilt – so much piecing involved it is gorgeous – I love the design of it too. The colours are great I love multi coloured quilts and flying geese is a favourite of mine too. I can’t believe the intricacy of the quilting!! I hope you love it to pieces!
    Pauline

  2. Renee says:

    Such a pretty quilt! I love the quilting, it really compliments the fabrics and piecing.

  3. Julie T says:

    This is a beautiful quilt!! I do like the fabrics you used in it, especially the border. Made me think of crazy quilting when I first saw it.

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