My Favorite Quilt: Kelly Cole of Blue Bird Sews

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Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit curated our My Favorite Quilt series! Visit for a new quilt every day, and join the fun with your own link.


Kelly Cole of Blue Bird Sews is a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and runs an Etsy shop featuring her quilted goods. She also has quite a collection of tutorials, including this great stash buster. I can’t handle the awesomeness that is Kelly’s moon mini quilt! Another one of my favorites of hers is this x-plus quilt with a really unique layout of colors. You’ll enjoy Kelly’s heartfelt story about her son’s quilt (Everybody say, “Awww!”)…

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
This quilt was made over a two year period from 2011-2013. I knew I wanted to make my son a quilt with a few bits of vintage cowboy fabrics I had on hand. I started collecting from other online quilters. Then, my mom gave me random cowboy boot fabrics. It was just coming into its own without much effort on my part. These fabrics found me! Those focus fabrics make up the middle of the blocks and then the flying geese were made up of scrappy bits in low-volume neutrals and blues. The last element was the corner stone squares and I knew that is where I needed to tame the chaotic nature of my scrappy style. I used one print of blue and brown polka dots for two of the corners and it worked out well.

The pattern I used is an old one: Wild Goose Chase. It fit the fabrics I was using very well (a large focal piece fabric and then supporting fabrics to tie it together). The pattern is from an older book my mom gave me: Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. I actually followed the instructions!

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
I completed this quilt in time for Christmas 2013 to give to my son so it hasn’t been shown anywhere. I do like entering quilt shows and the county fair and this is one that lives with us so maybe I will in the future.

What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
This quilt makes me think of my son when he was small. It also makes me think of my grandma as her vintage cowboy prints started the idea. I started the quilt with the intention of covering my son’s big boy bed – and it acts as a bridge between that time of transition from a baby to the preschooler he is now and the young man he will become, all under this quilt.

What do you like best about the quilt?
This quilt is a lot of little pieces sewn together with precision. I took my time with choosing the fabrics and cutting out thousands of little squares and I sewed literally hundreds of small flying geese to make it. All of those small pieces coming together to make a wonderful quilt for my son is just magic.

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
Each time I push myself to try something I think is beyond me I feel like a quilting super hero when I accomplish it. This quilt was just that for me; all those aforementioned tiny flying geese almost got the best of me. It was during that time I learned a little trick for sewing corner to corner without marking each line or eyeballing it. And that changed the game! I whipped the rest of them out and I felt like I could do anything! This quilt showed me that I can do the hard parts and how important using the right methods can be.

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I wouldn’t change a thing about this quilt. I love the scrappy nature of it, and I love the backing I used– a super cute flannel with little cowboys and girls on it (that I didn’t cheap out on). The quilting is simple straight lines to keep the piecing at the forefront. I think this is just perfect as is.

Where is the quilt now?
The quilt lives on the bottom bunk of my son’s bunk bed. It is where all the stuffed animals and small blankets live and where we read stories, cuddle and play. I love to lay on it and look at all the fabrics and trace my quilting lines.

Would you like to add anything?
As quilters I think our favorite quilts are always the next quilt to work on!

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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