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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2011


Blogger's Quilt FestivalLast week I shared a personal story with the blogosphere and I was touched by all the warm and encouraging comments I got both on my blog and on my Oh my! Handmade Goodness feature.  So for today’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I though I would share a more in depth story behind one of those quilts that was featured.

I made a series of Interactive Play Quilts and the Americana Appliqué Scenes was by far my favorite.  I was born in 1980, and the baby blanket I had was made up of bold primary colors, no pastels: red, blue, navy, white, yellow, and green made up the quilt.  These colors were very popular in my childhood, and I find myself still loving them today.  Along with that, the applique scenes in this quilt were also inspired from my childhood.    My favorite memories inspired the scenes in this quilt:  playing in the front yard, going to the zoo, playing “school” with my sister, along with all the other toys we had.  When making this quilt, really it was just a walk through my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

The idea behind this quilt was that kids could take a visit to a few classic locations and create their own stories with movable play patches.  Each Americana applique scene is a pocket, and each pocket is full of patches that can be moved from one scene to the next, making this quilt interactive and fun to play with.

Here are the Americana applique scenes/pockets with the patches:

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué ScenesInteractive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué ScenesInteractive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué ScenesInteractive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

And here is what they look like without the patches:

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué ScenesInteractive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

All in all, I really love this quilt, and all the memories it brings back from my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

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28 observations on “Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2011
  1. Anne

    I was looking for the comment form and didn’t see it because I was on your home page instead of the page for this quilt. I LOVE it. What a great idea to make it interactive. And the size of it is amazing! What a treasure trove of memories.

     
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  2. Elaine

    I love this kind of thing. Quilts children can play with. I’ve been doing the same type of thing on a smaller scale with fabric paper dolls. It’s great.

     
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  3. Jene

    Angela –

    I love this!!! I am sure Monet and the little one will really love playing with it and any others you sell will be enjoyed and treasured by lots!!! I think it is funny that you and Katrina played school! I would never know because I never got to play with you two like that, but that was one of my favorite things to play too. It should be no surprise to anyone that we all turned out to be teachers! However I had to laugh the girl you had on the scene was blonde wavy hair and it looked a lot like a first grade classroom!!! LOL!!!! Love you!!! Can’t wait to see you in 3 weeks!!!
    Jene

     
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  4. Pat

    Oh my this quilt is clever. It’s color and the unique blocks really make it a fun quilt. What a fun walk through your happy childhood.

     
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