October 30, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Cherry Blossom Mini

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Quilt/Entry Number: #450
Finished quilt measures : 18″x 18″
Special techniques used : paper piecing
Quilted by : Me
Best Category : Mini Quilt, Wall Hanging

Amy's Creative Side
When I was considering all the quilts I've made this year and the meaning behind them, it was a no-brainer for me to pick which one I wanted to enter in the Blogger's Quilt Festival :) This Cherry Blossom mini is one of my favorite quilts I've ever made, plus it was for a very special friend. I don't think I ever came out and said who the quilt was for on here, because when I posted the finished quilt it hadn't reached it's owner yet and I didn't want to ruin the surprise!

Cherry Blossom Mini

I made this quilt for my friend Ayumi (aka "Ayums"), who is one of the sweetest and most talented people I know. The first time I "met" her was when I tracked down a copy of 318 Patchwork Projects on Amazon Japan for $60, and being the brazen lunatic that I am, I emailed her, a virtual stranger, to ask if she'd be willing to have it shipped to her house and then forward it to me in the States. And because she's awesome, she was more than willing to help me. Thus began our long series of emails and fabric swaps whereupon we professed our mutual love of Japan, cherry blossoms in the springtime, and adorable text fabric. Whenever I order fabric from her Etsy shop, she spoils me with extra scraps, and she was even part of the group that sent me care packages after the Dread Herniated Disk Episode of 2012. Honestly...how could I not make something for her in return?

So I scoured the internet for flower-eque patterns, toyed around with my fabric choices to make this pattern look like a cluster of little blossoms, and pulled fabric to match her favorite things - pink & text fabric :)

Cherry Blossom Mini (detail)

Thanks for being such a great virtual friend Ayums, and hopefully we can meet in person one day.

P.S. Everyone should go out and buy her book when it comes out next year!!! She also has an awesome paper-piecing series called the Super Penguin Quilt-Along at Superbuzzy right now :) Go support awesome people who deserve it!!!


Aww you are just so sweet, Kaelin! I am so honored to be your friend and own this lovely mini quilt which is right behind me right now :) I feel so lucky it became mine and just love how it looks in this room!!

This is one of my faves by you as well. So sweet!

I love this little pink pop of pretty!
Such a happy, cute quilt! (and I obviously wasn't the only one who loved it... ;) ;) )

it is gorgeous and it couldn't have gone to a nicer more wonderful person! i can't wait to buy her book! love her!

This quilt is beautiful! I love, love, love the pinks!

Such a beautiful quilt and a very sweet story too!

Jennifer :)

Great choice, Kaelin! Definitely a favorite of mine. And what a great friend Ayumi sounds like!

I remember when you first posted this, i loved it and i still do! glad to see it in the BQF!

Beautiful mini quilt - love all the pinks with the cute texty fabric!

Definitely a fave of mine too.

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