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Bloggers’ Quilt Fest –I’m Bringin’ Backyard Baby Back

Today begins the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival on Amy’s blog, Amy’s Creative Side.

Quilt bloggers submit posts to the festival with their favorite self-made quilts, and when the deadline for submission passes, Amy’s readers vote for their favorite quilts in over a dozen categories. It’s a fantastic way to see some exceptional work (OMG, 90 mini Farmer’s Wife blocks?!), and a way for someone like me to revisit a quilt that holds a special place in my heart. I’m always interested to see which quilts others pick as their favorites, and it’s exciting for me to read the stories behind why. One of my favorites so far is my friend Emily’s Wonky Crosses quilt. I love the irony in her story about the quilt being for her husband, but that he said he would’ve like it to be more bright/colorful (go figure!).

I’m submitting my Backyard Baby quilt, which is easily my favorite quilt to-date. I won’t start off with a fancy shmancy picture; instead you get to see a photo of the cutest little boy on the planet devouring my quilt on the day he received it for his 1st birthday. Behold little Caiden in all his quilt-hungry glory:

What better way for a baby to receive your quilt than by eating it? This, to me, spells approval. I could eat him up, to be honest.  He’s so stinking adorable!  His personality totally reflects Amiee’s (his mom’s), and he always has this glorious look of mischief on his smiling face. Seriously, the kid is always smiling. He’s extra special to me because I got to hold him in the hospital the day he was born, and Amiee, though she moved back home to Oklahoma last year, remains one of my dearest friends. Here’s just one more picture of Caiden before I move on to the aforementioned fancy shmancy shots of the quilt. He’s too cute to only be featured once in this post!

And here are pictures of the quilt itself. You can read about my process in my original post.  Much to my astonishment, Backyard Boy was also featured on GenQ magazine’s blog (that was an EXCITING day!).

Thanks for revisiting this special quilt with me.

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  • mle

    Girl, you are too sweet! Your friend's son is such a cutie! And he'll be able to pass that quilt on to his kids someday. You're going to have to tell me how you learned that boxy quilting, it is amazing!

    May 19, 2012 at 12:02 am Reply
  • Karen

    A modern fresh look.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Jenelle

    I really enjoy the way you played with color in this quilt. The solid you used just feels like it was meant for your prints. This is such a fun quilt and I love the photo of your friends little guy with the quilt in his mouth! 🙂

    May 19, 2012 at 2:11 am Reply
  • CitricSugar

    The quilt is lovely and what a sweetheart!

    May 19, 2012 at 4:41 am Reply
  • Charlotte

    beautiful quilt! Definitely worth chewing 😉

    May 19, 2012 at 6:51 am Reply
  • moira

    I've just bought some backyard babies to make a quilt for my wee boy. Yours is so inspiring – it's just lovely

    May 19, 2012 at 10:48 am Reply
  • Carla

    Oh what a cutie pie! Great colors and a fun design for the quilt!

    May 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • Katie A.

    I think Karen said it best. So modern and fresh! Love the snuggly fabric on the reverse side. Perfect for a little one. And omg is he adorable. Such a special gift. I'm sure he loves it as much as I love mine! You are the most thoughtful gift giver. Love you!

    May 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm Reply
  • a maidenhair fern

    I love your quilt! I'm pinning it as one of my favorites. Is that kona khaki?

    May 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • CherrySprinkle

    I bought the fabric for this quilt a while back.. I've just never gotten around to making it.. after seeing yours, I just might have to! I love it!! Looks like the lucky little one loves it too! 🙂 Great job!

    May 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm Reply
  • Margaret

    really cool modern design!Check out my blog if you can…Margaret

    May 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • Leanne

    This is a lovely quilt, I love these fabrics and I especially love the way you quilted it.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm Reply
  • Martine Kuciel

    jolie association de couleurs qui lui donne toute sa douceur, félicitation

    May 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • Chrystal

    I love the quilting you did on this, it fits perfect with the pattern, and just looks so great :)Chrystalps. And OMG, that has to be the ultimate compliment that he wanted to eat it!!

    May 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm Reply
  • Eileen

    really wonderful quilt. fantastic fabrics and great design. thanks so much for sharing and have a great day

    May 26, 2012 at 8:47 am Reply
  • nicke

    Awesomely awesome!

    October 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm Reply
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