an online quilt festival

Amy at Park City Girl had a great idea to organize this online quilt festival, complete with great prizes! (and you know me, I can’t turn down anything that provides fabric as a prize!)

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite quilt, so instead I’m going with my favorite quilt story. I originally posted this after Christmas, and honestly, every time I think about it, I still laugh.


(as posted 12/29/2008)

This year my family each selected just one person to buy gifts for. I ended up with my brother, and before you think that I just forced my love of quilts on a 29 year old guy, let me preface this by saying that he had previously mentioned that he’d like a quilt (though maybe he was just being nice!)

I used the orange Amy Butler striped fabric for the majority of the binding, and also pieced in a few other prints from the quilt top because I really do love a pieced binding.

(Once I finished quilting it I just couldn’t resist taking it outside in the snow)

Now I must tell you a little bit about my brother. We tease Ryan for his OCD tendencies – he really likes everything to be straight and to line up correctly, and he does love everything to be clean (let’s not tell him I had his quilt out in the snow!). We discovered that he has a real issue with blankets or quilts when he can’t tell which end is the top. In his opinion, you should always have your feet at the same end of the blanket so you’re never putting your face next to the side where your feet may have been. (Personally, I don’t care, and maybe that just means I’m the one with the problem!)

Maybe you have to know him to find this as funny as I do, but I really got a kick out of making the back of this quilt –

And it looks like he’s pretty happy with it as well…

Merry Christmas Ryan! May your head never be where your feet have been…


Recently I stopped over at Ryan’s house (you know, to check up on the quilt – make sure it’s being used…) I didn’t see it on the couch so of course I had to ask. Apparently ever since I gave it to him he’s been using it on his bed, rather than as a throw on the couch (had I known that I would have made a bigger quilt for him!). I commented that perhaps the arrow wasn’t necessary then. He turned and looked at me like I was crazy and said “I look at the arrow every day – how else would I know how to make the bed?!”

Well, I’m glad to hear the arrow is serving its purpose…

Hope you all have a great weekend!

(oh, and yes, the Far Far Away quilt is finished, and I love it!)

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84 Responses to an online quilt festival

  1. 1
    Shelly says:

    Luv the quilt, but the story is even better! Well Done!

  2. 2
    Casey says:

    I still love this quilt! the arrow is fantastic

  3. 3
    Lee says:

    That’s awesome! I’m not OCD at all, but I’m totally with your brother on this one. I do not have an explanation, it is what it is.

  4. 4
    Anna says:

    Love that story — the arrow is great!! I think the quilt is amazing — I really like the colors you chose for the blocks against the white.

  5. 5
    Stephanie says:

    Definitely manly and I love the arrow on the back.

  6. 6
    Amy Sp says:

    I saw your original post on this not long ago, and the arrow still cracks me up. Great story, and a beautiful (read: manly) quilt!

  7. 7
    Robin says:

    That arrow is hilarious! I am sure it helps him out everytime he has to wash the quilt and then put it back on his bed! haha…but really lovely fabric…a very pretty quilt!

  8. 8
    Rachel says:

    Great choice for the online quilt festival Ashley! I’m off to check out the other entries.

  9. 9
    Gayla says:

    Fun! the picture of it in the snow is terrific.

  10. 10
    anina says:

    I remember this and how much I liked it then. I still do, and the back still makes me smile.

  11. 11
    Natalie says:

    Oh Yeah, this one is awesome! Good Job!

  12. 12
    Emma says:

    Great quilt, but the story is even better!

  13. 13

    That is such a great story. Great quilt. Cute brother.

  14. 14
    mandy says:

    That is the cutest story! And the quilt looks good, too:)

  15. 15
    MaryP says:

    Hilarious! I love the arrow!

  16. 16

    I love the story, I love the quilt, and that back just totally cracked me up!

  17. 17
    Suzanne says:

    I am enjoying your blog so much~ I have never made a quilt, and I am wondering if you are using the free-motion quilting method. You have given me the bug to learn how to make quilts. I love, love all of the quilts you make.

  18. 19

    Too perfect! I remember reading that post, but love the addition to it.

  19. 20

    I can’t believe this, what a story. I was sitting at my PC laughing out loud and my 9 yo sun asked why I was laughing. He understood the need of an arrow perfectly! By the way, I love the quilt too! I see more and more quilts with a lot of white in it. What kind of fabric do you use?

  20. 21
    rachel says:

    really cute quilt.
    love the backing.

  21. 22

    LOL … this side up! I never thought about heads and feet on a quilt before. The arrow is a quirky touch. I can see that your brother really likes it. Well done!!

  22. 23
    Heather says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that story!!!!!:) I have family members that would like to have that arrow on the back. I might just have to try that! The quilt looks great too!!! I just LOVE that story!!!!!

  23. 24
    P. says:

    That is hilarious! Me, I just look for which end has the makeup stains! ;P

  24. 25
    SuperMom says:

    What a great story to go with a great quilt. Love the arrow on the back.

    And I’m right with your brother, blankets have to go on the bed the right way, meaning the top at the top and the bottom at the bottom.

  25. 26
    Doris says:

    I am ROFLOL! I read about this the first time you posted, the added comment about the arrow seriously cracks me up! My sweetie has a little OCD, too, so I completely “get this”! One of my faves of your’s, too!

  26. 27
    Alyson says:

    Love the quilt and I am currently making one similar to it with Amy Butler’s daisy chain. I was wondering though what type of batting do you use?

  27. 29
    Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Wonderful quilt and wonderful story.

  28. 30
    Beth says:

    Love this quilt and your story – the arrow is a hoot!

  29. 31
    Kate Dixon says:

    Good Luck in the competition

  30. 32
    Maggie says:

    The backing adds whimsy to a fun quilt and a bit of character for your brother. I’m also a little anal about which side is up and directional fabrics.

  31. 33
    Jocelyn says:

    Great quilt! And great story! Don’t we all know someone like your brother??

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  33. 35

    Yup, that’s a great story! I also posted my quilt with the best story!

  34. 36
    Melody says:

    My goodness, that was a great idea. Looks like a real winner! Thanks for sharing your story and quilt.

  35. 37
    Janet Brady says:

    Another lady’s story made me cry. Yours was the first to make me laugh out loud. I have an OCD nephew, maybe he’d like one! Thanks for sharing.

  36. 38
    katie says:

    ha! love the story. so funny.

  37. 39
    Andi says:

    Great quilt.
    I LOOOVE the arrow on the back. Such a great idea!

  38. 40
    Emma says:

    Oh, but what if he can’t remember whether the arrow points to the head or foot end?!

  39. 41
    Rita says:

    Love the story of your quilt and how they arrow helps your brother make the bed! Love the fabrics you have used for this quilt too! I am inspired by your blog! Have added it to my google.reader!

  40. 42
    Deb says:

    I LOVE the quilt! I have a question on your white fabric…on someone’s blog I read about Kona white. Is that what you use? And I think this white in your brother’s quilt looks different from the white in the Far Far Away quilt…but maybe it’s because it’s quilted already. I love the white!

    • 43
      admin says:

      Hi Deb! Thanks! I’ve used the Kona white before, but I still prefer this cotton sateen that I buy at Joann’s. I think it’s softer, so that’s what I typically use. Both this quilt and the Far Far Away quilt use this same white – the difference you’re noticing is probably due to the fact that in the photos of the FFA quilt that fabric hasn’t yet been washed.

  41. 44
    corrie says:

    oh I just Love the quilt and love the story! that is so funny..the arrow is just perfect for him!


  42. 45
    Tacha says:

    This is such a great quilt. Love the arrow.

  43. 46
    leanne says:

    funny story. made me laugh outloud!

  44. 47
    Kelly says:

    Thanks so much for the laugh! Your quilt is beautiful too!

  45. 48
    Asiyah says:

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing!

  46. 49
    Cindra says:

    I don’t know how you can pick a favorite. I have looked at many of your quilts and they are all so wonderful!

  47. 50

    I still love that arrow! I may have to do that once I make a large quilt for our bed 🙂 Thanks for participating!!

  48. 51
    Jennifer says:

    what a cute story! love the quilt

  49. 52
    The quilt rat says:

    The arrow is so whimsical! This quilt is just way too much fun

  50. 53
    Kit says:

    That’s the best story I’ve read so far in the festival – it sure made me laugh!

    And the quilt is lovely too. 🙂

  51. 54
    Anna says:

    What a great solution to a tricky problem- and your brother looks just thrilled with the quilt.. The story is wonderful and you know that he will always be able to orient it correctly:O)
    Thanks for sharing your funny story…

  52. 55
    nicolette says:

    Lovely story and quilt! It makes me smile!

  53. 56
    Peg says:

    Great story! I love that you stitched his idiosyncrasy right in there. Awesome quilt!

  54. 57
    Anne says:

    I love the quilt and especially the arrow!

  55. 58
    Michaela says:

    Oh, I love that quilt story. I never even thought of the fact that the head could be were feet were before. 🙂 Anyhow, beautiful quilt.

  56. 59
    Janet says:

    What a great story! He is lucky to have a sister who understands. Terrific quilt.

  57. 60
    Cathy says:

    Great story about your quilt, funniest one I’ve seen so far!

  58. 61
    Amy says:

    I loved it then and I still love it now.

  59. 62
    coloradolady says:

    This is so far my favorite story. You know, your brother is right…now I will never make the bed or use a blanket again without thinking is it right…I LOVE the arrow…that was such a unique thing to add to the quilt. I simply love it! The colors are wonderful and I just love that arrow!!

  60. 63
    Ariane says:

    I love this quilt and the arrow is awesome. Love the story. Thanks for sharing.

  61. 64
    Melany says:

    Hi – Just found your blog. That story is so cute. As is the quilt. And I also have a 29 year old brother – so it made me giggle imagining sewing a quilt for him and seeing his reaction. 🙂

  62. 65
    Adria says:

    I love it! the colors really work! 🙂 the arrow is sooo awesome too!

  63. 66
    jacquie says:

    i think this is the best story in the festival. great quilt…so happy to see it again.

  64. 67
    Carol Hansen says:

    Oh that story just made me laugh out loud, especially when I saw the arrow 🙂 Love the quilt by the way.

  65. 68
    Jen says:

    What a great story! I was laughing so loud reading it that I had to share with my family.

    It’s a beautiful quilt – does it bother him that the shapes aren’t all centered and lined up perfectly?

    PS…at first I thought he was a little silly for caring about which end was up until I realized that I use the label on my quilt to do the same thing. I guess we all have our quirks!

  66. 69
    Stephanie D says:

    Funny story! What would he have done without the arrow? Love it!

  67. 70
    Lisa D. says:

    A great quilt, and I love the arrow!

  68. 71

    This story made me laugh, great story, great quilt

  69. 72
    Elizabeth says:

    Great Story! I love the arrow, though I had never given a bit of thought to where my feet were the last time the quilt was put on the bed…

  70. 73
    Terri says:

    LOL! Oh, that’s a wonderful story and, call me crazy, I think it makes perfect sense! You must have a fun family! The quilt is gorgeous and very masculine…perfect in every way and the arrow is just the icing on the cake!

  71. 74
    Mandy says:

    What a wonderful quilt. Your brother really does seem to be delighted with it too.
    I loved the idea of the back having an arrow showing the right way up. It really made me smile.

  72. 75
    Lynne says:

    FABULOUS Quilt! I love the back, but the STORY is what makes this truly terrific! I am glad your brother likes it! It’s wonderful!

  73. 76
    christine says:

    OMG. love the story behind the quilt. you are a great sister!

  74. 77
    Christa says:

    Another great quilt for a guy! I LOVE the arrow- and the fact that you could both enjoy the humour of it. Great job!

  75. 78
    Heather says:

    That is hilarious! I laughed when I saw the big huge arrow you did on the back, I LOVE it! You have a very nice blog here 🙂

  76. 79
    Robin says:

    How funny! What a great story to go with that absolutely wonderful quilt. Thanks so much for sharing it again! 🙂

  77. 80
    Pamela says:

    I love the quilt, but most of all I love the story and the arrow on the back! You are an awesome sister!

  78. 81
    Vivian says:

    O.k., great quilt and even better story! And you win the award for most innovative pieced quilt back!

    Thanks for posting this (again).

  79. 82
    Lucy says:

    Oh that story is so funny…… has he seen in posted on the blog??? Great quilt — I love it.

  80. 83
    Nadine says:

    LOVE the quilt, love the story! How fantastically creative are you? The arrow on the back is just too perfect! Thanks for sharing, and making me smile today (I needed it!). 🙂

  81. 84
    Jeannette says:

    Love the function of the arrow! Most brothers would have some indication that the head & foot had been reversed ; > ) but your way is so much nicer!

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