Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Blogger's quilt festival 2018

It's been a long time since I last joined the quilt festival. But I recently finished a new quilt and I really want to share it with you. But first, a big thank you to Amy for hosting the quilt festival again. Seriously, I don't know how you get the energy to do this over and over, but it's much appreciated. I can't wait to see the other contributions and are gearing up for total aweness over the next couple of days



This quilt has been a long time coming - the blocks are from no less than 3 different projects, that I never finished:
  • The center is my very first quilt crush - it's the bird from Sara's Fielkes ' Quilting from Little things'. I always admired her quilt and started the first bird in high spirit, but just never got round to make bird #2,3, or 4.
  • Same story with the blocks that makes the first frame. It's a pattern the UK quilting magazine 'Love Patchwork and quilting' issue 28. I made lot's of blocks, but never enough for a whole quilt, before caving in.
  • The second frame is just simple big blocks. It's a John Adams pattern in the 'Color workshop' book by Fat Quarterly. I even threw my very best Joel Drewberry fabrics at this project, but the magic just never happended, and all the cutted blocks went straight into the cuppoard for a long time.

A Saturday night in the spring, I was feeling  restless and not at all like a quilt-ninja. I had a glass of wine and went into my sewing room, where the bird was still hanging on the design wall. Ottis Redding was playing on Spotify and I starred at the bird feeling slightly annoyed.  Then suddenly I saw the other blocks on the table - realising it was made in similar color schemes. Finally an idea started to take shape. I played around adding blocks next to the bird and finally remembered the blocks from the closet too... and many songs later, the last frames were added on the design wall.



Even though the process was a bit of a nightmare and full of lost promises to myself, I love this quilt. It's fun, vibrant, not what you'd expect and the colors are my all-time favorites. I've mixed lots and lots different fabrics. The center is hand quilted and the borders are machine quilted.  It measures 70x70 inches. I Finished it in August 2018 and was really happy to give it to my best friends birthday the same day.

(sorry - only close up was just after I finished the handquilting, and before ironing - it looks a bit crincled here).



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24 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! The color scheme is unique and fun.

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    1. My favourite colours.... it is sort of revealing when you can make one quilt out of three and it looks coordinated ;)

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  2. Lovely. Denise@fortheloveofgeese

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  3. It's wonderful! And even better that you could share it with your friend. Sometimes quilts take a long time and random detours before they become what they are meant to be, so dont fret if they take a while. Enjoy the process. (And I love the term Quilt Ninja...I'm gonna have to remember that when I'm having a particularly good quilty day!)

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    1. Yore definitely a quilt-ninja too. Just visited your blog A.M.A.Z.I.N.G rainbow quilt you’re making.....

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  4. The quilt is quite unique and you could not have made it more beautiful if you had made six trips to the fabric store to pick out fabrics and design. Sometimes beauty comes when you least expect it. Wow, and you gave it away.

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    1. Thank you :). Totally agree - some of the best work I’ve seen over time came out of doing something else than planned.

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  5. This one was definitely worth waiting for all the pieces to simmer long enough to make the perfect stew! It is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you... although one of these days I WILL finish a quilt as planned.

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  6. I like the way the fabric is highlighted in the tail feathers!

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    1. Thank you. My Dh and sones tease me saying they think it looks like an angel and I keep telling them angels don’t have tail feathers.

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  7. What a perfect way to create a masterpiece! I love how the different size pieces really give it interest.

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    1. Thank you. It always nerve wrecking to go about a quilt this way. You really never know if it going to work or not.

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  8. This came together very nicely considering all the different projects it came from. Pretty quilt.

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  9. I love this color combination - really nice!

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  10. It is a fun quilt, and I'm glad you got it finished! Some quilts come easy and some are just a struggle, but they are all worth while!

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  11. Nicely done with such a beautiful color story.
    My Best To You,
    LuAnn Kessi in Western Oregon
    https://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

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  12. It’s gorgeous and i love the story. Thanks so much for sharing. And also congrats for not having three ufos hidden in cupboards. Keep quilting, Wendy

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous - really love that bird in the centre!!

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  14. Wow, I love your quilt! The color choice, the design, everything is beautiful!

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  15. Thank you for sharing with everyone. I know everything about you. It's great and it's great.
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