Saturday, 19 May 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2012

Hi everyone

I decided to share my absolute favourite quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2012 hosted and organised by Amy at Amy's Creative Side.

Amy's Creative Side

This quilt was inspired by a momentary thought of what I would do if I was to create a quilt that depicted my quilting journey.




Thinking about what I liked most was easy...I am a fairly traditional quilter and love country quilts. With that in mind I designed this quilt, starting out with making the six top and bottom blocks which showcased some of the more common blocks that every quilter starts off with. I then went on to include the house and the trees which were foundation pieced, added the applique and filled up the remaining spaces with favourite blocks or simple strip sets.  I even managed to squeeze in my favourite star.

I think I worked about a week on getting the colour combinations right and there was some disagreement in the household about the second border...for me, it always had to have a fire engine red border. While making this quilt I went from...oh, this is not going to work...the quilt appeared too busy, too colourful and not connected. About half way through, it all started coming together and when I finally finished, I really liked its appearance. Maybe not for everyone, but this one quilt expresses really well how I have progressed in my quilting journey from those basic blocks to some applique to foundation-piecing in that scrappy traditional style that I so enjoy about quilting. I finished the quilt with some basic FMQ in the major blocks, some loops in the inner border and a medium scale stipple in the outer border. The quilt measures 48" x 60" and is made from a variety of country fabrics.

I occasionally contribute to quilting magazines over here and this was one quilt that appeared in 2011 over two issues in Creating Country Threads starting in Vol 12 No 2 and to my big surprise it made it onto the front cover. As you can imagine I got a real buzz out of that ...the photography was brilliant. If you like to have a look you can find the link to the web site of Craftlovers.com/magazines Here.

Head over to Amy's Creative Side and have a look at the wonderful entries to this year's  Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Karin

19 comments:

  1. What a lovely quilt! I love the flower in the middle.

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  2. I'm a country quilt kind of person too. Good quilt!

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  3. I think it's safe to say that this quilt also took you along one more step on your quilting journey....gaining confidence! Good for you for sticking with the red border. It looks great. Congratulations on making it into a magazine.

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  4. Very sweet. I can see why it made the cover.

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  5. I like the bold colors...very fun quilt! Great job!

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  6. I like the winsome of it.

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  7. This looks like a happy quilt to me.

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  8. Lovely quilt.No wonder how it made the cover. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I love the fresh look of this quilt! It shows happiness. You should treasure it. It's beautiful!

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  10. sweet sampler!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  11. Beautiful quilt. So full of love and life. A treasure for the generations.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  12. Just a quick comment to say 'thank you' to all those people who commented...very much appreciated. So many new blogs to visit and look at...this is a lot of fun. Continually amazed at the awesome talent out there.

    Greetings from Down Under

    Karin

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  13. I sure agree with you about the fire-engine red border...it just makes the quilt.

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    1. Yes, it did pull it all together...I am glad I stuck to my guns

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  14. wonderful quilt!! great colors and layout. really fun! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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