Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2012


My entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival this fall is a piece I made last July for the Modernista swap. I call it Perspective -- you can read the original post here. This mini quilt is actually one block from Elizabeth Hartman's Looptastic quilt pattern in her beautiful book Modern Patchwork. All of the fabrics for the two circles are from Anna Maria Horner's Lou Lou Thi and Innocent Crush collections. The background is Antique Architecture from Etchings by 3 Sisters, and the quilt is bound in Acorn Chain from Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry. The circles were sewn together and then appliqued to the background using a simple zig zag stitch. I then hand quilted the piece using red embroidery thread around the outside and inside of the circles.


Just looking at this quilt reminds me of quiet evenings spent with my husband, laughing together over favorite movies while I cut out shapes and worked on hand quilting and binding. This was the first time I had ever taken so much time on a quilt before, and the enjoyment I took in that slow process led me to name the quilt as I did.

The past month has given me even more perspective on how and why I sew, to slow down and truly enjoy what I'm doing rather than just hurrying from one project to the next. Though I considered several quilts for my festival entry, in the end, it seemed appropriate to remember this little quilt which helped me take my first step toward a more peaceful creativity.

Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures: approximately 22" square
Special techniques used: applique, hand quilting
Quilted by: me
Best Category: Doll/Mini Quilt, Wall Hanging, ROYGBIV Quilt

Linking up to the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side as entry #177.

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! Love the hand quilting :)

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  2. oh this is one of my favs! Love your fabric choices!

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  3. This is a fabulous choice for the competition Heidi, it's just beautiful. I do a lot of hand quilting and yes it is slow, frustratingly so at times, but the results are well worth it. And this is an example of that. It's beautiful :-)

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  4. So nice! The background fabric looks great. Love the chunky hand stitching!

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  5. What a beautiful mini! Good luck in the festival!

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  6. That is soooo pretty! I love the fabrics.

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  7. I love the background you've chosen! It's a stunning mini!

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  8. This is gorgeous, and your explanation of what it means to you just adds to its beauty.

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  9. Such a great quilt, and I like the background ; )

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  10. You KNOW I love this quilt - it will soon be hanging in my apartment and I will send you a picture!!

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  11. i love this quilt, beautifully made. I have this background fabric, i managed to find it on sale a few weeks ago, just waiting for the right project to use it-your example is truly fantastic! Ange x

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  12. I really love this quilt, I am so pleased to see it here in the festival. I love the colours and the design. That bit of hand quilting really finishes it so nicely.

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  13. So pretty! The background fabric is awesome, and I love the hand quilting.

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  14. It is gorgeous - a great festival entry!

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  15. Gorgeous! Love the print that you used for the background - a lot of people would've gone with a solid but that one makes so much sense and adds so much texture!

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  16. I still love this quilt - those fabrics are so pretty together and your hand quilting looks great!

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  17. I love everything about this! It's perfect!

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  18. Beautiful quilt, Its great that it brings you lovely memories :)

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  19. Im all about colour in my quilts so I was immediately drawn to this one. It's beautiful. I think it was a stroke of creative genius to use that fabric for the backing block . It's darling.

    You should be incredibly proud of this finish.

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  20. This is beautiful - I love that background fabric! And congratulation on slowing down - it's something I struggle with :)

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  21. It's lovely and I like the behind story. I remember you from Zakka SAL and I'm just in that stage realizing that I don't need to be part of every QAL. Happy sewing!

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  22. I love this! Those beautiful colors on the soft background (I do love that Etchings print!) and the clean lines... just gorgeous. There is truly something to be said for taking it slow and really appreciating the process of creation. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  23. Really nice use of the architecture fabric. Beautiful quilt.

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  24. I adore this. I love the background fabric, the quilting, the pattern, everything -- great job! =)

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  25. I really like your efforts at making a color wheel from print fabric. Not easy! Well done.

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  26. Love your use of Good Folks - need to cut mine soon!!

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  27. Lovely, it looks perfect against this background.

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  28. love a pretty AMH rainbow! beautiful!

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