Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2011

Yippee!!! It Blogger's Quilt Festival time!!!

A huge thanks to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for organising such a fun event and also to the wonderful sponsors of the Festival!! And thank You, lovely reader, for stopping by and taking the time to look at my quilt.


Without further ado I'd like to introduce you to my Whirlwind Romance quilt.


It was love at first sight when I saw French General's Lumiere de Noel fabric with its luscious reds, dreamy creams and romantic toiles. I knew I had to make something with it, but what?



The perfect opportunity arose whilst on a sewing retreat, in a class where Chris Jurd was teaching her Friendship Circle quilt. The center circle and dresdens are all made with one layer cake. Here are some medallions that others made that weekend. I love all the different colour combinations!!


I cut my strips narrower than the pattern so my center is quite busy but I like the movement it has. To me it's as though the couple dancing in the center are so lost in a moment that everything around them is a swirly blur. Okay, I know I'm a romantic... sigh...


Whirlwind Romance has been beautifully custom quilted by Tanya Croft. I just got it back last weekend so it's hot off the presses!! Tanya did such a wonderful job of enhancing the piecing and fabrics and giving it another dimension of patterns and textures. ( Thanks Tanya!)

It's 80 by 80 , perfect size for our bed but I can just imagine a romantic spring picnic with strawberries and champagne, French of course!

I love listening to music when I sew and to say I have broad tastes is an understatement. While I was sewing this quilt I had a hankering to listen to Mozart. The Magic Flute performed by the London Philhamornic Orchestra became the soundtrack for this quilt. And yes, I do sing along... but only when I know no one is listening. :)

I'd better stop chatting and let you go and have a look at the other Festival quilts. There's lots of lovelies to see!! It's going to be a fun week!

Cheerio


Amy's Creative Side

57 comments:

Melissa P said...

I'm so happy to see this one was entered! This one is just brimming with emotion.

Leila said...

Wow what a stunner this is Rachael!! It moves and dances just like the little romantic couple in the center, perfect.

Patty D from NC said...

outstanding. you could get lost in this quilt (in a good way!)

Patchwork and Play said...

Fabulous quilt! I only ever got a little bit of that fabric- it's beautiful and so French! I love the centre panel! Will get a better look when my Internet is working! I'm on my iPhone !!

quiltilicious said...

That's better!

Lovely lovely quilt and another technique that I have added to my 'must do' list!

bearpaw said...

It really does look so French! I hope you have a really special bed to set it off - it's so beautiful!

LynCC said...

This is gorgeous. :D Perfect effect of the romantic swirl around them in the center. Thank you for sharing.

stitchinpenny said...

Bring on the champagne and a sunny day. The fabrics are awesome and you did a wonderful job.

Karen said...

This quilt looks so great! You are very patient with all those small pieces in the centre. The overall effect is stunning!

Samelia's Mum said...

This quilt is SPECTACULAR! Champagne and strawberries on a lovely spring day sound wonderful. Beautiful work as always xo

melissa said...

Wow Rachael, it is Amazing!!! The centre medallion is just awesome, i love the french inspired fabrics and the quilt is the perfect showcase for them! Yes, beautiful work!!

x

Kelli said...

You were right, I did know it when I've seen it.
This is such an amazing quilt mate!
Stunning really!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

This is just absolutely beautiful Rachael...and strawberries and pink champagne...can't get much better than that!!! Enjoy your weekend looking at the quilts...can't get much better than that!!! Dzintra

Janet said...

This one I love and you have a special way of making patterns your own. The red toile is gorgeous.

Karen said...

Fabulous! Those French General fabrics are just so unique and classic. Love the centre block. That looks like some patience. Was it hard to get it to lie flat?

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Oh wow Rachael I am speechless!!!! Gorgeous totally gorgeous :-) Love the couple dancing in the middle and you telling us about the music you listened to when you made it. Very romantic and totally AWESOME!! You should be very proud! xx

fallingforpieces said...

That center dresden is just fantastic!

Barb said...

What a wonderful quilt!

PBJQuiltSandwiches said...

What a STUNNING quilt!

Jolanda said...

Wonderful quilt! Lovely fabrics:)

textisle said...

The pattern is perfect for the romantic theme! It looks complicated to make ... but all those photos of other people's done in a weekend means it's an especially clever pattern!

Sand and Sunshine said...

Wow, what an amazing quilt.

Mary said...

Rachael, your quilt is fantastic! I like the smaller center strips adding to the movement...perfect. and the corner blocks of 3/4 of a dresden is super! Love the fabric and it is very French...ohhhlala!!!

ANudge said...

What a wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing!!

Eileen said...

This is so beautiful. That fabric is perfect and what a lovely piece it is! Like your idea of the couple dancing...it's so fitting to the fabric. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Quiltbenaco said...

E' un capolavoro!

Grazie per la visita, ciao

wendysquilting said...

I love all French General Fabric and your quilt is a wonderful example of why! It beautiful!

Lori said...

I love that fabric and your quilt is stunning in every way!!

frybreadquilts said...

It's beautiful!! French General has such gorgeous fabrics...

Kim said...

Bella!
Great use of that gorgeous fabric!

Happy Sewing

Melinda said...

Wow! I love this idea. I'm funny about medallions but this one is very interesting.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What an amazing quilt! Luminere De Noel is a great line of fabric (I made a little quilt with it) and you brought out it's beauty! Wow!

diane said...

this is beautiful and I love the layout and fabric that you have combined.

pinsandneedles said...

Wow! This is beautiful!

What Comes Next? said...

beautiful quilt! I love the swirl and busy-ness of it, and you're right - the quilting is fabulous!

Marg said...

Wow Rachael, this quilt is just stunning. You really are pushing the boundaries with your quilts. I love the central medallion and the dresdens in the corners. It really is fabulous, a beautiful design for the fabric and the quilting is perfect.
What's next?

Heidi said...

absolutely stunning !

Shay said...

I am completely in love with the centre of that quilt! You completely nailed it. It's a vision of loveliness.

Seriously seriously gorgeous.

Allie said...

Oh my - this is just breathtaking! What a glorious quilt!

beth said...
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beth said...

wowsers!!! What a beauty!

Janet said...

This is stunning! But then I love red quilts.

Lyn said...

Hello Rachael, Whirlwind Romance is stunning and unusual....love the colourway...Warm Regards, Lyn

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Wow, this is great and I think the fabric is just perfect.

Barb said...

Wow!
what a fun quilt. I have the wedge ruler, but can't remember what I'm supposed to do with it, lol
I love your blog wallpaper, how did you do that?

Marci Girl said...

Oh it is so beautiful, and yes, it has such great movement!

Hollie said...

What a cool quilt!

smazoochie said...

Beautiful quilt! Brilliant title!

Kathie said...

oh my gosh I just love , LOVE this quilt.
beautiful. I am in AWE!!!!!! you couldn't have chosen better fabric for this quilt....
thanks for sharing now to track down that pattern
Kathie

Sandra said...

Rock on -- what a great quilt. Love the french toiles, great vintage feel. And thanks for adding the montage with the other tops. Thanks for visiting my entries and all your support.
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Carol G said...

Beautiful quilt. Now I am really inspired to try these wedges.

CHRIS said...

Ooohlala what a fantastic quilt ! Love these fabrics and your design. Chris

Manda said...

Oh wow that is beautiful. The centre is amazing!

JCnNC said...

What a beautiful quilt - you did an absolute beautiful job. Judy C in NC

Becky said...

Wow! What an awesome quilt! I love it!

Lydia said...

I can't stop looking at this amazing quilt. It's just.... well amazing! Gorgeous!!

quilteuseforever said...

Thanks to Nifty Quilts I discover your blog... and I love it! This Whirlwind Romance Quilt is really magnifique!!
Amicalement,
Katell, France

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