Friday, May 18, 2012

The Love Quilt




 Spells LOVE!!!

I made this quilt as a wedding gift for some friends who have just gotten married. Theirs is a romantic tale... She was an international ballerina, and He travelled the world as a sound engineer for a circus. Cupid lured them both to Melbourne, Australia where they met in Go Go Dancing classes. Yes, it's a true story, wouldn't it make a great movie!

I had fun piecing the letters with my favourite fabrics, but decided the background should be simple so used a natural linen/cotton blend. 

I pieced the linen with various cream fabrics, here and there, just enough to add some interest. 

With so much negative space the quilting is a real feature of this quilt. I have Tanya Croft, long arm quilter extraordinaire, to thank for this. Her wonderful swirly quilting really brings the quilt to life. 

Just in case my newly wedded friends need a change from the Love side they can turn the quilt around and find a bright, frutti tutti fiesta on the reverse. 



Fun, bright colours to wish my friends a fun bright life together!

I included a tea towel from Spoonflower to mark their special year.

Don't you just love stories that end with "Everyone lived happily ever after..."


If you're here because of the Blogger's Quilt Festival , thank you so much for stopping by. I love Bloggers Quilt Festival, I think this is my 4th time participating. It''ll a fun couple of weeks looking at lots of wonderful quilts! And discovering new fabulous blogs to follow! Leave me a comment and I'll pop over and have a look at your festival quilt.
As always a super big Thank You to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for organising such a great event, and 3 cheers for the sponsors who add a cherry on top with lots of wonderful prizes that can be won for just entering a quilt in the festival.

Amy's Creative Side

83 comments:

Mary said...

LOVE the LOVE quilt! It really is a fantastic design and use of fabrics! A great story and you are a great friend!

Suzee said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
This was one of my favs of yours quilts. Wonderful love story to go with it!!

Marci Girl said...

So fabulous, and adding in that tea towel is the best idea!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Stunning quilt, great design and colours!

Karen said...

I think this is a perfect quilt for the festival. I love the design and the fabrics. And the story is special, too. It looks wonderful!

Patchwork and Play said...

Love the LOVE quilt! And what a wonderful love story to go with it!!!

Dee J. said...

Who Doesn't love LOVE. The Love quilt is a winner by any means. Beautiful bright colors and a story to match.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

LOVE that quilt! What a great story to go along with a great quilt!

Bonnie said...

That is a great quilt and what a wonderful story to go with it. Your friends are so fortunate to have a friend like you.

susan said...

Love the scrappy 'LOVE'!

Kendra from missknittas studio said...

This is such a wonderful quilt, and a great story! I really love how you did the back as well, including the 2012 tea towel!

Melinda said...

Love the front, love the back, love everything about the Love quilt! What is that print that looks like product labels?! I think I need some!

Katie B. said...

So beautiful! I love that it's a truly 2-sided quilt. Your piecing on the Love side is incredible.

Carla said...

Such a lovely gift and reversible to boot!

Pile O Fabric said...

This is such a good idea for a wedding present!! I LOVE this quilt!! I'm visiting from Pile O' Fabric, nice to meet you!

Melissa P said...

I'm so glad you chose this one! It's one of my favorites. The two-in-one concept works perfectly and it's almost hard to choose which I like best.

Nifty Quilts said...

It's such a wonderful quilt, obviously made with so much love and joy!

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

What a great idea for a couple that is newly engaged or married!!! Love the blend of the colors for each letter!

CitricSugar said...

I love this quilt - it combines so many of my favourite things about modern quilts!

The quilting is outstanding, too - Tanya deserves a hand!

CitricSugar said...

I love this quilt - it combines so many of my favourite things about modern quilts!

The quilting is outstanding, too - Tanya deserves a hand!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

This is a great quilt! The whole time I read it's description, all I thought was I had to make this for my brother and SIL as they have a story of their own and I know they'd love it on their bed.

Your work is beautiful.

O'Quilts said...

Wonderful quilt, great idea and I love happily ever after. The tea towel is perfect!

Cecily said...

Super cute! What a great quilt and I LOVE the tea towel idea on the back. Beautiful!

Melinda said...

Great idea for a two sided quilt. They will love both sides. I love the tea towel with the year on it. Great reminder for them.

Heather D. said...

Your quilt is so awesome. I love the bright cheerful colours you used.

Martine Kuciel said...

un seul commentaire love

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that's a fab story, love it! love the quilt too, all the colourful scrappiness on the letters and the randomness on the back

Margaret said...

Love It!

Margaret
http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

Margaret said...

Love It!

Margaret
http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

Eileen said...

what a lovely wedding quilt--perfect. such nice fabrics and both front and back go together so well. thanks for sharing and have a great day

quilthexle said...

Your friends are lucky to have you as a friend - this quilt is just wonderful !

pinsandneedles said...

I love the simplicity of the quilt and the great pieced back. The neutral linen background really helps set off the message.

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

Stunning quilt and the cream flashes make it pop.

fallingforpieces said...

LOVE is right. I LOVE this quilt. I've really been into words and quilts lately (pieced letters, text prints, ect) and this just blows me away!

Marjorie said...

Brilliant!!! A great quilt and I love the 2-for-1 plan of front to back!

Pam said...

love your word quilt...and thank you sooo much for the great teatowel idea xoxoxox

Sasha said...

I LOVE the love quilt and you made the back so incredibly sweet!! What a wonderful "how we met" story! It's all so perfect!!!

♥Duff said...

Yes, I do love a good love story--it renews my faith in happily ever after♥
I really like the text print with the creams/linens, and the spoonflower tea towel--that is just ingenious!
p.s. I looked up the Kathy Doughty book after your post and it's not available in the US yet but when it is, it's MINE! Thank you for the sneak peek!

Janet said...

What a happy fun story and the perfect quilt to commemorate it. Very lovely! The additional of the tea towel is inspired.

Kirsten N said...

Gorgeous quilt - your friends are so lucky!

Poppyprint said...

This is a killer wedding gift quilt!! What a wonderful story. I love the slivers of lighter neutral in the background and the tea towel is the perfect touch to commemorate the year. Bravo!

Sew Surprising said...

Love the story, love the quilt, as usual you combine the elements beautifully :) creative and clever thing ;)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I LOVE seeing this quilt!! It's so beautiful, I adore the letters and the background neutrals are so perfect. The back is so fun. Very clever and a gorgeous gift!

bearpaw said...

Wow, 2 quilts for the price of one! I wouldn't know which side to put on top if it were mine, What a beautiful gift, I am sure your friends will treasure it forever. Wedding quilts are the best kind!

Ethne said...

what a fun quilt - really great choice of fabrics and 2 quilts in one - brilliant

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What a perfect quilt for the happy couple Rachael...I love the linen!!! And wow, the back of it is gorgeous...I'm sure they will enjoy this quilt for many, many years to come xo

Susan Being Snippy said...

LOVE makes a great quilt! A great story, for the movies and for the quilt... Happily ever after.... Thanks for coming by my blog, too!

Julie said...

LOVE the Love quilt! It's so fancy! The scrappy piecing is so cute and the fun back is a great idea.

Sue Daurio said...

great story behind the beautiful love quilt! It's gorgeous, front and back.

Dorothy said...

Love the story behind the quilt, and the quilt is fabulous. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Karin said...

Fabulous quilt, and a GREAT story behind it! Go-go dancing lessons! LOL! Yes, it would make a great movie!

purduepam said...

Love your tea towel addition. I will also enter a LOVE quilt in the festival. Just finishing up the binding then I will get it posted.
Awesome wedding gift.

Julia said...

What a nice story with a nice quilt. I really like the 2-sidedness of this quilt. Great work. The colored letters stand out so nice on the gray.

Karen said...

Rachel that is a stunning quilt! I love the story behind it. It makes it seem even more special. Adore your backing! Also the tea towel is a perfect touch. You are a superstar.

Cindy said...

How fun to make it two sided. I love how happy it is.

Happy Quilt Festival.

cat in tassie said...

Love your quilt! And you're right - their story would make a great movie.

Robin said...

What an awesome gift! I love their story:) You did such a great job and the quilting is beautiful too! :)

Allie said...

This quilt is just wonderful - and so is the story! Yep, it would make a great movie, lol! I love that you made it reversible, and the tea towel with the calendar is an amazing idea. You are so creative!!!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your LOVE quilt and what a nice story that goes with it too :-)

ANudge said...

Stunning quilt! I love the setting you used in the garder to photograph it. And the back was a master stroke. Thanks for sharing

diane said...

This was such a beautiful idea. I LOVE everything about your love quilt

Marge Gordon said...

Love your LOVE

bethanndodd said...

So fun and beautiful!! Sure to be treasured by the LOVE birds for years to come! Smiles~Beth

Sheila said...

What a wonderful and unique quilt - and a great story too.

leanne said...

LOVE it - fabulous quilt and love the back as well - great fabrics and quilting :)

Shay said...

LOVE the love quilt. The back is as beautiful as the front. The fabrics just make my heart melt.

You did an awesomely fab job Rachael.

Lynne Shandley said...

One word:
Lovely :-)

Andrea Louise said...

I LOVE it!

quiltmom said...

Rachael,
What a terrific quilt- I love the pretty fiesta fabrics- so pretty to look at- I have never made a quilt with words - it looks like a fun technique.
Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the festival.
Regards,
Anna

Sandra said...

Great job. Love to love the love quilt. So charming.

Come see my entries 64 (repro. applique) and 85 (antique appliques).

Jolanda said...

What a great gift!! I like your fabrics and colors.

Marit said...

Great quilt! So playful and happy. A beautiful gift!

; )

MariQuilts said...

Beautiful.

April said...

What a fun quilt! The bright backing adds such a sweet touch! April @ Little Mama Hen

Melissa said...

Such a special quilt and a great on for using favorite scraps!

Dar said...

Such a great and clever idea for a wedding quilt. I love the story of how the couple met. Yes, it would make a great move. Love scrap pieced backs too. Great quilt.

Kelli said...

This would have to be the most gorgeous word quilt I've seen! I adore this mate!

Shannon said...

So pretty. I'm a sucker for text and colors on a neutral background so double whammy!

Barb said...

Hi!
What a fabulous quilt and made with such thoughtfulness and love. Their story is so touching and sweet. I'm sure they absolutely love this quilt. The fact that it is two sided is a huge bonus!!! Its so fun to look at the fabrics you used.
Hat off to you my friend.
xo

Jean said...

It is beautiful. And I love how it is truely two sided.

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

ooh, LOVEly ;-)

Di said...

Simply gorgeous, like all your work, Rachael :-))

the girlfriend gap said...

I love this so much! If I can find you in all of the 600 entries You get my vote! What is your entry number? You can see my entry Here

http://thegirlfriendgap.blogspot.com/2012/05/bloggers-quilt-festival.html

Hope you can visit

Janita

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