Friday, October 26, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival October 2012

Yay! It's Blogger's Quilt Festival time!! What could be better than seeing lots of beautiful quilts from all around the world and hearing the stories behind them, with the bonus of finding new bloggy friends. 


Today I'm sharing my version of a pattern by Chris Jurd called Mariner's Garden.


The paper pieced center is a scrap attack of blues and greens. I didn't have an overall plan when choosing my colours. I had a lot of blues and greens so figured that was a good start. When it came to choosing a background I thought I'd use orange or yellow, something sunny and bright, but when trying those options they just fell flat, but the purple really made the center pop. 



 The flowers in the setting triangles were my first attempt at applique and far from perfect, but I'm okay with that. You have to start somewhere, and I learnt a lot doing them...



This peacock fabric was in my stash and the colours were right so they became the corner blocks. They inspired the name for the quilt - Peacock Garden

The quilt top has sat in my cupboard for about 2 years. I was putting off quilting it , partly because it's big! and because I was worried about not doing a good enough job. I took it to Tanya Croft, my lovely long arm quilter who chose a simple loopy squiggly all-over design. I'm so happy with it, it's not too fussy and just dances around the quilt.




I love this pattern and enjoyed making it, I'd really like to make it again in other colours. 

Fun backing fabric!! Domestic Diva by Emily Taylor. 
 One last pretty garden photo...

A super big Thank You to Amy from Amy's Creative Side for organising the Blogger's Quilt Festival!! And to all the wonderful sponsers for supporting such a fun event.


I always try to reply to comments but it's going to be a busy week of trying to visit as many festival blogs as I  can so please excuse me if I don't reply, but if you leave me a comment I'll make sure I visit your blog and leave a comment in return. :) 


90 comments:

Quiltbenaco said...

Mi piace tantissimo....tutto.....
i colori e il modello....
ciao

Chris said...

Looks beautiful Rachael. And the setting is perfect.

quilthexle said...

Love the colour - and the overall impact is just gorgeous!

Kathie said...

you always find such fun fabric love those peacocks!
Ok I LOVE this quilt and the color combo is perfect in mho. your applique is wonderful don't be so hard on yourself, beautiful quilt I am glad you had it quilted so you can enjoy it thanks for sharing
Kathie

Eileen said...

Just fantastic. Beautiful design, love the appliqued corners and fabric/colors are fantastic. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Kerstin said...

Just beautiful!

Heather said...

Oh my, I just love this one. The colors, pattern and fabrics are wonderful and that bit of applique just adds the perfect finishing touch. Beautiful!

melissa said...

Cant believe its that time again! The centre on your quilt is just amazing ! I would love to learn how to do something like that! And applique too, its just wonderful Rachael!

Terry said...

The quilt is another georgeous circle of colour. You Rock !!!!

Patchwork and Play said...

Your quilt is beautiful Rachael! And quite different from your bold liberated style! The backing is a nod to your quirkiness.

Sandra said...

Rach,
Another great job. Very impressive and it sure doesn't look like a first time applique.

Come se my antique quilt #24 and my batik applique #47

Mary said...

Beautiful Rachael! That peacock fabric was the perfect choice. I am so glad you had it quilted...it is too good to just sit on a shelf!

Seams Sew Together said...

Gorgeous Rachael!! Love your colours

Barb said...

beautiful quilt for the festival!
I had no idea that you are a new appliquer - it is wonderful and the looping quilting is the perfect touch. I love the nature shots.
The peacock fabric and domestic diva fabrics are absolutely gorgeous and so YOU!!

Frog Quilter said...

Gorgeous. Lovely colors.

SarahZ said...

OhMyGoodness! So so beautiful! Everything about it is pleasing!

Patty D from NC said...

Beautiful quilt - just love it.

Sujata Shah said...

Rachael, That center medallion is crazy good! wow!!! I am amazed at your patience. Stunning beauty. Love the backing fabric with iron and pots on it. Those dancing potted flowers are definitely reminding me of the gardener in you!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It is a stunning quilt Rachael! Your applique looks perfect and is a nice touch in the corners. Love the name of the backing fabric....Domesttic Diva!

Janine said...

All I can say is WOW! Beautiful quilt!

Melinda said...

That is awesome! I'm shocked and impressed that this was your first applique attempt!

Sabine said...

Just one word: WOW!!!!

Alison said...

This is so gorgeous! The fabrics are so beautiful! :)

Lynne Shandley said...

I love love love the centre of that quilt! All those itsy bitsy pieces!

CitricSugar said...

Love it - it's gorgeous! The first thought I had was peacock, before I even saw the inspiration fabric...

Kelly said...

It is beautiful!

Token Asian Friend said...

Curves? Triangles? Diamonds? Stars? Circles? Appliqué? This quilt has it all! Beautiful!

Shannon said...

this is absolutely beuatiful. Love the combo applique flowers/piecing.

LethargicLass said...

stunning quilt! Everything about the fabrics and pattern you chose just work beautifully!

Anne said...

Spectacular quilt! I really should give appliqué a try!

sonia said...

Fantastic colours and details. Congrats!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I love it Rachael...Mariner's Garden....and that peacock fabric as well! Happy Quilter's Festival to you...have fun blog hopping...I'll be 'tarantaring' all weekend xo

Di said...

Rachael, your quilt is amazing! Exquisite colour choices, beautiful appliqué, and of course that little bit of fun with the backing (we always need fun don't we?). Thank you for entering it, and I hope many others love it as much as I do :-))

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is just really beautiful. Those peacocks are really fun.

Jennie said...

The colours are beautiful - a gorgeous quilt. Congratulations!

audrey said...

So very beautiful! Love your color choices. If that's your first effort at applique, I am totally jealous! Awesome job.

Gretchen said...

A Mariner's Compass in blues and greens and applique and peacocks! No wonder this quilt is so gorgeous!

Debbie said...

My goodness that compass medallion is terrific!

Leanne said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the medallion and the fabrics you picked for the borders are also perfect. Thank you for sharing it for the festival.

Leanne said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the medallion and the fabrics you picked for the borders are also perfect. Thank you for sharing it for the festival.

prairieharmony said...

This is an amazing quilt! You did such a great job on this quilt. The color choice is wonderful :)

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous quilt - I love the jewel tones that you have used for the medallion.

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow this is lovely - I love the colours you have used. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

This is gorgeous! Actually I have this quilt half finished...it has become a UFO! But I will finish it!

Marg said...

Oh my Rachael this is just superb. The appliqué looks amazing.

Karen said...

It's a beautiful quilt. The design is stunning and the colours and fabrics are gorgeous. The peacocks are perfect. Great idea to send it to a Long Arm quilter when you are unsure. It has worked out well.
Congrats on a great finish.

MooseStash Quilting said...

WOW!! This is just too cool!! And the backgrounds where you photographed your quilt!! SPECTACULAR!!

Lorna said...

Rachael -- what an amazing quilt. Wow! Thank goodness you took this one off the shelf -- it is too beautiful just to rest on a shelf :) Was this paper pieced or appliqued?

Pattilou said...

Thanks for sharing the process of this quilt. It is gorgeous.

Diane Wild said...

Wow. Beautiful. Love the colors.

Shay said...

Talk about a work of art (and a labour of love ). This quilt has it all . Those points would have driven me mad and yet you still seem to be quite sane.

Your quilt is just beautiful Rachael. That peacock fabric is darling.

leanne said...

wow - absolutely gorgeous rachael :) love the peacock fabric and everything else about the quilt - I bet you're really glad you finally got it out of the cupboard cause that's no place for a beauty like this :)

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Wow, that is a amazing quilt. I love the pattern as well as the colors - gorgeous!

Margaret said...

Beautiful!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Dana Gaffney said...

Gorgeous quilt! The colors are so perfect and I'd never know that you hadn't done applique before. It's all wonderful. Thanks.

Julie said...

Wow! I know that took a long time to construct. You did a wonderful job!

Laura said...

What a lot of work! Your quilt is beautiful. (I used that peacock fabric in a quilt a few years ago.)

Nifty Quilts said...

My goodness! This is a masterpiece! I'm always so inspired by your work. No need to reply.

Carol E. said...

Gorgeous!! i love it love it love it! (Love that peacock fabric!)

Rene' said...

Wow! Just beautiful! Great colors. I especially like the peacocks.

Simply Sandy said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! Just love that center!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You did a fantastic job on your quilt...love the color the piecing...quilting....fantastic!!!

Beth said...

I love all the little details in your quilt!

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful quilt! Amazing design, great color/fabric choices, excellent quilting. Love it. And, great photography too!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Heidi said...

oh Rachael, this is such a gorgeous quilt ! the center is perfect and I just love quilts which include applique. A feast for the eyes !

Quilting Babcia said...

Beautiful quilt - love your color and pattern choices. Very striking!

Lonci said...

Very stunning quilt:)))

MimiQuilts said...

Oh my goodness, that center section looks so complicated. It turned out beautiful!

Kelsey said...

Stunning!! You picked the perfect background color!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Absolutely, purple was a great call! Sigh, I just love you fabric choices, as always!

Jaye said...

Love the center! Very nice work.

Sasha said...

Rachael, you quilt is beautiful!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love the fabrics that you used...oh my goodness...it's so pretty!!!

Lyanna L. said...

love it! great job -- I really like paper piecing. =)

Carol E. said...

What category fits your quilt? Bed size? Throw?

Tammy said...

Gorgeous well done

Marika Szabóne said...

Quilting Very nice work :)

Emma said...

Mariner's compass is one of my favourite blocks. You've done such a wonderful job with yours. I really like how you've set it. The purple really does make it pop.

Candace said...

I love this quilt, beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing it with us.

tusen said...

It looks perfect. And I love your colour choices.

Sheila said...

Beautiful quilt, love your approach to choosing fabrics and using what you have.

Shari said...

Stunning quilt. Absolutely perfect.

traceyjay said...

so beautiful!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

This is so beautiful

Derrith said...

Absolutely fabulous quilt!. The work-manship is amazinf. EReally beautiful!

pinsandneedles said...

Stunning quilt! The color selection is fabulous! Perfect!

Heather said...

What a beautiful quilt! Great job :)

Heather said...

Stunning! The blues and greens are beautiful and purple was a very good choice!

tinkingalong said...

This is outright gorgeous! Congratulations on producing such a beautiful piece!

Elle said...

That turned out fabulously! A Mariner's compass is on my bucket list....especially now! Fantastic!

LoBo333 said...

Beautiful quilt - I love the colors and it looks like such a lot of work! Congratulations on finishing such a lovely quilt and thanks for sharing!

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