Saturday, June 15, 2013

Octopus's Garden


Hello!! 
I know I've been pretty quiet over the last few weeks...

I wish I could say I've been sailing to faraway places surrounded by a flock of flying geese...


Or on adventures looking for sea savvy seagulls.


I haven't gotten lost whilst wandering through the rain looking for flowers, feathers...

...shells and starfishes.

You may be thinking it, but no, a giant octopus didn't come out of his underwater house to kidnap me....

If only I'd been off chasing butterflies...

...under rays of sunshine.

 Birds in the bushes have been chirping and frogs croaking their songs but...

...try as I might , I'm sorry to say I really don't have any good excuses to give you about my absence.

 But ...
I do have a new quilt top to show you!!!


A combination of my precious stash of Tula Pink fabrics, snippets of 8 different collections, 
and Chris Jurd's fabulous Emperors Wheel Pattern.


I think I'll call my version Octopus's Garden.


Linking up with LeChallenge whose challenge theme for this month is Maritime.

Le Challenge

68 comments:

DianeY said...

Wow! That is spectacular! Love everything about it! You may have outdone yourself here and that's saying a lot!

Cardygirl said...

Just amazing in every way! Thanks for sharing...it is very inspiring!

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, my goodness! I am stuck for words, at the beauty and glory of this!!! You have outdone yourself this time Rachael! (And I didn't read Diane's comment until now!!) Unbelievably wonderful!

Deborah said...

wow - this is wonderful. I love your design, selection of fabrics, in fact everything about it :-)

Kirsten said...

This really is an amazing quilt - just love the different fabrics you have used!!

Quiltbenaco said...

E' stupendo!
Mi piacciono tanto quelle oche in volo circolare.....

Vado a vedere se abbiamo qualcosa a tema marinaro....

Ciao

Nat at Made in Home said...

It is unbelievable! An awesome quilt, than you so much for participating!

Anita said...

This quilt is amazing! Great work! And your post is very well written too. I enjoyed it. :)

Erin @ Missy Mac Creations said...

What an intricate piece. So many little surprises to find in there. I love all your fabric choices, though think the cheeky little octopus is my fave. :)

Nifty Quilts said...

Absolutely beautiful! Original! You! Bravo!!

Vera said...

Oh wow! What a quilt! Well done!

Quiltjane said...

Wow, wow, wow that is some quilt. Beautiful

audrey said...

Beautiful combination of fabric and pattern! As I was reading down the post I was thinking 'did she?' and yes, you did--make a gorgeous new quilt top!

Grit said...

Looks fantastic.
Greetings Grit

Little Island Quilting said...

Completely, stunningly gorgeous. Tempted to do it myself now!

Heather Bassett said...

Absolutely beautiful - gorgeous use of Tula Pink - feel I need to rush off and order yards of it. But don't think I am up to tackling the fabulous pattern yet.

Béa said...

Really wonderful, I love !

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow that is soooo stunning Rachael...that in itself is a good enough excuse!

Mack and Mabel said...

Oh my goodness! I am in TOTAL awe!!! Your quilt is just amazing :)

Issabella The Cat said...

This is blow your mind beautiful! I can't get over how intricate it looks or how harmoniously the colours prints and pattern go together.

Anita said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love everything about it! Where did you find the pattern?

Terry said...

A dazzling treasure at the end of an amazing adventure. I'm sure you had just as much fun imagining all the places you've been.

Kelly said...

Absolutely stunning - love the fabric picks!

Siobhán said...

Ummm, wow. Seriously--that is amazing!

Kathie said...

love this post just made me smile.
omg your fabric choices and the quilt is just wonderful
glad you just kept sewing and finished it then shared it...just awesome!
Kathie

Mary said...

Just fabulous! It was well worth the wait!!!

Julierose said...

Beautiful quilt! I love your use of the octopus fabric--lovely finish Julierose

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said...

WOW. I love the fabric choices and the intricate pattern. Really gorgeous.

Mrs Jones said...

Beautiful quilt -so much work has gone into it and all linked to water. Brilliant

Heather said...

Wow, this is just glorious! You truly have a magical touch when putting fabrics together. I am so inspired.

Henry's Shed said...

Wow! That is a gorgeous quilt! And such fantastic fabrics! :)

Tonya Ricucci said...

woohoo, fabulous!!!

Vickie said...

Wow Rachael ! That quilt is just beautiful, I can't begin to guess the hours that went into making it...Amazing !

Sarah_L_N said...

Wow! I didn't realise this was a quilt top until right at the very end, it is amazing!

Melissa P said...

What a glorious celebration! Of color and pattern, of Tula's prints, of adventure...such a spectacular quilt. Love it!

Tamie said...

Love the quilt- and your post. Thanks for sharing the details.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

gulp, I literally have tears in my eyes. This is just so incredible. All those gorgeous fabrics and I thought the snippets were pictures of different projects or a cushion but behold the beauty that is octopus's garden! Honestly this is just totally totally amazing. I don't think I can say anymore I want to go look at the pictures again. I will probably cry - with joy, that's a compliment!! You're incredible.

Monica said...

I see you already have plenty of comments, but I still have to say that you did a fantastic job of using your fabrics to their full potential. Sometimes large prints are tricky to use with detailed piecing, but this is brilliant! Great work!

smazoochie said...

I was getting a little worried about you!
Your time away was VERY well spent! Even if you weren't actually having those adventures, their representation in this amazing quilt just might be better. It is beautiful! Beautiful patchwork, beautiful fabric use, just all-round beautiful!
p.s. I've sent you a Flickr mail about another quilt.

Kris said...

Wow wow wow! that is so impressive! Love it...and the fabric choices.

Melody said...

Amazing and wonderful. Your quilts are the BEST.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This is a spectacular quilt! It should be in a show for sure it would win! I love the feather fabric. Can you tell me what it is?

jeifner said...

It's from Tula's mostly out if print Plume line. (In case she didn't answer already.

Mara said...

This is just amazing, love that fabric line.

jeifner said...

I would want to hold this and squeeze it and love it forever. Wonderful mix of the different fabrics. I've been wondering what to do with the Nest and Hushabye fabrics I've got and couldn't quite wrap my head around how to combine them with the newer Tula lines. Brilliant.

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

Oh my goodness, that is divine. I love all the fabrics, what a great use of the tula lines, great design. You must be so proud of the finish - it is one of the most inspiring quilts I have seen.

Shakey Stitches said...

Wow wow wow.
This is an amazing quilt. I love everything about it.

Rebecca said...

Well that was certainly worth waiting for...I was wondering what you would be brewing up. Have you read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters? This is the quilt for that book...sea, manners, fish and misdirection.

O'Quilts said...

oooo This is more than very wonderful. Much more!

Mina said...

oooooh, Love It! I think my Tula stash would love looking this good

Shay said...

Well hello stranger. Nice to see you back.

Loved this post (very clever ) and the new quilt is a work of art ! No wonder you've been head down and bottom up!

Janet said...

Whoa Rachael, that is a super duper quilt you have created. I love it!

regan said...

I don't know how you keep doing it.....but every quilt you show us is even better than the last! This one is so fantastic! And, of course, your fun little story to go with it is SO YOU! I love everything you do, Rachael! :O)

Lynne Shandley said...

I might have a few of Tula's fabrics stashed away, and I have two of her books now too!
The work in that quilt is amazing. I remain a slap dash quilter but I have no less fun for it :-)

Karen said...

Look at all those delicious fabrics! Stunning blocks and a beautiful quilt. You sure have been working away on this one.
You have put together an amazing quilt!!!

Karen said...

Fab post! Love, love, love your quilt. I can imagine your delight as you fussy cut your way through those gorgeous fabrics! How do you think you will quilt it?

Sasha said...

Rachael, your quilt is amazing!!! I just love the way all of your fabrics work together. I think this is a perfect entry for LeChallenge! I could look at your quilts for hours/days/weeks. They are always so beautiful!

Deborah said...

This was well worth the wait for a post! Fabulous!! You have an amazing sense of design!!!!

Kelli said...

This is just amazing. I don't even have words to describe it. You did a fantastic job with this beauty. I honestly love it!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

AMAZING! quilt Rachael. I love all the texture and color you have captured in this beauty!!!! Well done!

leanne said...

wow what an amazing adventure that quilt is - just stunning !

Heidi said...

nothing more to add !
( I'll try anyway ;-) )
Love love love the quilt and the story . The fabric combination works so well, the colors, the pattern... sigh..

april said...

Omg! Saw this on Flickr and would favorite it x a million if I could! Soooo gorgeous and impressive!! Absolutely stunning work!!

Amira@littlemushroomcap said...

Fabulous! I love your creativity and I too got the joy of making this quilt just by looking at it! Thanks for sharing!
Amira@ http://littlemushroomcap.blogspot.com

Lurline said...

Wow! I missed this one - thrilled to catch up. Lounging back with new grandson in Thailand after emergency flight - so relaxing, all is well now, new baby Nate home. Your quilt is mesmerising, love it.
Hugs - Lurline!

roccagal said...

wow-that is stunning!
LUV TULA-LUV THIS QUILT!!!!!!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, that is absolutely amazing!!! Fabulous tribute to Tula, and great fabric choices

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Your quilt looks amazing, beautifully done. So many interesting shapes and colours.

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