Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy As A Clam - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Woohoo! It's Bloggers Quilt Festival time again !!
Thanks to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for hosting the Festival, it's always such a fun event with lots of quilts to see and new blogs to discover. 


To all those who have seen my Happy as a Clam quilt before I hope you don't mind seeing it again. It's the most adventurous quilt I have made to date so I thought it deserved a showing at the Bloggers Quilt Festival. 

The story of this quilt began when I challenged myself to make a clamshell quilt using recycled denim. At first I thought I would just embellish a couple of the clamshells but once I started I just kept making more...

and more.  

It was a great opportunity to try different applique techniques, raw edge, wool felt, needle turn and I even used some groovy iron-on patches. My aim for this quilt was to have fun, and for it to be fun for its observers!
I ended up making 111 clam shells which is the perfect number for such a whimsical quilt.

It's the sort of quilt that the more you look the more you'll see. Lots of weird and wonderful, fun and frivolous, cute and curious things!

One clamshell even has something you can't see...
some gold stars hidden in a pocket, because as you know it's handy to catch a falling star and put it in your pocket to save for a rainy day. 

Now, I figured this is the sort of quilt that people would be curious about the backing, so for those who do look there's a daisy garden patchwork of fabrics. 

The happy clams are 8 inches across and the final quilt is 56 x 72 inches, a great size for hanging on the wall. 

You can imagine how honoured and pleased I was that this quilt received 3rd place in the Anything Goes- Mixed Media category at the Sydney Quilt Show 2014. 

I was Happy as a Clam in fact!!

I've entered Happy As A Clam in The Original Design Quilts Category. I'll post another quilt in a couple of days so watch out for that one too. 

Happy Bloggers Quilt Festival to everyone. Let me know in the comments if you have a quilt in the show so I can make sure I pop over to see it.  

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64 comments:

shez said...

Wow Racheal this truly is amazing and congrats my clever friend.xx

antique quilter said...

Just love this quilt, it is so creative. Love the stitching, just so fun to look at all the different clams and bet there is a story behind so many of them.
LOVE the back, perfect choice for you :)
thanks for sharing
Kathie

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Ooh yes, Rachael, this quilt surely deserves to be shown again. It is one of my favorites! It is so much fun and has a groovy, hippie feeling to me. Reminds me of a pair of embellished flared jeans from the 70s. :-)

Alejandra Balanzario said...

This quilt is really original, great job, very creative!, congratulations!

Betsy said...

Omg this quilt is Mazing! Congratulations on your win. So well deserved. Will there be a pattern release?

Sooli said...

I do love this quilt and its great to have another look. I didn't actually realise the clams were as big as that. I like the I Spy nature of it, kind of I Spy for grown ups!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This is such an incredible and interesting quilt, I wish I could see it in person! Every time I see it there is something else to make me smile.
I love the stars in the pocket too!

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

WOOOOOOW - this quilt is amazing dear Rachael!!
I love it!! Great job and congratulations on your win!
Hugs
Deborah

Jeneta said...

Wait! What? Has it already been a year since the last Bloggers Quilt Festival? I LOVE this quilt! I feel like I know you a little better as a result of this quilt. It really is a happy quilt. You have my vote!

Diane said...

That will make voting easy for me! I adore this quilt...every single clamshell of it.

Barb said...

wonderful quilt for the festival!!
I love the back, what a wonderful surprise :)
congrats again on the well deserved ribbon.
This quilt is such a great grown up eye spy
xxx

Thimbleanna said...

How fun to see your happy quilt again. I love the back as much as the front -- both so bright and beautiful!!!

pennydog said...

That's really cool and it's a proper double sided quilt too!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I think I smiled the whole way through :)

Melissa P said...

I don't think anyone gets tired of seeing this whimsical quilt. It just brings smiles and happy thoughts!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

It is such a pleasure to see this quilt again! I found your blog during a past Blogger's Quilt Festival and have enjoyed every post since. I still need to decide which quilts I am entering. You can bet one of them will probably be scrappy!

Pam said...

wow wow and wow ~ love this quilt of many HOURS !
i entered two of my recent favorites in bqf...love all this inspiration xo

Julie said...

How have I missed seeing this before, such a fabulous piece, so much to look at, so much colour. Well done.

LynCC said...

This was the perfect quilt for you to put up for the Festival! So fun to see it again. I JUST LOVE IT!!

Kyle said...

Your quilt just makes everyone smile. It's so filled with happy things. I'm glad you picked that one to share! It's a winner!

Shay said...

You could show this quilt multiple times and I'd never get tired of seeing it. I discover something new every time you show it.

Im thrilled you chose it for your BQF post - it's original , fresh and fun - just like you!

Shannon said...

This is beyond awesome! Totally the kind of quilt you could get lost in forever! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Nifty Quilts said...

Yea! I could look at this quilt for days on end. Hope you'll show it again and again!

Allie said...

So glad you entered this quilt Rachel, it's absolutely stunning and I love it so much!!!

Cindy said...

This is such a fun quilt! So glad you entered it in the festival so I could find it. :) I have no idea how you made it but I love looking at it!

O'Quilts said...

yup you r a genius

Sharyn Baldwin said...

I just love your clam quilt Rachael! It is so much fun!

Patchwork and Play said...

Another amazing creation! Your ideas continue to inspire me~ 3rd place- bah humbug! This is a first prize quilt in my eyes!

Janet said...

I considered myself very lucky to have enjoyed this one in the flesh in Sydney, it's just sooo fantastic! I love the back too. How special to have some stars hidden in the pockets, I love your work.

Heather said...

I so love this quilt. It just makes me smile. A great post to start my day!

A Nudge said...

I like the back as well - so colorful. Such a creative quilt!

Flying Blind... said...

Completely bloody awesome xxx

Katy Cameron said...

I do love this, great choice!

Karen said...

So glad you have entered this quilt. It is so special even to us readers as you revealed your clams a few at a time. The backing is also something special.

pandchintz said...

Love it! I'll be voting for you.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

It certainly is a fun quilt filled with originality and quirkiness. On of the best things about quilting seems to be the scope it provides for creativity.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This is such a fun quilt! Not all quilts are art, but this one certainly is!!!

Vickie said...

This is a wonderful piece Rachael, a quilt of fun discovery !

CapitolaQuilter said...

What fun this quilt is. I'm glad I bumped into it while hopping around Blogger's Festival.

Unknown said...

This is a perfect quilt for the Bloggers Quilt Festival and you are so right about showing the back as well. Well done - hoping it "does" well.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is amazing. Seriously amazing. You never fail to thrill and inspire me!

Karen said...

I love seeing this quilt again. It has so many wonderful elements that you feel like you are discovering something new every time you look.
This is a wonderful choice for the quilt festival.

Sharon said...

This quilt just blows my mind! You put so much work into it, with so many charming little details. It is just incredible. And beautiful! I could gaze upon this quilt all day long.

I've got two quilts in the BQF. One is so new, it's never been shown on the blog before!

audrey said...

Ahh.. this is such a happy quilt. Love all the sweet little details and originality of your denim clams! Very much a YOU quilt.:)

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

Nothing short of AMAZING! I am speechless.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I'm in love with this quilt!!!!!!!! It' a true piece of art! You have my vote!

~Diana said...

An *AMAZING* work of ART! Thank you for sharing!

Frederique said...

I love this quilt! Great ideas

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Beautiful Rachael...you are so clever!

Issabella The Cat said...

Voted hon, I absolutely love this quilt!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

You know you've got my vote!! Just voted in viewers choice too. I absolutely ADORE EVERYTHING about this quilt. Honestly it just makes me smile :) xx

Vivian said...

Great use of the recycled denim and what wonderful designs and embellishments! Truly an original and creative piece. Kudos!!!

DeborahGun said...

This is one of my most favourite quilts - ever :-)

Eileen {bluebirdluxe} said...

Hi Rachael!! I love this quilt so much!! I'm happy as a clam just looking at it! It's such a wonderful piece of happy art! xo :)

Wona Chennault said...

I'm curious if you have put instructions anywhere

marylouweidman said...

This rocks !

Kristy Hanning said...

love, love, love!!! thank you for sharing!

Jane Barrett said...

Truly inspirational - you are very clever!

blg2240 said...

This is the first quilt that I can say just makes me happy looking at it. There are so many patterns that I absolutely love, but this one just makes me feel good. The colors, the detail, everything about it is happy. Thank you so much.

Ramona said...

If this quilt won 3rd, I want to see what took first!! Love quilts like this that make you look at all the details. And this is the only clam shell quilt that I actually like. But I Love this one!

Elaine said...

Amazing! And Ramona has taken the words from my mouth ...... if this quilt took 3rd place, I can't begin to imagine what the 1st and 2nd placed quilts were like!

Jane said...

I'm late to the party but just found this quilt and HAD to comment on how absolutely amazing I think this quilt is!!!!!
The falling star in the pocket is incredibly creative and sweet and the whole thing is just beautiful!! Should have been First place!!!!

giddy99 said...

I can't believe I'm just seeing this (considering the amount of time I spend ogling quilts online), but this IS AMAZING, and right up my alley. I'm so in love with it.

I did the same thing with my Hexy Pelt - it started out as a small project, and just took on a life of its own. :)

giddy99 said...

Please come back to Instagram! :)

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