Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2010


Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival


I've been so looking forward to the festival and getting to see everyone's lovely quilts and reading about them.

My entry is called Summer Bubbles. Maybe I should have something a little more autumnal for the festival but it's spring here in Australia and I finished this quilt about this time last year so it's a nice way to celebrate its 1st anniversary.

I used a pattern called Ginger Spice by Hugs n Kisses. The original pattern is a baby quilt but I up sized mine to make a queen size quilt. Instead of a jelly roll I used 4 inch strips of Amy Butlers Midwest Modern range and I enlarged the curves and circle sizes as well to keep it all in proportion.
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This was such a fun quilt to make. It would be super quick to make if you attached the ric rac by machine and raw edge appliqued the circles. I did both by hand but back then I had more time to enjoy hand sewing in quiet moments.


I finished the top but somehow got it into my head that the circles looked too flat. In the end I decided to stuff them which consisted of cutting in behind each circle and adding some extra batting then sewing up the hole again. It was a lot of extra work but definitely worthwhile. The circles look so much better and it's so nice to run your hands over them.


The border fabric was some fabric I found in a bargain bin years ago before I was a quilter and bought thinking it'd be perfect for a skirt. I never got around to making the skirt luckily because the colours and circular flowers matched the rest of the quilt perfectly.

I hand quilted in perle 8 cotton in lots and lots of different sized circles in different colours. I didn't mark the quilt but just pinned paper circles to the quilt and stitched around them. Some are a little crooked and look more like potatoes than circles but it adds character. Quilting with perle cotton seems so much faster than quilting cotton. I guess it's the bigger stitches. I really like the obvious hand sewing look of it and the way the colour of thread really shows up.
If I had the time I'd hand quilt all my quilts, I find it so relaxing, my mind drifts away. I guess it's like meditation for me.
This is one of the quilts I entered in the Springwood Community Quilt Show. It's such a nervous but wonderful feeling to see something you've made being displayed in public. It received some lovely comments which is always encouraging. I now sometimes refer to this quilt as my Show Quilt. It's really earning it's title now!

Before this quilt I'd made a few quilts in a row as gifts for family and friends. This quilt I made especially for me, and I'm so happy with the way it turned out.

Thanks again to Amy for bringing everyone together for the Bloggers Quilt Festival and 3 cheers to all the wonderful sponsors!! It's going to be a fun week , I'm going to try to visit everyone who is posting a quilt!!

Cheerio


Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2010

65 comments

  1. A gorgeous quilt.
    I especially love the puffy circles and all that hand quilting.
    Andi :-)

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  2. Hey what a beautiful bright fabulous funky quilt - I love al those colours and the wonderful border and the stuffed circles! I love you hand stuffed those circles! Love love love it.

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  3. I just love this quilt! The colors, the bubbles, the hand-quilting... it's just perfect in every way! So summery and cheerful :) Thanks for all the details about how you changed the pattern to make it the way YOU wanted!

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  4. This is a quilt to treasure forever. All that handwork! I totally agree about the meditative atmosphere of hand quilting. And perle cotton big stitches add something you cannot get from any fancy machine quilting. I think what I like best about this quilt is all the love and care that went into it is very evident to the viewer.

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  5. I just love this quilt! I like all of the quilts I have seen on your blog; I think I'm going to follow along!

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  6. Oh my gosh, your quilt is so jaw-droppingly amazing! It looks so intricate!

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  7. Beautiful, I adore this quilt and I like to think Spring as Winter is fast approaching here!

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  8. very pretty! I love that you stuffed the circles. I so enjoy hand quilting too!

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  9. Very pretty! I feel the same way about hand quilting--so relaxing, but, time consuming.

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  10. Very Cool. Your quilt is my favorite so far of all that I have visited what a beautiful piece. I love that you beefed up the pattern and stuffed the circles. It is truly a delightful quilt and your borders carry the motif through so well. Really really nice.

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  11. Your quilt is just beautiful! The hand quilting really completes it nicely. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  12. It's gorgeous and looks lovely as a larger size. Congratulations.

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  13. Stunning! It's so nice to see the gorgeous hand quilting too.

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  14. Its a fabulous quilt. The quilting looks wonderful and the dimensional appliqued circles are a great idea.

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  15. Perfect for spring - this is stunning! I love the puffy circles, the rick rack, the hand quilting, the colors - oh it's just amazing!

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  16. This is just so beautiful. I love the movement created by all the shapes! It's just so fun, fantastic work!

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  17. I'm trying to visit everyone,too -- that's proving difficult, there are so many. I love your quilt! The colors are wonderful . . .

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  18. you had me at the ric arc!
    just adore this quilt!

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  19. Like your style! find a pattern for inspiration and change it up to suit! The stuffed circles are the cat's meow, too...

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  20. So pretty! Nice job.

    Happy Festival!

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  21. Beautiful quilt! I love those circles!

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  22. This is such a beautiful quilt!!!!!
    I bet it is really soft and squishy from all that hand stitching huh?
    Feel free to send it my way if you ever get sick of it, I will love it like its my own! : )

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  23. This reminds me of what it was like to walk into a lolly store as kid. You just dont know where to look or touch first.

    This is adult eye candy. Gorgeous. Love those puffy circles!

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  24. Wow! Those circles are awesome. Your quilt is a beautiful piece of inspiration! Thanks for stopping by, I am flattered!!

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  25. I love the ric rac and the circles. So impressed that you hand-sewed the ric rac and the bubbles.

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  26. Very fun quilt that you made your own by changing the dimensions and adding trapunto circles. I love the addition of rick rack too- The colors are so spring and summery- just perfect for where you live.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely piece- Enjoy the festival.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  27. This is such a lovely quilt. I love the colours and fabrics you have used for this gorgeous design. You have been so patient with all the hand sewing. I was well worth it for the wonderful end result!!

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  28. You did a great job with the circles and hand quilting! The palette is so soft and sweet - lovely quilt. I enjoy quilting by hand as well. Like you say, it's like meditation...
    ; )

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  29. I just love this quilt, you have done a wonderful job.

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  30. Rachael oh my goodness..beautiesss...beautiess love this uilt..congrats..Bloggers quilt festival what a great idea...all my best, Jennifer

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  31. Fun quilt- that is true dedication with the hand quilting!!

    Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

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  32. Wow!vi don't know if I'd have the patience for all that hand work but it sure is gorgeous!

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  33. en résumé superbe mon préféré certainement

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  34. Ok, If were were voting for a favorite quilt I'd be voting for your today! I love this quilt. It is my favorite so far!!!!!! I love that you had quilted it. my quilts were always hand quilted till my hands decided no more.
    I hope to do more hand quilting in the future once in a while I may borrow your idea for the thread. Thanks for Sharing again very nice quilt! Love it!

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  35. I just love love love this quilt. The pattern is unique and the colors and fabrics are awesome!Great woek!

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  36. I love your quilt! I love circles and the bright colors and wavy lines are fantastic. I think I might have to go find that pattern to put in my "someday" pile!

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  37. Beautiful colors and the border is great with all the other fabrics.

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  38. This might just be my all time favorite quilt of the whole year! As in, 2010! Stunning, and love the quilting.
    Thanks so much for sharing - - now can you send me the upsized pattern version and the kit?
    Thanks again.
    Inspiring.

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  39. What a lovely and fun quilt.
    I love your use of cicles and the pink rickrack is inspired!

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  40. this is so beautiful...i love it

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  41. What a fabulous quilt - just love the ric rac!!
    And love the fish on your header too!

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  42. beautiful quilt! you put so much loving care into this one!

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  43. i LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this quilt. it's so full of joy! it's truly amazing, thanks for sharing it!

    cheers from Portugal

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  44. Rachael, gorgeous quilt for the BQF. Very special quilt I love the colour and the design. I will be in Sydney shortly and we are staying in Darling Habor area. Sydney is beautiful we love visiting there. Your blog is colourfull and I love it - Hugs Nat

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  45. Oh my, what a fun quilt! I love it!

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  46. Absolutely adorable! Love the pattern and your fabric choices!

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  47. What a fun and creative quilt- the choice of colors are great!

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  48. Wow! What a beauty! I am impressed over all the creativity you share here. The colours,the bubbles, the ric-rac...it all worked out so wonderful! Congratulations with this beautiful treasure!

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  49. This quilt is so cheerful, so colorful, so wonderful! What a brilliant idea to stuff those circles!

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  50. Thanks for the kind words about the rick rack on my BQF quilt.

    Your rick rack looks great on this lovely quilt. I admire all the handwork you put into it! Those hand quilted circles look wonderful!

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  51. This is such a beautiful quilt! Wonderful that you had the border fabric on hand - it's perfect! Adding the extra batting to the circles had to be a huge amount of work, but it adds such a special touch!

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  52. That's absolutely gorgeous! I love the curves..and the ric rac...and the colors...

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  53. I LOVE your quilt! The rick rack, the circles, the fabric! it is just beautiful! I will have to check out this pattern :)

    Thank you for sharing, you have a great blog.

    SHeilaC

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  54. WOW! what an amazing quilt and youve done a fantastic job of it! i love it!

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  55. Wow, this is stunning, I think it is my favorite. Love the rickrack and the stuffed dots and the perle quilting--AB FAB!
    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll

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  56. I love circles! This is darling...so happy and whimsical. The perle cotton was a perfect choice for the quilting and I'm impressed you stuffed your appliqued circles. Well done!

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  57. This is brilliant! I love the tactile puffy circles and the circular quilting with perle cotton. Well done!

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  58. I absoutely love this quilt, and I love what you did with the circles to make them puff out. I think this would have to be one of my favourites.

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  59. This is so cute! I love your quilting too!

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  60. Wow! This quilt is just gorgeous. I love the happy bubbles and the rick-rack. Your quilting looks beautiful as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  61. what a fun quilt! i love this design and your fabrics are fantastic. those circles and the squigglies across the quilt are wonderful. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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