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

The Love Quilt

83 comments

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

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

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

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  4. Stunning quilt, great design and colours!

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  5. 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!

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

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

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

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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!

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

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  13. Such a lovely gift and reversible to boot!

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  20. 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.

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

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

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  23. 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.

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

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  25. 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

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  26. Love It!

    Margaret
    http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

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  27. Love It!

    Margaret
    http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

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  28. 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

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

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

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  31. Stunning quilt and the cream flashes make it pop.

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  32. 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!

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

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

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  35. 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!!!

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  36. 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!

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

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  38. Gorgeous quilt - your friends are so lucky!

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  39. 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!

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

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  41. 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!

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  42. 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!

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

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  44. 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

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  45. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  50. 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.

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  51. 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.

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  52. 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.

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

    Happy Quilt Festival.

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

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

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  56. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  63. 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.

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  64. 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

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

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

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

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

    ; )

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

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

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  70. 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.

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

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

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  73. 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

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

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

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  76. 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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