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. :) 


Bloggers Quilt Festival October 2012

90 comments

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

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  2. Looks beautiful Rachael. And the setting is perfect.

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

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  4. 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

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

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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!

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

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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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!

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  12. 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!!

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

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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!

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  16. All I can say is WOW! Beautiful quilt!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  24. Spectacular quilt! I really should give appliqué a try!

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  25. Fantastic colours and details. Congrats!

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  26. 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

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  27. 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 :-))

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

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  29. The colours are beautiful - a gorgeous quilt. Congratulations!

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

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

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  32. My goodness that compass medallion is terrific!

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  33. 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.

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  34. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  40. 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.

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

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  42. 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?

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

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  44. Wow. Beautiful. Love the colors.

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  45. 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.

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  46. 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 :)

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

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  48. Beautiful!

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  57. I love all the little details in your quilt!

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

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  59. 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 !

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

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

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  62. Stunning!! You picked the perfect background color!

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

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  64. Love the center! Very nice work.

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

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

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  67. What category fits your quilt? Bed size? Throw?

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  68. 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.

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

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  70. It looks perfect. And I love your colour choices.

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

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  72. Stunning quilt. Absolutely perfect.

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

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  74. Stunning quilt! The color selection is fabulous! Perfect!

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  75. What a beautiful quilt! Great job :)

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

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

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

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  79. 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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