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
Octopus's Garden

68 comments

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

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

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  3. 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!

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

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

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

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

    Ciao

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

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

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  9. 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. :)

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! Original! You! Bravo!!

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  11. Oh wow! What a quilt! Well done!

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  12. Wow, wow, wow that is some quilt. Beautiful

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  13. 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!

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  14. Looks fantastic.
    Greetings Grit

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

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  16. 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.

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  17. Really wonderful, I love !

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

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

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  20. 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.

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

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  22. 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.

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  23. Absolutely stunning - love the fabric picks!

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  24. Ummm, wow. Seriously--that is amazing!

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  25. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  36. 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.

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  37. 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!

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  38. 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.

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

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  40. Amazing and wonderful. Your quilts are the BEST.

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  41. 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?

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

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  42. This is just amazing, love that fabric line.

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  43. 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.

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  44. 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.

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

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  46. 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.

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  47. oooo This is more than very wonderful. Much more!

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

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  49. 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!

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

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  51. 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)

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  52. 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 :-)

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  53. 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!!!

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  54. 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?

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  55. 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!

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

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  57. 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!

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

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

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  60. 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..

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

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  62. 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

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  63. 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!

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

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

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

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