Friday, October 09, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival, Fall 2009



Above: finished quilt


Above: Inspiration from a vintage craft book




Above: Sketch of quilt idea



Above: back of finished quilt


This is my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by parkcitygirl. I made this for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap last spring (2008) and it is a favorite of mine. I was inspired by a headboard I saw in a vintage (60's? 70's?) craft book I found. After I sketched it I drew out the shapes on freezer paper and used them as templates for the individual pieces. I then used double sided fusible web to adhere the pieces to the background (a patterned white on white fabric). I sewed it all down as raw-edge applique, machine quilted it every 1/3 inch or so in an echo design and then added some beads and buttons for fun. It was a quilt very different from anything I've done before or since!

Another quilt I thought about showcasing would be this one I just finished, so check that one out too! Thanks for visiting!

39 comments:

Chase said...

The first quilt is just darling.. I LOVE it! The second quilt is also great! LOVE them all.

Mary said...

What a fun quilt, and thanks for sharing your sketch as well. The beads for your label and great. I may copy that one.

Dee said...

Like them both! You have a good eye for design and color! Thanks for sharing!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Totally love that little flower quilt.

Zonnah said...

I love it, so bright and beautiful.

Kaye Prince said...

Beautiful! You did a great job!

Cheryl said...

Adorable quilt and I LOVE your label.

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful quilt. Great design, great colors, great fabrics & great quilting. Love it. I also love how you placed this quilt, as a wallhanging.

Inspirational!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Helen said...

I remember this on on flickr. Still a favorite. Just lovely.

Marge Gordon said...

Love your flowers and might just have to make one of those myself, I have a spot that is calling for a bright quilt. I'm bookmarking you so I can share if and when I get around to it!

urbancrunch said...

The flowers are so cute!!
-Jaclyn

stitchinpenny said...

I love your applique. The quilt is beautiful.

Katie B. said...

Your quilts are fantastic! I love seeing your inspiration and sketches.

tooznie said...

I love how this quilt evolved and took shape. So creative and fun!

Marit said...

I have also seen your swap quilt on flickr - just beautiful! Your red quilt is another beauty, what a fun way to display all the pretty KJR fabric. Bold choice with the red sashing, fantastic effect!! I am so happy you shared both these quilts!

Martha said...

I have this book and I have always loved that headboard. You did a fabulous job of interpreting the design and making it your own. Love the quilt and love the fabrics -- it's just beautiful.

Rene' said...

I love both quilts. I really like that you designed the first one from a picture. The flowers are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Aimee said...

I like both quilts-- but the flowers are my favorite. What a wonderfully creative girl you are!

Rhondi said...

Thanks for showing us your inspiration and the drawing. I really like your quilt.

Sara said...

Oh that first quilt is so bright and cheery! I love it. The Red one is beautiful!!!

Leslie said...

the flowers quilt is great but this red quilt is absolutely amazing. i love it. these are great additions to the quilt festival

quiltmom said...

Nikki,
I'm sure that you would really like Kellie 's patterns of http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/dont_look_now/
She is an Australian quilt designer and your piece reminds me of her patterns.
Your quilt is really a lovely piece. I love your flowers and the quilted detail. The quilting gives nice movement to your piece.
Thanks for sharing.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Rebekah said...

Adorable! These flowers are gorgeous. Beautiful quilt!

Marie said...

I love flowers what a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing it as well as your paper design.

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Apple Avenue Quilts said...

What a happy little quilt. I love the flowers.

Martine said...

très printanier j'aime beaucoup ,félicitation

Holly said...

Look at you -27 comments! Just little 'ol me here saying...LOVE that quilt. You are so talented:)

Michelle said...

I love your design of the flower quilt. It is wonderful to see something move from paper to fabric.Your red quilt is so bright and lively.

Julie Bagamary said...

These pieces are great! So whimsical and fun!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Absolutely lovely. Love the whimsical flowers.

QuiltSue said...

I like both quilts, but I think the first is my favourite. Really cheerful and happy somehow.

gschwarz said...

Your flower quilt is beautiful. I am new to quilting and haven't yet made anything without a pattern, but you have inspired me to try. Thanks for sharing. I love it!

gschwarz said...

Your flower quilt is beautiful. I am new to quilting and haven't yet made anything without a pattern, but you have inspired me to try. Thanks for sharing. I love it!

taylorsoutback said...

What a happy quilt - hope you keep it out during our long Wisconsin winters!
Pat in Northern Wisconsin

Vicki said...

Wow, both of these quilts are amazing. I'm adding you to my google reader. :)

sewpam63 said...

That little posie quilt is FILLED with whimsy and laughter! I just LOVE it! ; ) Thanks for sharing.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I'm so glad you showed both. They are so different from each other and both so wonderful!

Carolyn said...

Two incredible quilts! I just love that you were able to recreate the flower quilt from your inspiration. Amazing!