Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Quilt Festival Fun

Once again, it's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2012 over at Amy's Creative Side!  I have only participated once before, but I am very eager to join in again.  So many quilts to view.  It's simply irresistible!
So dramatic!
This time around, I chose 'Almost Amish', completed earlier this year.  The idea for this quilt started from a picture of a small Amish doll quilt I found in a quilt magazine.  The mix of colors and value used in that quilt were fascinating to me and I wanted to see if I could duplicate the effect (in a much larger quilt of course).
Love the leaves on the trees.
Naturally, I had to use printed fabrics as overdosing on solids tend to cause instantaneous brain paralysis for me!  After studying the initial picture for some time, I came to the conclusion that the floating 4-patch pattern was not nearly as random as it first appeared.  Hmmmm...
This quilt oozes lovely scrappiness....
It took several tries (and lots of calculations) before I came up with a method involving percentages of colors and values to cut.  I divvied up my fabrics according to the proper percentages and cut accordingly.  Then, after I had all of my squares cut, I sewed 4-patches together using the same basic formula.  4-patches were sewn to 4-patches and eventually I had all my 16-patch blocks ready for layout.
Love the owl surveying his domain.....
At this point it became obvious that my pre-determined sashing fabric was not going to work out as planned.  I dithered about what color to use and eventually came up with the idea of using this creamy fabric that has an unobtrusive, very light blue and black print.  Bought initially for the backing fabric for another quilt, it seemed to make my floating 4-patch blocks come alive--much better than any other color I auditioned.
Hand quilting in better light.
At this point I decided that my quilt looked a little bit unexcited about being sandwiched and quilted just yet.  While blogging one day with my sister, I noticed an advertisement that had modern looking trees with a serious looking owl on it (possibly Urban Outfitters, I'm really not sure).  Instantly I started dreaming up ways I could incorporate part of that look into my quilt without ruining the basic feel for what I was trying to accomplish.  Funny where ideas come from sometimes!  And of course, being as how this quilt is made solely by me, I ended up veering completely off course from my original 'Amish' look.  Who'd have ever imagined?*wink

Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measurement:  71" x 89"
Special techniques:  needle turn applique and hand quilting
Quilted by:  Audrey Easter
Possible Categories:  Scrap quilt, applique, hand quilting


22 comments:

  1. The colour placement is fabulous, and the applique just makes the whole quilt work! Wonderful entry into the festival!

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  2. sure do like this one - I really haven't anything to put in the festival this time around - next time.

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  3. I love this one! I love the trees and this quilt looks so cozy!

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  4. Very good job. It is good idea with applique.

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  5. The appliqué trees add just the right amount of interest to this quilt. Love the way the colors work together.

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  6. This is such a wonderful colourful quilt!! The trees are a brilliant and clever feature!!

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  7. I really like quilts that have piecing and applique. A wonderful example - thanks for sharing.

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  8. Beautiful! I love those trees....

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  9. I love the addition of the trees and the owl. They make the quilt that much more special. Great job.

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  10. I love the colour palette on this. You achieved a beautiful balance of calm and energy - great job!

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  11. These tall trees are a perfect accent to your beautiful quilt. It is a daunting task to mix colors, but you did an a wonderful job in striking the right balance.. they look great together :)

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  12. The trees and the little owl are such happy additions to this quilt! I also love the hand quilting. You did a beautiful job! :)

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  13. Wonderful quilt. The trees and the owl are a perfect addition and adds great visual interest. Love your fabric choices.

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  14. This is beautiful! I love the addition of the trees and owl!

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  15. Love this quilt. It makes my head go all creative, thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. Audrey your quilt is beautiful.The trees add a completely different dimension to it and were the perfect choice. Your appliqué is amazing. That's something I haven't quite managed to master yet!

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  17. I love the addition of the trees and the owl, it really adds to the quilt. And I admire your hand quilting.

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  18. The trees really look great on this quilt. I love it.

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  19. Cool quilt. Love the scrappy design.

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