Friday, May 15, 2015

Quarter Circles in Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival

Okay, this is one of my all-time favorite quilts that I've ever made! I just adore it, in spite of the slight fading it has from near disastrous bleeding issues. I'm entering it as my second quilt in Amy's Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival.
Quarter Circles
I'm being very, extremely brave and entering into the Hand Quilted category! Normally I would leave that for the much more talented hand quilters, but I'm having trouble figuring out where to place this particular quilt. It could go into large quilts, applique quilts, hand quilts and maybe even original design quilts.
Hanging on the railing....
Einie meinie mienie moe and hand quilting won out! This quilt started out being a pile of low volume prints that just sort of spoke to me. Some had been in my stash practically since day one, some were given to me {basically rejected fabrics} and others had been bought personally by me, but had never found a proper home.
Looking at the texture...
I have always loved the use of red mixed with cream and then combined with slightly floral prints--something those talented Netherland bloggers do so very well. It took me awhile to get up my nerve to try it out and then once I started, I just fell in love. And kept on falling.
A close-up of some stitching...
I started small and took it slow, beginning with a cream dotted fabric. Then I took some {freehand cut} printed fabric circles and needleturn appliqued them onto the cream. From there I cut those squares into four pieces {the quarter circles} and started working out how to make my sort of wonky looking sashing. That process certainly had its ups and downs but eventually I conquered all and built me a quilt to be proud of.*wink
The back side of the quilt...
And I thought it was wonderfully beautiful. Until I finished it all up and washed it for the first time. And sure, having the bleeding issues and getting-the-bleeding-issues taken care of, sort of out took the shine out of the brighter areas. But it also gave me a lovely, faded, antique look that I have always loved and admired. After having plenty of time to think about it, I still think it's wonderfully beautiful, just in a little bit different way than I intended. So I guess you could say it all worked out well in the end.
Almost looks like a postcard!
My Quarter Circles quilt is about 70" x 85", just perfect to lay on the foot of my bed and pull up over me on the colder nights. I have a second quilt entered into the large quilt category as well if you want to go have a look-see.


34 comments:


  1. Good luck with the competition...it's a gorgeous quilt :)

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  2. This is still one of my favourite quilts ever.

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  3. It's a beautiful quilt and my favorite of yours! Good luck with the competition!!

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  4. I love this quilt! It's so "you" from the short time I've been following your blog. Folks would never know you had color bleeding issues now, it's just a gloriously soft delightful work of art!

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  5. I remember the bleeding troubles, ugh! So glad that you entered this one ...she's a beauty! : )

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  6. This quilt has so many elements to look at. I had not realized that you had used a different red in each red & cream stripe and those gingham squares are so cute. Also your quilting has added so much texture to the quilt ~ love the pattern too!

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  7. Good luck and I think the hand quilting really makes this quilt! Love that your stitches are nicely balanced with the design produced by the piecing.

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  8. This is a wonderful quilt. And it has quite a story. I can see why it's one of your favorites.

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  9. I love this quilt - good luck. I have found for these on line festivals that people seem to vote for what quilt design catches their eyes best not for the way it is quilted - one time a quilt that won for hand quilting most likely wouldn't have even been accepted into a hand quilting show - it was that poorly done but the quilt design was cute - also some bloggers really get all their blogging friends and anyone who has access to a computer to vote I think and it becomes a popularity contest instead of what quilt is actually best - I don't want to sound like sour grapes - but that is just my opinion. I haven't even gotten around to posting for the festival still. Good luck on your quilts because I know they are well made!

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  10. Bot of these are beautiful quilts. Best of luck in the competition!

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  11. I love both quilts that you entered into this competition, this one a bit more modern than the other one, I think it is great the way your design process works. Good luck with the competition!

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  12. I think this would also excel in the original design category. Can you do both? Now I have to go have a look at the other one. Good luck, Audrey!

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  13. Best of luck on your entries--I love this red/cream number!! Great pattern....hugs, Julierose

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  14. Suerte en el festival !!!
    el edredón resulto muy guapo
    saludos

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  15. I like your quilts, your choices are excellent fabrics !

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  16. A truly beautiful quilt!! And so good to see it had a happy ending.

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  17. I love this one too. It's just so right.

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  18. Both your entries are winners! Good luck in the festival :)

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  19. Another beauty from the House of Audrey. I love this one because it's so different from your usual style of quilts , but still so visually appealing. You have an amazing eye for fabrics and the quilting is perfection as always.

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  20. Your quilts always inspire me. I love how different people choose fabrics. Thanks for explaining your process.

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  21. This quilt is exquisite!! Sheer perfection! I didn't know about the bleeding issue! How did you fix it?? I am working on a red school house quilt and I am already worried about that!! I am kicking myself for not pre-washing! UGH!! Never thought about it until I thought about all the work these houses have been...

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  22. I have to agree with you on all counts. Well, maybe I like the flowery (love apple) quilt just a bit more, but I do love this and you have most definitely captured the "Dutch Bloggers" soft look that I love. Good luck with this one! It has my vote.

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  23. One of my favs too and a winner for sure!

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  24. What a sweet quilt! It looks so soft and inviting.

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  25. You know how I feel about this beauty - one of my all time favorites!

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  26. This quilt turned out so beautifully, in spite of the bleeding issues. It has such a lovely vintage feel to it, and yet that spark of red really sings. A little different from some of your other quilts but it still says "Audrey". I love it!

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  27. I am glad you entered this quilt. I like the stripe sashing on this one. It gives a surprise to the viewer's eye. The quilt has a soft vintage look.

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  28. Very nice quilt, I love the pop of the red and white striped fabric on the quilt.

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  29. The use of color in your quilt is lovely. Really great job.

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  30. really gorgeous quilt - love the red stripe !

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  31. I love your quilt! I can really imagine curling up under it.

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  32. I am a new visitor to your blog. I love this quilt and especially your reference to the very talented Netherlands bloggers! Ann

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  33. Audrey I was just having a look at the hand quilted quilts in the spring BQF, saw the little thumbnail picture and one just sung out, ooooh! And it brought me here! I should have known - it's a very beautiful quilt. I love the texture you created with the hand stitching, the colours, the graphic design... :) I hope you had a good response in the spring, you certainly deserved it! x

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