Friday, May 15, 2015

Vertical Baskets in Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival

Time for spring Bloggers Quilt Festival again over at Amy's Creative Side! Love this mammoth online quilt show to pieces. So many wonderful quilts to look at and admire!
Vertical Baskets
I've been dragging my heels a bit about getting the binding finished up and then remembered the quilt show. Sadly, extra motivation is always a good thing when it comes to the binding around here.
Looking at some of the texture...
This was a quilt I made after buying a yard of the brown fabric for my birthday one year. I think it was 2012? {Oh yes, I can work on my quilts for a very long time.} Then I went back to the store later and saw it in the clearance bin. Oh no! Not this great fabric! So I bought up enough to use as vertical panels in a quilt that quickly materialized in my brain.
Hanging on the railing....
Not that I had all the pieces figured out until much, much later, but somehow it all came together anyway. All the rest of the fabrics were straight out of my stash {I tried to use a lot of reproduction fabrics} and the pattern and different basket handles were sort of made up as I went along. I ended up using a lot of different fat quarters to make up the setting triangles and I love how the value change creates movement in the quilt.
And another view...
It could've been a very dark, somber looking quilt because of the colors I used, but somehow there's just enough lighter colors to generate a bit of energy. The different colored diamonds in the center panels were created when I decided to try inserting two other fabrics behind the panel and attempted some reverse applique. So easy to do and I think it completely changed the look of the quilt for the better. Just a little spark of color can go a very long way.
A close up of the stitching
It's hard to get a good picture of this quilt, but I wanted to show you the texture of the quilt too. I ended up hand quilting this one a little more than I meant to, but I think the effect is well worth the effort!

Taking it out of the dryer this afternoon was a really big highlight of my week. Why do I ever procrastinate on the binding anyway? There's just something about a freshly washed, crinkly quilt that always makes me have a great big ol' smile! So that's it. You finally get to see the whole, entire quilt finished and ready to start snuggling with.*sigh This 81 1/2" x 86" quilt is entered into the large quilt category of the quilt show. My other quilt is entered into the hand quilted section.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful baskets and love the reverse appliques in the sashing.

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  2. I hadn't clicked that those little bits were reverse applique: they look like they have always been there. Another gorgeous quilt. I love your eye for colour - it is definitely inspiring me to think about some different combinations.

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  3. Another favorite - so happy to see it finished and entered in the Festival. Those reverse applique diamonds are a wonderful addition.

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  4. Another beauty and the colors and texture are amazing.

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  5. Lovely basket quilt and the diamonds really do add a special sparkle to the quilt.

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  6. I love everything about this quilt. The use of the fabric and the colors are amazing and the hand quilting is wonderful!

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  7. Your quilt is beautiful. I love your fabric choices.

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

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  9. You finished it - hooray! It looks wonderful!

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  10. I love basket quilts, and yours is spectacular!
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  11. Beautiful bounty of baskets! Love that brown fabric--and the varying shades of pink really make them bloom--lovely work hugs, Julierose

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  12. I love your basket quilt! your choice of fabrics is gorgeous, that sashing is scrumptious. Congratulations on a such a great finish!

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  13. It's a lovely quilt with an interesting story. Comes with an instant aged look that can be hard to achieve.

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  14. I love your Quilted Baskets. I Nominated you for one of myViewer's choice.

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous Audrey and one of my favourite quilts that you've made. I love everything about it - the colours, those delightful baskets and the quilting are all superb!

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  16. Lovely quilt! Great fabric choices and colors, it has such a nice vintage feel to it.

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  17. These baskets are so beautiful! I think your choice of sashing and border fabric is quite inspired - I love those little applique bursts of color! And I love how you've used all the different pinks in the setting triangles. Another winner for sure!

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  18. This is one of my favorite basket quilts!

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