Friday, October 23, 2015

Scrap Basket in the Fall 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival

Scrap Basket is my first entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival this fall. This quilt is one that I started a couple years ago very impulsively with a very tiny germ of an idea!
Scrap Basket
The ideas for this quilt seemed to build, change and merge until somehow I ended up with this. So much more than I could ever have imagined at the beginning!
A closer look at the centerpiece
I loved being able to finally incorporate the rolling stone block pattern into one of my quilts and in such an unexpected way. The color combination of this quilt was something that I found myself really pushing and pushing in an effort to make the centerpiece come alive. That red ABC fabric is great fun to use as a background, but it was just a bit dull. There were many fabrics that I felt the quilt needed but they clashed when laid side by side until I finally just went with my gut.
Love how the rolling stones block 'pop' and then recede
I am so in love with the 'newish' folk art look to this quilt. I couldn't even imagine doing anything other than hand quilting on this quilt, but found myself attempting some machine quilting anyway. Yeah, you all know how that ended up being a couple hours worth of seam ripper work. So... #8 Perle Cotton stitching in the centerpiece and regular hand quilting Gutterman thread in the rest of the quilt.
And another look....
After being washed and dried, it more than exceeded my expectations! All in all, I'd say this was one of the more difficult quilts I've ever put together, second guessing myself all the way. But... It was also one of the most fun quilts I've ever pulled together too. It felt exciting and 'right'. It's a ME quilt. And that's why I'm entering it into the Original Design Category.

Don't forget to check out all the other entries into the Quilt Festival! Amy does such a fabulous job with this every single year. My second entry is here if you'd like to go have a look.

21 comments:

  1. Wow! This is really, really pretty! I love "me" quilts.

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  2. Perfect category for you! This is a winner in my book!

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  3. It's a beautiful quilt Audrey!! I love the centerpiece and the colors that you use, you have such an eye for colors. Best of luck with your entry!!

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  4. I wondered what quilt and what category you would enter in - good luck - love this quilt

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  5. It's such a lovely quilt. Now I know what you look like inside!

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  6. What a wonderful quilt Audrey! I did not know the Rolling Stone pattern block, it's really great! Congratulations for another chef d'oeuvre!

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  7. Yep, one of my very favorites; I wondered if you might enter this one. Good luck!

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  8. One of my favorites as well and I am glad to see it entered! :)

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  9. Wonderful quilt, such delicate color and fabric combinations. Great design.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  10. The basket is what I like best about this quilt.

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  11. Best of luck--Love your basket--especially that curvey flower...nice touch hugs, Julierose

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  12. Good luck, it is such a nice quilt! I love it when a thought results in something amazing!

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  13. It's the basket of flowers in the center that takes my attention every time I see this quilt, Audrey. They have such personality!

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  14. Congrats on another very you and very lovely finish with all that crinkly goodness. I like the color scheme too. Good luck. It's a nice design.

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  15. Love that basket and such special colors!

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  16. What a wonderful work!!! It's so beautiful! Love it. Congratulations!!!

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  17. The reds are indeed luscious and I keep expecting the quilt to start talking . . . out loud. It already is speaking to me in my mind.

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  18. One of my favourites - I love the balance between the applique centre and the pieced blocks and it's got such personality.

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  19. That is just the best when a finished quilt feels like it's all that the quilter could hope for!

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