Friday, October 9, 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival


I think this is my favorite quilt--simple but I love the way it looks. I took a class from Ricky Tims sometime before 2003 and bought 4 different yard cuts of his multi-colored fabric. It's been around since then, waiting to be made. Sometime after that I bought a template for a drunkards path quilt, and sometime after that I bought the curve master foot. I have a friend at work who also quilts, and we decided to have a quilt retreat--just the two of us.

These purchases all came together to make this quilt. I was a garment sewer before I became a quilter, so the curved piecing didn't freak me out. We sat, and sewed and chatted, and by the end of the weekend I had all the curved pieced blocks done. I decided used one yard of the Ricky Tims fabric, and needed to add the second yard for the border blocks. I almost never make pieced borders, but this quilt seemed to call for them. I used Eleanor Burns' method for making the flying geese. I got 4 each time, and they're trimmed to size, so were exactly right. I tend to play around with Paint (the software program) to see if my ideas will look like I hope, and when I showed my friend the idea of the flying geese, she didn't like it much. I decided to go ahead, and when I showed her the completed top, she said I was right, it added just the right touch.


In all the years I've been quilting, I've never made a quilt just for my husband, so when it was up on my design wall, I looked at it and asked him what he thought. He liked it lots, so I gave it to him.


The quilting is pretty amazing as well. I am working with another friend on setting up a web site for her, and she is quilting some tops for me. This is one I didn't want to do myself, so searched to find an angular pattern to use on the top. I also took a while to pick out the thread, and ended up with a multi-colored bright. All together I think the top is delicious, and a group effort that I had so much fun doing.



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23 comments:

Allie said...

That is so beautiful - and yes, the border is perfect and I love the quilting! Excellent quilt Mary!

Dee said...

That you gave this beautiful quilt to your husband tells me how much you love him! I'm doing a quilt with curves and I'm trying to think of it as no different than a curved seam in a top! LOL Beautiful quilt and sometimes quilts and fabrics have to cook a while before they tell you what they want to be! Thanks for sharing!

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Melinda said...

Very nice quilt - thanks for sharing.

Kelli said...

Good for you for using that fabric in such a cool way! I love the quilting, too.

Cara said...

Beautiful. And such a nice story.

hetty said...

I love everything about this quilt! The colours with the black! The quilting and the borders! Wonderful!

Joyful Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt, the pieced border is fantastic.

tooznie said...

Love the rich vibrant colours against the black! Ah curves - avoid them like the plague!

Marge Gordon said...

Perfect match and a job well done! Thanks for sharing

Rene' said...

The curves would have definitely freaked me out. Your quilt is gorgeous. The pattern is beautiful as well as the choice of colors. Love the bright multi-colored thread and quilt design. Thanks for sharing. All our husbands need their own quilt ;-)))

karenfae said...

I like your bright colors with black.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Rhondi said...

I love the contrast of the colors with black. Ricky Tima fabrics are great aren't they?

stitchinpenny said...

LOve the quilting and your beautiful top.

Quilt+Bitch said...

stunning. beautiful fabrics and great quilting.

Leslie said...

very pretty! i love the bright colors on the black

quiltmom said...

What a fantastic quilt- I love the contrast between the vivid colors of the Ricky Timms fabrics and the black. The flying geese border is perfect for it.
I think that the geometric quilting adds real interest to the already beautiful quilt. It is a stunning piece.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
Anna

Michelle said...

What a beautiful quilt and a wonderful gift for your husband. I love the idea of a retreat with a friend.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow! What a beautiful quilt! I love the colors. I'm trying to work my way through the quilt festival. So many lovely quilts to look at!

Sara said...

Beautiful quilt...I like the colors...and the quilting...

jovaliquilts said...

Wow, spectacular! I love brights with black, and this came out so well. The quilting is great, too.

sewpam63 said...

Oooohhh! This is a BEAUTY! I LOVE the flying geese you added! And, the quilting is spectacular!!! Thanks for sharing. ; )

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Wow! I love the whole thing, but I particularly like your quilting design and color of thread.

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