October 29, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival :: Fall 2011



Welcome to any first time visitors!

Wow! As I was recently blog hopping (one of my most favorite ways to spend time) I wondered upon the Bloggers' Quilt Festival which is a virtual quilt show coinciding with the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas.  I am participating with my most recently finished quilt. Click on over and you will see a few hundred (or more) quilts.  Grab a beverage and get ready to browse - you'll be there a while.  Enjoy!
The Details

Why : This quilt was made to match the colors in the family room.  Funny story, I wanted cherry apple red and gray.  The red paint was easy to pick out and it looks fabulous but the gray, well....not so much. As it turns out I didn't realize that I should really take the paint chip outside in the sun before buying 10 gallons of it and asking DH to paint the whole room.  Once it was finished it wasn't a steely gray but more of a cornflower blue and he wasn't going to redo it so, I decided to make a quilt to match. As a new quilter, my quilts up to this point are to be admired.  I take pictures of them, hang them on the back of the easy chair for a week or two, roll them up and put them away but I don't really USE them.  I wanted this to be a quilt that got used, and snuggled in and not so special or nice that it was just a showpiece.
The Lesson : I learned that I much prefer to do ALL the cutting first and then the sewing another day.  I don't mind cutting but piecing is more fun for me when I just grab the fabric and step on the pedal!

What I Love :  I chose this pattern from Modern Basics by Amy Ellis because it was modern and simple.  In fact, I almost love the back more than the front.  The red speaks to me and I think it is fantastic with just a little splash of the gray and blue.  I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me which side you like better, the front or the back and why.
Fabrics: As I am a Kona girl, this is made with just three colors, Kona Ash, Kona Dresden Blue and Kona Red.  On the back, there is one square of Kona Tomato - can you find it?  

A special thanks to Amy for putting together this Blogger's Festival so we can oohh and ahhh over some fantastic quilts, special thanks to the generous sponsors for offering prizes and thanks to YOU for reading this post!


20 comments:

  1. Love this! Your quilting on it...just wow! It's really a knock out. Hope you're enjoying a usable quilt.

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  2. What a fun, clean and bright quilt! Very nice! While I really like the front, I almost prefer the back (I think I have a bit of a white phobia).

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  3. Beautiful! I adore Kona's as well. I own most of them, LOL! Working on one now where tomato is the highlight, so yes, I see it!
    As for grays? I fought that for years until I finally moved away and left them. Taking it outside would not have, necessarily, helped. The light where it resides is the important one....
    Thanks for sharing!
    And get those quilts out and use them!! A quilt is meant to be loved!

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  4. This is super cute!! I recently had to break myself of red, blue, grey streak in my quilting. Love them! Your quilting lines on this are brilliant.

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  5. Love your quilt, both sides of it! Although I think if I really had to choose I'd go with the front. It's so light and airy and I really love your quilting.

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  6. The quilting is just divine!

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  7. I love the sparse and clean look of this quilt. Very refreshing to your eye and modern. I was drawn to the thumbnail and couldn't wait to see the whole thing. Love it!

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  8. A striking quilt: from both sides!
    I just love how you quilted it too: perfect with the piecing!
    LOL! I'm showing a quilt today that I think I love the back as much if not more than the front.

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  9. This is a really great fusion of open space, shape, and quilting. Love it!

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  10. Love, love, love this quilt! The quilting is just fantastic!

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  11. I adore your quilt. seriously I am a huge fan of kona solids myself and get excited when i see such a fantastic modern quilt out of the solids. the quilting is fantastic and i almost prefer the back to the front (you have to love that red!!) but the front is so nice too -- what a nice thing, to have a reversible quilt. Excellent job and thanks for sharing.

    I also enjoy your blog - i'll have to bookmark it =)

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  12. Love this quilt! And the quilting!

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  13. I love your reversible quilt! and that you plan to use it.

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  14. Can I choose both? I love both sides but if I had to choose, I'd say I love the sparkle of the front. Thanks for sharing and happy BQF!

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  15. great quilt and fun story! love the quilting, too. bought paint once, then left the house with baby while hubby and friend worked. came back and yelled at hubby that he'd done something to the paint--it literally looked like the green living room and pink kitchen were the inside of a watermelon--both just unbelievably bright! we joked about splattering "seeds" on the walls, but ended up getting used to it all!

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  16. Lovely quilt - thanks for sharing!

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  17. Love the colors in this quilt and the quilting. Do you do your own quilting? Longarm?

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  18. I love this quilt - it's really striking.

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