Friday, 18 May 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Hello! If you are visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival, then welcome. I'll put the kettle on.
I'd like to share this quilt that I made last year. It was my first foray into improv piecing, with all the bits cut without a ruler, put into bags in colour groups and sewn together randomly. I made a whole load of different sized blocks and put them together like a jigsaw puzzle. The fabrics are Oakshotts, from the wonderful ColourBox. I must admit, it took me a while to get the nerve to cut into them - they are almost too gorgeous to disturb.

The original idea had been to hang this on the wall, but in the end I prefer to have it lying around to snuggle under. It's the kind of quilt that looks lovely close up, so you can see the way the colours play against each other. And get a good close-up view of the inevitable cat hair.

I quilted it in not-very-straight lines with Aurifil 50. I love the way the stitching lines are so fine, but give the quilt a beautiful texture.
It is backed and bound with black, to contain the madness slightly. And the best part is that I still have loads of fabric left over. I'm thinking cushions. You can never have too many, right?

Amy's Creative Side

103 comments:

  1. you can certainly never have too many cushions, Charlotte! And this quilt is amazing! I'm really drawn to solids at the mo and am in the process of doing an HST Quilt with solids and throwing in a little Lotta ;-)

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  2. Love your quilt! I'm also wanting to do a quilt in solids! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Krista @ Sew What's Cooking?

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  3. I am in love with your quilt! It is stunning!!

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  4. Fantastic. Complete riot of colour and I love it.

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  5. Wonderful and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing this quilt, and well done!

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  6. My favourite quilt in the festival so far! Beautiful!

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  7. This is my favorite type of quilt - bright colors, wobbly lines, it's just perfection! I adore it!

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  8. Wow those colors just pop! I think I'm inspired to try one of these out this year. Thanks for sharing:)

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  9. Oh wow I love it, very beautiful.

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  10. It's absolutely beautiful!

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  11. Amazing use of solids! It is definitely a snuggle quilt...cat hair and all!

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  12. This is amazing, and sooo beautiful colors! I really love the quilt!
    xo Hilde

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  13. Gorgeous waves and undulations, cat hair is essential for a quilt I find

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  14. Beautiful! Using shot cotton gives it such a wonderful texture that a solid just wouldn't... Love the quilting.

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  15. I am your neighbour over on at the Bloggers' Festival but this quilt would have caught my eye whatever. I love the colours and the style. Gorgeous!

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  16. This is amazingly beautiful!

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    1. Beautiful! I wouldn't be able to hang this either. I can see it lifting your spirits to surround yourself with it on one of those gloomy, rainy days.

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  17. Yes, I've had this one favorited for awhile. Thanks for pointing out how the finer thread looks. I like that!

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  18. WOW that's like anew BIG box of crayons! Love it
    Ann

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  19. Oh it's gorgeous, love the Oakshott

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  20. I love colorful freeform quilts. Yours is great!

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  21. Charlotte this quilt is frigging awesome!

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  22. Oh my gosh! I JUST found you!! Your colors SPEAK to me!!

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  23. WOW! I love this quilt. Your colors are awesome and the quilting is spectacular. Great job. Really great.

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  24. I love this one, it's so juicy!

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  25. This quilt is lovely....it is vibrant yet soft on the eyes....grat job on it!

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  26. Love your use of color and improv. Very well done. I've yet to really give the improv a try, but after seeing this and other lovelies I'll just have to dive in and give it a try.

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  27. I love this!

    Margaret
    http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

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  28. Oh my goodness, you sound like me! Although my Oakshott fabrics are still in the box waiting for me to get up the nerve to start an improvisational quilt! I love how yours turned out. Fabulous!

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  29. What a great looking quilt!!

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  30. LOVELY quilt ! I love all the colors playing together - and thanks for sharing the cat's hair ;-))

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  31. Such a pretty quilt. I've never managed the budget for a lot of shot cottons, but I think I should start saving up, they are just magical fabrics.

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  32. Charlotte - I've been wanting to see this quilt again since you showed it at the February meeting. It is gorgeous :)

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  33. Oh my goodness, why have I not seen this before? It is stunning! Loooove it - perfect use of oakshott and huge inspiration as to what I should do with my color box :o)

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  34. This is beautiful Charlotte- I've never realized how many different ways and patterns and forms quilting is done, I'm truly marvelling at your artistry!

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  35. i'm seeing more and more solid fabrics in quilts and loving what i once didn't care for! this is a fantastic quilt! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  36. Gorgeous! I love the wavy lines and the mix of colour.

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  37. Those shot cottons are so rich in colour - love your quilt!

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  38. I love this so much and the black binding really works so well. I have my colourbox as an ornament, I haven't been able to bring myself to cut into it yet but I think I will soon.

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  39. Spectacular! I love the colors and the quilting on it!

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  40. Oh - those Oakshott fabrics are doing it again - lovely quilt - really lovely

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  41. I love this quilt! I've added it to my inspiration board as another way to put together my eternal pile of scraps. If I can get myself to cut wonky lines that is.

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  42. une explosion de couleurs et une association très subtile des formes.félicitation

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  43. Wow, what a fantastic explosion of colors. I love it.

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  44. I love your quilt. I really fancy using some oakshott, it looks gorgeous, especially used like this. Wonderful. Juliex

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  45. I also bought some Oakshot cottons. Have not had the nerve to cut into them yet. Your quilt it awesome. I just love the improv.

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    1. thanks so much! After I got over the "not wanting to spoil the pretty fabrics" thing I had so much fun!

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  46. Oh my, it's stunning. I love the riot of colour, the Oakshott's are just beautiful. The quilting is perfect for it too.

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  47. I love this style of piecing and you've done a wonderful job with it. Gorgeous quilt.

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  48. Ooh, this is one of those quilts I want to just crawl right into! Gorgeous colors!

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  49. This quilt is a feast of color - it is truly gorgeous!!! I LOVE the quilting!

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  50. Gorgeous! I love all the motion and the richness of the colors!

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  51. Your quilt is gorgeous...the colours jumped right out at me. The Oakshotts are fabulous to work with aren't they.

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  52. Wonderful! I think this quilt will energize anyone!
    So happy to be visiting your blog. Easy to get lost here in all the pretty creations...
    Look forward to come visit again!

    : )

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  53. This really is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. I love solids. I love Oakshott cottons and the improv.piecing is stunning!!

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  54. love your quilts....your bqf is on my wish list and i love your blog header quilt....all that color makes me soooo happy....xoxo

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  55. Beautiful!! All those yummy Oakshotts look wonderful :)

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  56. Gorgeous!! The color play is wonderful, and the style of the quilt gives it a special something. I have not tried improv piecing but having seen this, I can see is something I must try! (When I clear some UQOs!) And I agree on the wondrousness of Oakshotts, and that Aurifil 50 thread gives a wonderful hand to a quilt.

    Hazle
    suntred02 at aol.com

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  57. Wow!! This quilt is just gorgeous!!! I love it!!

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  58. Just gorgeous! I remember reading about these fabrics a while back and then forgot. I'm working on something similar in earthy tones and it's just not popping. This is gorgeous! Thanks for letting us peek at it!

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  59. This quilt is very, very, very cool!! Love it! Great inspiration too.

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  60. Great quilt. I have a real love for rainbow colours these days and yours is got the rainbow of colour.

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  61. In our house, no quilt is complete without cat hair. Love, love, love this quilt!

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  62. Fabulous, very nice quilt:)))

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  63. This is a gorgeous improv quilt. Love those Oakshott fabrics....

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  64. The colors are amazing. Great job.

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  65. Wow, what a wonderful quilt, I've always wanted to make one like that so I'm saving my scraps. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  66. Very pretty! I love the curvy lines. :) I agree on the cushions... :D

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  67. The colours are gorgeous, I love how you combined them within each block, and I love the flowing lines of the pieces.

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  68. Love the colors in this quilt and I am a huge fan of improv piecing. Gorgeous quilt!! =)

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  69. Marvellous! Know what you mean about the Oakshott - haven't mutilated mine yet!

    The way you put the colours together is awesome!

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  70. Thanks for the instpiration. Oh, my god I must get my Oakshott fabrics out of the box!!!

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  71. ooh, this is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it at the next LMQG - are we still coming to yours? :-)

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  72. Fabulous piecing! I love it! I too recently busted into my "prized" fabrics and it felt wonderful to use. Mine are currently only in a top waiting to be quilted. Fantastic modern quilt!

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  73. Beautiful - love all the colors!

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  74. Love that the quilt has movement - a feast for my eyes!

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  75. What a pretty quilt- It has such wonderful movement in it- I have never worked with solids though I have worked with lots of tone on tone.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt. It must make you feel happy when you are wrapped in it- so bright and cheery.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  76. Love all the colors you used. This is my type of fun quilt. I'm a scrap quilt lover at heart. Now I want to make one of these!!! :) Thanks for sharing

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  77. So So pretty! You got my vote! Great quilt!!!

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  78. Too many great quilts to see them all!
    Now that it's been narrowed down, you got my vote!!
    I hope you win!!!

    May 29, 2012 1:44 PM

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  79. Absolutely stunning! Love it!

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  80. Charlotte - your quilt is stunning! I love oakshott fabric it is so gorgeous and your use of colours is brilliant:)

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  81. Congrats on the win in Throw Quilt category! I have your quilt in mosaics for several swaps and when I found out that your quilt have been nominated in this category I was sure that you'll win! (my quilt was also in this category:)

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  82. Congratulations on the win, your quilt is fantastic!

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  83. Congratulations! I voted for your quilt and I'm so glad it won!

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  84. Congratulations on your win at BQF.

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  85. je me suis permis de mettre la photo de votre quilt dans un message ,j'espère que cela ne vous pose pas de problème ,merci d'avance

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  86. Congrats on the win! I loved it before and I'm glad to see others did, too!

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  87. Congrats my wee pixie - you are a super star :)

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thanks for making my day!