Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival


Today, I have entered my quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side.  Thanks Amy for hosting this festival.  I am often the viewer, but this time I want to share my favorite quilt..If you have a little time, please click on the link below.  There are some fantastic quilters and beautiful quilts participating in this virtual quilt show!
Amy'sCreativeSide


I picked this quilt because it had a very unusual start.  Most of my quilts start with the fabric or a pattern, but this one started with a photo and became the most fun quilt I have ever made.
We were staying in Camp Lejuene's campground near the beach.  There were "Seashells" marked on a map as squares on the beach.  Curious, we took a walk and found these lovely pastel picnic shelters.  I love the colors so much that I had to dig through my stash to see if I could match them.
Camp Lejeune's Seashells
I'm attracted to bold and primary colors so I was amazed to find these sitting in my stash.  Surprised to see them and actually liking them, I decided to make a quilt.

Using a simple pattern, the top started looking more like a cluster of flowers instead of reminding me of the beach.



Now I am not very talented when it comes to drawing so I like to use books or clipart.  I have a book with some amazing Art Nouveau free clipart.


  I love doing turn-under appliqué, so I picked out a butterfly and a flower patterns.  I find using batiks are very forgiving and easy to manipulate.  I picked colors that would blend into the background and yet I wanted it to look like one flower standing out from the rest.

Close-up of hand-stitching


I challenged myself by making this the largest appliqué project I have done.  I had so much fun with this one that I want to do another.  I'm on the lookout for another photo to inspire me and I'm keeping a few appliqué projects in mind.


 Thanks for stopping by! Happy Quilting!

Size: 49.75 x 40 (126.36 x 101.6 cm)

Quilting: Free form meandering on sewing machine
 
Butterfly and flower from "The Complete Book of ART NOUVEAU DESIGNS"

36 comments:

  1. Thank you! and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. So pretty! Love the art nouveau details.

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  3. I need to mention....I am going to have to hide your blog from my husband. He is determined to travel by motorhome when we retire "someday long in the future". I keep telling him I can't leave my studio behind. You are proving me wrong ;)!

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  4. Thank you Carla and Ladybugquilting! I'm so happy you stopped by.

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  5. Heidi, That's too funny! That was one of my main concerns because I did not want to give up my quilting (my therapy).

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  6. love the quilt! I agree about appliqueing with batiks!

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  7. These are some of my favorite colors, Sandy! I love it! :-)

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  8. I love that quilt! I've enjoyed watching it come together and then, finished. Glad you entered it into the festival!

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  9. Sandy, your lovely butterfly caught my eye on my way down the page to post. My husband got me a smart phone for my birthday and my first try is to tell you how I love Your work and the story behind it.

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  10. Thank you Tammy!

    SibStudio, Oh, thanks for saying that! I was a little worried that people would look and say "geez, enough already!" :0) But I don't have anything new. I should get busy on some new quilts.

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  11. Thanks Julie!
    Aww, you make me feel so special. Thank you, you made my day. Congrats on your new smart phone!

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  12. Very nice work thanks for the quilt for division.

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  13. Oooooh this is soooooooo gorgeous...I love your butterfly....very nice quilt....

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  14. Lovely vibrant quilt. Your appliques are wonderful! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  15. I love your quilt. I was a woman marine at Camp LeJeune and found out I was a young newlywed then found out I was expecting my oldest daughter who is now 38. So this place holds a lot of memories for me and I also love to quilt.

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  16. Wow, super pretty and even though it is pastels, I still think it looks like a bright summer quilt. :)

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  17. These are lovely colours you have used in this quilt. It looks great with your applique and FMQ.

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  18. Your applique is beautiful! It's a lovely quilt.

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  19. Such a lovely quilt!! Just wonderful applique. ANd a very sweet kitty!! :):) Hugs -- Sandie

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  20. That is one lovely quilt! I just love that Art Nouveau flower!

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  21. Thanks Sandie! He's a sweetie and a big helper.

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  22. I spend my time not to far from the beach you were at Topsail Island in NC. Well I love the colors, pattern you created and the applique. I love it all the thoughts you had making the quilt and the final finished quilt. Grace

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  23. Love reading the story of this very unique quilt! Thanks for sharing it.

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  24. Oh, and love your kitty! Looks so soft and sweet napping!

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  25. Wow, is that a great quilt or what. I have all these lovely clip art books, and never really new how to apply them. Thanks for the inspiration

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  26. Love your quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. They do look like flowers and I like that! Beautiful colours and just love your butterfly. Thanks for sharing so much about your quilt.

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  28. Yay for you for entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival this time! The quilt you chose is absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and the butterfly!!!
    ~Kim
    http://2justByou.blogspot.com

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