Blogger´s Quilt Festival - Fall 2010
Amy´s Creative Site is once again hosting a really cool event, the Blogger´s Quilt Festival.
The quilt I want to share today is a scrappy, of course, completely made from stash, in a wild mixture of store-bought and home-died fabrics. It started out as a BOM, but after three months, when I still hadn´t figured out what I could do with the intended size I decided not to do the original 100 blocks but only 48. I also decided to add a border, or maybe two. If you look closely there is one border on the right side, and the other three sides got two borders. With the all-around border I had ample space for my lasting love affair with appliqué. Everything was cut without template, making use of all the green scraps floating around. And then, a long break. How to quilt that thing? I finally decided on a dramatic feather, a fern at the bottom, right next to the appliqué fern fronds (tribute to the provider of the actual Twiddletails Geese in the Forest BOM). The Flying Geese of the 48 blocks were quilted with straight planty things in two different designs. Finally I pebble-quilted everything that seemed to cry out for it. The binding was done in red scraps. Oh, before quilting, I added circles and spirals, big-stitched with pearl cotton, on an additional layer of batting. The final touch were red bubbles, left over from my Spring Festival entry and picking up again the circles and spirals theme. Again, all this was done without templates or tracing.
What did I learn? Don´t do appliqué as the last step on a quilt because it isn´t fun! With all the batting and the back you just can´t crunch enough material into your hand to needle-turn in a comfortable way.
The quilt was finished in time for a programme at the Black Forest Quilters Guild, called First Quilt and Last Quilt, but I had to cancel because my daughter got shingles. So, this is its first public appearance. I hope you like it!
Thanks to Amy for this great event.