14.5.11

Color Block Quilt for Bloggers' Quilt Festival

For the quilt festival at Amy's Creative Side, I'm sharing a quilt that lives on my bed.  It only took about 8 years of quilting to get around to outfitting my own bed with a handmade quilt.

Color Block Quilt
Stats:
Queen-sized
Assorted Kona cotton solids
Assorted prints:  Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Jane Sassaman, etc.
Backing is a Valori Wells print
Machine pieced and quilted by me
Machine quilting with Coats & Clarks variegated thread ("autumn") 
Free-form flowers stitched in the squares, feather in border



The idea behind this quilt was all about playing with color, and how far I could stretch the "rules" of color theory.  I chose a simple log cabin pattern and concentrated on the color combos.  The quilt grew slowly and at some point the idea popped in my head that I could make this big enough to fit my bed.  I finally decided to add borders to make it more "bed friendly".

Border detail:  free-form feather design


Front & Back

I had a lot of fun with the quilting.  I free-handed flowers in the block centers and connected the blocks with leaves and repeat patterns ... basically whatever popped into my head at the time.

This was my first attempt at machine sewing the binding down, and it was a pain in the "you know what".  I do like the end result though.

Valori Wells print on back
Thanks for stopping by.  Here's a link to all of the fabulous quilts featured in The Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

26 comments:

Kriza said...

what a lovely quilt! I have a similar design which I entered last years festival, but my quilting isn't near yours!
great work!
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

The Thompsons said...

I love the vibrant colors!

Valentina said...

Gorgeous! don't know where to start: the colours, your beautiful flowers, your amazing feather-border! Congratulations! ( a real inspiration to keep my eternal struggle with FMQ... :)
So nice to meet you! Valentina in Cyprus

Valentina said...

Gorgeous! don't know where to start: the colours, your beautiful flowers, your amazing feather-border! Congratulations! ( a real inspiration to keep my eternal struggle with FMQ... :)
So nice to meet you! Valentina in Cyprus

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful cheerful darling, Quilt work

Sue said...

what an awesome quilt. I've been quilting for 14 years and I'm only now getting around to making a quilt for our bed.
I love your quilting.

carol fun said...

Oh I would be smiling ear to ear every time I saw this quilt on my bed - just beautiful!

mainer said...

Very nice quilting job.

Helen said...

I love colorful quilts! This is just beautiful!

Karen said...

You did a fabulous job. Its a wonderfully colourful quilt. Great backing fabric.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I like this quilt...the colors are great. Good job!!

Kristie said...

Your quilting is amazing! And I had to giggle about your binding comment, I have had the same experience :-)

Siobhan said...

I love the colours. It's beautiful.

Becky said...

wow, very colorful and fun! I really love it.

felicity said...

I love the colour combination in this quilt - so so beautiful. And your quilting is to die for!

Irina said...

Lovely warm colours! the quilting is amazing. Beautiful work!

tanya said...

Nice, bright, fun! The quilting looks great, too!

Melinda said...

If I were doing the Naked Bed Challenge, I would want to do something like this! Beautiful!

stitchinpenny said...

Love the front, love the quilting, love the back - just plain love the quilt.

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is beautiful and your quilting is amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Lovely, lovely quilt! Your quilting is wonderful and I love the colors. Just beautiful.

Karen said...

I like all the wonderful colour in your quilt. It works so well. Love the quilting you have done.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I love it! The colors certainly all work and even though it took a while to do one for yourself, it was worth the wait.

KimT said...

very very nice work!

Eileen said...

Great quilt. The colors and fabrics are just beautiful. Your quilting is justvso fun. I love flowers and include them in fmq but yours arevso big and beautiful. Gotta try it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Sherry said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the colors, the quilting...all of it!