Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival




It's here again!  Grab a cup of java an check in on some of the blogs in this fun giveaway!


















It's been 6 months since the last Blogger's Quilt Festival and as I had so much fun last fall going through other's blogs and viewing quilts, I thought I'd make an entry this spring. 

This may seem a strange quilt to enter--but let me tell you its story.  I make lots of smaller sized quilts for kids as giveaway quilts.  In fact since the first of the year, I've been really concentrating on finishing up old UFO's.  (I'm on 32 of 36 right now).  In the process of my quilting, I've wondered what exactly is my quilting style.  I love making scrappy quilts and string quilts and this quilt is an attempt at making an improv quilt.  It actually is some blocks that I used some fabric in CRUMB BLOCKS that I used in many other quilts and this one started out as a back. 

I was trying to get some quilts ready to take to the local Family Connections Center, and I saw some crumb blocks hanging in the closet and thought, I could use these if I cut a strip half size and place the strips off center as an "improv" style and make a quilt from it.

As it turned out, I loved it.  The stark contrast of the black against the very bright orange/red and bright blues really worked for me.  I found an organge/red/yellow stripe for the backing and another donation quilt was made from what I was originally saving for a backing that would have gone into making one quilt--so I really got two quilts instead of one and I really loved giving this one away.  It was a departure from my traditional style and hopefully now that my other projects are being completed, I can experiment more in this modern, free style of quilt.






 

29 comments:

Michelle said...

I like your quilt!

Linda said...

I love the colors in this quilt, so vibrant next to the black.

Michelle said...

Very modern looking quilt. You're right, the black really works with the brightly colored blocks. Just stunning.

Me aka Supermom said...

Love the modern look!

margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

AnnieO said...

A great example of a bright fun quilt that is not childish. Modern and simple, just great! Thanks for sharing this quilt's story:)

STEPHANIE. said...

fun!!...so unique. :)

call me crazy said...

Great quilt! Fun and modern~ love it! The black just makes it look so striking too. :-)

Sandra said...

Pat,
You are having too much fun--what a striking quilt (kind of like spring meets Halloween).
Thanks for visiting me.
Sandra S.

janet said...

That is a great quilt, very artsy;)

Pat said...

Artsy is what I want to move into at long last after trying lots of piecing--don't know how well I'll do in that realm, but I'm ready to try. Thanks for visiting, Janet --since I couldn't e-mail you!

Alexis said...

Great quilt! I like it's modern feel while being very much in the "use what you have" tradition of quilting. And the quote in you header gave me the best laugh of the week- thanks for sharing :-)

Michele said...

you know what? good for you! i like a woman who takes risks and breaks free from her comfort zone on occasion! and look what you did? i love your quilt! it is unique and striking! i love it!

Grams said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Pat. It's been so much fun visiting other quilters' blogs and looking at their quilts and yours is no exception. Your quilt is awesome. I've only been quilting about 5 years. Hopefully I'll have a quilt in every room one day. Believe it or not, I'll soon be quilting the first quilt that will actually stay in my house!! Can't wait.

vail in tn

Alyson said...

Oh, this one is great! I love it. The colors are so bright! and the best use of black i've seen lately!

Terriaw said...

I love contrasts, so I love this quilt! I love your story behind it too, in trying to figure out what your style is. Sometimes you just do and make what feels right to you without stopping to think about what you're doing! This quilt gives off a very cool effect!

Candi said...

i LOVE this! One of my favorites of the BQF so far.

Susan said...

I love black and orange and bright. this is so simple it looks stunning

Shannon w/ Monkey Dog Quilts said...

I'm totally digging the modern-ness of this quilt! LOVE the orange too. Sew On!

Mary said...

Good first improv quilt. Now that you stuck your toe in you can make a big splash. It is funny that this is the first blog I stopped at this morning and the quote in the header is what I was thinking about during the night. Only I was thinking instead of my body it is for the quilts I make. It makes me so happy when I see one of my quilts being loved and USED. I hope you get to see some of your quilts being loved. How great that you give so many away. Oh and way to go on finishing up your ufos.

Leslie said...

beautiful quilt

Rose said...

I love this quilt...I love orange so it is perfect as far as I am concerned.

See my entry HERE.

em's scrapbag said...

I love brights with blacks! This is a great quilt!

Ariane said...

It looks great! Thanks for sharing it with us.

SewCalGal said...

Vibrant quilt. Nice balance of color and design.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Karen said...

It is wonderfully colourful. Love the improv style of the quilt.

beth said...

A great way to use those scraps. wonderful quilt!

mngirltx said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your quilt is very fun...love it!

QuiltSue said...

I think this is a stunning quilt.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Fun quilt! Very striking. I love the random piecing in the vertical strips. Thanks for sharing!