Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival

It's Bloggers Quilt Festival time again, hi to everyone who is visiting for the first time and thank you for taking the time to come and visit.

This is the second Raw Edge Circle Quilt from a tutorial by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew, that I've made. It's such a simple but effective design and was finished earlier this year. This quilt came about as I was trying to think of a design to make as a house warming present for very good friends of mine. With a little bit of sleuth work I found out that the colour scheme for the house was going to be neutrals and browns and that there was going to be a burnt orange glass splashback in the kitchen.
Fortunately I spied this colour scheme below from Design Seeds which helped with the inspiration for the colours to use.


My original colour palette included more browns, but it just didn't work well. In fact it looked pretty awful.
I added some oranges, it didn't look much better.
Eventually I decided to remove most of the browns and add a lot more dark and burnt oranges.
I'm so glad I persevered with playing with the colour choices as it really made a difference. The idea was to use the oranges and creams for the circles and the greys and browns as the background for each block.

I used over forty different fabrics. None of them scraps!

I quilted the circles with a simple spiral, and a meandering pattern for the background. The quilting wasn't dense as I wanted a soft finish that would drape well.
Grey skies and sunshine
I'm so very happy with this one and I hope you like it too.
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I found a fabulous flannel that worked beautifully for the backing. I ordered it online and when it arrived it was one of those miraculous moments - a perfect match. How often does that happen when you order something from a computer screen and just hope that it will work!

Flannel backing and a peek at the quilting

"Grey Skies and Sunshine" in it's new home, and a perfect match for the kitchen wall  the kitchen cabinets and the sofa.


Bloggers Quilt Festival for me, is a wonderful way to find new and interesting blogs and find some beautiful quilts that I may have missed otherwise. If you leave a comment I'll definitely pop on over to have a look at your festival quilt too.
Thank you so much to Amy for hosting the festival and also to the sponsors that make it all the more exciting.



Amy's Creative Side


52 comments:

  1. It looks great, perfect in its new home!

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  2. Beautiful! I love the colors you decided on. I've been wanting to try this pattern - your quilt might have just inspired me to do so!

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  3. Good colors. Makes me want to drink some orange juice.

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  4. It's a gorgeous quilt ! Love the colors !!

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  5. It is such a stunning quilt, i really love the colour combos and it looks gorgeous in its new home! Hope you are well Marg!

    x

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  6. This quilt is a favourite of mine, I am so glad to see it again. And the photos in your friend's home show how perfect it is for them, I bet they snuggle under it often.

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  7. If I saw just the pile of fabrics before the piecing my instinct would be to say 'no way'. But then you see the finished quilt and every bit of me loves it. I need to picture things better in their finished state obviously! The quilt also perfectly fits its new home.

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  8. Another fun circle quilt - love the colours
    Thanks for sharing

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  9. Great Tour de Color :) I loved the story about how it came together... And needless to say the quilt looks fantastic.

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  10. oooh. I am so in love with orange and gray--and I have an orange-themed kitchen too! (though mine is orange and turquoise, and only because of my accessories/products.) I'm so impressed with your awesome Drunkard's; I did a quilt of them and they gave me fits!

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  11. Your quilt looks so perfect in their house. Your perseverance really found a great colour scheme. Thanks for sharing how your refined your colour pallets.

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  12. Hi! I'm very happy to find you and your lovely blog! Your quilt so beautiful and one of my favourites in this festival! It is totally perfect match! Long time I wanted to make that pattern - still didn't - thank you for inspiration! Your colours are fantastic and that quilt is just perfect for your home! Sunny wishes from Cretan island in Greece! x Teje

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  13. Oh, my, do I ever love this! Orange and grey is one of my favourite combos and the texture you've got from your fabric selections....

    Also, I love that you took design seeds and ran with them!

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  14. Love this quilt! Love the colors, the design and it looks great in your space!

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  15. I just love this quilt and really glad you ditched most of the browns! It's so beautiful and what a find the backing flannel was! perfect! Love a snuggly flannel backing ;-)

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  16. This is one of my very favourites of your quilts, though I have a few... I love the photos on the couch in its new home, it couldn't be more perfect.

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  17. Love this quilt! And the inspiration was, well.....inspiring!

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  18. This is a stunning quilt, so cosmopolitan - great to see it at home.

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  19. Love your colour selection and fabrics! And your orange splash back is beyond awesome!

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  20. I love this - I'm a total sucker for orange.

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh more orange eye candy! I love that quilt Marg, one of my favourite of yours :-)

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  22. This quilt is outstanding. Your best EVER !!! The colours are inspired and the design is lovely. I'm sure it will have pride of place where ever you go. Well done you clever thing !!
    Cheers

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  23. Love the colours in this and it is such a great design - it matches your kitchen splashback so well.

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  24. I love it; and totally love your kitchen!!

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  25. Great fabric editing. You ended up with a fabulous palette and the quilt turned out great.

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  26. I love design seeds too, such a great tool! Your quilt is amazing! The colors are so perfect together!

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  27. What a thoughtful gift. You chose perfectly. I'm sure your friends just love it.

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  28. I love this quilt! all design, the colors. I congratulate

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  29. I just love this quilt. It turned out so beautifully and the fabrics compliment each other so well.

    You did a brilliant job on this and it looks wonderful in its new home!

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  30. Well done! Way to persevere through choosing all of the fabrics. I really enjoyed seeing your photos of the process and how you came to the final grouping. It turned out beautifully and does look amazing in your place!!

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  31. i love your quilt and the color choices. i made one of these raw edge circle quilts a few years ago with sunflowers. Might just have to make another one. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. This is just a lovely quilt and I love how perfect it looks with your decor!

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  33. what a gorgeous quilt! I loved seeing the evolution of the color palette. The final one is just incredible. Great quilt.

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  34. Great colour combo! I like it a lot!

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  35. What a great choice in color. Very impressive. Quilting is so addictive.

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  36. Beautiful! I love all of the different tones of gray and orange!

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  37. I remember when you were working on this quilt. It looks great in it's new home.

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  38. Love your design process. Fantastic color combo and quilt.

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  39. What a perfect quilt for their home! It looks like it matches exactly. Perfect colours and modern! They are very lucky! Good call on the backing too mate! :)

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  41. Man that is beautiful. At the beach yesterday I did a similar thing and found small objects with an insanely beautiful palette like one from the bark but beachy colors. Cant wait to try now that I have seen this beautiful quilt and what a success it is to use colors from nature. I enjoyed seeing your evolution of color choices too. Your final choice nailed it on the head. Kudos the quilt is gorgeous.

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  42. Love that quilt, and your colour choices were perfect!

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  43. Wow! I am so into circles, I love this! You have got a perfect variety of colors going on!

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  44. Very beautifully done, I love the colors you ended up with,they work perfectly!

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  45. Enjoyed the second look as much as the first, Marg! This color way really sparkles and warms up the grays in your friends' house. Love it!

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  46. beautiful!!! i've never cared for raw edge look, but have found several examples on the festival that have changed my mind. yours is so cool. always love lots and lots of fabrics in quilts. love circles. gotta show this to a friend who adores orange! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  47. I didn't find you in the festival (came here from the food ref in You had me at Bonjour!) But so glad I have! This is stunning. I appreciate the detail about the colour selection. I need to do that more...

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  48. This is my kind of quilt. The colours came out perfectly and an incredible match with the house! Gorgeous.

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