Friday, 17 May 2013

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Emeralds and Ice Quilt

This is my entry for the two colour quilts category in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival running for the next couple of weeks.  Thanks for visiting!

I made this quilt as a wedding gift for my friend and workmate, and it was a joy to take this conceptual sketch...



...and these cut up squares of fabric...

emerald green fabric


to a finished quilt (maybe trimming all the half square triangles wasn't such a joy....)!

giant star quilt

I was really thrilled with how the quilt turned out, and my friend seemed to like it too.  With wedding quilts, I like to try and steer away from super girly fabrics, because I want to make something the groom will like too.  The front of the quilt works for this, but I just couldn't resist this floral voile for the back.

green and blue star quilt


I included little pops of print to break up the solids a little bit, and I think it adds a nice bit of interest while still leaving the quilt very crisp and simple.

half square triangles quilt

The sun was going down as I took these photos, so the quilt looks darker here than it is in real life.

half square triangles quilt

Quilting with voile was a little bit trickier than backing the quilt with regular quilting cotton, but not much.  I did end up with a very crinkly quilt after it was washed and dried!  I have to say, I was a bit worried when making this quilt, because I hadn't asked my friend about it (I wanted it to be a surprise), and it's a bit nerve wracking making a quilt when you're not sure the recipient will like it.  It was definitely worthwhile though - I really like giving my quilts away to friends and family.

giant star quilt

Ivy says green is a very flattering colour for her...  Hopefully my friend's cat is getting some quilt snuggle time too!


emerald flowers voile

I couldn't resist sharing these out-takes from the photo session.  I often get members of my family to help me with quilt photos.  They are very good about it, and I really appreciate the help they give me.  Sometimes, though, the quilt photography assistants have a mind of their own, which makes for some funny photos to look back on!


Yes, my sister is the mostly likely to dance with a quilt!

Quilt Stats
Pattern:  My own, inspired by this quilt from Red Pepper Quilts.
Finished Size:  Approximately 62 inches square.
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Ice Frappe and Clover, tiny pops of Philip Jacobs Rambling Rose in Green for Westminster Fibres.
Backing: Flora and Fauna voile from Spotlight.
Binding: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Clover.
Pieced and quilted by: me, on my domestic sewing machine.

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19 comments:

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

A great quilt and a fun post - love those out-takes! I also love the few pops of print fabric on the front and the voile back os gorgeous! I trust it will be well loved for it deserves to be.

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree with Karen, the out takes are fun! There is so much I love about this! I firstly admire you for making all those HSTs! And the little splashes of floral! And that backing- superb! (And its a Spotlight fabric!!!)

Annabella said...

It's a stunner and the backing is absolutely beautiful!!

Sarah said...

I really love this- colors, design, backing. Great job!

Melissa said...

Stunning quilt! I love the impact that 2 colors makes.

Erica said...

I don't think I have seen this quilt before, it's great! I particularly love the backing, it is perfect!

CitricSugar said...

Stunning!

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Wonderful quilt. I am sure the couple loved it.

Catherine said...

It's a real beauty!

Janine said...

This is stunning :)

Gingersnaps Quilts said...

What a beautiful quilt!!

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, so many HSTs, you are a very good friend!

Patti said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Love this quilt!!, The pattern, the colors, the pops of colour and the backing - yep, love it all!!

factotum-of-arts.com said...

I love it. The flora and fauna is wonderful fabric.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Those few extra pieces really make this quilt pop...great idea! Great photos!

Becca said...

I really like this one. So fun. Which program did you use to sketch it out?

Deborah said...

Fun post and a great quilt :-)

quirky granola girl said...

this is gorgeous!