Friday, October 25, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival Hearts Infatuation

It is time again for the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side!  I think this is my 7th time participating.  It is so fun to see all the quilts and I even won some thread once.   This year we are to identify which category we want to be listed under.  This is both hand appliqued and hand quilted.  But since I like the prize better for the hand quilted category, please nominate me for that one if you are so inclined.


This quilt started way back in the spring of 2011.  I even created a tutorial on back basting applique while I was working on the first block, which is now the bottom left corner.

The pattern is by Esther Aliu and was a mystery quilt along called Heart's Desire.

Month 2 was supposed to have 4 circle wreaths that surrounded the motif above.  After the first 2, I decided to wait to see the rest of the quilt.  My "Desire" was starting to wane.  Eventually, I put them together in a completely different way.

What had intrigued me from the start was this particular flower.

So I started adding a whole lot of them.

And then some up the left side.
All the elements, leaves, hearts, even the triangle border are all part of the Heart's Desire quilt of Esther's.  I just put them together all wrong.

I created the green border from all the green batiks I'd gathered for the leaves.

I used a variation of trapunto for the center where an extra layer of lofty batting is attached and outlined by machine with wash away thread and the excess cut away.  I went back and hand quilted the design.

Then added rows of straightish lines for fill.

I outlined all the applique.

And added veining for the leaves and some curley q's in green thread.

I was stumped for a long time on the background fill.  I ended up with this sashiko inspired diamond, quilted in fuchsia.


Which I have to say was the right
choice.




AmysCreativeSide

44 comments:

beth said...

This quilt knocks my socks OFF! Gorgeous. Thanks for giving us all the "how you did it" details!

Danih03 said...

What an exquisite quilt!

Lonci said...

Amazing work, congratulations:))

Penni Domikis said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!

Shannon said...

This is really remarkable. Just lovely lovely work. Thanks for sharing!

Corina said...

yeah, I'm still in love with your version! (And laughed at the picture with the pattern taped to the window - I made a picture just like that, same pattern too)

Diane E W said...

Visiting from the Quilter Fest. I admire you hand quilters. I started hand quilting a quilt about 10 years ago and still have not finished. I learned the tiny stitches, not the running stitches a lot of people use today. Your work is wonderful in the pictures so I can imagine what it looks like in person.

tubakk said...

I'm speechless. This is amazing!

Sally Hurley said...

Love the colors, and the quilting is amazing!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I couldn't stop looking. The quilt is lovely and the quilting is so excellent.

Gretchen said...

What a stunning quilt! Love your hand quilting also!

Charlotte said...

wow!!!!! This is incredibly beautiful!

Elena Shamgunova said...

Fabulous quilt! love your hand quilting too!

Becky Collins said...

Simply stunning.

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Absolutely a beauty! - with fabulous hand quilting - which makes the quilt. I like the back basting method best.

Kristie said...

Wow. Just WOW!

Wendy said...

Stunning! What more can be said, just stunning!

Quilt+Bitch said...

A labor of love. Absolutely beautiful.

Quiltbenaco said...

Un gran bel lavoro!
Complimenti!

Debbie said...

A stunning quilt and wonderful design and workmanship! Sorry to gush, but this is a work of art. And I love people who make their own way thru a pattern :)

A Nudge said...

An amazing quilt with stunning hand quilting. So glad you entered it, Marjorie - it's got my vote.

Jacqueline said...

Wow! This is an amazing hand quilted quilt! It's beautiful!

CitricSugar said...

Such gorgeous hand-quilting!

Barb and Sharon said...

Wow, wow, wow. That is a lot of time and effort. You have a beautiful quilt to hand down for generations.
Barb@Witsend

fallingforpieces said...

Stunning quilt, especially the quilting! Very impressed.

fallingforpieces said...

Stunning quilt, especially the quilting! Very impressed.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I love the colors you chose for the flowers and your hand quilting and trapunto look absolutely fantastic! Job well done!

joanne said...

It is breathtakingly beautiful!
So so perfect!

Andrea @ The Champ Life said...

This quilt is stunning.. amazing. It's gorgeous! Well done!

Bunny said...

I am speechless every time I look at this beauty.
Amazing.
Bunny

Ruth said...

What a beautiful quilt. I like the flowers that you liked best and the way you used them. The way you quilted it couldn't be more perfect.

Sew French said...

Now that's what I call a hand quilted quilt!!
This is just lovely!!
http://sewfrench.com/

quilthexle said...

O WOW WOW WOW - this quilt is sooo beautiful ! congratulations to such a finish - amazing !!!

Aoife said...

Wow! You really thought about every part of the quilting. I love the central trapunto, and how the straight line quilting makes the outline of the applique stand out. And those 'sashiko' diamonds are beautiful! The whole thing, so fantastic and inspiring.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Fabulous! What beautiful applique and quilting!

Vickie said...

This is a beautiful quilt !

Mary R. said...

This is stunning! I love your choice of colors of thread and you're right, the sashiko inspired design is perfect here.

Queenie Believe said...

Truly a beautiful quilt full of love and excellence!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

the girlfriend gap said...

WOW this is amazing! Hope you win :)

Janita

tubakk said...

Congratulations on winning this category! You really deserv it. Greetings from Turid in Norway

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Congrats on your win, such lovely work!

Brenna said...

Incredible! Congrats on your win!!

Design Originals by KC said...

congrats on a well deserved WIN! Love your background and love all your quilting and applique work on this! Thanks for showing it off :) Kathi

Karen said...

Congratulations Marjorie on a spectacular quilt! The design and quilting are out of this world! Lovely job.