Friday, October 9, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Park City Girl.  Here's my contribution:
A few years ago, my talented friend Rose and I decided to do a free block of the month by Beth Ferrier called Moondance.  The pattern was a beautiful combination of piecing and applique done in colorful batiks on a dark background.  I had no applique experience, and I had no idea what I would do with such a colorful quilt, but the pattern was just too pretty to pass up.

The applique was done by hand using freezer paper applique, and thankfully, I had  Rose to guide me through it.  I simplified the flowers a little bit from the original pattern which called for much pointier petals.  Choosing which colors to use for each one was part of the fun.

By the time I was finished with the applique, I had this lively collection of threads:


  
And after putting it all together, here is my finished quilt top:


This post would not be complete without a photo of Rose's quilt:


Her applique was much more intricate than mine, and she included little dragonflies.  Her quilt is beautifully quilted by hand too.

I have not yet quilted my top because I'm not sure how to handle the quilting around the appliqued portions.  I'm waiting for my free motion skills to improve (or for that matter, appear at all!) or I might decide that this one is worth having professionally quilted.

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52 comments:

  1. Both versions are beautiful and how rewarding it is to work with a friend on the same project.

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  2. Your quilt is lovely and I hope that you can get it quilted soon. I love the colors in both quilts. They are so bright and cheery. Nice job on both quilts.

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  3. Can you hear my jaw hitting the floor as it drops? Gorgeous!!

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  4. I love seeing different interpretations of the same quilt. Both are quite lovely.

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  5. I love the colorful batiks on the dark background. You can't tell that this was your first applique experience. Your quilt is beautiful. Karen

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  6. awesome, I love how you interperted the flowers to fit your style. Just goes to show that we don't all have to do exactly the same. Very nice top. cw

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  7. Wow--I know just how you feel with adding more threads to do the applique. We once stopped at a quilt store on vacation so I could keep appliqueing as we drove home across the U.S.

    Terrific quilt!


    --ELIZABETH E, #115

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  8. very nice, bold and great colors. The last picture looks like a painting. Very nice quilts. Thanks!

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  9. That is really stunning! Can't even imagine how many hours it must have taken.

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  10. Beautiful colours, just lovely. :)

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  11. I adore both quilts. I'm working on one of Beth's other designs right now actually. The dark background in your quilt is wonderful, it looks so beautiful.

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  12. beautiful! very nice work. thanks for sharing it with us.

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  13. I really love that quilt. It isn't looking for a home, is it? (grin)

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  14. Both are terrific. Since I don't applique this impresses me that you just adjusted to suit yourself

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  15. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the contrast of the bright colors on the dark background.

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  16. Great interpretation of Beth Ferrier's pattern.

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  17. I love your quilt. Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Blogger's Fall Quilt Festival.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  18. What a cheerful quilt. You have done a lovely job.

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  19. What an eyestopper Em, it is gorgeous. I've missed chatting with everybody but back from my week visit with that nasty flu so now it is catch up time. Missed y'all

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  20. Your quilts just dance! Thank you for sharing.

    Carol

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  21. I think both of our quilts look beautiful! Thanks for putting my quilt up on your blog. So nice to be able to read the comments! Rose

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  22. Both are beautiful. Lovely colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I had to check out your quilt after I saw the name Auntie Em - my grandchildren call my oldest daughter - their Aunt - Auntie M - pronounced the same.
    Nice quilt
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  24. you've done a beautiful job on the applique, I'm going to try my hand at freezer paper pretty soon, I just love the results!

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  25. It is so nice to see this quilt worked up. I saved the BOM patterns but have not made the quilt. Good job.

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  26. Lovely...simply lovely! Both yours and Rose's! :)

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  27. these are both so beautiful and different...the magic of quilts of the same pattern is that they can all be totally different just by using a few different fabrics.

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  28. Both of your quilts are stunning- all that applique is pretty amazing. I love all the careful details you put in the quilts.
    I have not done much applique - a fair amount of piecing but not applique. Perhaps some day.
    I love all your pretty threads,
    Thanks for sharing your fabulous quilt.
    Isn't the show fun-
    Regards,
    Anna

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  29. That! is a lovely quilt! vibrant and amazing. well done!

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  30. Awesome! I love the colours you used.

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  31. wow.. I love it! the colors work so well together..

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  32. Your quilt and your friends are stunning! What fun!

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  33. absolutely beautiful! I love the bright colors in these blocks! The quilt is stunning!

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  34. FAB! I love all the flowery goodness! So pretty!

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  35. it's so pretty - the colours really POP on that background!

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  36. Wow! Amazing!


    Jocelyn
    http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

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  37. Wow this one took a lot of work! Very pretty!

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  38. Gorgeous quilt! I love the beautiful colors you used on your quilt.

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  39. Such gorgeous quilts! Such an accomplishment! Applique is not my thing, so I admire anybody who can finish such a stunning project.

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  40. Eye popping gorgeous. Love the colors!

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  41. You've done a beautiful with this quilt and chosen the colours well. I'm sure it's going to look great quilted.

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  42. Beautiful! How nice to work with someone else as you are working to improve new skills.

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  43. I like it the quilt very nice.
    Marika

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  44. so much detail!!! great job on this one!

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  45. BOTH quilts are beautiful!!! LOVE the colors and fabrics you each selected. Quilts that incorporate piecing AND applique are my favorite! Thanks for sharing. : )

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