Thursday, 20 September 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's that time of year again when the lovely Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side hosts this wonderful quilt party where we can share and be inspired by fellow quilters around the world. Click here to find out more and to see all the truly stunning quilts.



My entry has to be my Rainbow Rings I entered into the Festival of Quilts earlier this year.



Having totally fallen for curved English paper-piecing in a big way, I thought I should really create a show quilt using this technique and decided to raid my stash and make a scrappy rainbow design. Having planned out the shapes on the computer and worked out how many of each colour I needed, I dragged out my many, many boxes of scraps and got pulling - this is how the quilt started...



I then worked on the rings making sure the colours were in sink as they went round.



Then I had a problem - what to back it onto? Originally I had planned to go with the cream as I had used grey in a previous project. But as much as I looked at each version, the dark grey kept calling to me, the colours seemed to really zing against such a dark background - so dark grey it was.



I wanted to make this a totally hand sewing project so decided to big-stitch hand quilt the entire thing... during the hottest summer the UK has known for years! Haha! I echo quilted within each of the EPP shapes and then around the rings, and then added some replica motifs in the negative spaces which I left unquilted.



I was very chuffed to see the quilt on display at Festival and had some really wonderful comments from the judges and visitors, thank you!



I can't wait to see all the other wonderful quilts on display, though it may take me a while, please be patient with me!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday.

45 comments:

  1. Wow, the quilting is perfect and makes such a great impact.

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    1. Thank you so much Jan, I'm glad you like it :)

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  2. Beautiful quilt! The hand quilting and your color arrangement make it perfect.

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  3. I'm so happy to see this one again! Its amazing and its a rainbow...and hand quilted! You certainly did fall hard for EPP!

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    1. Thank you so much Jayne, yes, I can't seem to get enough of EPP and hand quilting, even in the heat! :)

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  4. This is stunning, Louisa! And I just adore the hand stitching!

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    1. Thank you so much Shannon :) I think I'm quite addicted to hand stitching now!

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  5. Stunning quilt! I love the rainbow and the hand quilting!

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  6. Gray is a perfect choice. It not only shows off all the rainbow hues it also shows off the beautiful hand quilting. Love it. Who is that standing next to to your quilt, big smile, hands in pockets, confidence oozing from every pore?

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    1. Haha! That would be me Preeti, not sure about the oozing confidence bit though :) Thank you for your kind words x

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  7. I love rainbow quilts and yours is very special! Beautiful harmony of colour and texture, well done!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Lena, I'm also a sucker for a rainbow!

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  8. beautiful work ... i am going to have to investigate curved paper piecing

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    1. Thank you very much Sherry, I have a great Youtube tutorial on my website for a curved EPP cushion, takes you through the whole process, come and join in the fun!

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  9. Fabulous! I love the colors and yay! for hand sewing!

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    1. Thank you Angie, I glad you like it!

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  10. WOOOOOOOWZER That quilt is amazing!

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  11. Gorgeous! Love all that texture!

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    1. Thank you Audrey, it's definitely one to stroke! :)

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  12. Very pretty! Rainbows and circles are a perfect combination! :)

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  13. This is quite amazing. Love how you interpreted the color wheel. And all hand stitched. OMG! Beautiful.

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  14. Beautiful! I have not seen curved paper piecing before. This is just awesome!

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    1. Thank you very much Patty, I've fallen for curved EPP in a big way!

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  15. The colors and techniques you used are fabulous, and the large stitch hand quilting looks great!

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    1. Thank you very much Cassandra, glad you like it :)

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  16. WOW! Great colors - a wonderful quilt. I honor your desire to quilt this by hand...

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    1. Thank you Kathleen, I really enjoyed doing it, even in the heat :)

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  17. What a fabulous use of EPP. This quilt is stunning and I'd love to see it in person.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah... maybe one day :)

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  18. This is beautiful. Makes me want to give EPP a try.

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  19. What a stunning quilt! The patterns, the colors and quilting all come together in perfect harmony.

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  20. Smitten with this glorious rainbow quilt! Brilliantly done, Louisa! It's a real stunner.

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  21. Hi Louisa, you quilt is really stunning - and all hand quilted. Awesome!

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