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Friday, May 18, 2012

Quilt Festival

Wahoo! It's time again for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival from Amy's Creative Side

Amy's Creative Side

I'm entering this little quilt that brings me such great joy!

I really like this quilt because I allowed myself to be more imaginative and artistic than I've been in the past; it feels really good to let go and BE creative. No hands on this bike--not this time! 

It started out as a Swoon quilt but then I wanted to give it a more modern, less rigid feeling so I added random strips of coordinating colors.

After adding a grey border, it seemed static so I decided to encourage movement by giving the eye a few corner squares to follow: The grey keeps your eye moving around the quilt while the green pulls the center star out to the edges (and there's a few more giraffes to love!)

The quilting is a big X, then lines radiate out from the heart of the design.



The back is a simple wonky star in the lower left quadrant so that the quilting becomes the real focal point.



Fabrics:
Giraffe Love in Lagoon by Michael Miller
Kona grey and teal solids
Yellow dots by Michele D'Amore, Bold and Beautiful line
Apple pindots by Micheal Miller, Garden Pindot line 
Play stripe in Lagoon by Michael Miller



As I've said before, I'm thrilled that this quilt will be going to a family who really appreciates a handmade gift--I hope it brings them as much happiness as their appreciation brings me!

I'd better get it in the mail--my cousin's wife is at the hospital today!   
**Update: It's a girl! 9 lbs, 12 oz, 22 inches long. Wahoo!

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31 comments:

  1. What a cute quilt--love the colors! The back looks great, too.

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  2. Love your quilt! The quilting is perfect for it.

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  3. oh duff! that quilting is amazing! there is something so satisfying about a big X! it marks the spot you know!

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  4. that is a quilt worth swooning for!

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  5. Look at me mome! No hands!! I know just the feeling and it does feel so great and good for you! I'm loving your quilt and all those lovely giraffes.

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  6. Wow! Love how it all works together...the quilting is just perfect. I always love the backs as much as the fronts when they are pieced!! LOL

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  7. So cute! Love the giraffes in the borders - they add a cool sense of height. :-)

    Lovely timing!

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  8. I love modern twists on traditional patterns!

    Margaret
    http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

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  9. One big Swoon with borders works so well!!That giraffe fabric is gorgeous. I love the floating stars on the back too!!

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  10. I really like your Swoon quilt variation. I'm sure the family will cherish it.

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  11. I love the quilting on this! It's a great idea that I might "borrow" for myself :)

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  12. Wow! Big girl!! The quilt rules. :)

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  13. The quilting is great. Love the star on the back too.

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  14. You're my neighbour in the festival link-up so thought I'd pop by! Your quilt is awesome. I love how you took the swoon block and made it your own! The giraffes are adorable.

    P.S. Congrats on the new baby in the family!

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  15. Awesome change up for the Swoon quilt block! Love it!

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  16. That giraffe border is so perfect! Love it!

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  17. Wonderful quilt. Love the colors. A swoon is always a swoon!

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  18. Lovely quilt! I agree - your border treatment is what really makes the quilt.

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  19. Wel duff, this is one large block.....it looks perfectly happy in the centre with the lovely choices of hues of,fabric...well done....

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  20. So sweet! Love the quilting.

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  21. fabulous quilt - the baby will love it!

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  22. What a lovely quilt. I love your use of corner blocks

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  23. Great Swoon variation. Love the fabrics and the quilting.

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  24. I love it. I also am in the process of turning a square from what was going to be Swoon quilt into a mini wall quilt that I am just designing as I go. I love your giraffes and the grey border. So cute!

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  25. how very fun to use that majorly big swoon block in the middle!! lucky little child to have such a great quilt to be cuddled in. cute back, too. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  26. I love the back just as much as the front- it's beautiful!

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  27. wonderfully cute quilt and congrats to the new baby in your family. I am sure she will just love it to pieces!

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  28. Gorgeous quilt!! I love this. The back is super fun. =)

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  29. lovely, lovely , lovely!

    the quilting really makes this beautiful

    ; )

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  30. 9lbs.12oz.? WOW! What a great quilt - the quilting is particularly special.

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