Monday, May 21, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Amy is at it again!!!  And I am delighted to participate in her Bloggers Quilt Festival -- which looks like it has continued to grow ... YES ... lots more cool stuff to look at!  (if anyone can tell me how to inbed that cool button onto my post ... that would be awesome too).
Confetti quilt
My favorite quilt of mine this year is my queen size confetti quilt.

It started as a way to use up some of my scrap solids ... I did have to buy a little extra fabric to complete, but about 70-80% of the quilt came from my scrap bucket.


This quilt is for the murphy bed in the cabin.

I had spent a couple of months trying to figure out a pattern that would use the solid scraps that I was slowly collecting.  I wanted a pattern that would allow me to use up some of the small scraps that I had accumulated.  So I created a pattern where each block is comprised of 3 pieces -- 3.5" x 3.5" square, accompanied by a 3.5" x 1.75" strip and a 4.75" x 1.75" strip.

There were LOTS of little pieces to be cut (1,716 pieces to be exact).

Finding somewhere to lay it out where there was both enough room AND dog free was a challenge.

The back turned out to be one of my favorite parts!

My biggest learning on this quilt was that shrinkage can be even greater than you anticipate ... this quilt shrunk nearly 10%.  I don't know if it was the material or the tight meandering quilting that make it shrink so much ... but lesson learned for my next one.

30 comments:

  1. Love it! It's a gorgeous riot of color and shapes. The back is awesome too .... FANTASTIC!

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  2. It's a beautiful quilt, Lisa - I was hoping this would be the quilt you chose for Festival!! I love the back, too - and that Murphy bed! I'm so jealous!!

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  3. Congratulations on using your scraps. What a beautiful quilt. I love the back of the quilt too. I wonder why it shrank... I assume you washed all your fabrics before using it... it might be the batting. Also, your quilting pattern / meandering are so close together, that might be a reason for the shrinkage (I think).

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  4. Lovely eye candy! Back looks great also.

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  5. I love this quilt - it is just perfect!

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  6. gorgeous! Love the colors and it is a perfect bed quilt =)

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  7. Beautiful! Lots of work, beautiful colors!

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  8. It's really gorgeous! The back turned out beautifully.

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  9. Awesome quilt. The colors are wonderful!!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  10. I love the front, but the back is even more fabulous!
    Kathy

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  11. Very Pretty! I love the grey fabric for the backing! great choice. April @Little Mama Hen

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  12. Wow! You picked a great layout for using up scraps. That backing is spectacular, too!

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  13. I love the back too! What a fantastic use of scraps! And it's your own pattern too! I love all solids quilts and yours is one of my favorites now! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Not sure which I like best the front or the back. They are both very modern and stunning. Also like your geographic patchwork tutorial. Hop over to my entry too.

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  15. Oh wow Love those colors! This quilt is so bright and joyful, the colors and movement from the pattern. Nice work.

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  16. Love the bright colors and it's reversible! : ) Weird on the shrinkage!

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  17. I really love your quilt and feel totally inspired by it.
    Popping over here from the BQF.
    xxxx

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  18. oh.my.goodness. this is stunning! i love this so much. the movement is fantastic! and i'm in awe of the amount of work it must have taken!

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  19. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the colors and the back is just as wonderful as the front! Just gret.

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  20. What a beauty! You chose exactly the right pattern for all of your solid scraps. You get my vote!

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  21. It's fabulous front and back! You get my vote too.

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  22. I loved the front, but when I got down to the bottom of your post, I fell in love with the back, too. Too bad their the same quilt; you can only admire one at a time!

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  23. This quilt is great! My dog is always on my WIP quilts too, can't keep her off! You should be really proud of this quilt, it is stunning!

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  24. I am voting for you! This is beautiful!

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  25. Just found your blog, loving it! And the dog, gorgeous!I have an English Setter, Roxy, so very affectionate and lovely x

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  26. What a fabulous quilt! Really something different and striking. Looks so good in the solids. The back is at least as cool as the front. Congratulations! I send my quilts out to be long arm quilted, and I usually expect to loose about 3" or 4" in the quilting.

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