Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ fall 2013 {throw quilt}

It's Blogger's Quilt Festival time again over at Amy's Creative Side.  I can't believe this is the 5th festival I've participated in!  It's a chance for all of us to showcase favourite projects in many different categories.  There will be a lot of posts to visit if you check out Amy's blog today so I will get on with my entry.  

This quilt is my favourite that I've made so far this year, and dare I say it could be my favourite ever.


I had a lovely FQ stack of Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry just sitting and looking pretty for the longest time and I had such difficulty figuring out what to do with it.  There were many many possibilities but in the end I settled on Elizabeth Hartman's Octagonal Orb block.


There were many starts and stops in the making of this quilt, whether it was waiting for more of my background colour to arrive, going on summer vacation, having the kids home from school, and some frustrating moments in the process which had me set it aside at times, I kept coming back and was so pleased to finally finish it a few months ago.  


I'm not normally a pieced back kind of girl but I had such big chunks of fabric left that I wanted to use.  It was a lot of work - way more work than I'm used to spending on the back of a project - but in the end well worth it.


This project was also my first foray into free motion quilting anything larger than a baby quilt and overall I couldn't be happier with it. 

Quilt stats:
Finished size:  56" x 75"
Pattern:  Octagonal Orb by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric:  Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry, Kona Natural, Kona Ash (backing) and Kona Kumquat (binding)
Quilted by:  me, using Aurifil 50wt cotton thread #2021 in the pattern Echo Shell
 Category:  favourite throw quilt

I hope that you'll stop by Amy's blog this week and check out what so many others have decided to share this fall.  And if you would like to enter but haven't had time to do so yet, there's still time (oh, and there's prizes....)!  The linky remains open until October 31.

Thanks for stopping by!


AmysCreativeSide

29 comments:

Jess @ The Elven Garden said...

I think I somehow missed the big reveal of this one Heather! It is STUNNING! I love every little thing about it.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is a beautiful quilt, Heather! And I really love the back as well!

Amy Given Sewist said...

Looks amazing. The back certainly was worth the work! I like your quilting design choice, too. :)

Sarah said...

It's a beautiful quilt. It certainly deserves to be your favourite, maybe favourite ever!

Daniel Efosa Uyi said...

hey nice post meh, You are one of the best writers I've seen of recent. I love your style of blogging here. this post reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: Guest Posting .
keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.

Regards

Patchwork and Play said...

You know how much I love this quilt! Its a great finish Heather!

Janine said...

This is wonderful! And the back is as pretty as the front. Love the fabric choice.

Charlotte said...

this is lovely! I've been tempted by that block myself, but have been too scared to try it. Maybe a bee block ;-)

Cille said...

Wonderful quilt - both front and background :) good luck in the competition.

Kristan said...

Gosh, your quilting on this quilt is just so yummy. I love all that texture.

Patti said...

love your quilt, Heather! Fabulous entry into the festival!

Svetlana said...

wonderful quilt, Heather. And your quilting is gorgeous!!!

Sherri @ RebeccaMaeDesigns.com said...

Beautiful. You did excellent job quilting it!

CitricSugar said...

I suspected that you might enter this one... I've already gushed about this one but it always deserves more. :-) Love love love.

krista said...

it's beautiful, and kuddos on the big quilting job!

Debbie said...

SO glad you shared this one - I just love it and it's one of my favorites you've made. Pretty cool you fmq'd it too!

Carla said...

You did it! I just love this one

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Spectacular!

Hitch and Thread said...

It's very pretty. Great quilting.

Katy Cameron said...

Love this block, and it makes a great pairing with the Notting Hill

snips said...

Good choice for the festival! Love, love, love the quilting on this one!

Poppyprint said...

It is a gorgeous quilt and I absolutely love the quilting (and the back!!). Great job - I can see why it's a favourite.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Simply lovely!

Kymberly said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the addition of the pieced back.

LynCC said...

oooo - yes -that back is just marvelous with it. Terrific way to piece it.

Kirsten said...

The colours in this are so beautiful - really love the back too!

Angie said...

This quilt is absolutely GORgeous

Jessica said...

That back is fabulous. I always waffle on whether to spend a lot of time on the backing, but yours definitely paid off this time. Nice work!

Leanne said...

I love this quilt, and your quilting works so nicely with it.