Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2011

Hi there! Welcome to Poppyprint if you are clicking your way through the Bloggers Quilt Festival listings. Here is my favourite autumn quilt, which is hanging on my office door for the season.

Autumn Dyes

I first saw a photo in Quilter's World Magazine of this wallhanging by Ellen Stuckey (I believe she's from Indiana, but I can't find a blog or website for her). I hung on to a colour photocopy of it for several years and finally found the perfect fabric. All of it was hand dyed by my friend Kathy, except for a few of the lighter fabrics, which are batik.

Autumn Dyes leaf3

This entire quilt is free cut with scissors, no rulers or rotary blades. I pieced it on my annual November retreat a few years ago and made a massive mess of my work table and the floor around me! Free-piecing can be pretty wasteful, but all of the scraps were so beautiful I saved them for other, tiny projects. The quilt is not bound in the traditional way, but with a facing instead. I really liked the way Ellen had defined the two panels with an asymmetric top and bottom edge -it's a unique quilt finish.

Autumn Dyes leaf2

I had a lot of fun with the quilting; using different thread colours, some free motion in the leaves themselves, but mostly straight line quilting with a walking foot on. In some cases, I used the quilting to define more leaves, like the one pictured below.

Autmn dyes quilted leaf

If you are not a regular Poppyprint reader, you may be interested in my recent free-cut project that I just made earlier this week in a workshop with the Quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama. You can read about it here!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to visit Amy's Creative Side for a complete listing of participating blogs and check out all of the other amazing quilts in this Festival by clicking on the button below!


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65 comments:

felicity said...

Ooh pretty quilt!

Margaret said...

Love the quilt!

Margaret

dutch sisters said...

It is just beautiful!! I love it, perfect of this time of the year!

Sonia B said...

My mouth literally fell open when I saw this . . . BEAUTIFUL!!! I love your work, always!

Marie said...

You've done it again! It's another quilt to inspire me. I love everything about it. I don't have a friend that dyes fabrics but I have a 'little' batiks collection that I think will do. Like the Gee's Bend quilt I'll just have to be brave and go for it.

You really didn't use a pattern? You just free cut and went for it? Does this mean that even the straight edges were free cut as well? Did you use any other special methods? Lots of questions but I'm really drawn to the colors, the shapes and the quilting and I want to know all about it!

Thank you for sharing this colorful work of art!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So unique and creative, I love it. The patterns, fabrics and quilting are all beautiful.

Patti said...

Who the heck are you??!! Every posting of yours has something amazing and I am compelled to write a comment on it! You are officially my hero!

Flying Blind... said...

Super-stunning Krista!

meli B said...

Love your autumn quilt and have just drooled over your last few posts about the Gee Bend quilters. Their quilts are so simple but totally captivating. Can't get enough. Thank you for putting so much info into your posts.

paulette said...

Gorgeous!!
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Katie B. said...

So incredible!

Amy said...

Excellent choice. I really love this quilt.

Donna~~ said...

Very lovely--perfect fabric choices--the colors are wonderful!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the modern feel to it.

Shari said...

Ooooh! I really like this! Lovely autumn quilt. Great little design details.

Cathy said...

beautiful quilting!

Leanne said...

This one is just wonderful! I love the fabric and the quilting and the pattern, all most excellent!

Karen said...

This is a truly beautiful quilt. Gorgeous colours and stunning design. I love the quilting with the variegated thread. Wonderful work.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Really stunning, Krista. I was anxious to see which quilt you would choose to post.

The Thompsons said...

This is stunning! I love the rich colors you used.

Miki Willa said...

What a beautiful quilt! The colors are wonderful. Fall is my favorite time of year, and this quilt definitely says fall.

Emma said...

These leaves are beautiful, and wonderfully effective in hand-dyes!

cauchy09 said...

wow, the quilting on this is amazing! what a lovely quilt. congrats!

Kristie said...

The asymmetrical edges on this quilt are way cool, Krista. I love how you have so many unique styles, and pull them all off so beautifully!

Erik said...

this is so unique...love the colors and the edges!

Janet said...

This one is certainly related to the Gees Bend one you showed recently....lovely quilt hanging!

MariQuilts said...

Really lovely!!!

Kerstin said...

your quilt is great!!!

viele Grüße
Kerstin

Debbie said...

Your quilt is the most amazing thing I've seen for a long time. How lovely! Great use of color & I love your quilting!

Nina Lise Moen said...

It's the perfect autumn quilt!
Sometimes I think being so dependent on our rotary cutters makes us too scared of using less controlled cutting methods, like scissors and ripping. We should probably do more of it, even with all the mess and a little more fabric waste. It's not like we have enough fabric, is it!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Oh my goodness me Krista that is so awesome it makes me want to go and make one too

Ethne said...

You know I LOVE this quilt Krista (it's logged safely in my Flickr favourites) and some day I will get around to doing a version of it

Sandra said...

Perfect fall quilt, very well done!
Love the multi color quilting.
In a new challenge group I learned that the leaf technique -light and dark, swapping mirror elements is called Notan. Thanks for inspiring me for my new project.
Come see my entries: #29 miniature applique reproduction quilt and #31antique 1850 star quilt.

Britt-Inger said...

Your quilt is wonderful and it really feels like automn

Deborah O'Hare said...

A wonderful quilt that really sums up the charm of Autumn.

Susan said...

Wow! What a beautiful quilt. No wonder you held on to the original picture for so long. The colors and quilting are perfect.

Needled Mom said...

That is just gorgeous!!! I love the hand dyed fabrics.

bloomingpoppies said...

This is a really beautiful quilt. I love your quilting lines and use of color. Amazing!!

bloomingpoppies said...

This is a really beautiful quilt. I love your quilting lines and use of color. Amazing!!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Beautiful quilt! The design is wonderful.

Krista said...

this is a perfect quilt to choose for the Festival! I love everything about it-- especially the shape though. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Jules said...

krista you make such beautiful things!

tanya said...

beautiful beautiful beautiful! No rotary cutter? Even more amazing! The quilting is awesome in every way and in every detail. Thanks for sharing! I am definitely inspired!

Editfolt said...

Greetings from Hungary. I love the abstract pattern .. Staple the beautiful

Kathy said...

I love this pattern, your fabric choices and how you quilted it! I had a client bring me a queen size quilt done with this pattern and from all the quilts I have quilted for clients it is my all time favorite pattern.

Michele Pacey said...

Such a unique quilted wall hanging Krista! Just perfect to hang at this time of year eh? You do such great work. I'm always impressed by how professional and beautiful your pieces turn out. It's something I work toward...

traceyjay said...

You're so creative and you do such beautiful work. This is a gorgeous quilt...

Rachel said...

This quilt is...WOW...unbelievable! It's just beautiful, Krista. Wow. (again)

Kirsten N said...

Gorgeous - love your quilting!!!

Goneaussiequilter said...

I love this! Very inspiring.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Gorgeous quilt!....I do love the way you put it together; the uneven top and bottom...just makes it stand out and special...nice work on it.

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

I so love this quilt, the colours and the quilting are really beautiful. Great contribution to the BQF!

Martine Kuciel said...

j'aime beaucoup votre réalisation ,superbe

Lyanna L. said...

beautiful!

Ariane said...

Gorgeous!!! I love it!!!

Eileen said...

Lovely! Such a cool quilt and how wonderful to have on your door. Thanks for telling us about your beautiful quilt and have a great day

Robin said...

Stunning! This quilt just epitomizes autumn and is beautiful in every way-- from the colors to freeform piecing to the gorgeous quilting. Thank you so much for sharing!

QuiltNut Creations said...

absolutely love it!

SewWhatsNew said...

Lovely quilt. Gorgeous colors.

Tina in Boston said...

So pretty! I love that you are "off the grid"! Super nice colors for fall.

Sandra Kaye said...

I really like the organic feel of this quilt!! Great colors too!! Please come and see my blog sometime :):) hugs

Kit Lang said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing. :)

Amanda said...

I love your quilt! I saw it on the qult festival. And your blog- fabulous work! I subscribed!

Cynthia said...

This is such a great fall quilt! Love the quilting too!

Tiffany said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and this quilt captures the season beautifully.