There haven't been many quilt finishes here since the last festival - I seem to have become a bag lady and have enjoyed making smaller projects that I can finish in an afternoon or two. I do have many quilts on the go in my brain, many sets of bee blocks awaiting assembly, two Scrap Vomit quilts (one basted for quilting, one a set of blocks) and a strong desire to start new projects. I know many of you are with me on this!
For the festival I'd like to share a small quilt with a rather big story. Three of my good blogging friends were a part of it's making and finishing, in addition to my small piecing effort. The whole story is here for you to peruse if you feel like knowing more, but since there are hundreds of quilts to see in the festival, I'll keep it brief(er) here.
The fabrics are all luminescent Oakshott Lipari cottons sent to me from Michael Oakshott via Lynne . The pattern is an incredibly complicated-looking but easy to piece huge star block designed by Tracey (pattern and acrylic templates available on her blog! There isn't one single Y-seam, I promise) and finally, the completely mind-blowing quilting was done in trade by my local VMQG friend Janet. She's so talented and does this detailed work on her domestic machine. I knew the Lipari's deserved special treatment and she nailed it!
You've gotta see the back to really appreciate all of Janet's work!
I love the luxury, sheen and rich colours of the Lipari cotton so much (it's coloured thread shot with black thread) but man, it's really hard to do it justice in photos.
Just look at those perfectly plump feathers!
Check out the rest of the amazing festival, nominate your favs and then head back later this week to vote!