Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spring Quilt Festival for Bloggers



I have not ever entered the blogger's quilt festival, but this looked like fun. I made this moon over the mountain quilt a couple years ago. Itis a favorite of mine because I grew up in Colorado and I have always missed the mountains. The quilt was inspired by a pattern by Jean and Valerie Wells from the Stitchin Post who had done a quilt like it in batiks. It is the first quilt I ever made with batiks, which has also become a favorite fabric line of mine. The thing this quilt taught me is that I prefer applique, and if possible I will change a pieced pattern to applique. Piecing the curves seemed overwhelming to me so this entire quilt is appliqued. I also used a different technique to machine quilt the quilt. I bought a viney backing fabric which I seamed together so the pattern would be continuous (sort of like matching wall paper),






then I put a variegated sulky thread in the bobbin and invisible thread on top and quilted the quilt from the back - simply following the outline of the vines. It gave an all over quilt pattern on the front with the variegated thread.


Drop by Amy's blog to see links to all the quilt show participants at:




Thank you to Amy and her sponsor's for hosting the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival. Click on the link and see some of the other beautiful quilts and read their stories.


Happy Stitching,

Cheri

18 comments:

  1. What a cool quilt. I love the colors in this quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This has forever been a favorite pattern. I hope to make mine soon. I love the mountains also. This is a gorgeous quilt. Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love this quilt, but have to say I love the quilt in your blog header even better! BEAUTIFUL! I have a soft spot for 30's fabric and hand quilting.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a nice interpretation of this old timey pattern

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is a gorgeous quilt. I love the colors and how they blend. yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Whhat lovely colors, wonderful quilt:)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I thought the quilt looked like one I had seen at the Stitchin' Post. It is gorgeous! What a great idea for the quilting too.

    ReplyDelete
  8. A beautiful quilt Cheri. I loved the quilting idea you had....besides making a beautiful choice for the back :0)

    Crispy

    ReplyDelete
  9. wow, stunning quilt. Love the colors! And the quilting on the back pattern turned out wonderfully. It's great when you don't have to mark a quilt and get a lovely pattern like this.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a clever idea for quilting. I too, love the Colorado Mountains and this quilt depicts them artistically! Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Stunning! This pattern would make a great gift for my cousin in Colorado - it reminded me of her even before I got to that part of your post, so I would say you really captured the setting.

    Love that backing fabric. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great quilt. It reminds me of a picture that may husband took in Montana of the sun coming up from behind a peak.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I never thought of using the background fabric for the quilting element. I'll definitely try this.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Very effective quilting method, and welcome to the joys of batik!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your quilt looks great. Love the use of batiks in it. I like the changes you have made to suit your own sewing style. It certainly means you enjoy making it a lot more. I think using the backing to guide the quilting pattern is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Fantastic! I love batiks also and appliqué so really appreciate all yourcwork. The quilting is just lovely and what a great way to do it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

    ReplyDelete