Friday, May 16, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2014, Home Machine Quilted

My second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is my Falling for Modern Maples quilt. I am entering it in the Home Machine Quilted Category.
To say that I love this quilt is an understatement.

I love the fabrics I used for the leaves. I love the random layout of the leaves.

I love the bits of linen used in the background.

I love the low volume prints used in the background, too.

I even love the leaf made with ugly fabric from my batik days. It is actually a perfect fall red color.

I really enjoyed making this quilt and I am so glad Debbie convinced me to make one. 

I really wanted a flannel backing for this quilt to add to the coziness and cuddle factor. So I searched several online shops and found this Marby print in Flannel Grey from Lotta Jansdotter Glimma line of fabrics. You notice it says "Flannel Grey" not "GREY FLANNEL". That goes to show you what a poor consumer I am. I only saw the word flannel and assumed it was flannel fabric not flannel in color description. Live and learn...but I do like the print so I am happy.

 The next thing I love about this quilt is the way I quilted it. I was inspired by Janice and her beautiful Geese in the Forest quilt.

I thought wavy lines in a free flowing pattern would make you think the leaves were swirling in the wind; and it sure is windy where I live, so it's very apropos.

It took me three days to quilt this quilt. I got a little bored toward the end so started making more swirls and I even machine embroidered one row with small leaves, just for fun.

The green binding was the perfect leaf green and frames the quilt without drawing attention away from the body of the quilt.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Swirling Modern Maples
Fabric used: prints from stash for the leaves by Julianna Horner, Bari J, Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Brigitte Heitland, a custom Spoonflower print, old ugly stash fabrics and more. Lots of low volume prints and linen for the background.
Backing: Marby in Flannel Grey by Lotta Jansdotter Glimma line.
Binding: Green print from DS line for Joann's Fabrics
Batting: Warm and White
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50wt. and quilted by me using Perma Core 40 wt. in Flesh color.
Final size after washing: 68-1/2"x 79-1/2"


suemac said...

It is a beautiful quilt. You should be proud of it.

dutchcomfort said...

Beautiful Diane, love the spiral quilting too!

Annabella said...

Well it's this quilt that inspired me to ask for MM blocks in Stitchtease. So so beautiful!!

Annabella said...

Well it's this quilt that inspired me to ask for MM blocks in Stitchtease. So so beautiful!!

Anna said...

I love this quilt so much!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

and you should love it!!!! it is gorgeous!!!

Gina said...

so pretty!!! the layout is fun and i love the colors; the low volume background and the bright leaves is just perfect!!

Unknown said...

I love this quilt, and it was awesome to see it in person at Sew South :)

Dolly said...

That quilting gives the leaves just the movement you needed ! Very nice !

Andrea @ The Champ Life said...

Oh my goodness- I love that top so much!! What a gorgeous quilt- great job!

Vivian said...

I love everything you love about it too! Especially nice (in addition to the swirling effect of the stitching) were the touches of low volume peach colored fabrics that mirrored similar colored darker leaf prints. This will be a joy for you to use!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Gorgeous x

CitricSugar said...

Wind was the first word that popped into my head when I saw the quilting! I love maple leaves so this makes me happy.

You know, I thought I had added your blog to my reader last festival but I'm realizing now I must have missed it. Fixing that today! :-)

stitchingandbacon said...

This quilt makes me so happy. It is beautiful and so effectively portrays the season and the windy colorful fall day. An overall victory and a beautiful treasure!

Renee said...

Beautiful quilt and perfect quilting choice! I recently quilted a quilt using the same tutorial and it was a lot of work, haha. But it looks lovely!

Hilary Florence said...

Wind is a perfect FMQ choice for this quilt. Isn't wonderful to have created something that we love so much!

Hannlib said...

Love this. beautiful use of LV fabrics