Friday, October 9, 2009

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Autumn 2009

I am again participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2009 which is hosted by Amy from Park City Girl.



Bearing in mind it is Quilter's Choice, my entry for the Festival is a quilt that I truly love love love!  It is also the most used quilt in the house, and I sleep under it every night, regardless of the season.

 BEADED CURTAIN QUILT


Quilt measures 90 inches x 90 inches

This quilt design is by Kaffe Fassett from his book "Caravan of Quilts". I made this quilt in 2006, and purchased the fabrics as a complete kit from Glorious Color.  At that stage of my quilting journey I needed all the guidance available to select fabrics and copied the layout without alteration.  The colors of this quilt are understated, but the overall effect of the simple design and use of fabric is indeed a quilt much like a beaded curtain. 


My quilting skills have evolved and I have learned to take calculated risks since then.  Today I am unlikely to purchase a pre-packed kit.  I am so much more confident when it comes to choosing fabrics, but would greatly encourage anyone to go ahead and make use of these bundles if choosing fabric is the reason why you are not sewing or enjoying the quilting process.


Back of the Beaded Curtain Quilt - pieced with some of the leftover 4 patch squares.


I am a huge Kaffe Fassett fan, have all of his books, have attended his Melbourne lecture on color, but have not as yet participated in one of his workshops.  His eye for color and design has certainly given me much to think about, and I am constantly inspired by all of his work.  I have tried to put into practice Kaffe's color theory and I look at the world and color in a whole different way today.  I hope his influence it is starting to reflect in my own quilts whilst being true to my own style.


Thank you Amy for hosting and organizing the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.  To see more quilts that are being "exhibited" please see Amy's list of participants.  Be sure to visit as many blogs as you can; I can assure you that there is something for everyone, and that the inspiration is endless. 


114 comments:

  1. So apparently you have always been brave because even as a kit, that looks daunting. Thanks for the continuing inspiration! Your blog is lovely.

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  2. That is a stunning quilt - I love it.

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  3. I think the quilts we use and use and use will always be the favourites.
    I can see why yours is a favourite. It is beautiful.
    Andi :-)

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  4. That's a gorgeous quilt, kit or not! Such beautiful colours and fabrics!

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  5. You needed a kit when starting? Nobody would believe it after seeing your progress.

    Talking about kit, I have an unopened kit for bobbin lace bought last year.

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  6. very very lovely
    i like all your quilts - this one is great.

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  7. I love your submission! Not just because you've created a quilt masterpiece; but because you've given us a story about yourself, quilting theory and a bit of about your quilting evolution. I'm glad you joined in!

    I'm off to see the other participants now!

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  8. Hi Rita!

    The quilt is fabulous; I can totally see the beaded curtain!

    I have been to one of Kaffe Fasset's workshops and two of his lectures, the last one only a few weeks ago; he's such a wonderful and inspiring speaker.

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  9. Ooooo I love knowing which of your glorious quilts you actually choose to sleep under! I can see why you love it too. It's amazing. I love the movement in it.

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  10. My quilt festival quilt is a Kaffe quilt too!

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  11. As always, such an amazing achievement! Your beautiful quilt works on so many levels, the use of colour is just outstanding. I am in complete agreement about the wonderfulness of Kaffe of course!!

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  12. That is a big quilt and so beautiful! The pattern is fantastic. It is easy to see why you love this one, but it would be hard to choose from all of the wonderful ones you do.

    Anne
    http://filmandthread.com

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  13. I am a Kaffe fan too and I love your quilt. It's wonderful! My first quilt was also a kit also.
    happy quilting, Rhondi

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  14. Wow! This quilt is just incredible. Very well done.

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  15. Just lovely! The colors are so soft and soothing...thanks for sharing with us!
    blessings

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  16. Beeeeautiful! Being a traditional quilter, I was never a big fan of Kaffe, but the blog world has definitely made me take a second look. Now I love to see quilts done in Kaffe style and I wouldn't be surprised if I even ventured that way myself someday. I especially love when traditional elements are blended with Kaffe style -- your quilt does that wonderfully!

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  17. It's a beautiful quilt. You did an amazing job on it. Thank you for inspiring us every day with all the quilts you make.

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  18. this is so pretty....i can see why it is so loved

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  19. Absolutely lovely - I am sure its all broken-in and snuggly too!

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  20. Very pretty! It is one of my all time favorite Kaffe Fassett quilts. Love it! Imagine sleeping under this beauty!!

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  22. What a gorgeous quilt! I love it!

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  23. Absolutely beautiful, you did a great job! I'm pretty new to quilting, but I posted for the Festival too. It's great to see so much inspiration from such talented people!

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  24. It's a gorgeous quilt...I can understand you're sleeping under it every night!

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  25. Wow what an amazing quilt , so beautiful and so many pieces, wonderful work!

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  26. Thank you for showing us your favorite quilt and telling it's story along with your quilting story. It's amazing.

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  27. So, (sew), inpiring. I love it, too.

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  28. Beautiful! Yes, I see where it does look like a beaded curtain. Isn't it amazing how something as simple as color can make a design? I too am a Kaffe Fassett fan. Cheers!

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  29. A beaded curtain indeed. It's wonderful!

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  30. Hello from the USA :-)

    Your quilt is so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  31. Very pretty. I like what you did with the left over pieces.

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  32. I can see why you love the quilt it is very nice. I think it is hard to pick colors too especially if your doing a quilt for someone else.

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  33. This was a great kit to purchase. congratulations on a job well done. It's beautiful--and apparently well loved. I really like Kaffe Fassett, too, and first was introduced to his work when in Norway. Some excellent knitters had created beautiful sweaters from his designs. (I knit, too.)

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  34. Great kit. You did a beautiful job with it!

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  35. Beautiful! I love the colors
    and you did a great job!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  36. I loved this quilt the first time I saw it and still do. Great quilt

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  37. It must be so exciting being able to sleep under such a beautiful quilt every night. Especially knowing how hard you worked on it. It is beautiful!!!

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  38. What a beauty! I love his colors, too, I like his "freedom" of color!

    thanks for sharing!

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  39. A stunning quilt Rita and I can see why you are under it on a nightly basis!

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  40. That is a stunning quilt! I'm very impressed.

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  41. Beautiful quilt, it is stunning. Thank you for sharing this with us! Stephanie

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  42. I love his quilts too - I just borrowed his country garden quilt book from our library. Your is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. I love that pattern - all the best quilts come from something simple. I love your back - I know it takes a lot more time to do that, but it adds so much.

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  44. Very nice quilt - looks like a lot of work...

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  45. Well done! You can't beat the classic 4 patch ...what a nice way to sleep at night too!

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  46. Wonderful quilt! Thank you for sharing.

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  47. Gorgeous and best of all well loved. Perfection.

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  48. Beautiful scrappy quilt. It looks vintage.

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  49. This would be a good way to use up scraps! I love how the pattern pops out :-)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  50. Your beaded curtain quilt is stunning. It is gorgeous gradations of color- The journey of a quilter is different for each one of us but it is an amazing process. May you continue to enjoy the ride.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

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  51. I have really started to appreciate Kaffe Faucet. I love all the color. Your quilt is wonderful.

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  52. With all of your gorgeous quilts, I was wondering which of your creations you would choose......and I am not disappointed. Your quilt is amazing....of course, Kaffe is amaZing!!! I am also a huge fan!!! (And very tempted to buy a kit from his latest book. :))

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  53. I so have to make this now, it's gorgeous!

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  54. What a gorgeous quilt! You do such beautiful work today, and it is wonderful to get a glimpse of some of your quilting past. Thank you for sharing the story. :)

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  55. Beautiful!! The beaded curtain effect is fantastic.

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  56. What a beautiful quilt! And I always recommend kits for first-timers. They can see if they are going to 'take' to quilting without too much fabric and expense...

    Cheers - Shari

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  57. It's a gorgeous quilt, no wonder you use it every day. I still buy the odd kit if I love the quilt, so much cheaper in the long run.

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  58. It does look like beaded curtains!! A great quilt to showcase in the quilt festival. Very pretty!

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  59. I love your quilts and have always thought you had exceptional color"instincts". And you always photograph things in such interesting ways. Thanks for sharing this special quilt!

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  60. A beautiful quilt. Thanks for showing it to us.

    I do agree with your comments about colour/fabric choices - if you're not confident, a kit is always a good way to go.

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  61. I have been reading your blog for a while, so it is nice to see some of your earlier work. This is beautiful.

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  62. That pattern DOES look like a beaded curtain. How cute is that!!

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  63. Wow, your colors are truly gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  64. I can see why this is a favorite quilt. It's lovely, and so Kaffe! I enjoyed reading about how your design confidence has grown as time goes by. We all learn from everything we make, don't we? And what fun we have in the process!

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  65. Its a lovely quilt... you can follow your growth as a quilter from the colors of your quilts. Good choice

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  66. What a joy this quilt is to view.
    It makes me happy just to look at it.
    Lovely work......keep it up!
    LuAnn in Oregon
    http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

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  67. It's beautiful. I love Kaffe Fasset, too.

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  68. I have always loved this Kaffe quilt Rita, you have done a beautiful job. I love your backing, that blue is gorgeous with the leftover squares. Stunning! xo

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  69. It is such a beautiful quilt! I can see why you love sleeping under it :-)

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  70. Wow such a beautiful quilt! Love the colors and fabrics.

    Jocelyn
    http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

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  71. Thanks for sharing your favourite quilt Rita...I can see why you love it so much as it is truly beautiful....love the way it has the appearance of a jewelled & beaded curtain!

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  72. Your quilt is gorgeous!!! I too LOVE Kaffe! Thanks for sharing. ; )

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  73. It's a beautiful quilt. I like the effect of the darker squares set on a diagonal to create the beaded look. I also love Kaffe Fassett designs. If I was ever to make a quilt from his books, I would want a kit of his fabrics to make it just as pictured.

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  74. An absolutely marvelous quilt. I agree with you about Kaffe Fassett, a true designing gem and artist. I love all of his work from his mosaics to his knitwear-stunning. Because his quilts are so patterned fabric and color intensive I can see where a quilt would be a safe way to go.

    This is my first visit to your Blog but I'll be back.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Beautiful quilt! I've always admired Kaffe Fassett's designs....his needlepoint, his knits, his quilts...all fabulous. Thanks for sharing this one. ~ Sarah

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  76. Very nice!! Looks like you're coming a long way in quilting, using Kaffe's ideas! Keep quilting!!

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  77. How gorgeous.

    I have a rainbow quilt in my mind to make to sleep under every night, - I just have to get around to making it!

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  78. now that is one amazing quilt!

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  79. This quilt is as beautiful as all the quilts by you that I have seen. Your blog really is an inspiration. Thank you.

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  80. Beautiful quilt! I agree that using a kit or prepackaged medley of fabrics is a great way for a beginner quilter to get a sense of color-and you always finish with a quilt you like! Color sense grows with all the other quilting skills.

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  81. That is one heck of a beautiful quilt!!

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  82. Beautiful quilt. I love the colors. I just discovered Kaffe Fassett and love his books too. Only have two, but just purchased some of his fabric for a quilt for my daughter. How wonderful to be able to attend his color lecture. Thanks for sharing.

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  83. One can always tell a loved quilt by how hard it is to get it away to shoot photos of it or even to wash it. Kaffe fabrics are just so darn cheery -- well done.

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  84. A gorgeous quilt ... love the colours and pattern!

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  85. That is gorgeous! I too am a Kaffe aficionada.

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  86. That is a great quilt. I am a kit-purchaser, mainly because I am usually accompanied by my kids while I shop.

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  87. That is an incredible quilt. Love it.

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  88. I love how scrappy this quilt is! Beautiful!

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  89. Gorgeous! You are so brave to take on all of those corners :)

    What a beautiful quilt!

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  90. très joli, moi aussi je suis une fan de kaffe fasset felicitations

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  91. This quilt is lovely. I especially like the strip on the back where you have used up the scraps!

    Arabella

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  92. I've always admired your quilts and this one is wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my Quilt Festival entry. =)

    Erin

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  93. Beautiful! I love how the colors move down - I'm so glad that you were #1 on the list! So fun :)

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  94. This is absolutely beautiful! I adore Kaffe Fassett as well and am a very new quilter, so I feel a little overwhelmed at choosing my own fabrics or altering any of his patterns! It's nice to know I might get there some day!

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  95. Wow-I am mesmerized! Lovely!!!

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  96. It is so beautiful. Thank you for its story.

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  97. That is a beautiful quilt...awesome!
    hugz, Pam

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  98. Yes, it really does look like a beaded curtain. This quilt is divine!

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  99. I love your beaded curtain quilt. You executed it very well! It's been on my list of patterns to try out.

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  100. Lovely quilt and beautifully made. The colors are cheerful but all his work is cheerful.

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  101. Lovely quilt! I really like the beaded curtain pattern; this one is very subtle. I really like the surprise blocks on the back; I always think that's such a nice touch. 8-)

    All the best,
    Susan
    http://susanintexas.blogspot.com

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  102. Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  103. I like it the quilt very nice.
    Marika

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  104. I would never have guessed this was a kit just from looking at it. What a wonderful grouping of fabrics and the pattern is simple yet intricate! I love the secondary pattern with the larger squares. Quilts that are used a lot are the best! Thanks for sharing your quilt's story.

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