Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Spring 2012

Bubblequilt by Sewfrench Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2012

It all started with a past year’s Quilt Festival. You look at hundreds and hundreds of quilts, finding so many ‘new to you’ blogs to follow. Some you find an attachment to and add to your Google Reader. It’s so exciting to link up with others who have similar ideas and creative outlets.

This year’s quilt stated with following a new blog.

Farbstoff.

One of her regular columns is one of pattern choices for the modern quilter. When she threw this pattern idea out there, I knew I needed to figure out how to do it.

I knew I could do this, because I had a secret weapon. My helper. My youngest daughter. She was finishing up her senior year of college, majoring art with an emphasis in graphic design and had a much better understanding of how computer drawing works. She took Brigitte’s idea and turned it into a pattern. Since she could make it any size we decided on, I opted for 44″ square. Frugally speaking, one single width of a piece of backing fabric would make the perfect size for a wall hanging. And everyone needs a fresh wall hanging.

And a rough layout of our color palette…

We weren’t sure if all the fabrics were exactly what we had in mind, based off the Kona swatch card, but we would try and try again.  We had lots of options and playing to do.

Can’t you just visualize it based on the way the fabrics are layed out??? You have to dive in and start somewhere.
I printed two copies of my pattern and taped them together. Using one copy, that Amanda colored, as pattern pieces, mentally adding my 1/4″ seam allowances. Then used the other, as a whole, to keep track of where each color went.

Where the colors overlap I was aiming to create the appearance of transparency. When some colors didn’t work, as I had originally hoped, I changed colors. If you were to want to attempt to copy mine, do not use the colors labelled in my pictures. Well, you could, it just won’t turn out the same. While I did exclusively use Robert Kauffman Kona cottons, some of the colors I went after weren’t available and others, when I saw in person, up against their neighbors, didn’t look like I thought they should. That was another pattern confusion, all its own.

Finally, I got it put together, which was not easy, but easier than I dreaded. I did not want it to be an appliqued quilt, but inset circles. My most anxious piecing was putting the chartreuse, a nearly full circle, into the larger red bubble piece. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I had envisioned it to be. Isn’t that usually the case with the unknown?

Then I used my trusty, handmade templates, used on so many other quilts, like this one and this one to mark concentric circles at 1″ intervals to hand quilt, usually while as a passenger in the car, one of my most productive places to quilt.

Yes, I could have machine quilted it and been done that much faster. But what’s the hurry? Life is all about the journey, isn’t it?

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Bubbles, wall hanging, 44″ square

The back really shows off the quilting. I duplicated the arc, opposing it, from the front to use as a label.

So check it out, if you haven’t already. My entry is #69.
So much to see, sew and sigh over….

If you like what you see here, leave me a comment. It’s so exciting to hear what people think and have to say. Share the love! I would be thrilled if you would Subscribe in the sidebar, too. Thanks for stopping by ♥

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143 Responses to Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Spring 2012

  1. Carla says:

    This is brilliant! And, hand quilted to boot. Lovely. Enjoy the festival : )

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    Gorgeous quilt, and an amazing answer to a design challenge. I love the label idea.

    • sewfrench says:

      Thank you. Normally I embroider the recipients name, the date and my logo (initials) on the front, but since this was a wall hanging I didn’t want it to complicate the design. Not sure I didn’t come up with this labeling idea sooner.

  3. Jill says:

    Absolutely fantastic!

  4. Really interesting to see the planning you put into this quilt ( something I never do) and I love hand-quilting too so this quilt is a definite winner for me.

  5. Charlotte says:

    what a beautiful quilt. I love the colours and how the circles overlap one another.

  6. duff says:

    just fascinating! I ‘m really loving the interplay between handmade and technology–kudos to you for figuring out how to make it all happen!

  7. Susan says:

    It’s a beautiful quilt and I think your daughter could hire her services out to those of us who can’t do computer design for quilts!!

    • sewfrench says:

      I should probably hire my daughter out. You are right, there are probably a lot of quilters that would probably pay for what she does!

      • kate says:

        Yeah, I’m clueless at 52 as far as computer programs! I love your hand quilting better than the original person’s machine quilting – does she know you made one??

      • sewfrench says:

        Thanks, Kate! I didn’t notify her, maybe I should have?

  8. Holy cow that’s fantastic!

  9. MC says:

    I love the template you and your daughter were able to come up with. The finished product is very impressive!

  10. CitricSugar says:

    This turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing your process. I know from experience how handy it is to have a graphic designer in the friends&family circle…

    Love it.

  11. carol fun says:

    WOW! Great quilt! The combination of technology, art and quilting is amazing!

  12. Patti says:

    Love the process and the quilt!

  13. Anne says:

    I commend you for piecing all those circle. Gives me hope that if I put my mind to an idea I can figure it out too.

  14. I agree with so many other comments. This turned out fantastic and I love your color choices. Even more, I love your attitude about hand quilting. I think that will be my new motto “what’s the hurry?”.

    • sewfrench says:

      I just have to keep telling myself that, Marjorie, or I’ll go crazy. All these other quilters appear to be putting multiple quilts out a week and I’m not. They aren’t hand quilting nor making big quilts, either. So what’s the hurry? While making, I’m not sure where many of the quilts will live, anyway.

  15. Beck says:

    What a beautiful finish to such a great journey! I’m glad you were able to do this with your daughter. :)

  16. Rachaeldaisy says:

    This is a brilliant quilt!!! How wonderful that you worked on this project with your daughter.

  17. Great secret weapon, I could really use an in house graphic designer sometimes! And the quilt turned out awesome.

  18. Jolie says:

    Your quilt is truly lovely!!

  19. Nikki says:

    Wow! I’m so impressed! :)

  20. Alli says:

    Oh my goodness, your quilt is amazing! I think it’s so sweet that you worked on this with your daughter; the two of you did a wonderful job! :)

  21. ethne38 says:

    Brilliant quilt – thanks for sharing the process – I’ll be keeping this in hand for future reference

  22. Mintyfresh says:

    This is incredible! Amazing process and final result.

  23. Ann says:

    Beautiful thanks for sharing your design process always fun to learn how others work
    Ann

  24. Janet says:

    Amazing to see your journey to the completed quilt, which is bright and beautiful! I tend to just play with fabric and have such a difficult time graphing things out.

    • sewfrench says:

      Oh, Janet, I do tend to just play with and figure things out. This one was tough. I brainstormed for a long time thinking jumbo compass like, made from scratch tools, string on a pencil, you name it, before daughter said she could just draw them and I could print and cut perfect circles, just like that…. That what we get when we send our kids to college… LOL!

  25. Danielle says:

    Love the solids – well done for creating such a thing of beauty.

  26. Wonderful quilt, – your excellent choice of colours really gives the impression of transparency. Thanks for sharing :-)

  27. janprytz says:

    This is an amazing quilt. I love that it’s so modern, too.

  28. thank you for sharing your process. it’s such a beautiful quilt. And i agree with you when you say ‘what’s the hurry?’ . the hand quilting is lovely!

  29. Pam says:

    Jealous of your fantastic quilt

  30. My Quilting Life says:

    So beautiful…I love it. Thanks for sharing your process.

  31. That ninch! says:

    I just recently found Farbstoff myself, so I was interested to read your process and see how you interpreted this pattern. The quilt is *fabulous!* I love the way you changed the colours slightly to make it seem the circles overlap. Is very handy to have a graphic designer ‘in house’, so to speak, no? :-) (Sometimes I appeal to a friend’s daughter, who is art student, and insightful, when I’m really stuck.) Specially I like that the quilt is lots of red! :-)

    Hazle
    (@ sunt)

    • sewfrench says:

      Brigitte is brilliant. She comes up with some tough challenges, for sure. I am constantly looking for people to unstuck me! And daughter was an art student before she more narrowly defined her degree into a graphic designer, so yes, she is one I turn to often!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  32. eileen says:

    i don’t like your quilt…i LOVE your quilt! it’s just so wonderful and i love that your daughter was in on all that process. the creativity in this festival just stuns me and yours is truly a big part of that. thanks for sharing and have a great day

  33. Melinda says:

    Love it! This is just so gorgeous!

  34. mngirltx says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting! Your quilt is so fun!! I admire you doing so many circles – and setting them in.

  35. Sandra says:

    Great job, thanks for all the process pics. Such wonderful movement and colors

    Come see my entries 64 (repro. applique) and 85 (antique appliques).

  36. quel superbe travail de préparation mais le résultat est très réussi

  37. Shannon C. says:

    The wall hanging is so beautiful! I’m always drawn to circles and I love that you involved your daughter in the drafting process. My mom and I quilt and design together and it’s so much fun!

  38. Lisa says:

    Amazing, thanks for the step by step photos, this is truly a work of art!

  39. Shari says:

    This quilt is amazing! And what a design process! Lucky you to have such a helper too. Love that quilting.

  40. Lily says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for your comment on my BQF quilt! I’ve seen this quilt you are showing before (in the making) on one of your previous blogs and it’s full of color and gorgeous. I love how the entire thing looks 3D. You really captured the flow between the colors!

  41. absolutely stunning!! love all the details of how you put it all together, too : )

  42. harrispen says:

    A beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing your process and you did a nice job with the curved piecing.

    Cindy

  43. wow!!!!! I LOVE your quilt! this is amazing work with color! lovely stitching! lovely design!….
    thank you for visiting my blog!
    hugs from Russia,
    Masha

  44. Taya @TypeB says:

    This is delightful! (Man, that’s a lot curves!) I love it.

  45. Angie T says:

    An explosion of comments! Holy smokes! This is a brilliant quilt Lori. I LOVE IT! Almost as much as I love the “stacked books” one :-) Always love to see what you come up with next!

    Xo

    • sewfrench says:

      Holy Smokes is right! I’m overwhelmed with all the encouraging comments. Good thing I’m not a hat person, they probably wouldn’t fit today…
      And I could have sworn no one outside our house had seen the stacked books quilt…. Eek one more unfinished quilt that I was in denial about that is *out* now….
      Thanks Angie!

  46. This is so beautiful and creative! I agree, I love how this festival brings me to so many great new blogs and find all of these great people who make beautiful things! Your daughter is awesome too!

  47. Dana says:

    Oh, I love your quilt, I haven’t conquered circles yet that aren’t appliqued. Beautiful, thanks.

  48. I nominated you for best pieced quilt and best hand quilted quilt. I hope you win! You really deserve it!

    • sewfrench says:

      That is so sweet Sarah! Thank you! I love that by creating the quilt, for your FIL, you are bringing him into your heritage! I love that about your story.
      Boy do I hope to get to Ireland someday!

  49. Valerie says:

    This is amazing! Absolutely one of my favorites!

  50. Allie says:

    So blown away – the work that went into this leaves me speechless, as does the result. What a happy quilt!!!

  51. Rebecca S says:

    I love this. I wish I had seen this in the Festival so I could have nominated it but I guess I totally missed it in the thumbnails. Sometimes I wish linky parties had the option of bigger thumbnails for this very reason :(

    • sewfrench says:

      I was having the same problem, Rebecca.
      Then when I found something I wanted to nominate I couldn’t figure out what number they were, when I went back to the thumbnails…
      Thank you for the kind thoughts, though!

  52. Kati says:

    This is so fantastic. I’ve actually wanted to do something very similar, but haven’t because of the planning and piecing. Thanks so much for sharing your process. I might need to add this to my list in the coming year or two. Great work!

  53. It’s gorgeous! I saw this on Farbstoff too and mentally put it in my maybe one day pile. You have done a fantastic job!

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  55. Dawn says:

    I’m sorry to say this is the first time I’ve looked into what you are doing Lori. After voting, i clicked around exploring and found lots of things that didn’t surprise me a bit, but rather warmed my heart with so many fond memories of you (all). You will always be one of my hero’s Lori. I love you for always, friend. Dawn

    • sewfrench says:

      Now stop that, you are making me cry.
      And don’t apologize for living your life! Most of the time I’m just talking to myself over here. It’s nice when I see people are listening!
      And really glad we are back in touch!
      Love you, too!!

  56. This is absolutely gorgeous and inspiring! Thank you for sharing it!

  57. Sandy says:

    Wow, amazing finished quilt. Thanks so much for sharing your design process. For the first time, I understand the in’s and out’s of what it takes to design a quilt. I have so many ideas in my head for quilts, but, never got past the idea stage. After reading how you and daugther went from an idea to the finished quilt, I now feel like the little train that could. Thanks so much for sharing, and, thanks so much for giving me the push I needed to get my ideas moving.

  58. Heather says:

    This is amazing! All those rounded seams… You got my vote!!!

  59. Dan Rouse says:

    I love this quilt! I remember seeing it on Brigitte’s blog and thinking ‘but it would be so much more interesting pieced instead of applique!’ And now you’ve done it perfectly. I know from recent experience that fitting the background fabric all the way around can be tricky. And the circle quilting is great.

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  61. Charlotte says:

    congratulations on the win!

  62. Mina says:

    Congratulation on the win. This looks really beautiful!

  63. Sonia says:

    Congratulations. I knew you had to win. It’s an amazing quilt!

  64. bonjour,
    je me suis permis de mettre la photo de votre quilt dans un message ,j’espère que cela ne vous pose pas de problème ,merci d’avance

  65. Geta says:

    Congratulations on the win, Lori.
    It’s a beautiful quilt. I just noticed it is hand quilted. I admire your patience to do it.

  66. mjb says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Very much worth the effort.

  67. Beth says:

    That is such a beautiful quilt! I love the detail – especially how you made it look like the circles overlapped.

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  70. Jen says:

    This quilt is amazing! I wonder how I missed it in the spring. It’s sew fabulous!

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  74. miss601 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey and process for this quilt. It was so inspirational. Love the colors. I absolutely love circles. And I always inset them. No appliqué, please. As soon as I have time, I’m going to try making one for myself.

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