Friday, May 18, 2012

Red - Bloggers' Quilt Festival Spring 2012

Red

Here is Red. Red is my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Spring 2012. Over the week, I expect that hundreds of beautiful quilts will be on show there. I plan to spend a lot of time looking at them, and I hope you will too.

Amy's Creative Side

I will tell you more about Red. I have loved every part of the process of making this quilt. For those of you who have already met Red, this story will be familiar.

Red

This quilt began with a bunch of Oakshott shot cottons. I pulled the warmer colours from my ColourBox and cut a bunch of strips. I made these blocks with no real plan. I laid out some of the strips on my table and when I liked what I saw I sewed some together. Then I laid out some more. I need to have the pile of strips to do this, it is not my process to work with drawings and coloured pencils or computer images, although I know that works for some.

Red

You can see the shimmer of the shot cottons in this photo. They are woven with a different warp and weft thread which provides the depth of colour and interest to the solid fabrics.

Once I had three blocks of shimmering shot cottons I pieced them with putty coloured Essex linen/cotton blend. The size was determined by how much of the linen was on hand. I found a piece of putty coloured Kona cotton for the back too. I guess you would say that the pattern is my own. You can read more about the process of making Red to this point here.

Red

This picture is of the quilting before I added the binding. I quilted the coloured panels in very dense straightish lines using a red/purple variegated Sulky thread, which I also used in the bobbin to add just a bit of colour to the plain back. Then I quilted the solid part in straightish lines using a putty coloured Valdani thread.

Red - back detail

You can see the quilting on this shot of the back after washing. All the negative space made me worry that my lines would tip to one side, so first I drew guidelines about 3" apart with my hera marker. I quilted the guidelines first and then went back and added more lines until I was happy with the effect.

Red

Here is an indoor picture, after washing. You can see that the different density of quilting on the coloured panels gives the outside edge a bit of a flare. But since people are not flat, I am not worried at all.

Red

Here is the quilting out in good outdoor light. The texture added to the negative space from the wash and dry is one of my favourite parts.

Red

Red is posing for the artsy shots in the field. I bound her with Essex linen in putty. I am thrilled with the impact created by that little bit of bright lipstick red binding. Red continues to have the sassy, unpredictable nature that sums up red for me.

Red

Red looks good lying horizontal too. She is about 48" by 65" after washing and drying.

Red

Thank you for stopping by and sharing my quilt with me. Here is the button and link again for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I hope you enjoy the festival as much as I am planning to.

Amy's Creative Side

Best,

Leanne

78 comments:

Linz said...

Boy, Leanne - I just LOVE Red. She is gorgeous! I love that little bit of red binding as well. It's perfect!! Beautiful quilt!!

Angie said...

Just beautiful!! I love the negative space and your quilting is gorgeous. Fabulous quilt. :)

Little Island Quilting said...

I am glad you entered this one Leanne because I LOVE it!

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

Lipstick looks good on any girl. :)

Laura Taylor said...

I thought you might enter this one. She's a stunner :o)

Catherine said...

I'm really glad you entered this - it's so lovely.

Rachael said...

The colours are beautiful. Really lovely quilt.

Rachael

Flying Blind... said...

So love this quilt xxx

Camilla said...

This is really beautiful- lovely subtle colour work. I especially like the red blocks on the large neutral ground.

Sue Daurio said...

Just so incredibly stunning! Love the burst of color and the quilting is amazing.

susan said...

Good to see one of my favourite quilts in the festival!

Poppyprint said...

Aaaaaah. There she is again. I love Red. Glad you entered this one!

Svetlana said...

Oooooh, I love this one, so pretty and modern, just stunning.

Deborah said...

An amazingly beautiful quilt!

Sarah said...

beautiful. Those panels are so warm!

Charlotte said...

yup, still loving this one :-D

Rafael's Mum said...

Sqeeek... oh I LOVE red! Actually I love all the ones you have recently done that way (the little ones) but this one is gorgeous. Glad you chose it for the festival.

O'Quilts said...

This is a beautiful quilt!

diane said...

Thanks for making this your festival quilt so we can ogle over it again. It is soooo beautiful!

Heather D. said...

I just love this quilt Leanne. One of my faves for sure. I especially like that little shot of colour in the binding.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love this quilt...really, really love it!

QuiltyGirl said...

Wow. I love it! All of the details are just perfect. (And don't tell, but sometimes my quilts aren't totally flat either!)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE everything about this quilt. Those colors are divine. I'm swooning over here. =)

Debbie said...

I adore this quilt. The lovely shot cottons and especially your quilting. Just beautiful!

Annabella said...

I`m so happy you put Red in the festival - he is perfect in very way.

Catherine said...

I love this quilt Leanne

Kelly said...

Red is gorgeous! Perfect festival quilt :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is a winner leanne...love this quilt

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is a winner leanne...love this quilt

CitricSugar said...

I actually did a sharp inhale when I saw this one! Beautiful. I love how shot cottons add so much more texture than plain solids... The quilting is perfect.

Patti said...

Red is one of my favourite quilts, Leanne! So glad to see it again!

Katie B. said...

I'm in love with Red!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Red is beautiful. There's just nothing more to say to add to it. :)

Margaret said...

wonderful modern quilt

Margaret
http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

Katy Cameron said...

I love the colour, and I love how the quilting came out after it was washed, such a cool effect

Judith, Belfast said...

Perfect choice for BQF! And congrats on your win from Hadders! Jxo

Anonymous said...

Fabulous quilt! I love the simplicity of the design and the large background, really just lets the beauty of the shot cottons shine.

Robin said...

Wow. Red is stunning! I love it. And the quilting just sings. Such texture! Happy.

MariQuilts said...

One of my absolute favourites, Leanne....I just love this quilt.

seaschell said...

Red is gorgeous! I love the shimmer of shot cottons. Lovely, lovely quilt, Leanne!

tusen said...

You know I love her :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Red is perfect! Those Oakshotts are gorgeous, the binding is brilliant and the quilting is wonderful! I'm running out of adjectives but I really love Red :)

Marie said...

What a BEAUTIFUL quilt! I've been looking for something to make for a belated wedding gift and I think I just found it. No Oakshott cottons to be had but I'll think of something. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ethne said...

Another Oakshott quilt - those colours just speak for themselves - they are divine and in this quilt they speak volumes - love it

Janet said...

Gorgeous quilt! The quilting is wonderful. I would like to meet some of those Oakshott cottons in person!

Francine Taylor said...

She's so simple and gorgeous!! I love the color choices and the quilting - amazing!

Mintyfresh said...

Love that pop of color in the binding! And the minimalism of this quilt is so, so appealing to me. So far I've not made a truly minimalist quilt, but I need to get going on that.

Quiltycat said...

Love it...simply and brithefull!
nichi

Karen said...

Cannot see this one enough!

The Thompsons said...

So glad you chose this quilt! It's probably one of my favorite quilts you've made- just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Simple design, and yet so stunning! And the quilting fits so well. Thank you for showing this beauty :-)

Jan said...

Red is beautiful. I love it, the shot of red in the binding is a brilliant touch.

Martha said...

What a lovely quilt you have made. The colors are amazing, and the quilting is just the most wonderful finishing touch. I love this so much!

Marjorie said...

Absolutely wonderful! I wouldn't have thought to put those colors together...but I love the outcome. Another color combo for my "to do" list

Nicole said...

Love the improvisational way you put Red together. It's beautiful! I've got to get some of those shot cottons!

Deborah O'Hare said...

I love everything about this quilt and I wish I had made it!

Marg said...

I love all your quilts, you have such a fabulous eye for design, but I think this one has to be my favourite of yours so far. It really is stunning, a fantastic design.

Julie said...

A really gorgeous quilt. I am becoming more and more convinced that I have to get hold of some Oakshott! I work like you with a pile of fabrics, rather than sketching things out first. Juliex

Carrie Ottmers Wikander said...

Simple but dazzling!

Julie said...

Leanne,
Red is gorgeous!! I love her so much. Thank you for sharing and I am adding you to my reader - love your style!

Anne said...

I love this quilt! One of my favorites so far in the festival. Nice composition, nice use of color, nice quilting and love the little red accent in the binding. Well done. Thanks for commenting on mine too.

Eileen said...

beautiful! love your color blocks with such fantastic hues and lovely fabric. thinking i might re-think my niece's wedding quilt and do something more like yours--love all that negative (positive in my eyes!!) space. i'm scared of doing straight line quilting but wow!! it sure sets everything off in your quilt. thanks for sharing and have a great day

Sheila said...

Super to see Red again - I especially love the density of your quilting in this one.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

So bold and beautiful. Great job!

Kirsten N said...

Red is stunning! Love those shot cottons!

cat in tassie said...

Love RED! The simplicity of the design and the bold colours make for a perfect quilt.

Heidi said...

Love RED too, everything's perfect !
And wonderful photos too.

Martine Kuciel said...

vos rouges sont très lumineux et très bien mis en valeur sur le blanc superbe

laura said...

beautiful quilt! love the fabric & quilting!

Jessica said...

This is stunning! Beautiful job! I also love the binding :)

Rachel said...

What a stunning quilt!

Lily said...

Love the monochromatic stacks!

Natalie said...

Wow, gorgeous quilt!

Marci Girl said...

Leanne, it is so great! I love everything about it!

felicity said...

Yup. I still love this. GREAT choice for the festival, Leanne!

Septiembre said...

Muy bonito, me gustó, suerte en el concurso.

Stephanie said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Elle said...

Really fabulous! I love the quilting, and the red bit of binding really makes it! Congratulations!