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:

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

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

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

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

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

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  6. The colours are beautiful. Really lovely quilt.

    Rachael

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

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

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

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

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

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  12. An amazingly beautiful quilt!

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  13. beautiful. Those panels are so warm!

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  14. yup, still loving this one :-D

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  15. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  23. Red is gorgeous! Perfect festival quilt :)

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  24. This is a winner leanne...love this quilt

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  25. This is a winner leanne...love this quilt

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  26. 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.

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

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

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  29. wonderful modern quilt

    Margaret
    http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  36. 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 :)

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  37. 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.

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

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

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

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  41. 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.

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  42. Love it...simply and brithefull!
    nichi

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  43. Cannot see this one enough!

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

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

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

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  47. 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!

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  48. 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

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

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

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  51. 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.

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  52. 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

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

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  54. 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.

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  55. 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

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

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  57. Red is stunning! Love those shot cottons!

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

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

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

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  61. beautiful quilt! love the fabric & quilting!

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

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  63. Love the monochromatic stacks!

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

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

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  66. Muy bonito, me gustó, suerte en el concurso.

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

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