It's that time of year again - Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival. If you haven't joined in before take a leap of faith and go for it. Write a post about a quilt you've made, add in the button from Amy's Creative Side and go and link up. You get to meet a lot of new quilters and often get new visitors to your blog which is fun for everyone, especially new bloggers. Click on the button below to link up to all the other quilters taking part in Amy's wonderful festival.
The quilt I'm showing this time round is one I have just finished and mailed to France. It was made for a friend of my sister's who has been more like family to my sister than just a plain old friend. My sister lives in France so has none of her side of the family around to help with children, life, the universe and everything but Carla has been like family for her so it was a real pleasure to have a chance to make a quilt for her new apartment.
Carla asked me about six months ago if I would make a quilt for her and we agreed on Ruby Star Rising, which is to say I kind of nudged her in that direction and she happily liked the suggestion.
We decided to mix these up with some Kona solids: candy green, coral, ash, charcoal, amber and cyan.
The prints looked to me like they really needed showcasing so I decided to make each of them a picture on a sort of wall of portraits. Each one was framed with a skinny strip of colour then a charcoal picture frae and hung on Kona coral wall paper. I Quilted As You Go - sixteen 25" square blocks to make a whopping 100" square quilt. Criss cross quilting on the pictures to give the impression of glass. Straight line quilting on the charcoal frames and squiggly quilting on the coral wallpaper.
The only picture I have of the whole quilt was of it sitting on my lawn, taken from the attic bedroom and before the quilt was bound. To give an impression of the size of this quilt, all my children are in this photo but are the size of ants so you probably can't actually see them. The quilt has now (last week) arrived in Paris and will soon be installed in Carla's new flat at which point she has promised me she will take photos for the blog of the quilt in its new home but for now this is all I can show you.