Friday, 28 October 2011

Carla's Quilt for the BQF

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.  

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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.

76 comments:

  1. You have such handsome ant children.

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  2. I love that red and grey with the fussy cut prints. The quilting is perfect.

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  3. it is such a beautiful quilt. the quilting you did is honestly perfection and couldn't have been done any better! excellent work lynn.

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  4. Handsome ant children?! So sweet of you to make the quilt for Carla. It looks lovely but you should get her to send you a picture that shows a little more close up so you can show us :)

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  5. Great quilt, love the quilting!

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  6. This quilt is just 'you' Lynne - it's amazing how you pull some amazing fussy cutting blocks together. Off now to add my BQF post (it's been ready for a week) and to do the link ;o)

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  7. Don't you just love the word "cyan"..........fab quilt.

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  8. I love this quilt Lynne! And your children well just devine!

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  9. Yey! So glad to see this one finished :-) I love your crosshatch quilting, its divine!

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  10. Loving the big one!
    (Apologies I may have inadvertently squished the kids, sorry).
    Hope we are talking 'chateau' like ours, not a bijoux studio!

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  11. Liked it before and love it now! Does Carla really need this quilt?

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  12. This is just lovely. I'm sure she will be most pleased with it. I think having such close friends is very nice.

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  13. This turned out great. What method did you use to put the quilted blocks together. QAYG is great isn't it - I'm totally hooked to it.

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  14. Oh I love the idea of framing those prints like that, it looks fab!

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  15. Lynne, this looks so gorgeous!!! I'll bet Carla positively adores it :) You really made those RSR prints the star of the quilt, and I love the solid coral you paired them with. So fab!!

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  16. beautiful quilt! love your color choices.

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  17. The quilt is beautiful! BUT, I am very gullible and started looking for kiddos in the background.

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  18. I still love that quilt! You have made so many beauties it must have been hard to choose just one!

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  19. How fun is this!!! It would make a great I-Spy quilt too. Gonna keep that rolling around in my head!! :-)

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  20. Wow, that is stunning! Totally love it!

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  21. I think this is my favourite quilt you've made (though I have probably said that before and will again!). Just love the idea of a gallery quilt, it is just stunning and I would actually really love this for myself, not something I feel about many quilts! I totally stole your idea from last festival for my entry this time round, but I did credit it you for it ;)

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  22. This was a great choice for BQF! I love it!

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  23. I love everything about this quilt and enjoyed watching it grow as you made it. I look forward to seeing it in its new environment, I wonder if there are ant children there too? (Your ant children are very patient, posing like that!)

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  24. The black frames make this pop so nicely:) Stunning finish Lynne!

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  25. What a gorgeous quilt! It's a wonderful way to showcase Ruby Star Rising, too!!

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  26. Simply, wonderfully, beautiful!!

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  27. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Gorgeous! I love the little thin solid frame paired with the charcoal! Genius! The quilting is gorgeous! On a scale of 1 to 10 I think your quilt is a 10! So much thought and detail went into it and it shows!

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  29. Oh, I loved this quilt the first time around... still loving it!

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  30. It has turned out so wonderfully. Ruby Star Rising is so special.

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  31. I actually blew up the photo of the whole quilt to look for your children. Sometimes I can't believe it when someone is pulling my leg.

    Fantastic showcase of the fabric, and I like that you used Cyan, probably not a color that is often showcased and you did an excellent job.

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  32. blocks are very interesting, I like asymmetrical look.

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  33. I love it!! The different quilting is just brilliant!

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  34. I still love this quilt so much...lucky Carla!

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  35. What a spectacular quilt! I love how you've showcased the Ruby Star Rising!

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  36. I's absolutely lovely, Lynne. Well done.

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  37. Love the fabric, adore the colour choices, jealous of the quilting and Carla!

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  38. What an attractive quilt! Love the idea of her being *family* and you framed the characters! Nice job!

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  39. What a neat quilt! Love the quilting. :)

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  40. This is sooo lovely. I know your sister's friend will love it!

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  41. Lovely quilt! I like how you used the various solids for framing.

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  42. Great quilt with such vibrant colors and wonderful fussy cuts. Lucky recipient Thabks for sharing and have a great day

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  43. This is a beautiful quilt. The design and colours are stunning. Such a wonderful gift!

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  44. i especially love the quilting you did on this. it was fun to watch your progress on the project, too.

    congrats on an awesome quilt!

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  45. love the colors you added to these fabrics! such lovely choices.

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  46. I love this quilt...it is stunning! I remember your discussion and decision making process along the way! Love seeing it going to a loving home.
    ps...I think your kids must have crawled under the quilt LOL

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  47. Oh its great to see a bit more of this one! I really do love it :-)

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  48. I loved this from the beginning and still love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. It's fantastic. What a great idea for those fabrics.

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  50. Hi! I too have a link to France. My husband is French and we're planning a move there in 1-2 years. (that's why my blog is bordeauxbound.com) Your quilt is beautiful and ditto the comment about the quilting being perfect! Where does your sister live? I hope she's loving it! Lily.

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  51. Lynne, it is beautiful, thanks for sharing!!

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  52. Still loving this, might use a similar framing style for my RIngo Pie beauties

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  53. This quilt is beautifully designed and it looks so wonderful with the Kona Solids that you chose for framing and sashing. I'm wondering how you may have connected the sections?

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  54. I love how it's quilted too. The colors are so pleasant together and that fabric line is so fun.

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  55. What a great quilt. I'm impressed that with all those different shapes and sizes of "frames" the quilt is square. That sort of planning is not my thing, but I love how it looks, so maybe...

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  56. A beautiful quilt for what seems to be a beautiful person. No doubt it will be appreciated. Love all of the fussy cutting, really shows off the prints. Smiles~Beth

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  57. Wow! Such beautiful work!
    You did a great job!

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  58. Stunning quilt! And a wonderful design to feature the quirky fabric and leave it front and center. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. That's a great idea to showcase those fun fabrics on the quilt. I love it and I also love the quilting -- good job! =)

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  60. I really really like this quilt! Like lots lol

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  61. wow... that will be an awesome gift. I know if I received that I'd be crying out of joy. Look at all the cutting and placement. It's a stunner fer sure... Love it!

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  62. Thank you for sharing the story and your design idea with us. Love this line, and your picture frames are such a great way of showcasing it! Beautiful gift for a lucky lady...

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  63. This is a great quilt, I like how you framed the prints.

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  64. What great colors. Love the quilt and the post and the tip about photographing LARGE wow 100 x 100" quilts. I am going to try it with a telephoto from my 3rd floor window!

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  65. Your fabulous quilt really caught my eye, even from the small linky image. I really love the way you used the fabrics, and I'm a sucker for a quilt with a healthy pop of red! :-) I'm also in awe of its size--100"!! *faints*

    Hazle

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  66. What a great way to showcase a fun print. Thanks for sharing it!

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  67. This quilt is amazing! I love the orange - really showcases the prints!

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  68. You did a wonderful job on the quilt--it's beautiful :)

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  69. I wasn't going to comment because I thought "same old, same old, I've seen this quilt before" but then the ant comment cracked me up. Looking forward to seeing what you add to Fat Quarterly.

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  70. What a wonderful quilt...thanks for sharing with us.

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