Friday, May 21, 2010

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Amy is hosting the Bloggers' Quilt Festival again this spring, while the pros are at Quilt Market.  Gives us something to distract ourselves with while we wait for the Great Reveal, you know, all the stuff we will want to buy and add to our stashes in the coming months!

Here's my reveal: 


This is Aquarium.  As a little girl, my daughter loved aquariums and we visited the ones in Baltimore, Chicago, and Mystic, CT.  She used to say she was going to be a dolphin trainer when she grew up.  So for a while, I was collecting aquarium-like fabrics.  Not just theme prints with dolphins and fish, but coordinating prints in deep sea colors. 

I made this wallhanging using the techniques in Strips 'n Curves, by Louisa L. Smith

Strips 'n Curves: A New Spin on Strip Piecing

It is a combination of strip piecing and curved seams.  Very fun to make and not as difficult as it looks, yet yields impactful results.  Here's a close-up:


Go visit Amy's blog where you'll find links that will take you to all the blogs participating in the Festival.  You will see a lot great quilts, without having to travel anywhere.

20 comments:

Kriza said...

oh, it's a beautiful quilt! I love its deep blues and greens, and the dolphins.
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Vicki said...

So pretty. I love the combination of curves and strips. The colors are so ocean-y, too.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

What an appropriate name. It really looks like an aquarium!

Quilts and Cats said...

Oh...the love of turquoise and greens! This is very beautiful. I also have done a couple quilts from Louisa's book and the hardest part is choosing the fabric! Love your blog.

Marie said...

I loved the colors it really makes you not only think of the sea but feel it.

Michelle said...

Beautiful! It looks like a strippy Drunkard's Path. :-) I'm very partial to curves in quilts, and this one is particularly lovely.

Sew It Up Baby! said...

It would have to agree with you, it makes a wonderful impact! I'm going to have to check this book out and take a closer look. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah Craig said...

Wow that is one cool quilt! I haven't gotten my nerve up enough to try curves yet - but maybe soon!!!

Lis said...

Love the curves, love the dolphins.

Martine said...

j'adore ces bleus et verts bel ensemble félicitations

Kelli said...

Just gorgeous! very effective pattern!

Laurel H. said...

VERY appropriate name for this awesome quilt!

Mary-Kay said...

Beautiful! I made the same quilt , in the same colours but with a different main fabric. I was trying for the pond look so maybe I have a little more green in mine. At least your's is done. Mine needs to be quilted. Oh well, there's always next year.

quiltmom said...

I love Louisa Smith's patterns and have bought the book and templates to make one her quilts. There are some great designs in her books. Your turquoise quilt with the dolphins looks just a vision from the sea. SO gorgeous..
Thanks for sharing,
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

Angie Padilla said...

Beautiful, refreshing colors.

Karen said...

What a wonderfully striking quilt. Gorgeous colours.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Very pretty and the curves in it really make it appear like water.

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

I showed my 11 yr old daughter this b/c she's a dolphin fanatic....she wants to make her own quilt now. ;-0
Randi
http://DivaBuzz.designing-diva.com

Sandra said...

what a great ocean quilt, I got the books etc even took a bit of the class, need to get going on it. Thanks.
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Eileen said...

love this--great colors and the lay out is fun--seems like your eyes just wander everywhere taking in all the beautiful fabrics. love your everything's coming up roses--if our newest grandbaby is a girl that would be a nice layout. thanks for sharing. come visit me: http://fligamapoof.blogspot.com/ i'm having a little giveaway this week