Friday, 9 October 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival... Welcome!

Today is the beginning of the virtual quilt show. It runs from October 9th to 16th and there are already many, many participants. If you want to see the other quilts participating, please click on this link Blogger's Quilt Festival. Below is my quilt for the show...





















This quilt is titled "Self Portrait". When I was attending university doing my Bachelor's Degree in Design, I studied colour in many of my courses. I took a year long course on painting, which really ended up as a year of mixing paint colours from scratch... not like Da Vinci, who made his paint pigment from minerals and other goodies... I had a limited palette consisting of about six tubes of paint. From these six, I had to learn to make any colour in the colour wheel spectrum and all colours in between... hundreds of them. It was fascinating and taught me to look at the colours of our every day environment in an entirely new way.

Right after the course was finished, I made this quilt. I wanted to show how my colour sense had changed and how using bold, bright colours was not intimidating like it used to be. I started with light colours in the center of the spiral and worked through various gradients until I got to the bold colours at the end. It was a fun project and took a lot of different colour combinations before I got to the end product. There were little squares of fabric everywhere!

The quilt is machine-quilted in variegated rainbow thread. In each corner of the border I quilted a silhouette of my hand in black thread to highlight that working with my hands is how I get the most out of my life.

Enjoy the quilt... and if you have time, please visit my other sites Etsy, Time for Quilting!, and Sunflower Design. Thanks for dropping by!

28 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous quilt. I love your quilted "sunbursts". Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I really like this quilt: the color, the quilting to make it look 3-D. What a great job.

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  3. I love it. What an amazing piece of art. You did a phenomenal job.

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  4. Wow, this quilt has impact! Wonderful!

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  5. The quilt is amazing! Great color usage,
    thanks for sharing,
    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  6. This is fantastic. Very nice work.

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  7. I love this! What a great story, and what a wonderful quilt!

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  8. Wow...what a stunning quilt. Love all the colors with the black. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is a beautiful quilt. I love the design. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. It is beautiful. Great Job.

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  11. This is a most unique quilt! Very pretty! Thank you for visiting me and leaving the kind comment. You are almost welcome at Ivory Spring - please visit again!

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  12. Stunning! And I love your story that goes with it!

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  13. This is an amazing quilt. Thanks,Ann.

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  14. Gorgeous! I love the color palette in the background

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  15. i remember the days of my color theory class too!! it's a fantastic quilt and i definitely see the artist in you.

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  16. the look of the bright colors on the black is very stunning

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  17. wow! I absolutely love this!

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  18. The colors look great against the black. What a good way to use your newly acquired color knowledge!

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  19. What an incredible quilt. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  20. Oh wow! Totally amazing. Great use of color.

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  21. I love so many things about this quilt, the spiral, the colored blocks in the background, the way the border quilting adds dimension. thanks for sharing such an inspiring quilt!

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  22. I love the dimensional quilting around the outside - very clever! And the bright colors are spectacular!

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  23. Very creative and dramatic! I love the story behind it.

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  24. Like others, I too appreciate the spiral and quilting. Both provide movement and draw you into the quilt. Such a great study in color! Thanks for sharing. : ) I'll have to stop back and browse a bit...!

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  25. Just wanted to let you know I've posted your quilt on my blog, The Handmade Experiment in a favorites list from the Park City Girl Quilt Festival. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/park-city-girl-fall-quilt-festival-pt-3/
    Thanks and great quilt!

    Emily

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