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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Yep, its that time! The Bloggers Quilt festival is on again!  I love this time of year so many stunning quilts to inspire and gorgeous blogs to discover! A big Thankyou to Amy for hosting such a wonderful event !


This is my entry for the festival.  I made this using a kaleido-ruler and i cant believe how easy it was to put together.  Alternating light and dark value fabrics trick the eye and give it a kaleidoscope effect.  I pulled all of my "boy" appropriate fabric for this with my four year old son in mind and added touches of pink and purple to keep it interesting - he doesnt seem to mind!


I started this quilt in the middle of last year and put it away in a cupboard for quite a while as i wasnt really feeling the love for it.  At the start of the new year i got my second wind and made some more blocks and finished it off.


I used a brand new vintage sheet for the back of the quilt which suits it quite well i think and machine quilted it in an all over stipple.  The binding is a lovely brown cocoa stripe from Kokka.


 This was the first time i had experimented with colour value and the effects are quite spectacular in this design, such a fun quilt to make - i highly recommend it!



If youre visiting from Amy's thanks for popping in, and if youre not grab a cuppa and visit here for some wonderful quilty inspiration!

x

40 comments:

Make mine Mid-Century said...

It looks amazing! What a masterpiece. I love the backing too. Inspiring really.

RobynK said...

Looks very Autumny with those colours and patterns. Lol, I almost feel I could kick up the 'leaves'. Terrific quilt!

clare's craftroom said...

That is just stunning I am in awe !

"The Most Fabric Wins" said...

Wow! It It does not look easy. Those are the best kind of quilts. Great idea the vintage sheet. I might have to try that for a project I am trying to finish.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I was just reading about the kalido ruler the other day. After seeing your quilt I'm sold! This quilt is super stunning!! It's a big colourful party of fabulous fabrics!!

Nana Go-Go said...

Your quilt should be hanging in a gallery somewhere - it`s beautiful beyond words and an incredible heirloom for your grandchildren to treasure(might seem a long way off but believe me, they`ll be here before you know it!lol). Just stunning, Melissa.Well done. x

Karen said...

What a wonderful quilt.You did a fabulous job.

Olive and Esther said...

One of my favourites Mel. It is fun to keep staring at it and see all the different shades and shapes. It's magical.

Sandra said...

What a great quilt, love the secondary circles/ the interlocking designs. Kudos
Come see my entries, #212 repro cheddar stars and 216 antique 1850 applique flower garden

Bungalowgirl said...

That quilt is beautiful. Your son looks so pleased- how wonderful to be able to share your craft love with him. Mel.

Lesly said...

I have two different kaleido rulers that use different methods - I'm completely besotted with kaleidos and all the different effects you can make. Yours is just luscious - the values really do pop and make this a gorgeous treat!

Mary said...

Fantastic! I have the Kaleido ruler and love all the possibilities! Thanks for sharing your quilt - it is amazing!

Jane said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Shay said...

That's one gorgeous quilt Melissa. It looks so complicated. I adore all the colours in it and could pretty much stare at it forever.Pure eye candy.

If you ever decide to gift it to someone- look my way!

Jolene said...

You've inspired me to try one like this. Even though it is just a bit out of my comfort zone! It's beautiful!!

Venus de Hilo said...

Great job! I've been cutting up scraps for one of these for a while, somehow they ended up in a UFO bin. You've reminded me to dig it out again and get with finding some more "light" values to add to it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jolanda said...

Such a beauty! Love it:)

Jules said...

Wow very nice! The colour shift works so well. Still not been brave enough for my first quilt yet, and it will certainly be a lot simpler than that one! Great job!

fallingforpieces said...

Wow, this is stunning! Awesome work, I'm totally impressed.

meli B said...

Beautiful quilt. I have never done anything like it before. You make it sound so easy playing with all that colour. I might have to get one of those ruler things.

Becky said...

This is really stunning! I need to do a value quilt to learn how all that works. Yours is beautiful.

Kriza said...

a stuning, gorgeous quilt, it must have been hard work to make it.
lovely!
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

totally amazing! It doesn't LOOK easy! ;-) Love your choice of binding too.

traceyjay said...

what a beautiful quilt with such a pretty effect... ♥

felicity said...

WOW - the thumbnail of this quilt caught my eye immediately. It's absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing it!

Laurel H. said...

O my goodness; I'm about to go and search for a kaleido ruler thingie right now, because your quilt is so gorgeous!

bearpaw said...

Absolutely stunning quilt! I had trouble tearing my eyes away from it, it's mesmorising!!

stitchinpenny said...

Your value play makes this quilt stunning. Great job.

Marg said...

I love this quilt Melissa, and I'm going to fight Shay for it if you ever give it away.
The colours are stunning, it is a really beautiful quilt. It looks so complicated, so I'm very pleased to hear that it wasn't difficult to make.

Eileen said...

beautiful quilt. such an adorable picture of your cute son--so glad he loves it. did you just use the template or did you have directions on how to do it? thanks for sharing and have a great day

Lisa said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love the colors and the values, really great. Thanks or sharing it!

Karen said...

Your quilt is stunning with all the colours you have used. It looks great. Is it really easy to do?

Raine and Sage said...

This is AMAZING! I love the way your eyes really are tricked by seeing different circles everywhere you look. Very clever and beautiful.

Catherine said...

Oh my Melissa your quilt looks amazing, you've done a wonderful job and the colours and effect are just beautiful. xo

Homemaker Honey said...

Take my breath away beautiful! Popping in from the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2011. Hope you stop by and say, "G'Day!"

http://www.homemakerhoney.com/2011/05/bloggers-quilt-festival-2011-my-sweet.html

Deborah
Homemaker Honey
homemakerhoney.com

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I love the dimension to this quil and your color play. Nice!

Hollie said...

It looks like such a complicated quilt. I am glad to hear it came together easily. It's beautiful.

Catherine said...

you are incredibly talented, Melissa (and incredibly generous - thank you!)
x

Sherry said...

What a gorgeous quilt!!

Kim D. said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! Great job with your selection of light and dark fabrics.