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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Fall 2012

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Wow, I had a hard time choosing my favorite quilt to enter in this show.  I really like several of the things I’ve made this year.  In fact, I started a post on “Windflowers” before I realized that this was my favorite.  For today.

This is “Ocean Breezes”, made in early July.  It’s made from 176 HSTs, in a variety of textured fabrics.

I wanted that breezy, summer, beachy feel, so I used several seer suckers and an embellished white cotton that had pin tucks and rick rack .

This was my first foray into fabrics like these for quilting.  They were stretchy and finicky, but we got along all right, and everything came out square enough in the end.

The pale yellow back was hard to photograph.  I pieced it with a strip of seer sucker.

I quilted this entirely with white Bottom Line by Superior Threads.  I stablized the lines between all the blocks first, then did the diagonals in one direction only.  I’m very pleased with the alternating wavy lines.  My favorite comment from a viewer:  “I can feel the breezes!”

The best part about Ocean Breezes is its new home.  It was purchased by a woman who had an antique family quilt in aqua and white (unusual, I think, she sent me a picture), and she felt that this one was meant to come home to be with hers.  I couldn’t be happier.

Ocean Breezes

48″ x 66″

Machine pieced, machine quilted by Valerie Root

Best categories:  Throw quilt; Home machine quilted

Linking up to the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival 2012 at Amy’s Creative Side

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Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

12 thoughts on “Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Fall 2012

  1. You have a fantastic eye for values, the colors on this are perfect! Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. This has so much texture! I love it. Just beautiful – such subtle colouring…

  3. Ooh, I love this! And I love the variety of fabrics. As a huge fan of seersucker, I am so excited to see it used in a quilt! 🙂

  4. Looks so comfy! Great colors too

  5. It was the colours that caught my eye in the thumbnail, and then I was impressed by the subtle use of fabric (specially fabric types that I would never have thought of using!) and that it was constructed of HST to create the drift of tones. I can see why the lady wished to have it. 🙂 Subtle and beautiful.

    Hazle (Sunt @ dreamwidth)

  6. The transitions between the different colors on the diagonal is wonderful. I imagine the different textures make this a fun quilt to snuggle up with too. It’s beautiful.

  7. Wow! Love the color play, and the daring use of weird fabrics for a quilt! This would be fun for a baby, to feel all the textures. I’m glad you had someone buy it who will love it!

  8. I rally love your soft colors. Well done!!!

  9. Lovely work! The textures in this quilt are just beautiful, and your quilting fits it perfectly.

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