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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Today I am joining in the fun and games over at Amy's Creative Side and the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Can you believe the number of awesome quilts that have been linked already!?

Amy's Creative Side

So which quilt am I going to enter?


Wrong!

I did think long and hard about taking the obvious route, but actually I thought it would be a nice change for everyone if I picked my somewhat overlooked Cherry Star...


I love this quilt to pieces; I finished it so close to the Brit Bee Constellation that it has been playing second fiddle ever since. 

It's just such a happy quilt, and actually took quite a lot of effort (for me!).  Do you do that, make something, get embroiled in it at the time, and then look back and wonder how you had the time and inclination to get something so right?

Now if you are coming over here from the Festival, and don't know me, please note, I sew on the dining table, and have to shift every mealtime, I have no design wall and 3 'helpful' children, so getting the layout for this was a logistical feat in itself.


I played along with Chelsea's Made In Cherry QAL, having fallen in love with Sarah Fielke's pattern after seeing photos from the Fall Quilt Market, I was hooked.  It was a no-brainer when it came to using all the Rainbow Swap charms I had gathered last year.




Having completed this quilt way back in January, when the garden was less than pretty, I thought it was only right to give it another airing especially for the occasion...



Full details:
60" x 60"
220 unique 3.5" rainbow charms
IKEA number fabric background
Grey fleece backing
Made In Cherry pattern - Sarah Fielke


Thank you for stopping by, I will be busy looking at everyone else's entries later today - it may take some time!  And if this is your first time Chez FB, thank you, please stay a while have a look around, the natives are friendly x

73 comments:

  1. Fab choice Had! Though Constellation would have been an equally fab choice too! Jxo

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  2. They're both great, love the start too!

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  3. sorry, that should have been 'Star'..

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  4. I think I almost like this better than the constellation, I love the rainbow and the star and the ikea fabric is fab!

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  5. Haha, I was thinking you might go this way instead... though you know my heart belongs to Constellation!

    Love the Cherry Star, too. The background fabric is perfect. It adds a level of sophistication that I adore. Gorgeous.

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  6. Love Love Love! And your choice of that IKEA fabric is inspired (got some myself yesterday!)

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  7. Brill choice & delighted to hear you are a kitchen stitcher!
    Love to the three "helpers"

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  8. I do love the colours in this one, great way to use up those charms, glad it got its own day out!

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  9. I love both of these quilts as I have a bit of an addiction to stars it seems. Your Constellation quilt inspired me to start one myself, and now I've seen the Cherry Star....

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  10. Thanks for telling the story again :) 220 squares? I am not sure if I ever will have the motivation to make a project like that! But it looks amazing! I love it :)

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  11. I love this quilt. So darn happy and pretty. Also pleased to hear I am not the only one sewing on a dining room table and shifting for each meal ;) ahh well at least me new seat is right under the heat pump :)

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  12. Aww, there it is again, my favorite! I just bought the IKEA fabric and am eager to start, but I think I have to wait until we moved into our new home.

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  13. Yup, you're right, this one definitely deserved another outing, its glorious.

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  14. Super pumped to see that darling of a Constellation quilt.Spam, spam, spam.

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  15. Love love love it! I've seen plenty of the Made in Cherry quilts, but yours is a stunner. Great use of those rainbow charms. I've got a boatload of them myself. And love the Ikea fabric.

    Well done!

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  16. Well Hadley you have sort of shown of both - very clever!

    But I am happy to see both these stars any time you are willing to let me!

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  17. So glad you gave this one a little more time in the sun!!

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  18. I like the placement of color in this quilt.

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  19. Wow, it's just gorgeous !!

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  20. I love this quilt! I also love that you managed to half enter Constellation at the same time!!

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  21. This is just gorgeous!...i think i might have to make one!

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  22. This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the background fabric, and am impressed by the fact you did it with 3 kids and no dedicated sewing space. Great job!

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  23. I do love this quilt - the colours are just so cheerful! Nice to see it out in the summer too.

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  24. I love how the colours flow, not just blocks but they fade into each other, always nice to see it again

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  25. A very well deserved second viewing. Love this quilt and thrilled to see it again.

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  26. I don't remember seeing the number fabric at Ikea the last time I was there. I'll have to put Ikea back on my ToDo list.
    Beautiful quilt - especially in the sun.

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  27. It's wonderful -- I don't think I ever saw this complete, with the number fabric (which is a great touch!!).

    Oh yay, and I'm a dining room table stitcher too...in fact, all my work AND craft stuff is in the common space (open plan main floor, living-dining-kitchen), so I completely "get" the shuffle-it-away routine :)

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  28. love it! Great choice for the festival :-D

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  29. a great entry to the quilt festival: i love this quilt

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  30. This really is one awesome quilt! Thanks for sharing some process pics too.

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  31. The color gradient is stunning--honestly, this quilt, which you say didn't get enough attention, is my preferred one of the two! Love it.

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  32. Wow - just awesome. I love the text fabric, but the whole quilt just zings.

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  33. Love the choice. Should show it more!

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  34. Yippe! I love that Cherry gets her time in the spotlight too! Love the mini elves you have growing in your tree :)

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  35. I would like to see it quilted, it is a beautiful rainbow quilt.

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  36. While different, both are very beautiful. Lovely to see both both again.

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  37. Gorgeous work! I really like how the handwritten fabric accents the rainbow star. bravo! <3

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  38. I love this quilt best! So pretty with the rainbow of colors!

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  39. Beautiful quilts, love the lone star, and the colours are great!

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  40. The new photo shoot makes this quilt look even better than the first, if that is possible. One of my favorites of yours for sure!

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  41. I see that I have yet another reason to find an IKEA now if the sell cute fabric like your background. Fun stuff! Thanks for taking off the word verification, I hate reading "prove you aren't a robot"

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  42. great choice Hadley! This was a favorite for me back then, and still is! love your choices for this one!

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  43. Gorgeous quilt. Great idea to not go with the obvious! Love all the individual prints and shades! =D

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  44. i do love this quilt! great choice! xo

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  45. Love your Star, it is indeed a happy looking quilt.

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  46. This one's a stunner and a brilliant interpretation of Sarah Fielke's pattern.

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  47. I love the Cherry Star! Fabulous choice.

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  48. They are both fabulous!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  49. I love your Made in Cherry quilt. It's really fabulous, especially with the great background fabric you used.

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  50. Oooh, I looove your rainbow Made in Cherry! Your layout is fabulous and the background is awesome! I can't believe you trimmed 220 charms down to 3.5 inches, though -- I think that's more work than making the size that takes 5 inch squares! :D

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  51. The Ikea print background is genius! I am in love!

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  52. OK you fooled me for a minute!. Lovely quilt - good luck in the competition

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  53. I'm very happy as this is my fave of yours, so it's lovely to see it again!

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  54. Great choice to enter! Can you bring this to retreat so I can study it closer? (read - run off into the sunset with) ;-)

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  55. I love it! Such a great quilt! I have been trying to find that number fabric in the wrong place :)

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  56. You know I love this one!! You did such a great job on it.

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  57. Your star is just gorgeous, but now I'm really enamored with the text in the background. love it. Nice nice job. I love how your tied it all together. And I really like the color palette in the quilt you didn't choose.

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  58. Constellation is beautiful and I'll never tire of seeing it (honest!!) but Cherry Star is so beautiful and it's a tough call but I think it's my favourite of yours! I adore everything about it and that is just the MOST PERFECT background fabric. I adore it!!

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  59. Such a beautiful! I was staring at this quilt for so long because it's so pleasing to see the beautiful flow of colors! Love the text background too!

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  60. That Ikea word fabric just makes it PERFECT! Love it, and such a great job laying out the colors the way you did, so beautiful!

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  61. Both gorgeous quilts! Seems like you need to keep making more star quilts!

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  62. Really lovely! I just finished my Cherry quilt too - I love the colors in yours!

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  63. Love it! And I especially love the little gnomes! I made a camera case out of that fabric and it still makes me smile nearly two years later!

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  64. I adore your colour choice & you have done Sarah proud I am sure ... great work! I just voted for you!! Cheers ....

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  65. So glad you shared this for BQF! (I nominated this in the ROYGBIV category).

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  66. i just love stars and yours are beautiful! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  67. Both quilts are gorgeous!

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  68. Wow this looks so great in the rainbow Hadley and I love your background fabric. Well done!! xx

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  69. What a lovely, lovely quilt. Your choice of that large text print for the background was so spot on for the large star block. Beautiful!

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  70. This is such a special quilt. I so love the unusual choice of text for background, which I really would expect for a pillow, but not a quilt. So great!

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  71. I can't even tell you how much I LOVE this quilt! It's just fantastic.

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  72. I love this quilt!!! So beautifully done.

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