Monday, 24 May 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Pixelated Quilt


Here is my Bloggers Quilt Festival entry. I'm calling it Pixelated.


It's my latest quilt so of course it's my favourite, I have that goldfish approach to what I like.
My inspiration was the PurlSoho colour wheel which I have had pinned to my ideas board forever, but it just looked a bit overwhelming to try and make. I had a breakthrough when one of my kids came into the sewing room and started making a puzzle, its a wooden colour wheel puzzle from potterybarn originally I think. I started throwing down matching fabric from the stash that matched the puzzle and it really was that simple once I started.

I'm kind of obsessed with circles on quilts, so it was a simple decision to make the pixels of colour circular( I use freezer paper shapes drawn around a kids ikea beaker) and appliqued them on by hand. All of that colour just made me happy working on the quilt - you get some quilts like that don't you? Well when I had finished the front I hadn't had enough of that colour therapy so I decided to use the scraps to make little circles for the back. The front was so ordered and controlled I decided to let the pixels have some fun on the back so I just threw the whole lot up into the air and pinned them where they landed (my kids just loved this stage!). I hand quilted the circles, then added randomised little circles all over to fill any big gaps.When it came to the binding, I auditioned pale grey, and white, but the old favourite Kona Coal worked really nicely as a frame, and served to mute down the splashes of colour in my final scraps incorporated into the binding. By this stage I had even less scraps from the spectrum, but I like how its served to make it all nice and random. This has really been a happy quilt to make, I hope you like it x



25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I love it, it's fun and the simplicity is really effective.

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  2. wow, this is a stunning quilt. I love the fabrics. lots of Denyse Schmidt, am I right? where did you get all these beautiful fabrics?

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  3. Oh, how lovely! What a fun, sparkling quilt. The circles on the back lend it a nice whimsical touch.

    Best wishes from Germany,
    Sandy

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  4. Great way to work out the quilt both front and back. Looks good.

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  5. Very beautiful quilt work !

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  6. Lovely! And I like how you went with the flow of your thoughts instead of feeling you had to do something.

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  7. I love circle quilts - very nice

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  8. Ok, this is one of the coolest color wheel quilts I have ever seen! The front is gorgeous! And the back! Oh, the back! Seriously, this quilt is amazing.

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  9. It is gorgeous! I love it.

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  10. this quilt is so fun - I love it!

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  11. I love this. The binding is soo cool!

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  12. ROY G BIV is a great playmate, and this quilt is so simple and fun! I like all the circles repeated everywhere. Some Kona Coal came home with me a couple of months ago but didn't work with the project I had in mind, but it looks great as an intermittent binding. Thank you for sharing your quilt's story :)

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  13. Very creative, congratulations:)

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  14. This is great - I love the front and the back.

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  15. Great quilt! Both sides!

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  16. This is fun. Love it - both sides!

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  17. OMG....L-O-V-E it! I love the random-ness of the back and the full spectrum wheel on the front! It is fabulous to say the least!

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  18. this is amazing. i love the circles

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  19. What a great artistic quilt!

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  20. i just love this quilt--front and back. the story of both of them is a fun one. i want to make a color wheel quilt of some sort, but it intimidates me--yours gives me great inspiration. the back is so fun--i HAVE to try that strategy--my grandkiddos would have a great time helping with that.

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  21. I thought for sure I had commented, but I guess not. It's fabulous!

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  22. love the circles and such great colors!

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  23. Agh, I love it! I recently bought the kit for Purl's colorwheel quilt, and then said there's enough in there for two quilts. I was thinking pillows, but wouldn't those circles be fun?

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