Friday, 17 April 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Eleanor's Quilt

I completely forgot when I first posted this, that I also turned the quilt into Eleanor' first Birthday cake, blogged here and here:

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I've joined the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy. Pop over, check it out and browse through all the great quilts and their stories.

For my favourite completed quilt, I chose Eleanor's Quilt.
It's one of my favourites, plus is has some special meaning. I designed the quilt a long time before it was made, using Electric Quilt. Then, when Eleanor was on the way, I thought it'd be perfect for a girl's nursery.

It's made using only two different blocks, but by playing with the colouring, it creates a completely different effect. And the white bocks aren't pieced at all, just quilted in dark thread to give the appearance that they are, and a bit of a stained-glass window effect.


I've now used this technique in a number of quits, and intend to keep playing with the endless options for a while, so this quilt was really the start of something. While I've been designing all my own quilts for a while, this was the first in a different direction and something a bit 'me'.


But this quilt gave me an extra-special thrill, because it was the first quilt I had published:

It came out in Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol16 No 11 last May, and I have my second quilt (Evening Indulgence) in the upcoming issue of Australian Quilters Companion (No 37, I think), due out in a few weeks.

71 comments:

Andi said...

Wow. Great story. I love how the idea developed from computer to sewing machine to baby's room to magazine!!!
And now .... to bloggy quilting festival.

Bunny said...

Beautiful design. I especially like the quilting on the white blocks.

Nadine said...

Lovely quilt Emma! And congrats on the publication, and again for the next one coming up!

rachel griffith said...

just beautiful.
honestly.

StegArt said...

It definitely has a stained glass feel to it. The magazine did a wonderful job with their photography of the quilt.

Aunt Spicy said...

STUNNING! It really is beautiful, and I love the stitching to make it look like stain glass! I am loving reading your blog, all of your work is just lovely!

Doris said...

It does look like a glass window...gorgeous!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Beautiful! I love how changing the colors, gives you such great effects! Congrats on your publications :)

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Wow! Such talent. If only my hips would stop hurting long enough for me to finish my girls quilt... (due in August).

Heather said...

love the orange and blue together.

Serena said...

Amazing...really really beautiful!

Janet Brady said...

The visual impact of this quilt is phenomenal. I love the idea of the quilting making the white blocks looked pieced. Congrats on being published, what an achievement!

QuiltyGoodness said...

I really love the idea of making the white look pieced. That is so cool!

Dionne said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the progression the quilt made as well.
Cheers,
Dionne

Bethany said...

That's awesome that it was published! Way cool.

Zonnah said...

I really like the quilting! I might have to try that.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wooo-hoo you go girl!!! What a great quilt, and congrats on being published!

em's scrapbag said...

Very neat quilt. Congrats on being published. So happy for you.

Melody said...

Fabulous design.

Shasta said...

It's a beautiful quilt - congratulations on being published!

Kritta22 said...

Wow!

Great job on the quilt AND being published!

Kim said...

Congrats on being published! It is indeed a beautiful quilt, and especially good to share because of the story behind it.

Robin said...

That beautiful quilt has a wonderful story with it. The quilting on the white areas is so effective, too. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Maggie said...

Your colour choice is impeccable. I'd love to get a quilt design published.

highwaycottage said...

It's a very beautiful quilt. I'm very jealous that you have EQ, I have yet to start out with a plan, I make up as i go along. Congrats on the publications. I'm a big fan of your work :-)

ivyarts said...

So creative and truly lovely. Eleanor is a lucky girl!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Such creativity! Wow - thank you for taking the time to share with us.
Also thank you for the sweet comment on my blog regarding my pinwheel star quilt.
Yes, I did make the quilt on my header. That was just recently finished and I have details in my profile.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Fantastic quilt! You are very talented - love the story of your favorite quilt.

Natasha said...

Congratulations on the publication. That must have been very exciting.

nicolette said...

Perfect quilt and being published must make it extra special!

Ozquilter said...

Love the use of colour to create an optical illusion and depth within the design.

scrappy quilter said...

Beautiful quilt.

Coloradolady said...

I am just amazed at such talent. That is a beautiful quilt, and you are right, it does look like glass. Very nice.

Tami said...

Wow! The colors are very vibrant and especially cheerful. Congrats on getting this published! That must be the highest praise indeed. :-)

Roslyn Atwood said...

A very nice graphic quilt & since I get Quilter's Companion[my fave quilt mag.]I'll look out for your next quilt in issue#37!

Pamela said...

Beautiful quilt, and a wonderful story! Congrats on getting this one published, (and the new one!).

Ariane said...

Amazing quilt. I love the details and the quilting effect.

Cindy's Stitching said...

very nice, quilts are just great.

Trudi said...

This is such a lovely quilt, and congraulations on getting into print! Love it :o)

Big Sky Paper and Design and Corner House Quilts said...

Beautiful - such a colourful quilt and interesting pattern!

Quilt Rat said...

Outstanding! What a thrill to have your work published in such a great magazine, congrats I'll be on the look out for more of your works

Kim said...

LOVE it! Nice work!

Quilt Pixie said...

what a great example of what colour placement does for a quilt! Stunning work.

quiltmom said...

What a gorgeous quilt- I love how you used tone on tone fabrics. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.
Regards,
Anna

Robyn said...

Really stunning Emma!
You're very talented and yep being published is a treat... my turn soon,
hugs
Robyn xx

Jessica said...

Wow! All those angles, I love it!

Mimi said...

Gorgeous quilt! What an accomplishment on being published and getting published AGAIN!

Thanks for sharing.

Mandy said...

How exciting to have your work published! What a lovely quilt too.

Oddbjørg said...

What an amazing quilt! Beautiful design!

Bunny said...

This is an amazing quilt. I just love the design and the colors compliment it so beautifully. Congratulations on getting your design published and also the next one.

Sara said...

How cool is that - and to have it published. Very nice quilt.

whoopdedoo_5 said...

im so jealous you have it published! that is an honor! :) great work! love the colors in it too!!!

two hippos said...

Gorgeous design. I love the flowy waves impression it gives.

The Pink Ganeshji said...

Your quilt is lovely! I just love the use of batiks....they give so much life to a quilt!

Amy said...

What a wonderful quilt and such a thrill to have it published too. Well done.

Ilena said...

What an amazing quilt and a very luck girl! You are so talented in your designs and ideas.

Christa Irell said...

Visually stunning! The dark thread on the white would be risky, but SO worth the effort!

Michelle said...

Awesome, isn't this quilting adventure great. I love the story of your "quilt journey". Congrats to you for all your success each and every way, love the cake.:)Rosebudquilting

Janie said...

Lovely quilt

Janie

meggie said...

I love your quilt, lucky Eleanor. I am so glad I joined, - the only down side will be extra time to spend looking at all the various quilts!! Even Less quilting done!!

Bunny said...

Oops me again. I love your quilt your work is beautiful.

sewhooked said...

How beautiful! And it looks tasty in cake. Yum!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

It's beautiful and deceptive in its simplicity. I can see why it was published. Now I have to go search your blog and see if I can find the other quilt which may result in your second published pattern. Very nice...

Nadia said...

I love your quilt and I would like to eat your cake
ciao ciao from italy

Janet Hartje said...

I love that you made this into a cake as well. Congratulations for being a published quilter. It's a gorgeous quilt.

Rachel said...

WOW! Look at how your points match...oh, my...Mine NEVER match that nicely; I get impatient and don't take time to make them right. :)

Rhonda said...

Oh my, great job on the designing, stitching and publishing your stunning quilt. I love the colors.

SewCalGal said...

Your quilt is definitely a beautiful quilt and even better to know you designed it. I would love to take a class with you someday {hint, hint}.

Thanks for sharing.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

AnnieO said...

You have an amazing brain, no doubt! Fantastic design and technique--mixed with beautiful colors and love! Perfect example of what a quilt is. And tasty too!

Amanda said...

It's beautiful! Congratulations on getting it published and your newest one, too. That must be exciting, I'm sure.

yarnahoy said...

Congratulations! The quilt IS gorgeous!