Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival! It's Here!





The brilliant Amy is your host to the best quilt show on the internet - get your beverage of choice, your most comfortable chair, shut off the phone and lock the doors - and get ready to spend a lot of time browsing the wonderfully creative entries!  I think some Halloween candy is in order too.  Buckets full.  Must have sustenance.

My entry this year is my Lemon Tree.  I really wanted to enter my Sis Boom, but it's still being quilted - hand-quilting takes me a long time.

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This quilt started with the fabric.   Mary had a fat quarter giveaway and I won it, and the old Lemon Tree song popped into my head as soon as I saw the bundle of fabric.  I drew up a simple tree shape, added some leaves and lemons, and part of the song.  The fabric really reminded me of the 60's, and I thought about the artwork in children's books in that era - when I quilted it, I tried capture that same sketchy, freewheeling style. 

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I had a lot of fun making it, and it ended up looking exactly as it had in my head.  Which never happens, right?  I learned a lot in the making, mostly about my ability to bring a design to life and gained a lot of confidence in that.  I offer it as a pdf download in my sidebar, and Sue from Charlotte's Cottage made a brilliant version!  She used fabric with musical notes on it for the leaves and when I saw it, I wished I'd thought of it. *G*

Now go take some pics of a quilt you've made, and join in on the fun over at Amy's - there are lots of prizes to be won.  And after you've entered, have fun browsing all the wonderful quilts and enjoy making all kinds of new friends!  My poor Google Reader is going to be groaning with all the blogs I'll find to stuff in it, it happens every time!

70 comments:

moira said...

ADORABLE! I love the lemon fabric and the way its's been cut. Good job!

Caron said...

I still LOVE this quilt!!!!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I'm glad you are showing this one again because I am just crazy about it. I love the colors, love, the design, love that you were generous enough to provide a pattern, etc.

Hope you survived all the wild weather this week.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love this quilt. And I'm glad you entered this one. It's a great design.

Michelle said...

Very cool! & you designed it!!!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Great one to enter. Glad you are participating in the festival. Great fun!

Debbie said...

Beautiful tree, Allie. Can I have some of those lemons? I drink water with lemon juice (no sweetener) all day long!

Barb said...

love your quilt!!!

Darlene said...

It's a real beauty, Allie!

susan m hinckley said...

Your lemon tree quilt was a perfect choice. The fabrics are fantastic and the execution perfect.

Thanks for the great weekend tip! Husband gone? check. Diet coke? check. Massive bags of mini candy bars? check. I'm warming up my clicking finger now . . .

joan said...

Oh yes! that is one of my favourite in your repertoire! You did a good job...I must go check out my treat stash for a sit in with the other bloggers! I may meet you along the way...Hugs♥♥

soggibottom said...

Well done Allie.... it looks brill....
:-) how are your hands ?
xxxxxxxxxxxx

Talin's Corner said...

I will definitely take some time to view the quilts. I am not sure if there are prizes. If so, good luck.

Shelly said...

I LOVE this quilt! I've always liked black and yellow together, and this is so adorable. And it is great that it came out looking just like you envisioned it -- that is difficult to do!

John'aLee said...

Oh I just adore your quilt! Its different than anything I've ever seen before! Great job!

Kathy said...

What a creative quilt. You really came up with something very unique from your inspiration in the fabric. Splendid finish!

Ivory Spring said...

This is definitely a winner, Allie! I just love the whimsical feel of yellow and black together.

Robin said...

Oh, wow! I'm in love with this quilt. You did such an amazing job with the fabric choices and I love how you included the lyrics too. Truly wonderful!

jan said...

I have Peter, Paul and Mary singing that song on my iPod and the quilt takes me there just by looking at it! I think you captured the '60's illustration perfectly! Just beautiful!

Vicki ♥ said...

I hope you win Allie as this is a sensational quilt :)
hugs Vicki xxx

SisterlyLove said...

Oh my GOODNESS! That is an awesome quilt. And I know exactly what you mean about the 60's artwork. :) :) :) Just love the shape of the trunk and the fabric and the WORDS. It's all beautiful.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your too too kind comments!

Genevieve
The Three Spinsters

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love this quilt. Its fun, fresh and zesty!! Everything about it is perfect.

Kriza said...

what a great idea to use up this lovely fabric, great work!
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Notjustnat said...

Great quilt for the festival - thanks for visiting my blog.
Hugs
Nat

Rebecca Johnson said...

Great quilt... the design is amazing... Get designing!! You never know where it will take you... this is fabulous...xxx following you! xx

Angie Padilla said...

I remember seeing this quilt earlier this year. Featured somewhere? Craft Gossip, maybe? Anyway, at the time I thought... BRILLIANT. I love it when someone comes up with a very simple concept/design and then uses either fabric or a specific technique that really gives the piece pizazz. Wonderful, wonderful. (:

quilthexle said...

I could hardly believe my eyes - a free pattern for this beauty??? Hard to resist ;-)) Thanks for that! And congrats to a wonderful and original quilt, it really says lemon - but in the sweet way!

Quiltluver said...

Still one of my favorite quilts--love it!!

Allie said...

Allie--I so adore this little quilt!

Cathi said...

This is fabulous -- I love the look you got with it. Very very creative!

kameleonquilt said...

What a great design!! In my opinion this one is more 60ies than the one on the dark background, but they are both beautiful. Congratulations!! :-)

The Calico Cat said...

WOW Awesome quilt! (I need to bind my black & white & yellow quilt.)

emilyc @ Sew Super Sweet said...

Love the yellow, black and white...stunning! And I love the design...beautiful!

Rachel Hauser said...

So very clever! I love it. You're right - that was the perfect fabric.

xoxo Rachel at Stitched in Color

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Lemon Tree is very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

This is a wonderful quilt. It is so fresh and I love the design!
Beautiful work!

Vicki said...

It's adorable! I haven't seen anything like it before, way to go!

Valerie said...

Oh I hope you win! I love it because this is your own original quilt! Your work amazes me. It is just beautiful.

Kim D. said...

I'm glad you're sharing this quilt in the Quilt Festival Allie. It's a fantastic art quilt, so bright and fun, full of pizzaz and just makes me happy! You are so creative and talented!

Rene' said...

This is too cute!!! I really love it. Thanks for sharing!

Terriaw said...

cool quilt! I love that sketchy quilting look. And I love those black, white and yellow colors! Cool placement of the leaves falling , and that trunk is awesome. Great job with this!

Kerry said...

I remember seeing this first time- so fresh and graphic- captures the 60s illustration too

Kate said...

This is a fantastic quilt - so different and interesting!

Aunt Spicy said...

Adore!

The Quilt Ladies said...

Wonderful, wonderful, great fabric

Angie said...

Very cute! What a fun pattern - thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

Modern, fresh and innovative. great job designing your own pattern, creativity at its best.

Kate said...

A very neat project. The black and yellow fabrics are perfect.

Marit said...

Your applique is so fresh and pretty - very bold choice of fabric! It looks like a lot of fun. You are being very generous to share the pattern with us all. Thank you!!!

baukje said...

GREAT your tree. And thanks for the free pattern. I am already thinking which fabric i'll use.....

Carrie P. said...

A perfect entry for the festival.

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

Adorable! Love this Allie!

Nicole said...

Awesome quilt. I love the colors.

Melody said...

I love this quilt. You are so clever.

Barb in Mi said...

Love your lemon tree!

Christine said...

So creative! I love it!

mngirltx said...

I love your lemon tree quilt!

Mama Mel said...

I love the colors! The lemon tree is so cute! :)

Rose Hughes said...

wonderful quilt - great design & use of fabric! thanks for sharing it with us all.

kaye said...

Such a fun quilt! It brings back a lot of memories of Peter, Paul, and Mary. (Now I'm showing my age)

em's scrapbag said...

This is such a creative and fun quilt.

Charming's Mama said...

What a wonderful wall hanging, I love it, wish I'd thought of it.

Sara said...

I love your lemon tree quilt, it is so funky and fun! So creative!!

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Allie, love your concept with the lemon tree....love the colour combination of black/white/yellow...hugs lyn

Sandra said...

Obviously, when life gives you lemonade ... perfect quilt for that fabric. Definitely channeling the 60's vibe.
Thanks for sharing.

"Lois Grebowski" said...

You go gurl! I adore this design. It's perfect for that fabric...Wow!

P. said...

Talk about SWEET--that's what this quilt is! Love it! Thanks for the PDF download too.

Kate said...

What a gorgeous quilt. I love it! And how generous of you to offer it as a free download.

Rebekah said...

this is such a pretty quilt and it has a great message, too! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Eileen said...

your quilt is just wonderful and i like the variation you linked to. what a fun thing and i'm wanting to make it also. when i saw the thumbnail i thought it might be a family tree so i might use your idea and add family names to all the leaves. really fun!! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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