Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

If you're here visiting from Amy's, welcome!  And thank you to Amy for doing the BQF's, I've loved every one and am so glad she does it!

I wasn't going to enter a quilt this time, I've not been creating much lately and didn't have one I wanted to show, but then I remembered this one....

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Island Dance.  I'd made this quilt years ago, when I first discovered the joy of painted quilts.  I'd never done applique and this was how I translated my designs to fabric.  My sweet friend Shirley had showed me how to do this.  I wasn't totally happy with it, but she loved it so much, I gave it to her, and she still loves it.

It's on my list to be re-made, but all in fabric, no paint.  I want to do a collage type quilt with this design.  I think the paint looks flat, no life to it, and I want to try to really make it pop.  But it's still one of my favorites, maybe because my friend treasures it....I think too, because I drew it myself, and while I'm certainly no Picasso, I like the fact that I tried.  It reminds me to keep on trying.

I hope everyone is enjoying the festival, I know I sure am!

21 comments:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

How much fun is that! I love it!!!!

shez said...

love it Allie ,you are so clever,well done and lucky friend.

Kathy said...

That is a great artistic quilt. I like the idea of a transforming a quilt with paint!

M-R said...

What beautiful movement you captured in your painting. Wonderful!

Fiona said...

that is such a fun design.... i look forward to the fabric remake...
Hugz

Cheryl said...

Love it Allie! Great job.

Martha said...

Dear Allie -- This is gorgeous! I love your original designs, and this is one of my favorites. You are the quilter who inspired me to use paints and crayons in my projects. Thank you so much for all the inspiration.

Cyndi said...

Allie, I've loved this quilt since the first time you showed it on your blog... I think it's fabulous and I can see why Shirley treasures it. Also...you did make those two quilts for Kaaren...they were gorgeous, my friend! :o)

Love ya,

Cyndi

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love this one Allie...

Val said...

That quilt is fabulous. You are very creative.

West Michigan Quilter said...

I love your quilt! You are a great designer and I can't believe you had never done applique. You did a fantastic job!

Denise :) said...

This is a fun piece! I've just started playing with faux applique. Nothing started, just the concept! I like trying new things! :)

Shari said...

I do like this! It's a happy quilt. And while you may not like certain aspects of it - it's a great design. Thanks for sharing it!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I love the design!Good for you for trying...I'm kind of a chicken about that and envy you for it!

quilthexle said...

Thanks for sharing this quilt and its story! I like both very much ;-)) and I love the idea that it reminds of you "at least I tried" - that's sooo important !

LynCC said...

I *love* this! It's captured a joyous energy - a very worthy do-again subject. :D

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

YES! Keep on trying! It's a fabulous quilt! Share next quilt festival how the next version turns out! This one made me smile and feel the love. thanks for sharing.

Myra said...

A wonderful quilt! Love it! 8-)

Candied Fabrics said...

THis is lovely Allie! And that your friend loves it still is a testament to the feelings behind it, which is THE BEST!

Eileen said...

what a delightful quilt! precious for your friend to have and treasure it. thanks for sharing and have a great day

Kit Lang said...

Lovely quilt, thanks for sharing.

Maybe when you make the next version of it, you can put tops on the woman and child since we don't usually wander around half dressed. ;)

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