10/29/10

Blogger Quilt Festival--Fall, 2010

The quilt I want to share is a quilt I made for my son, Erik.  Erik had quite an exciting year in 2009.  He graduated college, turned 30, and got married all in one year's time.  He is my oldest son.  He's always been a hard worker, even in the jobs he held in high school.  But while he was in college, he became a cook and that's how he worked his way through.  He worked at several restaurants, first mainly flipping burgers, then moving on to breakfasts, and eventually working in a place near Oregon State University where he learned to make lots of good food.  He and his bride enjoy cooking together, and they also keep a vegetable garden.

Of the quilts I've made, this quilt I made for Erik is my favorite.  He chose the focus fabric, which is hot peppers.  (He always liked the food fabrics best.)  I chose the rest of the fabrics around that focus fabric.  The quilt pattern is called "Winning Hand," by Eleanor Burns, but I called this quilt "Salsa."


I have always liked quilts with bright colors on a black background.  Here are some close-ups of the blocks and borders:


It's a little hard to see, but the quilting was done by a local long arm quilter named Erin Davis.  She does such beautiful work.  On this quilt, she did peppers in a perfectly coordinated variegated thread.



I chose the backing fabric separately.  What I didn't know until later was that it was in the same collection as the pepper fabric.  It was just dumb luck (and the fact that it was perfect for the back).



I really enjoyed this quilt, and I know Erik gives it lots of love.  It went together fast, and because it lent itself so well to chain piecing, I made one for my daughter-in-law, Mae, at the same time.  Her fabrics are so different from his, and I always like to show them together because even though the pattern is the same, the quilts looks so completely different.



Her focus fabric is butterflies, and the quilt is called "Metamorphosis."  I hope you like my quilts.

Now hop on over to The Blogger Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side to see more quilts.  Enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. So cool! (Or maybe I should say, hot!) The chili print and all those bright colors really pop off that black. I love the quilted peppers too-- they are a great touch.

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  2. Very beautiful QUILT is work!

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  3. Love the pattern and your QT cats, lol.

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  4. The Metamorphosis quilt is lovely - I like the colors in it!

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  5. These are both such special quilts--your son and DIL are lucky folks to have them. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

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  6. Gorgeous! I love the peppers-both in the focus fabric and the quilting! What a gem this is. :)

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  7. I've read about this quilt before in your blog, I like the chilli peppers fabric (Ive got chilli pepper socks!!!)

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  8. Love your choice of fabrics!

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  9. both are great examples how ow much variety can come out of the same panel. And I don't think it was luck that you picked line piece of the peppers for the back. More like having a good eye for colour and what works. (take the credit) Congrats.

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  10. Salsa is the perfect name for your quilt. I just love bright colors with black background too. Wonderful job on both of them.

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  11. I love seeing how one pattern can look so different depending upon the fabrics used.
    Love both of them.

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  12. Did you know that the block in your quilt was invented by Jeffrey Gutcheon and is called "Card Trick" ?

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  13. That pepper quilt is stunning! Salsa is a perfect name for it too!

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  14. What a wonderful quilt!! Salsa is a perfect name! So interesting to see the same pattern in different colours. Its great that you ask the recipient to pick a feature print and work around that.

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  15. Hello, Annie--I would respond to you personally, but you are a no reply blogger. Yes, I know that there is a block called "Card Trick," however this block is different. This is a common mistake. The block I made is a lot simpler to put together since it does not involve a lot of triangles. The center block is a four-patch, and then the rest of the block is built around that four-patch. The block I made was created by Eleanor Burns. She called her block/quilt "Winning Hand."

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  16. Che colori solari la prima trapunta,
    ma anche la seconda è molto bella,
    è stupefacente come il cambio di colori dia un effetto così diverso...
    Ciao Domenica

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  17. what fun to see both those lovely quilts. i just recently saw that block and love it. it fascinates me how it works and you've done it so beautifully in both renditions! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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