I just got a reminder email from Amy's Creative Side that this was the last day to submit to the Blogger's Quilt Festival. With all that's been going on, it had slipped my mind. So I picked a quilt, took some pictures and here it is. I'm sharing a quilt I made called "Upstate Beauty". This quilt reminds me of the fall colors of Upstate New York where I grew up. It's a very special quilt to me for several reasons.
I found a picture of this quilt about 15 years ago in a magazine and tore the picture out thinking someday I'd make it. At the time I had no idea how to do and I had never paper pieced anything!! It's a good thing sometimes that we don't realize how much we DON'T know :)!!
I designed the block on EQ7 and printed out paper piecing sections. The long sections had to be taped together. At one point I had counted all the pieces - I think it's close to 1800.
My biggest challenge with this quilt were the fabric choices. As a lover of all things scrappy, I realized that I don't often make quilts using a controlled palette. So I decided to challenge myself to make this quilt using only a few fabrics. For me, I found it very hard - I may never do that again!!!
The background fabric - one, arcs - two, sashings and star centers - three, points - four and background of circle stars - five. The background I picked was a pale batik. This quilt is completely hand quilted. Between all the seams, points and the batiks, it was a challenge.
I designed a motif for the centers - it mimics the points of the blocks. This is a heavy quilt because of all the seams.
The last element I tried was some trapunto. I don't think I used enough or else the loft wasn't high enough - it doesn't show up real well. It's very satisfying to cut a picture out of a magazine and then without any patterns re-create it yourself. I love this quilt and will treasure it, but I will never make one again!!
Size: 60 x 60
Technique: Paper pieced, trapunto
Hand quilted by: Me
Best category: Two color quilt, best throw
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