Saturday, 29 October 2011

Bloggers` Quilt Festival Fall 2011

I`m so happy to be participating in the Fall Bloggers` Quilt Festival being hosted over at Amy`s Creative Side!  Hi to anyone visiting for the first time - you are very welcome so take a look round and I`d love you to leave a comment if you have time!

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My entry is the Marrakech Rose Quilt, which I only finished a couple of weeks ago.  I hope my regular followers will bear with me but this quilt is special to me and I love it very much.


It`s big and it`s bold and I`ve always known that it wouldn`t be everyone`s choice but it was heavily influenced by the city which is my home, and which gave it its name - Marrakech in Morocco.  Perched on the north western tip of Africa, Morocco is a hot, noisy and colourful place and the city of Marrakech is no exception.  Like my quilt, you`ll either love it or hate it.  There`s no room for indifference here.



I`ve been quilting for a couple of years now and I started this quilt back in the spring as a quilt to cheer up our bedroom. It was the third quilt I started and the fourth quilt I finished and the first for us. I love to use colours clashing together. Because of the light here, bold and colourful quilts really work. My husband says he loves it but it`s not really a man quilt is it?


I hand pieced the sections as when I started it I had no working sewing machine. That all changed a few weeks ago when I got a lovely new Janome with a walking foot.  I straight line quilted it with a square spiral in the central block leaving a puffy space in the centre. For the other concentric squares, I echo quilted and I like the effect it gives to the backing too.


Here are its stats.

Started in March 2011
Finished in October 2011
Hand pieced
Machine quilted
Fabrics for the top are Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, Anthology and Alexander Henry
Backing fabric is Songbird in Lime by Diane Kappa
Binding is Heirloom by Joel Dewberry
Made for my husband and me


A huge thank you to Amy for hosting this amazing event where we can see so many beautiful quilts laid out in all their glory just like a regular quilt festival.  So go visit and see the amazing creations being exhibited.

55 comments:

Catherine said...

Glad you have entered this quilt Annabella, it is my favourite (I think I may have told you that before!!) I just love those colours and the design

sewfrench.com said...

You've got a big fat LOVE from me!!! So simple, but powerful. Who can't smile when you combine Kaffe Fasset and red??? Great use of pattern, love how you used the dots as a stripe. Thanks for sharing from so far away! What size did it come in at?

annmarie said...

That is just GORGEOUS! You are an inspiration to all us blah, blah, same old, same old quilters. I would never think of putting those colors together but they are awesome - thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

love the quilt! Fabrics are devine :-0)

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Jolanda said...

I totally love your colors!!! I adore pink! Great job.

Prof. S said...

LOVE IT!! It's gorgeous, and somehow I never noticed that lovely green print you used for the backing...it provides such a pretty contrast to the hot pink extravaganza (a stem to the flower).

LJ said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I love pink!

Lonci said...

A love the colors, very very nice:)

Pat said...

I could see this quilt over and over again! It is BEAUTIFUL! You hand pieced it, impressive.

Sarah said...

Totally glad to see this one again, I really love the rich vibrant colours in it. I've never been to Marrakech but I have been to Cairo many moons ago and I can picture what you mean in your description. Just what I needed to see on a gloomy, dark Irish November day, thanks for sharing!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Happy to see this one again - I LOVE it!!

Ellie said...

I totally love your quilt - the colours are fantastic. So much love and care has gone into it and it shows. Beautiful!!!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is a beautiful quilt!! It's so rich and lovely!

Isisjem said...

Lovely colours and quilting!

Janet said...

I LOVE this quilt! - so I guess I would love Marrakech too....

Issabella The Cat said...

I adore this quilt! In fact I'm feeling inspired to dig out some deep pinks and reds this evening and have a play :)

Rona said...

It's a LOVE from me too. Even the little thumbnail link called out to me. I couldn't resist clicking on it!

Katy Cameron said...

It's such a beautiful quilt it was worth a revisit :o)

busybusybeejay said...

WOW.WOW.WOW.That quilt is amazing.I love the vibrant colours.Just my cup of tea.Brilliant.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You really have an eye for color. This is a wonderful quilt.

Editfolt said...

Greetings from Hungary. I love the abstract pattern .. Staple the beautiful

Deborah O'Hare said...

This is a gorgeous quilt. I can see why you love it.

Danny said...

Love it!

Flying Blind... said...

Love it - just pop it into the odd blog post now and then to cheer us up!

Leanne said...

This quilt is so happy! I love everything about it!

Sheila said...

So rich, and all that fab quilting. Does it get cold there at night??

MARIKA said...

Very nice work thanks for the quilt for division.

Pam said...

love your fabrics...i think you covered all my faves!!!! the colors are amazing, thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog as well xoxoxo

Jessica said...

I think it's absolutely gorgeous!! The fabrics are amazing and the quilting just puts it all together - stunning!

Anne said...

The quilt is fab! Have a lovely weekend:)
~Anne

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Annabella, I LOVE it. It is beautiful and full of life and color. I think your quilting is fabulous. Thanks for sharing this one!

Lorraine said...

Brilliant ... love that it is so bold & bright .

Amanda ~ Blue LaReve said...

I am so in love with this, Annabella! You should be proud. You did such a beautiful job!! :)

Sarah Craig said...

I love these beautiful bright colors!!

pasqueflower said...

BEAUTIFUL QUILT!! That will be a treasure for many years to come.

Anonymous said...

I love it!! It's so simple yet so stunning!

Sabine said...

This quilt is stunning! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Jane said...

I love it! All about fabric, isn't it? And your quilting is great!

Toni said...

I can't see anyone hating this beauty! I love it! Everything about it is excellent...colors, fabrics, quilting!!

diane said...

I love this quilt so much, the fabrics, the colors, the quilting. I love the story and the name given to it. So does that mean I will love Marrakech if I ever get to visit the city some day? Hand piecing???? You are a quilt Goddess, you know that, right? xoxo

Angie said...

I know what it means to love your home, so I totally relate to your feelings about Marrakech Rose. Stunning colors - it makes me smile! Thanks for sharing!

pcflamingo said...

LOVE poke-your-eyes-out bright quilts! Yum yum yum! That is just so pretty!

Caroline @ Artfully Caroline said...

Fabulous fabrics, so feminine and bold! It looks like a designer scarf ! Hermes should make a copy just so I can have something this pretty to tie around my neck.

susan said...

I think your choices of fabrics is amazing and it is the very fact that it is so colourful and wonderful that makes it the great quilt that it is. So pleased you chose this one to feature, Annabella!

Marit said...

Your quilt is beautiful in all the lush colors, just love it! I like the strict ornamental pattern combined with all the flowery fabric. To me it's modern and Moroccan at the same time.
; )

maria said...

I love it too. The colours must look just right in colourful Morroco although they would look great in dull (at the moment) England too.
Thanks for your comment on my festival entry.

Martine Kuciel said...

quelle explosion de couleurs ,j'adore

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for sharing! A stunningly simple quilt! I love the color, the energy, the happiness it oozes. Your posting brought back great hot, sticky, sensory overload memories of our recent visit to Tangiers!

The Thompsons said...

Beautiful! The bright colors are awesome!

Teje said...

Hello Annabella! I love your Marrakesh quilt! It is really beautiful, your diesign and quilting are so good and it really has the feeling of Morocco! I love colourful and spicy quilts even I want to live in a quiet place.
x Teje

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

I love to see your modified Marrakech quilt, it’s one of my favourites!

Petra said...

it's amazing. I'm usually not one for pink, but I even love the colours of this one. I only ever made one quilt in my life, but ever since I appreciate the amount of work and love and effort goes into them.

Manda said...

I know I've seen it before but I love this quilt! I love those bright bold pinks! :)

Eileen said...

Wow...that is one beautiful and vibrant quilt! I love it and can't imagine anyone not liking it. Wonderful fabrics. How fun this festival is with people from around the world sharing their beauties. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Kit Lang said...

Really beautiful. I love a quilt with a limited palette like this!