Sunday, 2 October 2011

A Giveaway & What`s Your Style?

When I posted my Across the Sea quilt yesterday, a couple of lovelies commented that they liked the bold and dramatic colours and prints I used.  I hadn`t really thought about it before but this morning I got out this quilt top, which I hand pieced back in the spring (and had since been languishing in the cupboard) and basted it so now it`s ready for quilting when the right feet turn up in the post.


This quilt top is definitely colourful and in your face.  I love it but it`s not everyone`s cup of chai. It isn`t shy and retiring.  It`s saying, `Hey you, notice me!` As I sat on the floor amidst a couple of rioting 3 year olds, it got me thinking.  Does our quilting style (or painting or photography styles) reflect our personality or is it a way for us to express a different unseen side of us? What`s your quilting style?

While you ponder this, pop over to lovely Susan`s house - she`s having a great giveaway of 8 Punctuation FQs and it ends next Friday.

30 comments:

pcflamingo said...

I love pink and orange together. I love poke-your-eye out bright combinations. They're happy! I also love soft florals and batiks together.

dutchcomfort said...

That’s an interesting question Annabella! I love those colours!
I often call myself a chameleon. I’ more the colourful, modern quiltstyle lover, but there’s something in me that loves old style colours and traditional quilts.

Sam said...

That quilt is my style! I call it Gypsy. In fact my friend and I are making each other very similar quilts for Christmas. I haven't seen the one she's making me, of course, but i hope it looks just like yours! I actually have tow of your choices of fabric in her quilt. You go, girl.

diane said...

I'm not sure I have a style, unless eclectic is a style. I love, love, love this quilt top. The bold and bright colors scream happy to me. I was going to put happy in quotation marks, but I read somewhere that you don't like them, ha! ha!

Ellie said...

I love that quilt - so bright and colourful. You know I used to think I was quiet and reserved and liked unobstrusive colours but as I get older I seem to be more into stronger colours, reds, oranges and the like. What does this say about me I wonder ??

Ellie said...

I had to come back and tell you I love your header picture - the reflection of those trees in the path is wonderful.

Helen in Switzerland said...

This is the proof that you are without doubt a WILD WOMAN!!! It's gorgeous!!!

Ann Marie said...

I usually like the brighter colors. They seem more cheerful to me. But every once in a while I will make a quilt that seems so not me.

Sarah said...

Oh I'm loving the look of that one!

Prof. S said...

Ooooo, I love that quilt top!

I think that playing with colour is one of the great pleasures in life -- and it is most fun, for me, when I can try out VERY different palettes in different projects. I'm just starting my third quilt in shades of green because my son requested that palette...but because I have played in that corner of the garden a couple of times already, I am hungry for something different. The two areas I have not explored are very soft, faded colours -- which appeal to but don't come naturally to me -- and reds. I have been collecting reds but not using them, so the time has almost come to have a Red Riot!! Crimson Capers!!

Can't wait to see your lovely pink quilt. Have fun quilting it on the new machine :)

Rebecca Lynne said...

Annabella! You are killing me...everything you put on here makes me drool. I love your style and this photo is yet another example. I'm am extremist in most things. All or nothing. Either all neutrals or all color like that. I don't know if that is my personality too!

Elizabeth said...

I think your new header is Essouira!
I think I love all colors.
Some days I'm all for subtlety
others for exciting zinging colors~

Flying Blind... said...

Oh that is going to look stunning! I definitely think hot weather brings out the brighter colours in my choices!

Sheila said...

I love this quilt too but wouldn't necessarily have a place for it to live here - I imagine it is a reflection of where you live.
It is an interesting question, my tastes seem to be changing with all the new modern fabric around and seeing the way they are being used in quilts such as yours.

Ella said...

Gah, that quilt is AMAZING...and not colors that would have occurred to me. I love love love that I can see things that I wouldn't see were it not for others being so amazingly creative/different from me.

pasqueflower said...

My quilting style is eclectic. I love brights, but occasionally I swing all the way back to traditional hand applique and English paper piecing in more subdued hues.

LOVE your quilt! Enjoy those riotous 3-year-olds. The next thing you know, they'll be 24. (Voice of experience on that one!)

LeAnn aka pasqueflower

Archie the wonder dog said...

Oh, I love that quilt! Not sure I have 'a' style, just hope I have some!!

Catherine said...

oh wow, i love those colours! If you were to look around my house (altho wait til I have had a tidy up) I have different colours everywhere. We have a great LQS in Tiptree with so many fabrics and I often see some in there that arn't neccessarily my colours, but would love to quilt them!

linda said...

pink is not my colour but i love that it is so bright and zingy must look fantastic in the morocan sun !!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I used to quilt some time ago and I definitely think quilts reflect our personality, our style. I loved the Civil War prints. :)

Katy Cameron said...

Beautiful colours, I think they definitely go with your lovely warm climate and vibrant colours of the city, perhaps these things influence us too? I seem to go for blues though for myself, perhaps it's a sense of optimism that we'll get blue skies some time lol

Amanda ~ Blue LaReve said...

In photography and quilting, my style is all over the place - just like me. ;) It all depends on my mood and what strikes my fancy.

susan said...

If my quilting style reflects my personality then Wonky Stars sums it up!! I love that quilt top of yours. I think I am going to get you to choose my fabric for now on!

Rosa said...

I don´t know what my style,but I enjoy quilt.

Your quilt stunning and I love it.

Mom C said...

I like to take fabric and see what turns out. When I have to make something coordinated I get my DIL to help me pick fabrics that go together. I don't know if I would make something quite that bright but I love colors and surprises and splashy. Then again, I might. I made a quilt of polka dots last year. They were every fabric I had and the only thing the had in common was the dots. It was incredibly random and turned out incredible! So much fun and energizing.

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

I think I prefer a more muted palette. Nothing against bright colours because I do love them, but I probably would be putting a little calming solid/neutral in there too just for the eye to rest on. I guess that is probably true of my personality aswell.. bright and bold, but a little reserved!

Cille said...

My heart just stopped when the picture came up. I love the boldness of this one ....

Caren said...

I LOVE the crazy bright colors and patterns on that one! As for me, I have a fairly bold personality and I really enjoy working with bold colors. And I really really really do not like yellow.

Jill@northstarquilting said...

My quilt style(s) reflect my split personality. One side of me (the engineer in me) loves bright colours and modern, geometric shapes. The other half (the inner 50s house-wife) loves vintage fabrics and traditional blocks.

There's a quilt to match every mood.

Veronica said...

annabella this is beautiful. i would happily have this in my home!! i love colour as much as i do neutral shades. depends on my mood that is why i have kept my blog space white with colour splashed around in the photo form in my posts. that way i can pick and choose depending how i am feeling. gosh. love that quilt. gorgeous.