Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Going Green" going to a festival

Here is a quilt worthy of any quilt festival but a good place to start is the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2010. amyscreativeside.com.

This quilt was created by a group of mothers from the American School In Japan as one of the prizes for a silent auction at the 2009 Spring Gala.

The Gala theme was "Going Green" I and two other planners pulled out a selection of green fabrics and arranged them into sections. I drew sketches of various seasonal flowers and we selected material for the aplique.

Some of the members of the group who had sewing experience helped aplique the blocks. Those who could do basic sewing joined the blocks or pieced the border.

When the top was assembled we met to quilt in the ditch. Between sessions I took the quilt home and worked the larger areas with Japanese style motifs. Our little group met somewhat weekly, with gaps for holidays, beginning in late November and finishing in early March.

Our first auction quilt was in '04 and with each year our plans have varied but we always start out with non-quilters and end up with great satisfaction and sense of comraderie. This quilt was 211.5cm x 226cm and brought a handsome sum.

If I am able to post this in the festival, it will be thanks to Liz at quilteriehttp://quilterie.blogspot.com who has coached me from afar.

25 comments:

  1. oooh, it's beautiful. I love the wisteria.

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  2. That is a beautiful. I think the story is a reflection of the power of quilts amongst women. As for your computer skills, well done Julie! Now the sky is the limit.

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  3. Beautiful:)))) This is to quilt art, congratulations:)

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  4. What a great job everyone did. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Absolutely stunning! A collaboration such as this done by sewers of different skill levels must be very gratifying for all.

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  6. Julie the quilt is just beautiful but the joining of friends to stitch it must have created the most wonderful memories for you. I've never done such a group project but what fun it must have been! blessings, marlene

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  7. A beautiful quilt, and a wonderful story. Quilting within a group is so fun. It's an amazing quilt!

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  8. That is one beautiful quilt!

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  9. Fantastic quilt! I'm glad it was a success in the auction!

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  10. Wow Julie! This is beautiful & I can also imagine it hanging at the Tokyo Dome.
    Have never been part of a quilting circle & that must have been truly fun for everyone!

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  11. Really stunning quilt... the colors and the design are all gorgeous! Fantastic job - I love it!

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  12. A quilt that represents so much of what quilting is about. Sharing learning and giving.
    The quilt itself is beautiful. Glad itt achived it's goal.

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  13. This is lovely. All by hand? I too like to piece by hand as well as machine. I taught art for 23 years and I appreciate your sense of design and color.

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  14. I love this quilt. Well done and I absolutely love the Cherry Blossoms.

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  15. This is incredibly lovely - do the women who start out as non-quilters get hooked by the time you're done? I can't imagine helping create something this beautiful and not wanting to continue!

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  16. What a wonderful quilt and joint effort. I know it will be enjoyed by many.
    Thanks for visiting my blog recently. I live in NE Ohio near Cleveland and read on your blog that you also are from there.
    Happy quilting.
    Nancy

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  17. Stupenda trapunta!!!!
    Un saluto dall'Italia
    Ciao Domenica

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  18. What a gorgeous quilt. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love the backgroun on yours. I will be back to visit yours often. Thanks again Deb

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  19. This is gorgeous. Truly an art quilt. It must be fun doing a quilt with others. I am going to have to try this sometime. Thanks for visiting my blog, I plan on coming back to visit yours often.

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