Thursday, February 17, 2011

A trip back in time


When I began my quilt diary, the pages of a plain paper book were filled one by one with photographs of completed quilts. That was before the days of digital cameras and for most of my quilts those are the only pictures I have. Some of them left home without a picture and I have no record at all.
When the theme for this week's Quilting Gallery contest was given as two-color quilts I thought it a good opportunity to drag this relic to the park and get a picture. Other than the challenge of submitting a picture I have few expectations. Having looked at previous "winners" I suspect the contest has more to do with the number of friends one can rally to vote than either skill or creativity of the quilter.
If you are wondering about this quilt, it is made of Japanese yukata fabrics. (Except for center and sashings) I drafted the 12" blocks for a quilt-as-you-g0 class. The blocks are made and quilted one-by-one and joined at the sashing. Then the sashing is quilted. This is a good take-along project and ideal for someone without much space as it never has to be laid out for basting in this size. (227cm. square). For the backing it works best to use a non-directional busy print that will hide the seams. This quilt has had a lot of wear and held up quite well.
If you click on the Quilting Gallery logo, you can visit the site and see a lot of very nice two-color quilts. Some are really worth checking out.

12 comments:

  1. You do the most beautiful work Julie. Is the center a panel or created appliqué? And I love the QAYG method. I'm doing a civil war quilt right now in this method of quilting.

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  2. Another beautiful quilt! This is a quilt that I could look at for a long time, love the colors, balance, and calmness.

    LaDonna

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  3. Very pretty and I voted for you too!

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  4. That's reall a pretty quilt, Julie. I love the blues in it!

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  5. Julie this is simply stunning. I am constantly amazed by your quilting. I agree that sometimes the voting appears to be a popularity contest, and probably is, but it's nice to see the variety of quilts. I love your quilt - it's a work of art. I'll definitely go over and take a look at the others but this one certainly deserves a vote! blessings, marlene

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous!! I agree with you - sometimes these contests appear to be more about the popularity of the entrant than the actual merit of the entry - and that's a downright shame!! Here's hoping you win, Julie - you really should!! Good luck!!

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  7. Julie thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt. I also agree with you that many of these contests are more about the popularity of the entrant and how many voters they can rally than the actual quality of the quilt.

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  8. Julie - I forgot to mention that when I tried to vote for your quilt by clicking on the logo on your sidebar - it wouldn't let me!! All I saw were the results of the voting so far - which (the site says) means that someone from the same IP address had already voted.

    BUT - when I went back to my own Yahoo "bookmarks" - and accessed the Gallery site from there - I was able to actually VOTE for your quilt! Just wanted your readers to know - in case they were having the same problem. You can't win if we can't vote!

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  9. Wow .... this is gorgeous! I love everything about it!

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  10. can you please tell me, with a quilt as you go quilt, I understand the blocks and joining with the sashing, but how did you do your borders. They don't look like they're long blocks as I can't see joins with sashing in the corners. I'll check back for your reply. Arigatou

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  11. Metanoia, The borders were added in half width strips of yukata fabric sandwiched and basted. It was joined at the edge of the block sashing on the front, then to the backing and then quilted. The border is the only time there is a large piece to hold and quilt. I added only one border at a time. by using a busy non-directional print for the backing the joins don't show.

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  12. Thanks for your answer Julie. I'm not entirely sure I've got it. I think I'll need to do a bit more research...

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