Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Love in Carnival {a bee quilt}

Love in Carnival for do. Good Stitches

Carnival Quilt with Love circle

Here it is - my latest Love circle bee quilt!  It's so whimsical, so cheerful and cotton-candy pretty that it reminds me of a summer carnival.  All the different, fancy blocks are tents to visit.  Hmm... so the dresden must be the carousel.  It sends all the zigzag quilting turning, turning round the quilt.

a bee quilt!


I had such a time arranging the blocks.  A fun time!  I so enjoy the challenge of juggling blocks, discovering the quilt on a design wall.  Not knowing what's going to happen keeps me intellectually engaged and motivated to keep working.   It's such a different energy from working on repetitive quilt blocks.  (Those can be relaxing though!)

Here's where I started, with every single block on the front.

on the design wall

Although the top of the quilt did follow that layout, I found I needed to simplify quite a bit throughout the bottom half of the quilt.

Love in Carnival for do. Good Stitches

The removed blocks made for an interesting quilt back.  All's well that ends well!

from the back

Carnival quilt

This bee quilt is made with the Love circle of do. Good Stitches.  Each circle of do. Good Stitches makes for a particular charity.  Ours go to children throughout the world via Wrap Them in Love.  It's such a blessing to be a part of a team making a difference!

zigzag free motion quilting

Soo... I tried something new with the quilting.  I've been free motion quilting for over a year now, but always curvy.  Straight lines are much harder for me to make free motion.  Why do straight lines without a walking foot?  Well, if you can FMQ straight lines then you can do designs that would require too much turning of the quilt otherwise.  It can really free you up!

bee-autiful blocks!

For this quilt I did a zigzag quilting design that originates as an echo from the dresden block.  From there it spirals around the quilt in a continuous zigzag line. I didn't really know if that would work until I tried.  Haha!  I did have to add a few new zigzag peaks here and there to keep them a manageable size.  To make those slight pattern aberrations blend in, I did them over light or busy areas of the quilt (I'm using white thread).  That worked!  There are lots of not-straight lines in this quilt, but you know how it is... only a quilter would notice/care.  I'm just glad I gained the experience, which will open new doors!

Love in Carnvial for do. Good Stitches

All in all, I'm definitely happy with Love in Carnival - the journey and the results.  Thanks again to my bee-mates for taking up my open-ended prompt:

Jessica of A Little Gray
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Ara Jane of you know what i love
Natalie of Greenleaf Goods
Cat of Ups & Downs
Deborah of Little Ms. Sew-Unsew
Jacey of Jaceycraft
Jenelle of Echinops & Aster
Amanda of My Sewcial Hour

with Love circle

And thanks to all members of do. Good Stitches for giving of your time, creativity and precious fabrics to bless others in need!

25 comments:

  1. Beautiful and what a smart idea to use some of the blocks on the back. It makes them all shine!

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  2. What a super fun and cheery quilt! Love the back too! The quilting looks great!

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    1. Thanks! I really like the texture of the quilting, even if many of the lines aren't quite straight.

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  3. Brilliant quilt! And the quilting is lovely too- it's always good to get out of our comfort zones now and then!

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  4. I just love this quilt!! It's such a lovely mix of fabrics and block samples. The quilting is fantastic, too! Great job!

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  5. Beautiful!!! I love that it is one of those quilts you want to get close to, so you can really see each and every detail.

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  6. What a beauty! It's so wonderful to see how all the blocks came together. Nice job on the quilting!

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  7. It's so much fun to see this all together! You had a difficult task in curating these lovely blocks, but it came together beautifully. I'm excited to see the variety that we came up with for these traditional blocks. It's a great sampler.

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    1. Thanks, Jenelle! It was definitely a learning process. That's my favorite kind of bee quilt! I enjoyed it truly.

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  8. What a happy quilt! I love the colours and mixture of blocks. The quilting is great. I'm not a FMQ person, but I think I could give it another go just using straight lines like you have here. Maybe, hmmm… :)

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  9. So pretty! The colours remind me of a bag of saltwater taffy! Absolutely love it!

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  10. Really a very lovely quilt ~ so full of color and design ~ lots to look at!

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  11. There is so much creativity in this quilt. How true that the energy changes when repetition is thrown out the window and fluidity and composition take charge. This inspires my own sampler dreams.

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  12. Your quilt is SEW full of vibrant colors. I like when I get to see the back of a quilt - your back fits perfectly with the front for a great all around colorful design. Nice job!

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  13. What a great quilt and well done for making all those different sized blocks work so well together xx

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  14. It turned out beautifully, Rachel. The quilting is really fun, too. I agree; it is very carnival-esque!

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  15. I am laughing at one of your comments about some lines not being straight... only the quilter cares, the quilt is lovely. Happy to see someone so happily at play in their quilting.

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  16. Nicely done! I love how it all came together so well.

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  17. This is great! Love how all the blocks came together and I especially like how you appliquéd the top. It adds such depth. Even the back is awesome.

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  18. This came out beautifully, Rachel! I was so curious when you sent out the request for the random blocks, and it's so neat to see it all together - lovely : )

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  19. You picked the perfect name for that quilt. I can see the fun and love that went into it :)

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  20. This turned out so wonderfully!! I absolutely love how you laid out the blocks, this is my favorite kind of quilt! Amazing work :)

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