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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2011



Here is my entry for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Fall 2011.  If you are a constant reader of my blog, you will have seen this miniature quilt before.  It is 12 3/4" square.  It is made with a plain vintage feed sack ground and all 1930's vintage fabrics.  The green leaves, stems and binding were made using vintage cotton bias tape.  I posted close ups so that you can see the scale better - my hand completely covers one block and my finger completely covers a green leaf. The Bloggers' Quilt Festival's rules want us to write all about the quilt we post, so here goes:

I made this quilt as part of my Portfolio Series.  I started this series in the late fall of 2008.  It is a series of miniature quilts made entirely of antique or vintage fabrics.  The age of the fabrics match a style of quilt that was popular at that time.  All these quilts are hand pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted.  They all will fit in my artist's portfolio, so the maximum size of any of them is 13.625" x 16.5." The first two quilts in this series are in the International Quilt Museum and Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska and one of the last quilts I finished is in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. 
This particular quilt is a nod to all the famous leaf patterns in the 1930's.  Typically, plain white or off-white backgrounds were used and the more prints the better!  Of course any tribute to the 30's needed a Nile Green touch.  This quilt was hand appliqued (needle-turn), hand pieced and hand quilted.  It took quite awhile to come up with a myriad of tiny prints. I thought a scalloped edge would be cute, but it turned out to be a bit difficult to apply.  I continue to work on this series.

I came across the Bloggers' Quilt Festival and Amy's blog by a happy accident and decided to participate.  Go here and start visiting blogs today! 

Till next time.........
Sheila

16 comments:

Karen said...

Tiny applique pieces. A good choice for the Festival.

fallingforpieces said...

What fantastic tiny piecing! Your work is just amazing. And what a fantastic idea to make quilts to fit in a portfolio.

Lonci said...

That is an amazing quilt, congratulations:)

November 1, 2011 12:09 PM

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

OH MY! Simply stunning!

straythreads said...

Beautiful!!
Ann

miranda said...

What a beauttfull tiny quilt! Just have to say it!
Greetings from the Netherlands

Susie said...

It's lovely!

Cathy said...

Wow, very impressive to achieve such results in so tiny a scale.

notes of sincerity said...

Such a beautiful quilt! :o)

Varga Györgyi said...

Oh how lovely miniature quilt. It's amazing :o)

Jill said...

This quilt has amazed me since you first posted it. Such tiny little pieces to applique. After seeing it up close, I was even more amazed! I just love that scalloped edge, it was the perfect choice.

Sandra said...

Love all your small quilts. This one is another beauty. Love how the edge shapes mimic the leaf shapes, very effective and clever.
Come see my entries #19 miniature applique reproduction and #31 antique 1850 Bethlehem Star

Sandra said...

Oops, I see you already commented on my miniature quilt--thanks. By the way, you are "no reply" which means that I can't reply to your comment via email. You really should add your email to your blogger profile.

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Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! That is so fantastic! I love it! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

Your applique is beautiful!

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com