Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Finished Quilt Top goes to the Beach

Our trip to Anglesea has come and gone so quickly...as holidays tend to do. We had a wonderful time there, lots of relaxing and fun with friends. Last year when we visited Anglesea I had seen an amazing large old retaining wall on the beach. I knew it was just asking for a quilt to be hung on it and photographed, so before we left for our holiday I madly finished my Love and Romance quilt top.
Wow, I think the quilt looks fabulous framed by the old, weathered timber bollards don't you?
It is so nice to finish this beautiful quilt...slightly adapted from Kim McLeans amazing Hearts and Flowers Quilt from Kaffe's Quilt Romance book. Using only Amy' Butler's Love fabrics (as well as some of her beautiful solids and 1 Kaffe shot cotton), it was fun to choose the fabrics and colours for each border as I went along.
Amy's Paradise Garden in Periwinkle frames the quilt so well, and I fussy cut the border to show off the beautiful flowers and swirls in this divine fabric. So now to think of what to put on the back of this quilt and how I will quilt it (I have no idea at this stage!).

During one of our walks on the beach I came across this funny little pile of rocks that someone had rather artistically placed and I couldn't resist taking a photo of them.
It's so nice to see the coastline in the background and the beautiful blue sky.
So our little holiday is over and its back to work tomorrow (you should see the washing piles!). I adore holidays, but I love coming home to my wonderful fabric stash and being able to see all the incredible quilts being shown around blogland. xo

50 comments:

Rafael's Mum said...

The quilt is breathtaking Cathy! And what a wonderful environment to photograph it in. I love the photos, especially the one with the fence and the last one.. so beautiful...

Well done managing to finish it before the holidays! That can't have been easy!

The pile of stones reminds me of cairns. When walking on wilderness trails, people often build cairns along the (sometimes hard to find) trail as waypoints. They also have a lot of other connotations.. Check it out in wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairn

Love them though. very skilfully balanced and beautiful this one.
Hope you had an absolutely great time and managed to relax a bit.

susi said...

dear kathy,what a wonderful quilt,congrats on finishing the top,i own the book too,and loved this quilt most,happy quilting,susi

dragonfly gypsy said...

Hi Cathy, LOVE the quilt and the scenery. We went to Norway's Fjords last year and on top of a very high mountain we went to there are 1000's of these rock piles all built by tourists. My Husband and I both built one too!!! Regards Sharron

One Flew Over said...

Looks fantastic against the weather beaten wood. Another beautiful quilt Cathy.

Quilts on Bastings said...

Hi Cathy,
Another stunning quilt and I love the photos in such beautiful scenery. I hope you have had a great break.

Nedra said...

You have done such a beautiful job on Love And Romance! And what a setting for the photograph. I just purchased some of the Love line by Amy Butler, and am looking forward to playing with it. Such fun fabrics and they fit so perfectly with the quilt you chose. You need to send a picture to Kim M. because I'm sure she will want to your work.

Teresa said...

What a beautiful finish, and I love where you photographed it!! The beach makes me drool...I'm ready for spring!

alobsiger said...

SO BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations, Cathy! The quilt looks amazing against the beach setting! Such inspired combinations -- Kim's lovely design, Amy's lovely fabrics and the beach. Swoon and drool! What's next?

Julie said...

I can't decide if I love the quilt or your location for photos the most. Both are stunning.

Cathie said...

Gorgeous! Both the quilt (mostly the quilt) and the beautiful scene where it was photographed. Are you keeping this little lovely or is it a special gift for someone. Really, really beautiful.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous photos and setting for a stunning quilt. I love the last photo!

Dee said...

Cathy, thank you for the beautiful pictures of the seaside, the rock statue and your incredible, inspirational quilt!

You're such a talented artist and I love reading your blog! Sending some house cleaning fairy dust your way!

sewpam63 said...

WOW!!! : ) Wow to ALL of it...your newly finished and gorgeous quilt top, the seaside beauty, the little rock piles, etc! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents, Cathy.

Jackie said...

Cathy, What a wonderful bloggy break you had! Such beautiful scenery. You are so right the scenery was just begging for a quilt to be hung. The photos are just gorgeous. I love the blue sky and sunshine. Just wonderful!!

Make Do & Mend said...

Love your quilts, just found your blog and I am enjoying it so much! Also fab to see some summer skies here in the rainy english countryside!

Kathie said...

oh it is just so beautiful
congrats on a wonderful finish, enjoy your quilt!
Kathie

wishes, true and kind said...

Aren't you clever to think ahead and get your quilt ready for the perfect photo shoot?! Gorgeous pictures!

Joanna said...

You have outdone yourself...again! You are a real inspiration to me! The photos of the rocks and beach and sky - they should be blown up, framed, and hung, they are that good:) Thanks for sharing those pictures on this miserable rainy New Hampshire day!

Meredith said...

Great staging you should take photos for quilt books. Enjoy your quilt.

fiberchick said...

The quilt looks extraordinary and the photos worthy of a book! You should email a shot of it to Amy Butler...

Lurline said...

A dreamy quilt, dreamy scenery - the scene is set for a beautiful sleep - thanks, Cathy - all is beautiful!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Carla said...

I agree with fiberchick about sending a pic to Amy Butler....Kaffe would love to see the quilt also, especially in the lovely setting...so much like his photography. Lovely quilt and lovely blog.

Lisa said...

This quilt is stunning! And I love the pictures and setting! So cool.

A funny thing about the rock piles: I live on the shores of Lake Michigan and someone started making those at one of our local parks. After that, other people started and they got fancier and bigger, and eventually people would drive through the park just to see the rock piles. Well, city hall decided to outlaw them because if they fell over a person could get hurt and sue the city. There was a big hullabaloo and meetings and what have you and it ended with people being allowed to build them again. The times we live in!

Ann Champion said...

I love that quilt!
Your pics at the beach are just gorgeous. They look like professional shots and show off your quilt beautifully. :)

imquilternity said...

Cathy, your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Pat yourself on the back for me, please! I love your photos of it and the beach, but that last photo is the BEST! Very artistic!

two hippos said...

a beautiful, photographed in an idilic location!

izzy inspired said...

Those aged timbers really do look beautiful behind your gorgeous quilt top. All your pictures are all wonderful, I love the rock tower as well.

Cardygirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous Cathy...and the perfect photo spot.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Stunning quilt Cathy...

Lizzie said...

Fabulous photo's Cathy. I love the old tidal wall with your quilt on, but then anything would look good with that on it!! Gorgeous colours and as usual an amazing eye putting them all together. Glad you had a great time.
Lizzie
xxx

Christine said...

Oh Cathy it looks fantastic, what a Kaffee Fasset shot you took. I am sure he would love it.

The quilt looks great, I must get some applique done. I have been snowed under with family stuff.

cheers
Christine

Julia said...

Cathy, beautiful quilt, it looks fantastic against the weather beaten wood...a perfect setting,,
Julia ♥

PatchworkRose said...

Cathy
Your Quilt looks so perfect down by the beach. Love it
Thanks for all the gorgeous photos :-)
Cheers
Lynne

Andi said...

Love it!!
(no pun intended)
;-)

kendall.micayla said...

oh its beautiful! all of the different colors and prints really add to the pattern- you did an awesome job. xo

Marit said...

so beautiful! love your photographs - a beautiful quilt deserves a special setting!

; )

Boyknitter said...

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There's nothing else to say!

belinda said...

ouch!...ouch! This one is so cute it is making me hurt!!

Karen said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful quilt Cathy.

Monika said...

Cathy, your eye for colour and co-ordination is astounding! I absolutely adore this quilt - well done.

Love the photos of the pebble stack. Very organic...

Claudia said...

It's stunning and you've photographed it in true Kaffe fashion.

Leland said...

May I ask a question? I've been watching you make this with great interest; I'm making the center panel and one or two borders for a baby gift. Yours is quite inspiring! I am just about to sew the "pennant" things around the center panel. I know you fused yours which I don't plan to do. Did you have any trouble sewing them next to one another? You must have butted each edge against the edge of the previous one. Is that right? I don't think I've ever done that. Was it tricky? Would I be better off fusing or basting my pennants? I usually just do needle-turn. Thanks for any advice you can give. My email is lelandburnham@gmail.com if that's easier.

Kelly said...

Love the photos Cathy, Your quilt is just stunning!! Love the rock tower too!

Deb said...

The photos (and of course your quilt) look amazing Cathy. It's fantastic to read all the comments your followers have made, from all round the world.

carole ann said...

What wonderful photos and the quilt has just the right setting for that photo. Love the rocks, how very clever. I have to tell you that one of my favorite places to go is Anglesea also, but mine is at the New Jersey Shore. Cannot wait to get there in July.

Adele said...

You're right, that fence is awesome and so it that quilt.... I love it (get it?) Your photos from your holiday are great!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

What a beautiful beach! The quilt looks amazing there! :)

Sonja♥ said...

Your "LOVE & Flowers" quilt takes my breath away, Cathy!!!!!

Cathy said...

Hi Sonja,
Your comment here has come through as a no-reply, I have tried to leave a comment on your blog but was unsuccessful. If you contact me at my email address cabbagequilts@internode.on.net I can chat to you. Thank you for visiting and your kind comments, Cathy xo

Cubby House Crafts said...

Your quilt is just Gorgeous! The beach is the perfect setting for your quilt! I also came across some stacked rocks just like that on our beach here on the east coast in Tassie...strange!