Saturday, May 22, 2010

Quilt Festival

Thank you to the wonderful Amy who is hosting the spring 2010 quilt festival, we appreciate your hard work!

I have many quilts that are favourites, but above all I adore applique quilts. I thought I would show one of my latest applique quilts, and one of my earliest ones.

My first applique quilt was a pattern I found in a magazine years ago and adapted to suit my tastes back then.
Learning how to do needleturn applique at a local quilt shop, I have used that method ever since.
This quilt was also handquilted. I have only ever handquilted a couple of quilts, I usually quilt them on my domestic sewing machine because I'm in a rush to get them finished!
Handquilting however is very soothing and portable, I don't use a frame or hoop, I find them too restrictive.
This quilt was finished in 2003.

More recently I finished my applique quilt top that I based on Kim McLeans stunning Hearts and Flowers Quilt.
Using only Amy Butler Love fabrics I am thrilled with how this quilt top has turned out.
You can see that my fabric choices have changed somewhat over the past 7 years or so. 
To all the Quilt Festival participants who drop by my blog....welcome. To those of you who have been friends for awhile...thank you.  I look forward to taking some time out this week and visiting your blogs, I know I am going to be inspired. xo

43 comments:

Helen in Switzerland said...

Hi Cathy, lovely quilts! Your style has certainly changed!! When you have time would it be possible to put up some close up photos of the second quilt? I'd love to be able to look closely at it!
best wishes, Helen

Notjustnat said...

Both quilts are beautiful Cathy. Even though your choice of fabric had changed from the first quilt to now, your first quilt is more traditional with red and green and it will never dated. Love the photo by the beach - Enjoy the festival - Hugs Nat

Marit said...

Cathy, that is two beautiful quilts! I love how you have ventured into fresh, modern, big scale fabric with the same basic applique methods. So different, yet so connected. The hand-quilting is so pretty,too. Maybe you will try the same on your Love top? I have just started hand-quilting with perle size 16, and find that I like it a lot!
; )

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing, I too only hand quilt hoop free.

cheers
Christine

Andi said...

I love your work (but you knew that already) and of course the second one completely steals my heart!!

One Flew Over said...

Isn't it funny what 7 years can do! BUT...as always your work is perfect in every detail.

Even those these quilts are so different, I love them for the same reason - both show your attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship.

Just lovely.

Marg M said...

They are both so lovely. I really loved the "Amy material" quilt when I first saw it and its more lovely this time. The first quilt is such lovely work as well and they both demonstrate the fantastic variety available in quilting

peppermintpatcher said...

Wow! Both quilts are beautiful.

Meredith said...

I loke them both. Very pretty each one and very different. Isn't it neat to see how we grow with our quilting.

Valentina said...

Cathy, what a treat to see your evolution as an applique-artist!
I truly love them both!
xox
Valentina from Cyprus

Rafael's Mum said...

Hi Cathy, what fun to put them both on! They are both lovely in their own different way and styles. Isn't it fun to look back to see where we have come from? I wonder what lies in our future... This year has certainly been fast moving quilting wise. I am so happy to have met you and hope we both may create and share lots more lovely ones in the year to come!

sewpam63 said...

Both quilts make ma smile, Cathy. It is fun to look back on your work and SEE the evolution! My motto has always been, "Quilt where you are!" We ALL are beginners sometime. Thanks for sharing. : )

Anne at Film and Thread said...

You have spent a lot of time with a needle and thread! I love them both, but your newest quilt is really spectacular!

Nedra said...

How fun to see you on so many blogs today. Love your quilts!

Stephanie said...

Love them both--soft and pretty to bold and beautiful. It is funny how our taste changes since we first started quilting.

Jackie said...

I don't think that I have ever seen your first quilt. It is beautiful! And even though your tastes have changed over the years (as most do) they are wonderful changes. Both quilts are equally gorgeous in their own right. Wonderful choices!

Martine said...

j'aime beaucoup ce quilt appliqué sa simplicité lui donne un charme fou, félicitations

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Both quilts are beautiful. It's interesting to see how your style has changed over the years. Thanks for sharing!

MARIKA said...

Wonderful quilt

Deanna said...

Your hand quilting detail is inspiring. I have two small projects I want to hand quilt and this helps me get ready to pick up that needle.

Kaaren said...

I think that is why it is important to sign and date our quilts because they are a testament to our tastes and proficiencies at that time.

Both are gorgeous, Cathy and yes, your tastes certainly have changed. I too never use a hoop or frame when hand quilting.

Thanks for sharing.

Claudia said...

I love your "love" quilt which really is spectacular but it's also fun to see your earlier work. I like the simplicity of the design and it's beautifully made. Love the hand stitching.

Jan said...

These a both truly wonderful. It is amazing how our taste change over time.

frayedattheedge said...

They are both beautiful quilts - but the first one is by far my favourite - the pattern, the colours - it's just what I would have chosen!!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Both of your quilts are beautiful. I think my favorite is the first one, but both are outstanding!

wishes, true and kind said...

Hi, Cathy! I love the comparison of the old and new. Our tastes really change, don't they? But both are absolutely beautiful! Nice choices for the festival!

imquilternity said...

You always do exquisite work Cathy! Then and now. But, my how your fabric and color tastes have changed. Isn't that fun?

Jenny said...

just beautiful...it stands to reason that you love applique, you certainly excel at it!

Rebecca said...

They both are lovely and I am always amazed by your work. Have a good weekend and happy sewing.
Hugs Bec

Cardygirl said...

Love the contrast in fabric choices cathy...both are beautiful & very special. Thankyou for sharing!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Your quilts are simply stunning - your applique work is amazing and I love your hand quilting.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

You are definitely the queen of applique - breathtaking work, and a wonderful inspiration.

Rita

Sarah said...

Cathy, that applique quilt from 2003 is GORGEOUS!!!! I love your style now too, of course. All of your work is beautiful. :-)

Pat said...

The morphing of a quilter! We all change so much since our first quilt. Love both of them. I appreciate someone else's applique so much because I just don't do hand applique! But, I love to see it! Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

lovely applique and quilting!

YankeeQuilter said...

We just finished making a quilt like your second one. It is a 60th birthday gift for a fellow quilter...love your fabric choices in both quilts!

Denise said...

Beautiful quilts!

Miri said...

Beautiful applique quilts! Don't you just love needleturn!

Beth D said...

Great quilts, my how times and tastes have changed.

Lis said...

Your applique is gorgeous (something I tend to avoid)and I love both your quilts - great arty shot of the one on the beach groynes!

Michelle said...

Your applique quilt is simply outstanding!

Your Hearts and Flowers based quilt top is just so interesting and happy.

Quilting in the Pines said...

Awesome quilts. Your applique is superb.

Eileen said...

both quilts are wonderful. i've not really done much applique--other than a lot of machine work. i need to learn needleturn i think!! that hearts and flowers is in the kaffe fassett book my son and ddil gave me for Christmas. i'm making three other quilts out of there now--the pickledish on the cover is the main one in progress now. i might have to try the hearts and flowers one--love yours in the fabrics you've chosen. have a great day