Thursday, October 7, 2010

They say that imitation...

...is the sincerest form of flattery! I first saw Jane Brocket's beautiful Allotment quilt on her blog a few years ago. I fell in love with the colours and decided I would like to make one just like hers. When her allotment quilt was published in Kaffe Fassett's book Country Garden Quilts (published 2008), I fell in love with it again and began collecting my fabrics. In the book Jane had recoloured the quilt in beautiful reds and greens, but I went with her first colour choice of yellows, pinks and lots of vegetable prints!
A lot of the fabrics are designed by Kaffe, Philip Jacobs and Martha Negley, with a little green seeds flea market fancy thrown in!

Wow, this photo does your head in if you look at the quilt too long, but I couldn't resist a closeup of that gorgeous blossom!
Rows and rows of vegies on the back of the quilt. I love Martha Negleys vegetable prints...eggplants, turnips, brussels sprouts (am I the only one that loves Brussels sprouts? Especially nice with a little bacon, butter and black pepper!).
This quilt was all but finished early 2009, with only the binding to be hand stitched on. I decided to make this one my first UFO finish. It is a huge quilt (108 x 96 inches) and the binding is taking me awhile to get done, but I should have it all stitched up by tonight! It does feel very good to get a UFO completed. I think my next one might be my flea market fancy half square triangle quilt. Alas I have run out of wadding yet again, so it will firstly be a visit to my local quilt shop. Have you had any finishes lately? xo

30 comments:

Lizzie said...

Nope, no finishes for me but I do admire yours..!! It's beautiful Cathy, really lovely...
Oh yes and I love sprouts, especially tossed with a little bacon and onion, yum..!!
Lizzie
xxx

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

What a beauty!

mieke said...

This is another beautiful quilt, Cathy! I love it! Did you quilt it on your own machine, and is it a meandering motif? I can't see it on the pictures...and since I have some tops ready to quilt, I am looking for inspiration...And of course, I adore Brussels sprouts, they are on the Belgian wintermenu every week... :-)
Mieke Duyck

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Stunning quilt...

Barb said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I just love this quilt!

Madame Samm said...

This is striking...feminine, soft, and I am sure a treat to have on your lap..
blessings madame samm ( stash manicure)
love to have you as a guest blogger...

Quilts on Bastings said...

Another beautiful quilt Cathy - that would have been a huge quilt to quilt!

Jackie said...

First, the quilt is just gorgeous!! I love the colors and can see why you fell in love with it! Second, my hubby and I love brussel sprouts! We have them at least twice per week. Pan seared with a little olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper. Delicious. I will have to try a little bacon in it, that sounds yummy!

alobsiger said...

Oh, I love it, Cathy! One of my faves too --you've captured the warmth that makes Jane's quilts so inviting. That is a BIG quilt. :-) Don't have to tell you. And I love brussels sprouts. I put a sort of mustard sauce on them. Oh dear. Haven't had breakfast but now I want brussels sprouts. I'm near finishes on several things at the moment but need to stitch the bindings down in a hurry because I've waited until the last possible moment....eeeeeek!

Stephanie said...

Beautifully photographed. Love the simplicity of the strips. That one HUGE quilt! Yes please...finish your FMF next. :o)

Kim said...

Gorgeous, Cathy! I love Martha Negley prints!! Bravo for tackling UFOs! I've a pile of quilts waiting for their binding handwork as well. Maybe I'll be inspired to get them DONE!

Crispy said...

A lovely quilt Cathy!! Hooray for having such a pretty finish. Yes, you are the only one I know that loves brussle sprouts LOL. I haven't had a finish lately but I'm working on getting all my UFO's done so hope to have one soon :0)

Crispy

Nedra said...

Congratulations on a UFO finish. Those are hard to come by! Love the veggies.

cathleen said...

Cathy! You are a girl after my own heart. I also made Jane's quilt a couple of years ago using those same fabrics! Haven't sandwiched it together yet because it's so HUGE and I always hand quilt so it will take FOREVER but, one of these days! You have inspired me to get busy! Lovely, just lovely!

Frances Leate said...

You quilt is stunning and congratulations on a finish! I seem to be too busy starting new projects instead of finishing some. Oh well there is always tomorrow. Happy stitching!

Shelley said...

This is just gorgeous! And what a good feeling to have it finished! I love the quilt published in Kaffe's book too, but I love these pretty spring colors you have chosen :)

Sandra Schwab said...

Cathy, your allotment quilt looks fantastic! I love your choice of colours and the fabrics are to die for.

Danielle said...

it's a beautiful quilt! no to brussel sprouts big time!

Marit said...

Congratulation on a BIG finish. It is amazing to me how you have quilted this, Cathy. Your quilt is very pretty, love the colors. I, too, have admired the Allotment quilt for some time, and have a stash washed and ready for a version of this great pattern. Now I am quite inspired!!!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous as always! Love the vegie prints, and guess what? I love brussel sprouts too!

Janet said...

Ick to brusell sprouts, no wonder Amy has to put mustard on them, lol. Gorgeous quilt, I've always loved that one of Jane's too. Congratulations on another finish, yahoo!

Cardygirl said...

Ha! Another slow binder! Gorgeous quilt.

Karen said...

Wow - what a stunner. I am slowly trying to finish about 4 things I have going at the same time LOL!

Marg said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I love the fabrics and the colours, a real stunner.

imquilternity said...

Cathy, another great quilt! How do you consistently do it? lol I love brussel sprouts too...we steam them in a little milk and then put a tiny bit of butter and lemon pepper on them. They are really good!

Claudia said...

Another beauty! I love the color palette and the veggies. I'm also a fan of Martha Negley prints.

Vintage Tea Time said...

That's the loveliest thing I've seen in a long time - its gorgeous! How clever you are. Fantastic colours. Well done!

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful quilt - beautiful fabrics.

Jean said...

Love the colors! Oh, and I guess I was fooled, because it sure looks like your half-square triangle quilt is done in that particular picture! Or are you making another one?

Vesuviusmama said...

I'm new to your blog, sent over by Em at wonkyquilter.com, and am in love with your quilts. I could "oh" and "ah" on every post, but that would get dull for you, wouldn't it? Anyway, just wanted you to know that you have a new follower and that I, too, love brussel sprouts. (My husband, however, despises them, and has turned the children against them, too, the despot!)