Saturday, 29 October 2011

From Light to Dark And Back Again - Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Welcome to new visitors coming from the Bloggers' Quilt Festival! I'm so glad you are here. From Light to Dark and Back Again is one of my favourite quilts so I thought I'd share this one with you. I finished this in June.


I've been trying to work on understanding and using colour and value more effectively in my quilts. I purchased some Nature's Palette by Lyndhurst Studio last year and thought that it was high time I use it. The fabric has this fabulous value gradation that I wanted to keep intact. So I cut them in strips and played around with the layout. I tried it in a rainbow formation, going from dark on one side to light on the other, but finally settled on this more random layout.

I then cut up the remaining strips into squares and arranged them by colour and value. That's where the name came from; if you start from the upper left hand corner and go clockwise, the squares go from light to dark and back again. Love!


I'm also happy with the pieced back that used all but one square of the remaining fabric. This was the first time I'd done a pieced back and I think I'm hooked. I love the idea of using scraps or leftovers from the front for the back.

The quilting was a challenge. I was using Leah Day's Echo Maze design -- or trying to -- and having a heck of a time trying to keep my lines straight and the corners properly squared. And I was trying to use monofilament thread, which was giving me problems until I switched brands. Finally something clicked about a third of the way through and it finished up fine.

Although I didn't have a purpose for this quilt as I was making it, sure enough, shortly after finishing it, its purpose revealed itself. This quilt was presented to our good friend and our oldest son's godfather for his birthday. :)

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my quilt and thank you to Amy for hosting the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!

Amy'sCreativeSide

39 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!!

    such a vibrant, lively and wonderful quilt

    thank you for sharing!!

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  2. wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This is such a beauty. I love that you kept it simple in design and let the colors do the work for you. Playing with the value shift is probably my favorite technique and you did a great job.

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  3. What a beautiful and colorful quilt!

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  4. love the quilt!

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow very eye catching! Stained glass!

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  6. Very nice! I *need* to make a quilt using black. I just know it won't fit into my house, but like you, usually a gifting opportunity quickly arises!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. A fantastic use of colour. Very eye catching.

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  8. I love the quilt - I love the bright colors mixed with the black -
    Karen

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  9. This is a stunning quilt! I love pieced backs:)

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  10. Love it!!! I do really love black,,nice quilting also

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  11. Gorgeous! I love the stained window effect that fabric gives. Lovely FMQ too - Leah`s tutorials are awesome but I`m having a tough time replicating her work.

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  12. Your quilt shimmers! I love how it resembles a stained glass window.

    Thanks for sharing it.

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  13. It is gorgeous!! Well done! It almost looks like a painting! :)

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  14. Very lovely and vibrant! That is fabulous fabric.

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  15. Greetings from Hungary. I love the abstract pattern .. beautiful colors.

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  16. Very nice work thanks for the quilt for division.

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  17. Beautiful quilt M-R!! Good job!!

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  18. oh, this is LOVELY! Bravo! And what a great way to learn about value!

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  19. This is fantastic! I've done a few similar quilts with hand-dyed gradient (ombre) fabrics, and have had a version with black borders designed for a while - this has convinced me I really must make it!

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  20. LOVE all the colors - just beautiful!

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  21. I loved reading about your challenge of using your fabric. I like your outcome. I try to keep a quilt or two on hand, because like you, I always seem to find a place for them.

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  22. Wow this is just gorgeous - what a brilliant way to showcase the fabrics! I could stare at this quilt all day long, I can't believe you gave it away!

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  23. Very interesting and bold. This really speaks to me

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  24. I haunt your blog occasionally so it's fun to see this Blogger Festival Quilt up there. It's a stunner, by the way, and I loved the way you showed off the coloration of the fabric by making each strip work against the others. Brilliant idea.

    I also like how you said that the purpose for the quilt just presented itself as you were finishing it. I've had that happen to me a few times--it's kind of magic that way, isn't it?

    Lovely, lovely.

    Elizabeth E!
    http://occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  25. I love your quilt....so colourful.

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  26. This quilt is stunning. I just love the vibrancy of the colors and the contrast with the black. Great job working with value. I also like the way you decided to quilt it.

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  27. PLEASE oh please........tell me where you found this fabric? This is, hands down, the most stunning quilt I have seen. Please share either the designer or manufacturer.
    Thanks so very much.

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  28. Simply Beautiful. I love the use of color and the solids. =) thanks for sharing it and I hope you get a chance to enjoy the other quilts on "display"

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  29. Really fun play with color and amazing fabric! I especially like the back of it with those colorful squares reminding me of stained glass!

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  30. I love the way this worked out. I love the back as much as the front. Well, almost. It's amazing!

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  31. Oooh, so beautiful. You've made a wonderful quilt. Tha ks for sharing the quilt and your story. Have a great day

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  32. Oh wow! I love it! The back is cool, too. Wonderful use of colors.

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  33. Love this quilt!!! You have great color sense. This quilt is stunning.

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  34. Love the quilt and quite 'Modern' too.

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