Friday, 15 May 2015

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Flower Garden wool felt applique

Hello and welcome.  This is my second entry in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.  It's my wool felt applique Flower Garden table runner.




This quilt is made from a pattern by my favourite quilt designer, Wendy Williams of Flying Fish Kits.  The pattern is in her book called "Wild Blooms and Colorful Creatures". In the book it's called "Clamshell Garden Runner".



I went to a class to learn how to make this quilt. Each year in Wellington we have a big event at Queen's Birthday weekend (first weekend in June), called Hand Made. There are many classes on offer and subjects include sewing, knitting, jewelry making, cheese making, etc.  Back in 2013 Wendy Williams was one for the guest tutors and she taught a class on how to make this table runner. I was already aware of her work and loved her style, so I attended the course.




I had a great time at the class, studying all of the other beautiful quilts and objects Wendy had bought with her, and buying up lots more patterns and brightly coloured felt.



These flowers are fussy cut from fabrics, and then hand appliqued onto the wool felt. The felt shapes are them attached to the background panel with coloured Perle 8.



This quilt was one of those very rare things that when I came home from the course I just continued sewing until it was finished. I loved every step of it, The clam shells weren't easy to get straight, but I do love the lime greens.

I especially love the Kaffe border too.  I hand quilted it with blue Perle 8. There's minimal hand quilting within the panel itself. The flowers already stand out and I wanted them to be the feature.



I wanted to put Kaffe on the back too, so I chose a bright and cheery print, with plenty of purple and lime green to match the front.



This quilt hangs above the bed in the spare room and really brightens up that room.

Finished size: 21" x 50"
Design: Flying Fish Kits

I do love this quilt, and I've enjoyed sharing it with you.  My other quilt in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival is my Mini Medallion and you can read about it here.


Voting isn't open yet, but I really encourage you to go and check out all the other quilts in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. More and more will be added to the linkup until entries close on 21 May. Then voting will be open from 22 May until 29 May. Winners will be announced on 30 May.  It really is a great way to see a huge range of quilts from the comfort of your own home.

28 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I really think the background fabric behind the flowers is great - it looks like rain watering a garden. I can imagine how bright and cheery this must be in your spare room.

gnomeangel said...

This is amazing. The colour is just to die for. Love it!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Good luck Wendy! This is a quilt I'd love to see in real life, the texture must be amazing with all that felt :)

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

What a amazing, colorful garden! Best of luck in the Festival--Stunning!

Dasha said...

I enjoyed watching you make that Wendy, and I love the end result. Good luck with your entry.

Bella Quilts said...

What a beautiful quilt, Wendy. I think you posted about it before and I admired it then, too. You really did a wonderful job and the fact that it didn't go into a UFO pile says that it really was speaking to you. Good luck.

Sue said...

That is a gorgeous quilt Wendy. Thanks for showing it.I met Wendy in Australia and she is a lovely person but I haven't done a class with her. I have one of her kits though. 😀

Alison said...

Gorgeous. And now I want that book! Like I need it - ha!
It's $33 odd at the Book Depository with free postage - how many coffees is that?

Wendy Williams is coming to a weekend retreat here in Rotorua later this year - but $640.00 is out of my league I am afraid.

Love your work!

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Your eye for color never ceases to amaze me, Wendy! I love coming to your blog and seeing your makes :) This one is awesome. I'm with Yvonne, I just love that background fabric. It is just perfect!

Wendy said...

it's gorgeous Wendy, I love all that fussy cutting

Quiltification said...

So joyful!

Carol Q said...

I absolutely love this runner Wendy. It's picture lives on my phone to stare at when I need a fix. Yesterday at the local quilt show I started collecting the fabrics to try and make my own version...

Hilacha (loose strand) said...

Weeell, I've always wanted to do a Flowers-in-the-garden quilt, and this is great inspiration to me. You've drawn me to consider making something similar. Thank you!

Kamila @ Work-With-Patches said...

What a great idea for a very energetic quilt!
Greetings from Poland
Kamila

Pam @Threading My Way said...

A BEAUTIFUL quilt, Wendy!!! I love the different ways you have formed the flowers.

audrey said...

Love this! Really wonderful quilt.:)

Karen@littlebirdiequilting said...

This is such a lovely bright quilt!

tubakk said...

I love this beautiful quilt.

No3 Quilt Studio Blog said...

This is a superb quilt, its so fresh and bright.

the zen quilter said...

This just dances! It is so thoughtfully done - love the background - and the workmanship is fabulous. It's beautiful. Makes me want to do some of this type of work.

OPQuilt said...

So beautiful! When I went to enter mine, it was really close to yours, and I felt like I just couldn't measure up to your fine work. And finally, I get to come here tonight and read about it all--so lovely, so amazing! Thanks for a beautiful quilt; it's really an inspiration!

Elizabeth
opquilt.com

Anita said...

This is beautiful! I absolutely love it! The colours are fantastic!

Sue said...

Congrats on the win, Wendy - well deserved!

Hilacha (loose strand) said...

congratulations!!! this is beautiful!

JanineMarie said...

Congratulations!! This quilt just makes me smile.

leanne said...

congratulations Wendy - what a gorgeous bright and happy quilt and so much work !

Doris said...

Congrats, Wendy! This is just beautiful, and it inspires me to want to make one for myself!

Anna Sławińska said...

My congratulations on winning the 1st prize in the category of the competition, I voted for your patchwork, because I like very much. I send greetings from Poland