Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival :: Spring 2012

nothing like getting in at the last minute. i'm so out of the loop with the current quilting scene (shameful, really, considering i print quilting fabric...) that i only heard about this edition of the bloggers' quilt festival yesterday. i had a quick scan through my photos and realized i hadn't shown my latest quilt in it's finished form so cajoled my good pal emily into standing out in the melbourne chill this morning to grab a full snap while our children ran around like wild things.

misprint improvisational quilt

this quilt is made from a collection of my handprinted cloth, linen, cotton and linen/cotton blends. it's pretty special to me as it contains many of my first experiments with hand printing from last year, prints made from hand carved stamps that later became the screens that i use to print fabric today.

misprint improvisational quilt
misprint improvisational quilt
misprint improvisational quilt

every piece of fabric in this quilt was printed by my hands and every bit of colour created around my whims (oh how i love to mix ink!). the backing is a soft, pale blue with a scattering of large white dots up one side (my many moons print), the binding my stormy weather clouds in alabaster white on pale grey. the piecing was completely improvisational, just fitting pieces together by size, one by one, until a quilt top formed, my favourite way to piece. and my favourite quilting method, machine stitched straight lines, not too perfectly placed, just the right amount of organic movement. all in all, it's a good one, i think : )

{if you've come here for the first time via the quilt festival - hello! thanks for stopping by! i hope you like what you see and will have a further poke around these hallowed halls of fabric and sewing, printing and quilts, kids and hijinks. and if you're keen to try a bit of fabric printing yourself, check out the swap i'm hosting, handprinted: a fabric swap II}

12 comments:

  1. i love it! your fabrics and color choices are so lovely - how fun to have them all together!

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  2. beautiful!! i love seeing all of your prints together like this.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful. I love the fabric colors and the prints that you did on them. You've taken quilting one step beyond what most of us would do. Did you make the circles with a doughnut? :)

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  4. I love how you printed your own fabric!! It's really lovely. Just beautiful.

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  5. It is beautiful Leslie. So pleased you remembered to show it! I can't imagine how good it must feel to make a quilt with all your own fabric - I get so so much pleasure just from finishing one, I wouldn't be able to contain myself if it was really all my own work as well. Juliex

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  6. Just beautiful fabrics! You are very talented!

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  7. Gorgeous Leslie... How amazing to be able to use all your own fabrics. You are, as ever, an inspiration! And thanks to you I've joined up as well!

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  8. Love this quilt - such great fabrics.

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  9. your fabrics are so lovely! i'm especially enamoured with the feathers!

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  10. The fabric, colors, quilting, & how you put it all together is absolutely gorgeous. Love it.

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  11. Leslie,it's exquisite! congrats!

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  12. wow how gorgeous! :) i love the color palette and the way it came together!!

    hope you had fun at the quilt festival!

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