Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival :: Spring 2012

I'm so glad you stopped by to view my entry for the Spring 2012 edition of Bloggers' Quilt Festival. I've been thinking for a week about which quilt I wanted to show and I decided on this one since it encompasses so many of the things I love about quilting.


This is "A tisket, a tasket, a LOT of yellow baskets" which I made in 2007 as an entry for the NQA show in Columbus, Ohio. It is big - about 96" square and there are 113 different yellow baskets. Yes, that is a lot of yellow and it the product of 25 years of collecting yellow fabrics.


The scallop-y inside border is the combination of applying a wide yellow rickrack over the edge of the narrow inside yellow border and being incredibly lucky that the yellow are almost identical. (you can click on the pictures to get a closer look)


The button stack in the corners was my creation. There are 3 buttons - a big black one, a medium white one, and tiny yellow one. I painted the white button to look like the flowers in the black and white sashing strips and thought I was exceeding clever - LOL!

Now along with lots of tone-on-tone and printed yellow fabrics I have a healthy (cough -ok maybe a tad obsessive) love of novelty prints which I was able to use in abundance in this quilt. Up first...


a pizza man, a nod to my Italian heritage. Next...


a bright orange cat, who looked like our beloved Khat (the h is silent, and yes we aren't very creative with pet names) who went over the rainbow bridge a couple of years ago. Then...


some of my favorite flowers, tulips. And a patriotic salute...


Uncle Sam who also happens to be a Debbie Mumm fabric - one of my favorite designers. And last but certainly not least...


a polka dot chicken!! This was years before I started this blog so you can see that my affection for polka dot poultry has a long history.

I love everything about this quilt. The bright red dotty border reminds me of Minnie Mouse - which makes me smile. All those lovely yellow baskets bring back memories of the great little quilt shops I bought them in and the friends I was shopping with. Fabric and friends is a combination that can't be beat!

So I hope you've enjoyed my quilt. I'd love for you to stop back anytime. You'll find me indulging in all types of crafty stuff - knitting, quilting, cross stitching- that involves a needle and thread. And there will be chickens...lots of polka dot chickens - LOL!

Thank you Amy for hosting this wonderful event. I find so much inspiration in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival and now,...I'm off to look at every single entry!

Happy stitching-
carol fun


Amy's Creative Side



34 comments:

  1. Love your quilt! I so appreciate the time these little baskets take! Love your choice of accents! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow! I adore yellow. I so admire your 25 years of collecting yellow fabrics. This quilt is just fabulous! Right down to the cute little buttons.

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  3. Love the quilt! It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing the wonderful story behind it too. Reading your posts always makes me smile and you do crack me up sometimes, love reading them!

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  4. Another wonderful quilt! I love all the different fabrics in it and also the use of the ric rac. Gives the illusion of a scalloped border without all the hassle of trying to do that. I'm going to have to remember that one.

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  5. Your quilts are always so fun to see!

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  6. This is fabulous! How big is each one of the blocks?

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  7. What a great quilt. I love yellow and it is amazing to see all the yellow baskets. I like how you used the novelties. Of course the polka dot chicken is my favorite.

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  8. Yellow, polka dots, whimsy, attitude, and lots and lots of scrappy fun. Who wouldn't love this quilt! The polka dot chicken is amazing, and yes I do think you are clever to have painted that button and used the rick rack that way.

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  9. Beautiful baskets with lots of personality. Beautiful.

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  10. What a wonderful quilt Carol! I love the idea that you painted the button to look like a flower! I could not tell it :)

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  11. It's adorable, Carol. I love the use of your novelty prints.

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  12. Wowie skabowie! That's a lot of little baskets! And 25 years of collecting fabric -- your stash must be humongous! :D Your quilt is lovely. :)

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  13. Oh my goodness...I have a picture of this quilt from that show. I love the rick rack and buttons AND baskets. Obviously at the time I had no clue it was yours.

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  14. I love your quilt - it clearly took a lot of work but it looks so worth it. Wonderful :)

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  15. Does your affection for polka dots run to other speckled things? Enamelware? Dalmations? Freckles? Or just chickens?

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  16. Wow, that is a fantastic quilt. I just love those buttons and little flowers on the black sashing. Just beautiful!

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  17. now that's a lot of baskets!!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  18. LOVE the baskets!!!! I made a dress for my daughter out of the yellow with the tulips more than a few years ago
    Ann

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  19. This is great! So many clever touches, from the button stacks to the use of so many yellow fabrics, to the curved border. Love it!

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  20. Wow, wow, wow! This quilt is fabulous! I just love yellow too!

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  21. You sure know how to make novelties and yellows look good. I rarely buy either and yet your quilt is great.

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  22. Thanks for sharing your yellow basket quilt. I love the yellow rick rack and how it when this the other yellow. It was fun to see the special baskets like the polka dot chicken. Thanks also for stopping by my blog and commenting. You brighten my day when you comment.

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  23. Great job, has such a vintage feel. Thanks for all the close-ups.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    Come see my entries 64 (repro. applique) and 85 (antique appliques).

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  24. So bright and beautiful and I love the quilting on it as well!

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  25. Your basket quilt is so cute! But I have to admit that I love the new egg production one even more. It is so adorable! The hen blocks and the alternating pieced blocks and the eggs in the corner! Just fabulous! Hooray!

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  26. Beautiful quilt, I love the button and rick rack detailing and the novelty fabrics.

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  27. lovely quilt for the festival!

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  28. It's so cheery with all that yellow!

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  29. It's a good thing you had a vision for collecting yellows! They aren't always so easy to come by and they make this quilt pop! Gorgeous!

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  30. Yes, you are exceedingly clever. I like the red corner stones in the sashing. Brilliant idea with the buttons. That's a lot of baskets. Fun quilt!

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  31. What a great quilt, filled with such fun fabrics!

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