Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival... Proverbial Sunshine!

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Name:  Proverbial Sunshine
Design:  Proverbial Quilt, Denise Schmidt
Size:  75" by 78"
Fabric:  Scrappy yellow and grey, with Wild Carrot in Straw, Madrona Road, Violet Craft for Michael Miller.  Bound with Haystack in Graphite from the same line.
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white

I started making this quilt last summer as part of a quilt along with Krista from Poppyprint making use of Denyse Schmidt's Proverbial Quilt pattern.  I had to think of something to say on a quilt.  It didn't take me very long to figure it out as this has long been something I sing... just because.  I knew it had to be in yellows and greys.  That just made sense. I wanted the letters to be scrappy grey and the background to be a mixture of yellows.  I added in some special yellow prints like the Seed Catalogue fabric, some with clocks and there are even some yellow prints with fleur de lis. My husband is French Canadian, a farmer and has a special interest in the big ideas around time and this one is for him.  I knew that the Wild Carrot print in straw from Madrona Road would be perfect to add into the quilt and that the Haystack in graphite would be the perfect binding.  I just had to make all the words.  So I did.  I worked away at it one word or phrase at a time.  I sang a lot.  How could you not? Then I had a quilt top!   I love it.  I backed it with a vintage sheet with faded yellow daisies.  But when I took pictures of the quilt just the other day, I forgot to take a picture of the back so you are going to see one I took when I finished the quilt with some snow on the ground back in December.  


 The quilting was a bit of a puzzle because I could not decide what to do about the words.  I ended up leaving them alone.  I quilted the sashing in straight horizontal quilting, about an inch apart in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  I waited to do the rest until I opened my Christmas book wish, Angela Walter's book on free motion quilting.  I used the u-turn quilting leading up to words and between words.  The quilting is quite dense in these u-turns and adds a great texture to the quilt.  I will say that the u-turns are not perfect but I really like the look. 







and the back with snow from last December when I finished the quilt....


  I made it for my husband and it brings with it sunshine, love and song.  Proverbial Sunshine.  And a perfect choice for me to enter in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It feels good.  Did you sing along?  Linking up with Amy for the Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2013.

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19 comments:

  1. Beautiful! So happy to see this one again.

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  2. Yes, yes I did. Love this quilt, Cathy.

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  3. It's just so awesome Cathy. I think it's amazing on every level. Love the quilting too. I'm at Quilt Market right now and it is something else!

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  4. This quilt is beautiful and it is lovely to see it in the festival.

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  5. It's a beautiful and happy quilt!

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  6. This is so awesome! Piecing letters terrifies me quite a bit but if I thought it would look like this, I might just tackle it :)

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  7. So nice to see this quilt again Cathy! It's so wonderful!

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  8. Yay - one of my all-time favourites...! I just love this one.

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  9. what a beautiful quilt...and what a lot of work! I love the colors and the backing. Great job!

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  10. The yellow background is perfect for those lyrics :o)

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  11. You've got me singing along. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful happy quilt!!

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  12. I absolutely sang along! It's a beautiful quilt. I love the variety of yellows and greys you used and that backing sheet seems made for this quilt!

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  13. A perfect entry! Love this quilt! You can't help but feel cheerful looking at it.

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  14. This is such a happy quilt ;) Love!

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  15. What a great choice of background for this fun-spirited quilt!

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  16. I love everything about this quilt. Good luck in the festival.

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  17. I love it - such a great present for your husband :-)

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  18. Oh...yay! This is one of my favorite songs. And my sister sings it to her daughter every night before bed. So, when I see your quilt, it just makes me think of happy memories. What a perfect gift for your husband. Personally, I think it is so romantic to tribute that to him. But I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to romance. :)

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