Sunday, 30 October 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival ~Autumn 2011

I came home just in time for Blogger's Quilt Festival yay! If you clicked through from Amy's blog, welcome I hope you will enjoy my blog.

I have no new quilt to share today, so instead my entry is the plus and x blocks quilt I finished last June. In many ways this is my most loved quilt ever.

Plus & X blocks Quilt


Piecing the plus and x blocks was a very slow process - as in the blocks
take f o r e v e r to piece - but I enjoyed it very much because I got to play with all the pretty bits of fabric I had collected.
I didn't have much of a plan for this quilt, I just loved the block and wanted to get started straight away.

+ & X blocks Quilt {postbox}

I found that whenever I added fabrics I loved most to the mix they would somehow work. And whenever I started doubting my choices and tried to add fabrics because I thought I needed to balance out the colours, or make it more 'modern' {what a silly thought!} the blocks didn't turn out so great.
In short I learned to trust my instinct more, which apparently is something I need reminding of over and over again!

&X Blocks Quil {close up for Julianna}

My quilt top ended up being a little puckered in some places where the bias cut pieces weren't laying flat. I love when accidents turn into a blessing because the puckers pushed me to go one step further and add applique to the top.
I started to cover up the few puckers first and then added more numbers, that I roughly cut out of left over backing fabric.  I think it has added much more interest to the overall design.

Amy'sCreativeSide

Want to read more about this quilt? you can find my previous posts here
If you have a few hours to spare go have a look through all the other entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival here.

x Leila

42 comments:

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  2. Apologies for deleting comment - the sentiment holds, just got my bloggers mixed up! I love this quilt and little wonder it is a favourite of yours. I thought you had tagged the pic in some way - the applique is such fun and so inspired.

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  3. love love love love love love love this quilt as you know but I love it even more now that I know that the applique was originally added to cover up puckers - love that so much!!!

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  4. Hello! I love your quilt! Beautiful colours and x & + pattern is great! Details with numbers makes it perfect!
    x Teje

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  5. I love your quilt so much, it's really inspiring me to make a + and x quilt myself. Must finish off one or two other things first thought!

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  6. Love this quilt especially the colours and numbers on the front.

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  7. I love this quilt, and the IKEA numbers just make it perfect x

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  8. It's beautiful Leila, and love the photos against the grey too. Great photography! Even the red shoes tie in with the red in the quilt. Brill!!

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  9. This is one of my faves, it has such pretty colours through it!

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  10. Wow this is such an amazing quilt! Great pattern and the applique adds the right touch of whimsy.

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  11. Such a great quilt and I love seeing it again. It is often the little errors that push us further creatively and end up as triumphs

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  12. I think the applique makes it even more awesome, Leila - this quilt is definitely one of my favorites :) I would have never picked this color palette on my own, but you have totally made me fall in love with it!

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  13. love the pattern-on my to do list-
    loved your story
    keep listening to yourself ( and then share with us)

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  14. Wonderful quilt and backstory. I'm wondering if the numbers you used have significance in your life, or if they're just random.

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  15. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!! The red shoes are awesome too ;o)

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  16. Great creative fix. It's a lovely quilt. I adore those blocks but haven't had the patience to make any yet.

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  17. Love this quilt. Want to make one myself using treasured scraps. I've been planning it in my head whilst I've been poorly. I loved hearing how the applique came about.

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  18. I've told you before that I just LOVE this quilt, and I agree with Lynne, now I know the applique was to cover up puckers I love it more! Just GORGEOUS!

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  19. This is one of my favorite quilts EVER. You made an amazing quilt Leila!

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  20. I absolutely love this quilt and someday I will finish mine!

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  21. Thank you for sharing this quilt again. It is one of my all-time favorite quilts and is what inspired me to try to make a plus and X block quilt. I haven't started yet, but plan to next month. I thought the appliqued bits were planned and love it even more now that I know they were added to cover up puckers. Brilliant!

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  22. Greetings from Hungary. I love the asymmetrical quilt. The colors are beautiful. Very nice work. Fine in stapled

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  23. Such a gorgeous quilt! I love seeing it again.

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  24. i never get tired of seeing that quilt. :)

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  25. This is such a gorgeous quilt - love the mix of fabrics!!!

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  26. This has always been one of my favorite quilts! I want to make one for myself but I feel like it just wouldn't have the same easy feel that yours does. Something about the way all your fabrics flow together it just works so well.

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  27. This is such a beautiful quilt, I love the colours you used and the addition of the words is perfect!

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  28. Yup I am still so in love with this quilt!

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  29. this is one of my favorite quilts!! thanks for sharing. it's beautiful!

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  30. It's such a gorgeous quilt, I really love the applique on top and the colours are fantastic.

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  31. Love this quilt. The block pattern is one of my favorite block patterns to date...in fact I need to make time to make myself a block like this!! =)

    I also like the way you added some applique on your quilt to cover up the puckers - what a smart solution! =)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  32. This kind of quilt is so much fun to look at! You could see it a hundred times and find something new each time. Beautiful color palette as well- I'm in love!

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  33. this quilt is amazing! I think it is wonderful.

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  34. oh my gracious. this is the first time that i have seen this quilt and i am so in love with it! i love the fabrics i love the applique, i love that ikea fabric. it is beautiful!!!

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  35. great to see this lovely quilt again!

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  36. What a vibrant and fun quilt! The blocks remind me of a small version of supernova so can relate to time consumption! Love your serendipitous numbers additions. Really clever. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  37. Yup. Still love this one. I had no idea the numbers were used to cover up puckers...I thought it was a conscious design decision. Like that!

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  38. I am working on this block now. I have 67 blocks finished but since I am trying to use up small scraps, the blocks are only six inches. I'm thinking of sewing them together with one inch sashing as they are such a hodge-podge of colors.(and I still need more than twice that number to make a twin-size quilt). I am glad to see how you have put those wild blocks together.
    The only quilt I ever used a machine on, I appliqued cats on any pucker or where the corners didn't meet. It worked and I named it, "Who let the cats out".

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  39. I love those numbers appliqued on top!

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