Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

So I've been looking at all the beautiful quilts listed on Park City Girl's Blogger's Quilt Festival for a few days now and just noticed that the deadline to take part in the festival is tomorrow. So without further ado... I give to you Mardi Gras
The pattern was based on bento box by Tracey Brookshire. I didn't actually have the pattern so I just made up my own measurements. I purchased all of the batiks for 40-50% off at a local quilt store when I was living in Boston. At first I wasn't really sure I liked them, but when I was finished I was really pleased with the result. Normally I would choose a much more subdued color palate, but I'm glad I stepped out of my comfort zone a little to make this quilt. It was my second "bed-size" quilt and was quilted on a long-arm machine by Debbie Allen in Utah. The quilting was done using an all over pano and variegated thread (the last photo shows the detail the best). When I first put the photos of this quilt on flickr another quilter said I should name it Mardi Gras because of all the bright colors, at the time it was unnamed, so the name stuck.

A big thank you to Amy for hosting such a wonderful festival. With so many talented and inspirational quilters, I look forward to looking through each of the entries.

K-

11 comments:

BJ said...

Pretty

Lonci said...

Beautiful quilt:)

Zonnah said...

I love batiks! They are beautiful in this quilt :)

Deborah said...

Appropriately festive! Great fabrics and design.

Leila said...

I love the brights - I think I am going to have to try a bento box pattern soon.

Carol said...

Very striking color choice :) Bento Box is on my ever increasing list of patterns to try.

...dotty... said...

Beautiful job.
Great buy on some fabrics that took you out of your normal BOX !

Hmmmmmmm.......I think I must have had bento boxes in my head when I designed my last quilt. I don't even know what a bento box is, but I've been running across photos of this type of quilt lately, and peeked at your link to the pattern. Very cool.......I guess I took a lazy way out and left out one progression of boxes,......subconciously, of course. Hee !

linda said...

Great job!

Leslie said...

this is so pretty i love the bright colors and the design....i love a bento box.

sewpam63 said...

It is colorful FUN!!! LOVE the quilting!!! Thanks for sharing. : )

quiltmom said...

I think that it is a beauty- I love your rich colors and I am really fond of the bento box pattern. Yours is a really wonderful version of it.
I am still going around to see all the festival quilts. There are so many terrific quilts to view.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
Anna