Friday, 9 October 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2009

Yes it's that time again! Amy over at Park City Girl is hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival. It's time to sit down with a cup of your favorite warm comfort drink (mine's Lady Gray Tea!) turn off the phone, and settle in to have a good read about everyone's quilts. I assure you there'll be some great stories! (Based on the spring festival, you might want to do this over the next week, there's gonna be hundreds! Yes hundreds!)
This is my 'Summer Ice Cream' quilt. A trip around the world, done with the tube technique. This was the second version I did, the challenge was I had a collection of 16 Fat Eighths which I knew would make a great trip around the world, but working out how many strips of each colour, but most importantly what size to cut them and not run out of fabric!
The squares are all 1" finished in size! And I literally only had itsy bitsy bits left from each strip sets, not even enough to call a scrap! I made this quilt whilst I was serving in The Netherlands back in 2002. The centre went together really easily, and although there were two quilt shops close by, neither had just the right fabric for the border. So whilst I was back in the UK for the weekend I snuck up to the local quilt shop to get something. Unfortunately I'd left the quilt top back in Holland! I chose this beautiful rose fabric, I knew it was just right, and the plaid would be perfect for the binding! Sometimes things are just meant to be, and this was definitely one of those times!
I machine quilted the quilt on my old Janome, the feed dogs didn't drop down, the plate that went over them used to wobble every time I tried free motion quilting. I wrestled this and other quilts on that beast, it may not be perfect but I have always been very pleased with this quilt. The colours just remind me of all the ice creams lined up in the shop tempting you to make you own unique selection of flavours!If you look closely you'll see that the tension wasn't quite right on the back. I've learnt a lot about free motion quilting since I made this quilt, but I still love it and think I did a darn good job of it back then! It's such a happy quilt!
Go on over to Amys blog, or use the button on the right which should take you directly to a Mr Linky with all the other bloggers taking part in the festival.
Have fun and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Quilting!



34 comments:

RosaMaría said...

beautiful quilt Trudi! thanks for sharing!

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Me aka Supermom said...

good enough to eat!

Vivian said...

Totally yummy colors. Lovely Q.
I see you also follow 365 days of Free Motion Q'g designs -- I've gotten a lot of ideas from that young woman.

Letterpress said...

How fun to write a note on a fellow quilter--far away in the UK! Your quilt is beautiful. I did a quilt like this once. That's it--just once. It was enough. But I love mine too and love seeing how all the colors blend.

Lovely, simply lovely.


--ELIZABETH E, #115

QuiltSue said...

What a pretty quilt, and what a great name for it.

Elizabeth said...

Taking it down to the barest of scraps, all the math that you must have put into making sure you'd have enough sounds like my house!

Trust me I was not thrilled to learn last night that I was missing a block for the quilt I was piecing together (as I didn't have anymore of the fabric I'd made the block from), luckily for me in the light of morning the block was found.

Allie said...

Your quilt is beautiful! My very fist thought when I saw the picture pop up was of sherbet ice cream. Beautifully done.

Marge Gordon said...

TATW is one of my favorite patterns, and I love yours. The colors make it sing! Thanks for sharing.

Cara said...

It's beautiful! I've always wanted to do an around the world, and those colours are just so inviting.

tooznie said...

Beautiful work! Love the name, how fitting!

Pat said...

Just love those colors! Great quilt.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Love the name and the colours, yummy enough to eat on a hot Summer day :^)

Rene' said...

It does look like a yummy ice cream cone. Great name for the quilt. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Dee said...

Thank you for sharing your trials and the triumph of this quilt. It's beautiful!

Rhondi said...

Hi Trudi
I have been looking at everyone's quilts with a cup of tea too. My favorite tea is English Breakfast. I wrestled with an old Singer for several years trying to machine quilt! Now I have a really good machine and what a difference!

quiltcetera said...

Oh Trudi! This is SOOOO pretty! I love the name, I could just eat it UP!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

sometimes the struggle is so worth it! 1" squares! amazing girlie! well done!

stitchinpenny said...

I love it too and I think you did a great job of freeg. It takes time so much that my technique will never be good, but it all looks good. motion quiltin

Magia da Inês said...

Olá!
Seu cantinho é tudo de bom...
Lindo, criativo e interessante...
Parabéns pelo seu trabalho!
Espero você em:
magiadaines.blogspot.com
Uma ótima semana!
Beijinhos carinhosos.
Itabira - Brasil

ktquilts said...

Yummmmmmm!

Blessings,

KT

sweetypie50 said...

wotcha trudi yet another nice quilt see youv been lazing around as usual no update tonight then?

Leslie said...

this is lovely...i also shared a trip around the world quilt for festival...i love the colors and those squares are so tiny it must be amazing to see close up

quiltmom said...

Trudi,
I will try this again as I hit the wrong button- I love all your beautiful quilts on your side bar as well as your lovely trip around the world quilt.
I have made that pattern ,as well, but did not use a tube method- I made the pattern from One of Bonnie Hunter's free patterns. You can access her website by going to her website quiltville. If you are not familiar with her scrap patterns you may want to check her out. She has one book out and is currently working on another.
I love your color sense and the patterns that you have chosen to make- your stack and whack is especially beautiful.
Thanks for sharing your lovely work.
Warmest regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the colors.

shiny4444 said...

Lovely one Trudi, I want an ice cream now. Lis x

Michelle said...

The colours are so soft and sweet. I am going to have to get myself an ice cream. Thank you for sharing your quilt with us.

Carol said...

I feel like going out and buying a large box of sherbet ice-cream so I can enjoy this "trip around the world" further :) Totally gorgeous use of color.

Sara said...

Summer Ice Cream is really a pretty quilt. I like that the colors are so soft...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the colors. I'm trying to work my way through the quilt festival. So many lovely quilts to look at!

Rose Marie said...

I love any and all TATW ..... your quilt is beautiful!

Trudi said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments, it's so encouraging to know that our blog friends love what we all do! Thank you

Sara said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

very interesting, thanks