10.28.2011

Fall 2011 Bloggers’ Quilt Festival :: Big Blue

I am so excited to say that today is the start of the Fall Bloggers' Quilt Festival!!

These are put on twice a year by the amazing Amy from AmysCreativeSide and it's a fantastic reason to pour a cup of tea and read until you are so inspired you run off to start another quilt (or finish one!!) -- just click the button for all the other inspiring entries!

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This time I am sharing a quilt named Big Blue, which I created for my husband (this is the quilt I shared last time).  I've been quilting for a few years now and had to laugh when my husband asked where his was.  And I was like... yup, it's time to make him one. 

His requirements were few.  He wanted something big since he's a tall guy (Big Blue is about 90'' x 90''), solid colors, not a lot quilting and he wanted it for October -- before it gets cold.  When I found this bundle of solid fat quarters I knew I was on the right track!


Pardon me Katie (she is our 4 1/2 year old golden), the nice readers would like the see the quilt for a moment.  Although, I admit you are a cutie!! 

Ah, there is it.  

Made of all solids.  Which is a fun first for me (going to link to TNT Thursday's at Happy Quilting to celebrate this first!).  And I am really digging this color combo of ice and dark blues, grays, and navy linen sashing!


For the quilting I kept it simple as requested with an outline around each of the color bricks in a light gray thread.
 

The backing is a very cuddly soft minky-like fabric in a dog hair friendly cream color.  And I think it's so cool how the bricks are echoed from the quilting!!  Great texture too!


And there you have it.  Now let's take a moment to take in all the blue quilty goodness!


Katie is always so interested when I am parading a quilt around looking for good spots to take photos.  She looks so small next to it.


Awesome contrast with the crackled back top.


Hi again Katie!  If the goldies can't resist it, you know it must be good!


A boy quilt needs to be properly pictured on a tractor, right?  It seems only natural.



I am also entering this quilt into Stitched in Color's Celebrate Color celebration!!
Celebrate Color

I have to laugh, this color combo doesn't really scream fall, but when you start to think of frosty mornings (grays), the evenings getting darker faster (navy and dark blues), clear crisp skies (near blacks) to take in star gazing (near white gray's), and the first bits of ice and frost (mid and deep blues)... all of those colors are in fact reflected in Big Blue.

It's really been a fun twist as I reflect on the last of falling leaves and mum's ending.  There are still so many colors to be enjoyed... just have to remember to look for them!  And wouldn't you know.. we had our first snow in NY last night.  Only about 1/2 inch.  But it really looked more blue-gray out this morning than the traditional bright fall oranges and reds.  Too funny!  And chilly!


Or if you look really closely at these pumpkin props... now it feels even more seasonal, doncha think?


I had a lot of fun pulling this quilt together.  And I hope you had a fun time checking it out with Katie and I!  Thank you for stopping in and leave a link below with your Festival quilt if you like... we'd love to pop in and say hi!

If you'd like here are some of the other related posts:
I'm linking up with these fun parties!!  See you there!


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35 comments:

Linz said...

Oh!! That is SO pretty! Great quilt, and beautiful dog!! :)

Rie said...

It looks fantastic! Would you believe, just the other day I was thinking that I haven't seen a quilt made from just solids.. then voila, your quilt pops up!
I love the stain-glass blue tiles, brilliant! Does hubby adore it??

Cecily said...

I am in love with this quilt! LOVE the blues and I bet the back is super comforting. And it was absolutely inspired to take pictures of it against the asphalt... gorgeous!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

oooo, I love this quilt! The bricks are so cool. Great entry for the Quilt Festival.

Teje said...

Hi Christie! Your Big Blue became fantastic! I love those blue colours and the brick pattern is perfect for that quilt!
Always nice to see sweet Katie and wow how much Sammy (in your last post) has grown!
xxx Teje

Quiltbenaco said...

Meravigliosa questa trapunta!
I colori sono i miei preferiti
Ciao

Wendy said...

Blue has always been my favorite color (although it's gone more the way of teal lately) and I love the way you laid out the shading. My favorite pic is the last one with the pumpkin. Looks like comfy, cozy fall!

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Great job on such a big quilt. In the pumpkin picture, it reminds me of a sleepinging bag :) ...great for some fall camping!

Editfolt said...

I really like it. I love colors.

The Thompsons said...

Blue is my favorite color- love it! My husband's been saying the same thing. Maybe it's time for me to start one. ;)

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

You are just so darn talented! Goodness it would take me 10 years to sew big blue! But it might just be worth the effort because it turned out so cool! Anddd since everyone is giving you photo input I LOVE any of the photos with Sammy in them :o) melts my heart! Serisously could goldens be any more wonderful!?! :o)
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Jamie @ the Backless Shirt Blog said...

Ooooh! Love the graduated color of the bricks!
Jamie

Robin said...

Totally cool! Simple, but so effective and such a neat way to use all of those blues. I love the quilting too. Thanks so much for sharing!

Lyanna L. said...

I love that you seemed to use the color brick pattern from rachel's blog. I recently made a brick quilt and I liked the look of the bricks on the back when i quilted around each one. =)

Good job!

Eileen said...

Love the blues. Am a lover of patterned fabrics but this is really a great use of solids and seems like it's perfectly made to order, so great result all around. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Kelly @ Blue Bird Sews said...

It turned out great! What a special gift for the hubby! The solids were a good starting off point and they all came together so nicely! Thanks for linking up to Eat, Grow, Sew! Have a wonderful week!

Megan said...

Beautiful quilt -- it's the perfect GUY quilt. :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

felicity said...

LOVE the all-solids look. You did a superb job. My husband is another "minimal quilting" person so I totally get it. I love how the quilting shows on the back, too. Thanks for sharing - happy BQF!

simona said...

This is a really nice piece! Never seen anything like it. Most quilts are very colorful so I find your version refreshingly different.

Keren Duchan said...

Oh, I love your blue bricks quilt! It is going up on my "quilting inspiration" piterest board - http://pinterest.com/keren_duchan/quilting-inspiration/

Connie said...

What a "manly" quilt! I really think it is awesome but I thought that might be a good remark for your husband :) Love seeing it on the tractor and Katie is so cute! I've never worked with minky before, did you like using it? I'm your newest follower coming from Suzys Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom

Quilting by the River

Annika said...

Blue is one of my favourite colours. This is a beautiful quilt!

Ashley said...

how i wish i could quilt...this is lovely!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Fabulous quilt and Katie is beautiful!

Karen said...

Super simple quilt, but the simplicity is what makes the colours shine. Lovely use of colour and shape.

Habibti at Home said...

It would be a real challenge for me to use ONLY solids, but your results make me want to try. Great quilt! It didnt look so big until the Goldie sat next to it hanging in the woods, then I realized your hubby IS one tall guy.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What a beautiful quilt and all of the shades of blue are stunning. Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

Kit Lang said...

Love the quilt - thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

I love this quilt, especially how you used the different shades of blue. Your model is especially cute :)

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

I love the brick design, and the colours are fab - and very male!

AlessandraLace said...

I really love this quilt. hugs

Sherry said...

Love the big blue quilt! Awesome job.

Kirsten N said...

Your Big Blue quilt is so lovely - I would love to make one like this for my son!!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

This is so nice, I love blue.

Martha said...

Beautiful quilt...sweet puppy...lucky husband...thanks for sharing.

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