Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bloom Quilt

Bloom Quilt by jenib320
Bloom Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I am so excited to finally share with you my finished Bloom quilt! When Aneela asked me early this summer if I'd be interested in stitching up her Bloom pattern, I happily obliged! I have long nurtured a soft spot for dresden plates, and this quilt is full of them!

Bloom by jenib320
Bloom, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I knew I wanted to use feminine colors but didn't really want it to have a girly feel.  I think the choice of lilac and eggplant purples gave it just the edge I was looking for!

Bloom Quilt by jenib320
Bloom Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I made mine slightly different from the pattern, but not by much.  I choose to top stitch my dresden plate rings down rather than applique them.  I also left out the borders because I knew I'd want to hang this quilt on the wall! It squares off at about 42" washed!

Bloom Quilt by jenib320
Bloom Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
For the back I used fabrics from my stash.  I agonized for weeks about how to quilt this.  I had such a large value range of colors on the front, and initially I was trying to find a single thread color to work for the entire quilt.  I quickly realized that I'd be happier quilting each round and the background with different threads.

Bloom Quilt by jenib320
Bloom Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Still, I could not make up my mind about quilting! I thought about simple loops in each ring, or even trying out concentric circles.  Then, Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters arrived and I knew exactly what to do.  She has a quilting pattern called flower power that fit the bill to a T.  How could I resist a floral quilting design for this quilt?! The quilting isn't perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out! You can see it best from the back:

Bloom Quilt by jenib320
Bloom Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Bloom Quilt by jenib320
Bloom Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Bloom Quilt by jenib320
Bloom Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I love, love, love the way this quilt turned out. I cannot wait to find a place to hang it up! :)

Happy Quilting!

55 comments:

  1. this is so gorgeous in every way Jeni! You should be proud of every choice- they all just fit!

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  2. It's beautiful! The colors are perfect and for some reason get me really excited for fall. Love it all!! xo

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  3. What a wonderful job, I can see why it was so hard to decide the quilting, it is so incredibly precious. I love the design you chose!

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  4. pretty! i love the dark purples... :)

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  5. That is super cute! I think I need to make one!

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  6. Spectacular!! The order of the colors is fantastic. So graphic.
    thank you for sharing!

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  7. Great job on the quilt. I do think the quilting matches the top quite well.

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  8. Really pretty colors--truly feminine with an edge just like you wanted!

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  9. This quilt turned out so beautiful! And it just happens to be made in my favorite colors- inspiration for me :)

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  10. Jeni, this is a beautiful quilt. Great work!

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  11. Beautiful...pattern, colors, quilting, everything!!!!! Just Beautiful!

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  12. Gorgeous! I love how it has an almost fall/winter feel to it with the eggplant shades.

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  13. This turned out so pretty. I love the Echo binding. I don't know if I would have even considered it but it was a great choice.

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  14. Just beautiful! I wold love to have this hanging in my house. Once you hang it you have to show us a picture of where is lands.

    Well done!!!

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  15. wow! i love the colors. it makes me think soft and feminine but not GIRLY! how'd you do that? i love the gradual shift of shades too. thanks for the great inspiration.

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  16. What a lovely and refreshing quilt! You are always inspiring! Hugs, Cat K

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  17. I love it too! Your color choices are great :)

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  18. Jeni I'm dying over this quilt - it's AMAZING! I showed it to my pink and purple loving 4 year old and she loved it too. It's just gorgeous. Beautiful work.

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  19. Just stunning!!! Every decision you made was perfect!! :))

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  20. Beautiful! Love how it radiates colour-it really glows! My Bloom is part made and I am waiting for Angela's book to quilt it too!

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  21. just lovely! It's such a fantastic pattern, and you have made it all yours brilliantly!

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  22. Stunning quilt and I am totally in love with your fabric selection and colours. This is just so me!! I now feel that I need to give one of these quilts a go!

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  23. this quilt turned out gorgeous!!

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  24. Lovely. The colors and gradations of color are wonderful.

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  25. That's a great quilt, your colours are lovely. Can I ask what the eggplant and pale pink quilting threads are? Are they just plain Gutermann? I'm new to quilting and I'm still trying to figure out what kinds of threads different people use!

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  26. Not my usual colours but it's stunningly baautiful! Great job.

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  27. This quilt is gorgeous, on my goodness. You should be super proud of yourself! I love the concentric circles - this would be absolutely amazing in a bed-sized quilt, too.

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  28. Too pretty for words...the quilting is perfect!!

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  29. Jeni, this is gorgeous! Now I have yet another project to add to my list. What great colours and quilting!

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  30. Love, love, love it. I purchased the pattern the night you first posted it on your blog. Now I just have to get mine started.

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  31. OMG that quilt is so wonderful. I love it too.

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  32. This is so, so pretty! I love the colors you chose!!

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  33. It is so gorgeous. I noticed you used several brands of thread. Do you normally stick to a favorite and branch out when you need to or just use whatever? Again, so pretty!

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  34. It looks great! I was looking at this pattern over the weekend and wondered what size it would be without the borders. I love the quilting, too.

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  35. I love the bloom quilt. I am trying to come up with a good quilt idea for the SLMQG Dresden quilting challenge. I want something cool but no too hard as while they scare me.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

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  36. This is a gorgeous quilt. I can't get over it.

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  37. This is an inspiration. Dresdens are my favourite patterns for quilts and this one is beautiful. I really like your colour choices too.

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  38. Your Bloom quilt is gorgeous! I love those colors!

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  39. Jeni this turned out so beautiful! I seriously need more eggplant in my stash, it's LOVELY!

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  40. I normally don't comment on blog posts, but I just had to let you know how terrific this quilt is! Color, design, quilting...you hit the ball outa de park! I now must make this pattern...thanks for sharing.

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  41. brilliant, stunning, beautiful and lovely.

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  42. It is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! If you can't find a place to hang it, I would be more than happy to take it off your hands ;)

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  43. Simply gorgeous, I am in love with those colors anyway and the quilting really sets the beautiful design off. Was this difficult? I want to try this as well. Great job.

    lea(underscore)elina(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. It's absolutely stunning! Gorgeous quilt! =)

    Asa always, your fabric choices are just so smashing!

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  45. Love this quilt and the colors! Great job as always!

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  46. I'm completely in love with this quilt Jeni! The colors are just so beautiful. Love the quilting too! If your walls are ever too full I'd be happy to take it off your hands! haha :)

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  47. Oh, it's so good. So good!! I agree with other comments; your choices in this are perfection!

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