Bloggers’ Quilt Festival :: Spring 2012

Amy's Creative Side

Time again for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival - great opportunity for inspiration!

My entry is my "42 Mocha Berry Shadows & Thanks for All the Fish!" 

This quilt was made for Tilman & Tina, friends of my daughter, as their wedding gift.  We found out the colours in their decor and found a pattern my daughter loved.  I was actually trying for more of the mocha but the blue just insisted it be included! 

The main blocks, are from Colleen Wise's book, "Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts".  Light/dark, sunshine/shadow is one of my favourite themes - a wonderful metafor for how much brighter the good days are because of the dark days.  And that together, you can get through the dark days.

I ended up with 42 'shadow' blocks.  Which, of course, is Douglas Adam's ultimate 'answer' to life, the universe and everything.  And so, the hunt began for ...

dolphins!!!  Found some lovely batik dolphin fabric - actually, my youngest spotted it on one of our fabric hunts - perfect for the back - and there was just enough on the bolt!  Douglas Adams fans will also be familiar with "Thanks for all the fish!"

The inner border is a 'film strip' - reminds me of the need to capture in our memories all the precious moments of our lives together - laughter, loving, living.

Each of the 42 'shadow' squares received its own feathery design - ferns, molars, hooks, echoed, feathers.  The film strip is a continuous feathered border.

For the outer border I got really brave!  Worked with rulers for the swags and the beadboard/piano keys - randomly spaced lines, not sure what they are called.  But I really like the effect :)

The quilt has now been delivered, along with its story.  I often include "the story of your quilt" for the recipients of special quilts, as well as information on how to care for the quilt.  The happy couple are delighted :)

Be sure to check out all the wonderful quilts entered in this venture!!


  1. Love how graphic this quilt is, and love the border too.

  2. Such a pretty gift you gave! Great quilting too.

    Happy Quilt Festival.

  3. Love the dimensional quality! The quilting is lovely.

  4. Great quilt and quilting. I like to hear/read the story behind the quilt also, that why this Blogger's Quilt Festival is so FUN!

  5. I've seen this recently...lovely!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn

  6. des couleurs originales pour ce quilt très masculin superbe réalisation

  7. Love the quilt, love the story, and the quilting is exquisite.

  8. beautiful! love those blocks and colors are great. nice story, too. thanks for sharing and have a great day


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