Friday, April 17, 2009

My Quilt Festival Entry

As soon as I signed up for the Bloggers Quilt Festival, I knew which quilt I would enter in the show.

Way back in March 2008 I was a "pattern quilter". All my quilts were made by buying a pattern, then fabric, and making a quilt.

Until this one.

After a year in the wonderfully inspirational Land of Blog, I was ready to go out on a limb. It was scary. What if I wasted all this fabric and hated the result?
But I jumped in anyway.
I cut into my precious fabric.

I made a few blocks.

And then some more.
The "Winging It" quilt was born. The quilt that gave me the freedom to play with fabric with (somewhat) wild abandon.
"Winging it"

"Winging it" - quilt back

Since then I've made many more improvisational quilts, some if which have turned into patterns of their very own.

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72 comments:

  1. I LOVE it!!!!
    Isn't it amazing what you can create when you throw away the rule book!!

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  2. Excellent use of the precious fabrics, I love the colours and the graphic design.

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  3. Winging is great although I'm still trying to get to that spot. Love your blog.

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  4. One of the bset improvs I've seen. Well done...Colors, right on....I may even like the back better thank the front!

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  5. I remember when you shared this quilt! I really liked it then and still do now! I love green. And call me strange but I love the back of it, especially that one little bit!!!

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  6. Your favorite quilt is so gorgeous! I love the colors, and the notion that it's your first project without a pattern - how freeing! I have been wanting to try improv quilting lately, but probably need a little push. Love it!

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  7. It's great! I love the bits of blue!

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  8. be still my heart.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt.

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  9. Oh my gosh, I have been inspired. This is quite possibly my favorite quilt ever! I love the colors, the whimsical quality, and I love the back as much as the front. Really wonderful. Wow.

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  10. It's AWESOME!! I think that I might steal this idea...so creative :)

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  11. awesome quilt, but even better sentiment. a pretty significant quilt in your evolution as a designer.

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  12. I love this quilt! the colors are great :)

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  13. Wish I could get that brave, not there yet, but seeing yours gives me hope. Thanks for sharing

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  14. Love the original design work! And the back is great :)

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  15. Ah! This is one of my favorites! I have this one printed off and in my "inspirational" part of my quilt binder. And I had no idea the story behind it. Even better. ooxx`jodi

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  16. Lovely! THe colors are fabulous. I love how you mention cutting into your precious fabric. Those first cuts can be so painful!

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  17. I love this quilt...I hope to play with fabric with wild abandon someday!

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  18. I love this quilt. The colors and design word perfectly. I just jumped into blog-land and I love these more modern quilts and I'm looking forward to having some time in May to work on one of my own!

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  19. I adore it!! Such a beautiful quilt with great contrast.

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  20. It's beautiful Anina and I love the story that goes with it!

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  21. I love this quilt, it turned out fabulous.

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  22. What a beautiful quilt! I wish I could bring myself to try one, too.

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  23. I remember the quilt and I still love it! G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.!

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  24. It's absolutely beautiful! What a great story too!

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  25. I love this quilt. I saw it on flickr a while ago and favorited it. So nice to encounter it here and read more about it.

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  26. This quilt is gorgeous! My improvisational quilts never work out so well. LOVE it.

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  27. OH MY LORD! I want it! Green is my favorite color and some of my very favorite fabrics are in there! GORGEOUS!

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  28. Anina, thank you for sharing Winging It with us. It is just beautiful and great explanation of how you have progressed in quilting.

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  29. Yeah for you! I love this.
    Can you believe a very famous designer actually suggest templates for this type of quilt?

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  30. Congrats on becoming a designer. I think it's much more fun and more rewarding in the end when you design it yourself. Keep up the good work!

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  31. I love that quilt. And not just because it's (mostly) green! :) It is fun and free and totally fabulous. And there's just something about doing your own thing and creating a design that makes a quilt extra special. So cool.

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  32. Quilting without rules is so fun! I love your quilt - green will always be one of my favorite colors :)

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  33. This quilt is gorgeous!!! I don't remember seeing it the first time around. So pretty!

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  34. It's a gorgeous quilt - you can never go wrong with green, where I'm concerned. I'm sure you'll do really well with it. Good luck! x

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  35. This is amazing! I love it, and I love the inspiring way you talk about improvisational sewing. I can't wait to try something like this! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  36. I love the colors you picked.

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  37. Lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing. (and thanks for the great blog about That Quilt)

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  38. Don't you just love it when something comes together so nicely? Love you quilt.

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  39. I still love this quilt...both sides of it!

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  40. Truly a stunner, Anina. What a beautiful improvisational quilt. So glad you took that first step out on a limb.

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  41. Gorgeous colours. Green is such a fresh looking colour.

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  42. i really love that quilt!!! hurray for improvisational piecing!

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  43. Wow, what a gorgeous quilt. Love, love, love it.

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  44. I've always loved this quilt, a beautiful color palette, I love how you mixed the blues into it. Gorgeous!

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  45. Great looking quilt...I love all the greens!

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  46. Simply beautiful! Is there a tutorial or pattern somewhere for this one? Love the greens and scrappy look on white!

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  47. I remembered seeing this the 1st time you posted, loved it then and love it now!

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  48. I've wanted to do a quilt like that myself - they looks so cool! And the colors on yours are great!

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  49. So clean and fresh looking! It's fabulous!

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  50. I adore your color choices. The pattern shows me how far I have to go in quilting to have the confidence to create something that beautiful.

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  51. So glad you "winged it" as your results are stunning. You've given me a great idea on using up some of my scraps.

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  52. this is such a pretty quilt!! i love all the white and green, and wonky strips!! just love it!!

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  53. I feel your (former) pain. It's so hard for me to cut angles that aren't right angles, strips that aren't perfectly straight. For years I've tried to match points and seams perfectly, and it drove me to distraction--and sometimes to great frustration! I'm taking part in Project Improv and trying to fight my programming to do everything straight and perfectly. It's hard to deprogram yourself, isn't it? You're something of a role model to me. :)

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  54. Love the story! (The quilt is beautiful too!) =)

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  55. Such freedom! Love the colour combo

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  56. Beautiful. I love the colors in this quilt.

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  57. So fresh and fun. I love the colors and that you let go. Beautiful.

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  58. I love the greens in your quilt! Absolutely beautiful!
    Micki

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  59. Fabulous quilt! You have inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone! Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt!

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  60. Gorgeous! It just feels like spring to me.

    Keep breaking the rules - you have a knack for it!

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  61. I love this quilt! Blogland has inspired me too. I've been going through all the kits in my closet and getting them done so I can move on to try some improvising of my own. I've made one improvisational quilt and it was so much fun. It's nice to hear other's stories of diving in. I'm so glad I found your blog. It's going on my follow list. You have such wonderful ideas and great quilts.

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  62. Wonderful! This is so simple, yet beautiful - I'm not so much into greens, but seeing them with the white makes me want to make one just like it! (and I had to grin at seeing the Juki, I just love mine!)

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  63. What gorgeous colours. I love the way you have added the occasional blue piece.

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  64. Good for you, diving in with both feet! You were obviously made for quilting. I love your spring quilt, too.

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  65. What a beautiful quilt, it has such a light and airy feel to it!

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