Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2013

 I am so excited to be participating in Bloggers Quilt Festival again, I didn't enter in the previous one as I was away on holiday and  it just so happens that I finished this quilt called Dream Big by Camille Roskelly just in time.

I made this quilt for my brother, Marty, in the Northern Territory, I did ask him are you sure you need one as it is so so hot up there but he assured me that sometimes Kristy has the air conditioner up so high he gets cold.....precious!!

As we have just returned from spending a week with them I was determined to get this finished so I could give it to them in person. The fabric is called Whimsy by Figtree, I  chose these fabric as it incorporates
all the colours of the Great Australian Outback, red the colour of the soil, orange for the sunsets, greens of
the bush, browns of the rocks, yellow of the golden sun. I machine quilted it with a pantograph called
Royal Plumes and backed it with a beautiful rich terracotta colour again incorporating the outbacks rich reds and oranges.

So with the outback in mind we took a walk on their property and found these beautiful termite mounds, these termite mounds can reach heights of  three metres high and up to100 years old and are structures unique to the Northern parts of Australia. It was a little difficult to drape these over the mounds, so in the end we held them up,

I was a little concerned walking into the bush and coming across one of those long slithery things, but
luckily the dogs were with us and must of scared them away. The things you do for a photo!!

 Here I have hung the quilt on their washing line.......its safer!!

I was really happy with how it turned out and Marty and Kristy loved it and it
now takes pride and place on their new lounge suite.

I have decided to enter this into the Photography Category, thanks again Amy
for all the work you do in organizing this amazing festival. I cant wait to go and
see all the gorgeous quilts.

Happy Quilting!!



Cille said...

Pew... What we don't do for a god picture! Thanks for the laugh (I felt the critter all the way to Denmark) and for showing your wonderful quilt.

sonia said...

Such a beautiful quilt. The photos match the colours wonderfully. Congrats!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful quilt and photography! I loev the colors and quilting pattern you used!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great backdrops for your beautiful quilt! Love the colors.

Quilts on Bastings said...

Great quilt Mandy and wonderful photos!

Sherri @ said...

I love your story... I have visited your beautiful country so really do appreciate the scenery!

CitricSugar said...

The photos do a great job of showing how inspired you were by the colours in the landscape!

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Fantastic shot of that quilt on the termite mound. It's the perfect place for a very Australian inspired quilt. (Love the colors and fabrics too!)

Queenie Believe said...

Lovely quilt, wonderful color choices, excellent feathers.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Anonymous said...

Fabulous pictures! The colours in the quilt and the background in the photo's go so well together!
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Laura C @ littleandlots said...

Oh my, crawly things. My one big "won't" about quilt photography is I won't go where there might be crawly bitey things. You're braver than me!

This is such a nice quilt! The quilting is perfectly done and suits the top wonderfully. Anyone would be thrilled to receive such a gorgeous gift!

grapes and hearts said...

So now I learned something about termite mounds on a quilt block ;o) LOL. Thanks for sharing, I would have never guessed what that "Statue" was! Your quilt is amazing! Love the colours of the outback and I wish I could just hop over for a visit. Sigh. Beautiful quilt and amazing photos!!!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

so, so pretty!