Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival: 3-D quilty-fun!

It's Bloggers' Quilt Festival again!  And I am FINALLY posting another quilt!  This quilt has been done for a while but I haven't posted it because I didn't want the recipients to see it here before I gave it to them in person--and I kept forgetting to take it with me whenever I was headed their way.  I made this for my brother and sister-in-law and their new baby. 

 

This is one of the coolest-looking quilts I've made so far in my quilting career.  It is called Downtown.  The pattern was in the Big Book of Building Block Quilts by Sara Nephew.  There are lots of fun 3-D quilts in this little book--and I LOVE 3-D quilts. I want to make some of the harder ones but I thought I should get my feet wet with this beginner-level one first.  And I have to say, it was very easy to put together.



The hardest part of making this quilt was fabric selection.  For 3-D quilts, the value (light, medium, dark) of the color is key.  I was somewhat limited because I'm still playing the use-what's-on-hand game.  Luckily, I had enough of the red, orange, and yellow to put this together.  


When it came time to pick out the backing, I almost caved and went to the fabric store for something suitable.  After talking me out of some really bad (read: ugly or too-girly) fabric choices, my husband spotted this black paint-splatter fabric in a box of stuff from my freecycle friends.  And there was just enough to back this quilt!



At my sister's urging, I tried to take a few pictures somewhere other than spread out on my living room floor.  I have three lovely mosquito bites to show for my efforts.   But there you have it...the 3-D baby quilt in nature.

Enjoy the festival!


Amy's Creative Side

18 comments:

  1. yay! you posted something! I love your 3d quilt...very cool! Look at you go, using up stuff you already had!! And excellent picture taking btw. Lovely

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  2. That turned out amazing, such a neat geometric look to it.

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  3. Very nice job. Glad you got those mosquito bites...it looks good outside.

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  4. Kenz has been trying to claim both of the quits you made. Every time I remind her one's Makay's she tries to switch him for whatever one he has a the moment.

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  5. 3d quilts are so much fun! it looks great.

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  6. That is very cute! Reminds me of Q-Bert. :-)

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  7. Oh wow this quilt is stunning. Great fabric choices

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  8. I don't think I've seen 3D quilts before - this is awesome!

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  9. What a great baby quilt! I love baby quilts that don't scream baby.
    You did a great job picking/finding colors that worked so well together!

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  10. The design is so cool on this one!

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  11. Love it! So graphic in a great way~

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  12. This is terrific - soooo effective!!! Great entry into the festival! Amy from www.craftyshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Great job getting the 3D effect with just your stash!

    Happy Quilt Festival.

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  14. Oh my, this is really great! Love the colors!

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  15. This is fantastic! I'm nervous to try a 3-D quilt due to picking the wrong fabric. How did you pick yours out to ensure it would enhance the 3-D pattern?

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  16. very nice--love the 3-d! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  17. This turned out great! I don't think I've ever seen another 3D quilt before, but I remember that Q-Bert game. It's interesting how this doesn't look as "3D" in the closeup photo. The star fabric is my favorite. I also like how the dark border makes a nice frame around the whole quilt. It's cool that you were able to make this using your fabric stash!

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