Friday, 21 November 2008

Ava's Quilt

I definitely, most certainly have my sewing 'sewjo' back again. Here is another quilt that I have nearly finished - just got a few more squares to hand quilt.
Ava's Quilt
I just love this quilt - so very feminine. The main fabric that I used was a Liberty of London and I am hand quilting in a perle 8 thread.

A lot of people ask me how do I pick fabrics for a quilt - well, the way that I do it is - I pick one favourite fabric that I absolutely love the colours in and then just keep adding til I have the mix just right. So in this case, it was the gorgeous Liberty of London - I just added pinks, creams, chocolates, and raspberry colours to the mix - and this is what I came up with.
Ava's Quilt
So how do you pick your fabrics when you make a quilt? I would love to know!!!

I just love working at Amitie and seeing all the gorgeous combinations of fabrics that people put together. It is very inspiring - I think that I am very conservative in my choosing of fabrics and colours, - but I am working on that and I will try new things, but I guess you have to use what you feel most comfortable with.
Ava's Quilt
This quilt is for a little baby called Ava. Her mummy was 'flower girl' at my wedding 21 years ago!!! She is very special.

38 comments:

Amy (badskirt) said...

Simply stunning, Cathy! It's beautiful and I love your fabric combinations.

Andi said...

I love your fabric choices Cathy.
I tend to choose mine in a similar way ... although sometimes, by the time I've picked and swapped and changed, the original fabric is no longer in the mix.
And if all else fails, I grab an Amitie staff member for some creative advice. It really helps to have someone who is familiar with all the fabrics in the shop who can say "have you thought about this one over here in the back corner?"
Andi :-)

jacquie said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...you are a color wizard.

Linda said...

I was gobsmacked when the photos opened up on this post!! This is the most gorgeous quilt Cathy. The colours are superb! so so so very beautiful!

Rachelmp said...

Just beautiful Cathy! I chose my fabrics from ranges at times, but mostly by going through my scraps and seeing what works for me. Inspiration from the beautiful work from bloggers helps too!

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Soo said...

It's beautiful!!!
The fabrics you picked look just perfect together. I find picking fabrics the hardest part of making a quilt!

thornberry said...

Dreamy! The colour combination is really special, as are the prints. Great to hear about how you choose which ones - although you clearly have an excellent eye for doing so!

traceyboop said...

Oh Cathy... it's so beautiful. All my favourite patterns and colours in one quilt... yay for your sewjo! xx

Little Munchkins said...

Wow, that is a very pretty quilt. I just saw the fabric yesterday at a store and it is even better IRL. I was so tempted to buy some but at $45 a metre I have to rethink.

Kate said...

Just gorgeous - love that Liberty fabric.

Louise said...

Lucky little Ava - it's beautiful Cathy!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the pink, raspberry and brown colour scheme! Another beautiful quilt - perfect for a little girl.

CurlyPops said...

It's so beautiful..I want to make something like that in chocolate brown tones to snuggle up on the couch. I'll take your advice and start collecting fabrics.

Hoppo Bumpo said...

What a delightful quilt. Very luxurious with a bit of Liberty Print!

periwinkle said...

Thats just lovely - I have to admit Hub tends to end up choosing my colour schemes, I pick up things and he just changes them all and they always look better too!!
lisa x

Simone de Klerk said...

Love the color combination! Stunning!!! Also love the way you quilt. Very beautiful the whole quilt.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Cathy -- you DEFINITELY have your mojo back! LOVE that quilt. And the big stitches. Just Beautiful!

~*Liz*~ said...

Just beautiful.

~Liz
www.AGiveawayADay.blogspot.com

peppermintpatcher said...

The quilt is just lovely.

I wish I followed a scientific method of fabric selection. Mine is just - if it looks good throw it in!

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Great combo of patterns there. Just brilliant.
I tend to always go for such bright colours and never pale. That's my aim for the next quilt - go for pastel/pale!

Lisa Isaacs said...

Gorgeous fabric combinations, Cathy! I love the spots with those Liberty florals.

Char said...

I don't really have much of a stash so usually the birth of the fabric choices for a quilt entail stepping into the shop and finding something that strikes my fancy. I might have an idea of the color or value that I think I want to start with but generally I start with a piece I like and then build coordination off of it.

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

I choose my colours in a similar way to you, most of the time.

Sometimes I start with an idea of the decor it is to fit in with though.

If it is for a family member, I have colour palettes that I associate with them that I tend to start with. My youngest daughter gets lots of lavender, with apple green, peach and cinnamon for example.

I would love to work in a patchwork shop and help people with their colours.

I really like the brown and pink, just beautiful

Corrie said...

oh I just love it! probably because I just love pink and chocolate! well done...wish I had some sewing mojo back!

Corrie;)

Jellybeansdancing said...

Absolutely beautiful cathy, can't wait to see pictures of the whole thing. Love the pink/chocolate combo.

Holly said...

Hi Cathy! I thought I would stop by and say hello - hello! I think picking fabrics is definitely an art, and I adore your hand quilting! I grumblegrumble with my mini quilts, I can't imagine hand quilting a full sized quilt!

~Holly
Two Cheese Please

rousabout studio said...

That is stunning!! beautiful, soemthing I would love to have !! I didnt get to call in (only sewer on the shopping trip) I would love YOU to suggest fabrics for me.. My base fabric would be LOL kinnear in the pale blue and I want to go for chocolate, natural linen, pale blue taupe etc... Just like yours but nlue instead of pink..Are you interested?? make me a presentation, send a photo?? Please....

Jelly Wares said...

Cathy it's just gorgeous!!!! I love the chocolate and pink combo and thanks for the tip on how to put colours together for a quilt..

Take cAre
Jodie :)

Cascade Lily said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous work again Cathy. Did it feel good to be working in pinks for a change?

Annie said...

Gorgeous quilt. I just choose fabric I LOVE just like you. I don't have any exact formula but I love the pinks.

Christine said...

Fantastic quilt. Love your fabric choices. Lucky you working at Amitie.
Christine

Rachael Rabbit said...

This is so beautiful - hand quilting takes such patience - you deserve a medal! It looks wonderful though - well worth the effort ;-)

pungsnotded said...

Drop-dead gorgeous! And HAND quilted? What a lucky girl!

dlynthomas said...

Oh what a beautiful quilt!

Melanie said...

What an beautiful quilt. The colors are awesome

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Amanda said...

Cathy, hello. I have just found your blog and it's lovely.

Are you able to tell me what quilt pattern you used for this pretty quilt?

Amanda