Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Blogger's Quilt Festival Is On!

"Autumn In New York"  17" by 14"  ©2009  Diane Evans
It’s that time of year when Amy of Amy’s Creative Side begins her Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This event is always so much fun – we all have the chance to view each other's favorite pieces and to share the stories behind our creations.
This time around, I'm sharing a special favorite; it's entitled "Autumn In New York," and it makes me happy to think of this art quilt because it's in the collection of a very special family.
There's a tree in our neighborhood that produces spherical pods each fall; it always reminds me of an illustration from a Dr. Seuss story.  I have seen paintings where the artist used round daubs of paint to represent leaves, and I wanted to achieve that same effect in fabric.
So I began cutting out circles from scraps of fusible hand-dyed fabrics, and I discovered it was a very meditative process (I was much better at this than when I tried sitting still and chanting "ohm" . . .).  I fused the circles to a beautiful piece of fabric from Caryl Fallert's Gradations line for Benartex, and I quilted the whole piece with Madeira and Sulky 40-weight rayon thread.
The entire effect is reminiscent of our view of the Helderberg Mountains as we drive to the apple orchards each October for cider doughnuts (this is making me hungry . . .).
Hope you enjoy the Festival, and, thank you, Amy, for providing us an opportunity to attend this virtual quilt show and enjoy each others' work!

Diane





61 comments:

Valentina said...

Oh my goodness- Diane, I love this quilt... oh. wow.
I will need to look at it again and again. And will need to stay awhile to see your other work as well. Thanks for sharing! Valentina in Cyprus

Karen S said...

Love this -- the colors capture the season perfectly.

Kirie said...

Wow, love the strong colours and the quilting is fabulous! Thanky for sharing your wonderful quilt :)

MariQuilts said...

Beautiful Quilt.

moosestashquilting said...

I have a card of that quilt. It always bring joy to me when I look at it!

Elaine said...

I love this quilt. THe circles, the light and dark in the trees and the trees themselves. Thanks for sharing.

What Comes Next? said...

stunning! Thank you so much for sharing! I'll be back!

Angie Padilla said...

Lovely. Such a simple concept, but the use of color and the wonderful quilting make it magical. Thank you for sharing!

Marilyn Rock said...

This is beautiful Diane and the colors and shapes - just get me in the fall feel already. I'm not much of a summer person so this makes me smile! And - I LOVE cider donuts, too! xxoo

Kerri K said...

This is my favorite Blogger's Quilt Festival entry! LOVE IT!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful cheerful darling, Quilt work

mathea said...

I love your quilt. Using different sized circles to create the trees works so well, and the colours are great. And so is your quilting!

Jolanda said...

Lovely little quilt:)

Martine said...

je suis tombée en admiration devant votre quilt ,tout ce que j'aime de la couleurs un magnifique résultat, félicitations

Pattilou said...

This is such a lovely quilt, I don't know where to start raving about it. I've just started hand dyeing and this is really an inspiration. I love fall and this is such a unique interpretation.

Sabine said...

Just fabulous! Love the colours, love the trees, love the circles. love the quilting.
Thanks for sharing.

fallingforpieces said...

I just love this quilt! I'm going through the quilts in order and seriously, I couldn't wait to get to yours because it looked great even in the tiny icon :) It's just fantastic.

Lynne said...

I love this quilt - it's unique and stands out form the crowd. And, to my novice eyes, it looks very well made. I am impressed with the quilting (having recently tried freefrom quilting semi-successfully).

Thank you for your inspiration.

Natasha said...

I could just stare at this one! This is one of my favorites!

Cheryl said...

I love this, it's fabulous!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful Diane! I have had a browse through your blog and love your work.

Marls said...

What an amazing piece of work. I love it.Thanks for sharing with us all.
It is at the end of Autumn here in New Zealand and this could represent the scenes here at the moment.

Amy said...

love the trees.. but the quilting,WOW.. it is gorgeous!

Andi said...

Absolutely stunning!
Beautiful job!!!

Karen M said...

Gorgeous! And not very Dr. Seussish in the end.

Diane Wright said...

You know how much I like your work...and I REALLY like this vibrant piece. The Color! The Stitching!

................Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters said...

This is a wonderful piece of art. I like your vibrant work and your quilting is marvelous. You certainly have inspired me. --Julia

Katie B. said...

So, so pretty!

diane said...

Love the story, love the quilt. A beautiful piece of art for sure!

M and M plus 3 said...

Beautiful piece and quilting as well.

Marg said...

I love this quilt. It's beautiful, the circles, the colours, the quilting, all stunning.

bearpaw said...

wow, fabulous! And actually so simple when I saw the close up - but really a stunning piece of art!

Victoria said...

This is beautiful, Diane. The whole effect is just a delight and your quilting, as always, is sheer perfection.

Melinda said...

I am in awe. This is so beautiful.

Kirsten N said...

Gorgeous! And you have used such beautiful colours.

Marie said...

oh, Diane, this is simple fabuous.. thanks for sharing and inspiring.

stitchinpenny said...

You have created a beautiful work of art with fabric and thread

Allie said...

Oh how I love this quilt - you are AMAZING!

Carol said...

Absolutely lovely. I love the colors and the quilting.

Wendy said...

Diane, your quilt is absolutely beautiful ... just beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

jac. said...

You did a beautiful job!

Sara said...

Such a beautiful piece of art and the quilting is perfect.

P.S. those cider doughnuts sound heavenly!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful quilt! The colors are wonderful and the quilting is amazing! So lovely.

Millie said...

Stunning. Just gorgeous. Love this.

Karen said...

Beautiful colours and quilting. I love seeing your work.

Rona said...

I very eye-catching quilt - and your quilting is perfect! I love that graduated fabric too.

Chicken Julie said...

Spectacular. I am in love.

Rashida Khanbhai said...

this quilt caught my eye. I really loved it. I must read your blog much more.

all the best.

http://rashisquiltblog.blogspot.com/

myheart4him said...

Your quilt is awesome. I am blown away. Thanks for posting it. Makes me want to quilt a tree with little circles!!!

Shannon

Laurel H. said...

O wow, this is so lovely. The fabrics and the quilt design/pattern are beautiful, but the actual quilting of this piece is just amazing.

Laurel H. said...

O wow, this is so lovely. The fabrics and the quilt design/pattern are beautiful, but the actual quilting of this piece is just amazing.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I absolutely love this and it does remind me of NY fall leaves...

Now I want to go apple picking and get some fresh donuts and cider at the cider mill. Gee, thanks!

Lynn said...

Beautiful! Stunning! I clicked on the image so I could inspect the quilting more closely. Thanks for posting a decent size photo!

Eileen said...

What a fantastically beautiful quilt. I want to use circles in a quilt and this is such a great idea with various sized circles. Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

ANudge said...

You are a true artist!

purduepam said...

Love your quilt. I appreciate that you talk about your inspiration for the quilt.

elisa said...

I'll call this post "My Side of the Story." I'm part of the "special family" Diane references in her blog. I fell in love with this piece and wanted my future daughter-in-law to have it as a bridal shower gift. She's originally from Ohio and I want her to love New York the way we do - of course, I want them to choose New York as their home! "Autumn in New York" says it all! As part of their wedding gift, my husband and I gave them a weekend away in Lake Placid to see the colors and shapes that Diane has so artfully captured. I hope to give them this little get-away every year. Thanks, Diane, for starting a new tradition in our family. P.S. She LOVES it!

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BluKatDesign handmade artisan jewelry said...

WOW this is absolutely gorgeous!

Vargáné Mária said...

Your quilt is very interesting, beautifull work! I love it!

mac said...

Fantastic quilt - thanks for sharing it.

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