Friday, October 29, 2010

swirls and twirls

For Amy's fourth Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I'm highlighting a quilt I made that was originally inspired by a challenge to make a quilt representing "swirls and twirls."  I never entered the challenge and had put away what I had started until I recently returned to it.
What inspired me to continue with it was that I love working with spirals and I enjoyed the liveness of the fabrics I had selected. Measuring approximately 22" by 20" this piece is totally handpieced and handquilted, as are all of my quilts. 


What was particularly fun about this quilt were the embellishments, including a variety of beads,  colorful wire, trim, yarn, and tulle. I also added a toy wheel!




Click below to see quilts by the other participants.

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

41 comments:

Shelly said...

Great interpretation of the challenge theme! I love the embellishments.

Duff said...

I ♥ your creative mind! I was able to click on the photo for a close-up and wow! what a testament this is to quilt art!
My favorite part is the swirls with different colored and shaped beads--exquisite!
thank you for sharing it on the blogger's quilt festival.

colourdujour said...

as much time could be spend just looking at all of the detail, as you did working on it! Beautiful.

Dotti said...

Awesome colors, shapes and form!

Barbara said...

I have to say you have the most unique quiltmaking/sewing technique I've ever seen, and the results are always mesmerizing. I also love swirls and curves, so this piece is especially lovely to me. Bravo!

Catherine said...

Such a fun and interesting quilt! Love all the swirls and embellishments. Gorgeous!

Mary said...

awesome colors. It looks great. I had fun looking at all the other quilts too.

Susan Erickson said...

wow! so much detail! so much work! you amaze me!

Leslie said...

Wow, Deborah! What a work of art!

bad penny said...

I just love to see what everyone is creating & having fun too.

Cecily said...

It's lovely! The colors and textures are great and I really like all the details. Very pretty! I started an art quilt, but haven't gotten very far... one day. :)

Healing Woman said...

I love the hands on the quilt. I love the colors, the swirls. This quilt is amazing.

dosfishes said...

I fell in love with this one just for the color alone. xox Corrine

CHRIS said...

Hi Deborah, Thanks for taking a look at my quilt. Your work is so exciting I love all the embellishing. I recently did a Sue Spargo workshop to learn her techniques on wool. Happy Stitching. chrisb

Sandra said...

Such energy and excitement in that quilt; like it a lot. Really like the way you've added embellishments of the most surprising kind...clever!

quiltmom said...

Deborah,
I do love the beautiful pieces you have created both in fabric and with beads.
I enjoy playing with beads too- I love costume jewelery- something that began with my grandmother who always wore jewelery of some sort. I often make bracelets and earrings. I made single pieces for chains and neck wires but have not made other forms of necklaces.
You really have created some wonderful combinations with your love of beads and fabric.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
Enjoy the festival.
I have become a follower too.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Debbie said...

Good work, Deborah. I love the brights!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am in love with swirls my whole life! The colors are bright and add to the energy. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Wow! This is amazing. I really admire people such as youself that can take fabric and make it look like that.

That's talent !

Marit said...

So colorful and playful - a very unique creation!
; )

upstateLisa said...

so fun! I love swirls and twirls too!

Claudia said...

The details are really lovely. I would like to learn how to use beads and other embellishments in my own work.

Yvonne said...

I love this! Spirals have always been my favorite to include in art also. You did a wonderful job! A lot of detail in this 'slow cloth' piece. Beautiful!

shellysquilts said...

Hey Deborah, I luv this piece. Fabulous! Well done! Happy sewing!

jess said...

oh my gosh it's amazing... the colors, the fading... and those hanging embroidery hoops over there, too!

Barb in Mi said...

Beautiful swirls!

Barb said...

Great challenge quilt.
Love your embellishments!

Carol said...

I love all the component [parts in particular the spirals. Good for you that you hand stitch everything.

by Daisy said...

i'm impressed with how original this quilt is. and i love how colourful it is!

cheers from your new portuguese follower!

Diane Wright said...

Wow...wonderful color...shapes...textures. It has it all. Thanks for sharing..and for commenting on my blog too ;^)

Martys Fiber Musings said...

What a little beauty...love the swirls, twists turns and beads, oh my!

GLÒRIA said...

Very nices fabrics, colors!!! Congratulations for your quilt and Thank you fery much for visit my blog. Happy Bloggers Quilt Festival!!!

Victoria said...

I am so impressed that you hand piece and hand quilt all of your quilts! True labor of love!

Karen S said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love all the color!

Marg said...

Wow. I love the creativity and how you have created the spirals. Amazing work.

Creative Carmelina said...

Swirl Girl! I love your colours....great pattern..and yes, like Duff said, I too love your creative mind!

ciao bella

creative carmelina

ParisMaddy said...

Fab-U-lous. Love he movement and colours.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

I love all the colour! This is a really funky piece and a great challenge idea too.

Sandra said...

Wow, what a intricate detailed quilt. I'll have to come and study it more. Love all the embellishments.
Thanks for visiting my b/w/pink mini

Army Wife Quilter said...

the colors. the texture I love this it is so busy with fun

Eileen said...

lovely and so fun to see all your creativity in this. thanks for sharing and have a great day