Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall ’10

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

This is my entry into the Fall Blogger’s Quilt Festival, the genius idea from Amy of Amy’s Creative Side. It’s an online quilt show that runs at the same time as ย the big Quilts, inc show runs. Lots of bloggy quilting friends are there in Houston, so this is a show for those of us who can’t go! Amy has a big linky where literally 100’s and 100’s of quilters sign in, and then we all try to visit as many as we can!

This quilt is quite old…I made it back in 2005.

hand dyed fabric quilt made of simple squares earth colors

We had moved to California in 2004, and my hubby had hooked up a sink up in the patio for me to be able to dye often. Because I had a great place to dye, I finally came to the realization that I needed to start using the special little bits of fabric I’d dyed back in my learning years in Ohio. I also had painted the bedroom an earthy green and wanted an earthier quilt to go with it.

So one of the reasons this quilt is special to me is that I had finally realized that I needed to use those fabulous bits of fabric…I could always dye more! (When you’re a beginning dyer, there’s lots of trial and error. But after spending 6 years honing my dyeing skills, by this point I realized that I could usually get the color and texture I was looking for.)

The other big leap I took here was the quilting. I had spent years learning how to free motion quilt, and because I could fill a quilt with intricate designs, I thought that mean’t that I always HAD to. Which really got in the way for me creating for awhile…because that free motion quilting, on my wonderful Bernina, that doesn’t have a lot of room under the arm, is very time intensive! But at some point, I got over myself, and gave myself permission to choose a simple, organic line quilting pattern, and a quilt as you go type of construction, so I could make it!

So, this quilt has covered my bed for 5 years now, and has held up pretty well. I took these pictures two days ago, and if I do say so myself, I think that it looks mighty fine! Realizing that just because I could do fancy quilting but that I didn’t have to – this is simple to say, but it really was an amazing step for me. Most of the art I now make uses the quilting line as just that, a line. I love to dye fabrics with texture, and allow that to shine through. When I look back at this quilt, I realize that this was a big breakthrough for me!

And if you’re wondering about the leaves hanging the bed, I wrote a tutorial on how to make them, its over at Lillyella. Thanks for stopping by – I look forward to visiting lots of other quilts in this festival!

106 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall ’10
  1. liveacolorfullife
    October 28, 2010 | 11:10 pm

    This is a beautiful quilt. I have always been intimidated by stippling and I think I just need to try organic straight-line quilting. Oh, and I love the thin little sashing strips. Really gorgeous!

  2. Cecily
    October 28, 2010 | 11:23 pm

    The colors and the quilting combine to make for a really beautiful quilt. It’s stunning!

  3. Allie
    October 28, 2010 | 11:46 pm

    I love this quilt – the colors, the lines – brilliant!

  4. Debbie
    October 29, 2010 | 12:39 am

    The colors on that quilt are gorgeous, Candy! I really like the simple setting. More than that, I love those leaves and look forward to the tutorial.

  5. Genevieve
    October 29, 2010 | 12:41 am

    It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Frauke
    October 29, 2010 | 1:01 am

    I LOVE this quilt – and I love the story behind it. Guess when you start dying your own fabrics, all those “selfmade”-pieces are sooo special. Realizing that you could use them – and enjoying doing so, is indeed a breakthrough. Thanks for sharing !!

  7. Samelia's Mum
    October 29, 2010 | 1:12 am

    This quilt is fabulous. It looks so lovely and soft to sleep under. Great colours!!

  8. Alison
    October 29, 2010 | 1:33 am

    Interesting to read and lovely to look at. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Nina-Marie
    October 29, 2010 | 2:18 am

    I love to hand dye too!! Its amazing how simple squares can come together to make such a stunning quilt. Love the color palette!

  10. andi
    October 29, 2010 | 2:37 am

    It’s a gorgeous quilt with fabulous texture.
    Well Done.
    Andi ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. moira
    October 29, 2010 | 2:46 am

    Love the colours and the quilting is spot on

  12. QuiltSue
    October 29, 2010 | 2:53 am

    I absolutely loved the colours, and the quilting was perfect for it.

  13. Cara @ Me? A Mom?
    October 29, 2010 | 2:54 am

    Stunning! Straight line looks great on this!!

  14. Becky
    October 29, 2010 | 3:02 am

    Wow, that’s so beautiful. Great skill. I’ve never tried my hand at dying, but that is gorgeous!

  15. Karen
    October 29, 2010 | 3:09 am

    I love your quilt. It looks so right at home on your bed. Just beautiful colours. a great momento of your dying skills.

  16. Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy
    October 29, 2010 | 3:32 am

    That is an awesome quilt and a great story to accompany it! I really love the way the quilt and the artwork in your room complement each other. And the texture is fabulous. I really must try a quilt-as-you-go quilt, every time I see one, I’m just blown away by how awesome they are!

  17. Nat
    October 29, 2010 | 3:35 am

    I can see you love color and it brings out on this quilt. Hope you are enjoying the BQF I hope to see you on my blog too – Hugs Nat

  18. Rachaeldaisy
    October 29, 2010 | 4:12 am

    What a beautiful quilt!! i love the colours and the quilting. Your leaves are beautiful too.

  19. Kit @ Diva Quilts
    October 29, 2010 | 4:23 am

    I love, love, love the fabrics in this quilt – they glow! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Emma
    October 29, 2010 | 4:34 am

    What a beautiful quilt; the colours are gorgeous! I love the leaf prints, too.

  21. Lois Grebowski
    October 29, 2010 | 5:00 am

    You dyed that fabric? Wow! I really love the colors of that quilt. And the simple line quilting really showcases your dye efforts… It’s a timeless design and it appears to have held up beautifully for being five years old (amazing!)

  22. Angie Padilla
    October 29, 2010 | 5:12 am

    I have recently started experimenting with hand dyeing myself, so find this quilt quite an inspiration. That’s a great idea for using up small samples. And I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the quilting. It’s a reminder that sometimes going back to basics would do us good. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Vicki
    October 29, 2010 | 6:08 am

    Candy, it’s so pretty. I love that you did quilt as you go construction. One day when I make a king size quilt I’ll quilt it in pieces too.

    You are totally making me want to dye more. I dyed a couple of white t-shirts for myself a couple weeks ago, I should show you a picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Linda
    October 29, 2010 | 6:16 am

    This quilt is really beautiful. I just love those ‘turning points’ in quilting when you are forever changed and your confidence level goes up a notch or two.

  25. Katie B.
    October 29, 2010 | 6:42 am

    WOW! This is gorgeous. Love the little pink sashing:)

  26. Diane
    October 29, 2010 | 6:54 am

    Very very nice….simple and color and texture,just like you said.

  27. Jolene
    October 29, 2010 | 6:58 am

    This quilt is totally stunning. Makes me want to learn fabric dyeing!

  28. Jana
    October 29, 2010 | 7:47 am


  29. mjb
    October 29, 2010 | 8:22 am

    Such a beautiful quilt. It’s a great modern looking use of hand-dyes.

  30. Emma
    October 29, 2010 | 8:35 am

    The fabrics are stunning and I’m so impressed you dyed them yourself.

  31. Angie
    October 29, 2010 | 8:59 am

    Candy, it’s absolutely stunning! I am always blown away by your talent and artistic vision.

  32. Michele
    October 29, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Gorgeous. Your fabrics are stunning.

  33. Meagan
    October 29, 2010 | 9:32 am

    I love how the quilting lines alternate directions from one area to the next. It really gives the quilt a great look. I also love how the leaves go so nicely with the fabric colors!!


  34. Kristen
    October 29, 2010 | 10:23 am

    Nice quilt!! These are beautiful soft colors. It’s amazing that you created them.

  35. Sara
    October 29, 2010 | 10:28 am

    How beautiful! I love that you dyed all the fabric yourself. The colors look amazing all together

  36. Carol Hansen
    October 29, 2010 | 10:41 am

    Simple and elegant. Very nice.

  37. Brenda
    October 29, 2010 | 11:07 am

    I love your quilt. It has such a comforting look to it. I also love the leaf designs you have about the bed, they are so pretty.

  38. SewCalGal
    October 29, 2010 | 11:26 am

    Very cheerful quilt. Love the fabrics you selected.


  39. Elizabeth
    October 29, 2010 | 11:58 am

    2005 is quite old, oh I got a laugh out of that one. Don’t tell anyone that I give quilts to about this or else they’ll have the excuse they’ve been looking for to get me to make them all more!

    Great little scraps the colors are beautiful.

  40. Lindsay @ Me Quilting
    October 29, 2010 | 12:32 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the blocks and sashing in between, such a nice quilt for a lovely room!

  41. Jackie
    October 29, 2010 | 12:56 pm

    So simple but so beautiful! And, your room look fantastice too! LOVE the quilting!

  42. Linda Oberholzer
    October 29, 2010 | 1:48 pm

    Those dyed fabrics are just beautiful!! I’ve done some dyeing some time ago and still love those fabrics. I must use them!! Love the simple line quilting also.

  43. Kaye Prince
    October 29, 2010 | 1:57 pm

    I really love the colours and simplicity of the design for this quilt! Way to go on dyeing your own fabric – definitely something I need to try!

  44. Joanna
    October 29, 2010 | 2:20 pm

    It’s a beautiful quilt, and I can see how it would be special in that you dyed the fabric. I hope the quilt label states that. I like the simplicity of your design, too.

  45. Lillian
    October 29, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    Love how all the colours blend & yet stand out on their own. Thanks for the link to the “leaves” tutorial. I’ve bookmarked it & will definitely give this a try.
    Lillian from Canada

  46. felicity
    October 29, 2010 | 4:06 pm

    Wow – can I come live at your house? I am in love with the quilt AND your bedroom suite! Thanks for sharing your story about how this quilt was a breakthrough. And thank you too for using one of my favourite expressions “and then I got over myself” – it’s such a good quilting/creating mantra!

  47. heather@TripleBlessing
    October 29, 2010 | 4:57 pm

    I want to live at your house ๐Ÿ™‚ Last time you had that awesome chair (and the quilt to match), and now this GORGEOUS piece!! I just love the linear lines and how they change direction. Perfection my friend!!

  48. Karen G
    October 29, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    Thanks for this great picture of your quilt! Love it! I think the quilting is perfect!

  49. Jenny
    October 29, 2010 | 6:34 pm

    beautiful quilt! amazing job!

  50. Sara
    October 29, 2010 | 7:22 pm

    OH my goodness!!! All the loveliness in the world couldn’t cover the description of this masterpiece you have created!!!! Those pics of the leaves are so beautiful too!!!!

  51. Michelle
    October 29, 2010 | 9:00 pm

    Beautiful colors, love the leafs on the walls. I think the line quilting that is being done is a great use of a design element.

  52. Karen
    October 29, 2010 | 9:21 pm

    This is a lovely quilt, Candy. You certainly have an eye for beautiful colour in your quilting and dyeing. I love the simplicity of the design and the great use of straight line quilting.
    Definitely a quilt to be proud of!

  53. Cheryl Arkison
    October 29, 2010 | 9:25 pm

    I’ll admit that these aren’t colours I am necessarily drawn to, but this is a stunning quilt.

  54. Kristen
    October 29, 2010 | 10:56 pm

    this quilt is stunning! i also love your botanical art but the quilt, oh my it is gorgeous!!!

  55. Sandra Starley
    October 29, 2010 | 11:05 pm

    Love the delicious fabrics, the colors are stunning. Love how the simple squares and quilting allow your beautiful fabrics to sing. And yes, it is holding up well.

    Come see my entries
    antique 1890 schoolhouse
    and a black white pink miniature

  56. Janet
    October 30, 2010 | 12:14 am

    Lovely colours! I admire hand dyes. Hope to do some myself someday.

  57. Sally
    October 30, 2010 | 3:18 am

    It’s gorgeous! I love all the color variations and the quilting suits it to a tee. I haven’t conquered FMQ yet so I do a lot of organic straight line, but I really do enjoy the outcome; it’s a terrific look especially when you want the fabrics themselves to take center stage.

  58. Jenny
    October 30, 2010 | 4:42 am

    Gorgeous! This quilt truly is a work of art!

    It really has held up well. Hard to believe it is 5 years old and used on a bed but still looks so fresh and beautiful.

    ITA about the quilting. Sometimes simplicity is perfect.

  59. Mary
    October 30, 2010 | 6:27 am

    Beautiful quilt! I really love straight-line quilting. Sometimes it feels like a bold move to “go simple,” but the results are usually stunning!

    I love that you dyed all of these fabrics yourself!

  60. Denise :)
    October 30, 2010 | 6:38 am

    This is gorgeous! I love the colors, the pattern, the quilting — it’s a really beautiful piece!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Carrie
    October 30, 2010 | 7:51 am

    Just beautiful! I jsut used straightline quilting on a quilt for my DD for a holiday gift. It seemed to make the sampler layout pop even more than if I’d gone with something more complicated.

    Your dyed fabrics are so rich and soft at the same time. Thx for sharing!

  62. Angie
    October 30, 2010 | 8:33 am

    What a great leaf tutorial. I am going on a hike today and just may have to gather some leaves for this project. By the way, the pink sashing on this quilt adds a nice touch.

  63. Grace
    October 30, 2010 | 9:34 am

    I’m not a quilter myself, but stumbled in here and just had to add my “oohhhs” and “ahhhhs” to the rest. This is a stunning piece of work and the colors are perfect!

  64. LauraJ
    October 30, 2010 | 10:50 am

    What a happy quilt!!

  65. Vicki
    October 30, 2010 | 1:11 pm

    Gorgeous quilt! I’m becoming a big fan of hand dyed fabrics.

  66. Ellen
    October 30, 2010 | 2:47 pm


  67. aimee
    October 30, 2010 | 2:50 pm

    it’s gorgeous! it’s a candied quilt!

  68. Rachel at Stitched in Color
    October 30, 2010 | 4:27 pm

    The colors and textures here are lovely, just lovely. Thank-you for inspiring us all to try “organic” straight line stitching. I imagine it’s so freeing!!!! (Last time I got frustrated with my quilting, I hand stitched instead – this would be a great alternative!!)

    xoxo Rachel at Stitched in Color

  69. Jessica H
    October 30, 2010 | 4:31 pm

    I LOVE the colors and the straight line quilting. The quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

  70. Ariane
    October 30, 2010 | 5:02 pm

    I love it!!! I love your died fabric and the simple quilting. Just beautiful!!!!

  71. Rene'
    October 30, 2010 | 5:25 pm

    Candy, what a fabulous quilt!!! I love your colorful hand dyed fabrics…they look like candy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your organic quilting lines are perfect for this quilt. Thanks for sharing!

  72. quiltmom( anna)
    October 30, 2010 | 5:30 pm

    You are a wonderful fabric dyer- I love all the glorious shades that you created for your sumptious looking quilt- it is stunning. I also loved the row of printed leaves hanging on the line above the bed. So simple and so beautiful to look at.
    Enjoy the festival- I hope you meet lots of new quilters along the way.
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

  73. Kristie at OCD
    October 30, 2010 | 6:34 pm

    Wow! How cool that you dyed the fabrics. You relaly did make every aspect of this quilt. I love it, thanks for sharing, and happy festival!

  74. Sandy
    October 30, 2010 | 6:55 pm

    Love the simplicity and colors of this quilt. And the banner above your bed really accents the quilt as well. Gorgeous!

  75. Cathi
    October 30, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    Oh, how I love all the colours in that quilt!! It is so striking that I just want to keep looking at it! Sometimes simple quilting is the best, I think.

  76. Annette
    October 30, 2010 | 8:06 pm

    It looks great! I love the straight quilting:)

  77. Gail C - miss~nance
    October 31, 2010 | 2:40 am

    This is a simply stunning quilt. I love colour & texture and this has both in spades.



  78. Kristin Heaney
    October 31, 2010 | 5:16 am

    Beautiful quilt! I recently did the straight line quilting and I have a whole new appreciation for it ~ and that was just a table runner. Beautiful job!!! Kristin

  79. Kathryn
    October 31, 2010 | 5:47 am

    that is GORGEOUS!! And I love the wall art too – might have to try some of that for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Quilt as you go is great too – makes the scary achieveable!

  80. Carla
    October 31, 2010 | 6:19 am

    Wow Candy! This quilt is beautiful in all those amazing colors. It’s perfect that you dye your own fabrics. That is next on my Must Learn Wish List. Maybe when I get a larger place.
    Thanks for sharing!

  81. dawn
    October 31, 2010 | 6:45 am

    Love the colors in your quilt! Beautiful! Your leaf prints are fabulous too!

  82. Mama Mel
    October 31, 2010 | 9:23 am

    This is so gorgeous! The colors are just beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Leslie
    October 31, 2010 | 11:45 am

    this is so gorgeous.

  84. Lori
    October 31, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Love the colors in your quilt. I especially like the pink sashing!

  85. Amy - Amy's Creative Side
    October 31, 2010 | 3:07 pm

    Beautiful Candy! I love your quilting, and the colors are fab as usual!

  86. Sabine
    November 1, 2010 | 4:34 am

    I love your quilt and the clean and uncluttered look of your bedroom. I find it so hard to simplify and not add a squiggle here and there and admire it in others.
    Great job!
    Sabine from Germany

  87. ktquilts4fun
    November 1, 2010 | 6:22 am

    Love your quilt. Rich beautiful colors are so amazing!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing it!!



  88. daisy
    November 1, 2010 | 8:04 am

    wow, i really love it. and to think you dyed all this fabrics yourself, tht’s really something!
    cheers from Portugal!

  89. mcregan
    November 1, 2010 | 10:40 am

    Hi Candy–I love your quilt and especially the fact that you dyed your own fabrics. I teach high school art and am planning on offering a fibers course next year. Do you have any tutorials on dyeing? Also, could you give me information about your “quilt as you go” technique? Thank you!

    • Candy
      November 1, 2010 | 11:08 am

      Thanks so much! The only fabric dyeing tutorial I have right now is for onesies…but you could easily substitute fat quarters of PFD fabric for a onesie and dye a rainbow:

      I’m realizing that I haven’t seen many people write about “quilt as you go on blogs”, so a tutorial for that is in the works…but probably not until after Christmas! LOL! Stay tuned!

  90. Christine
    November 1, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    I love your quilt and the colors. It looks great in your room with the colors and leaves. Thanks for sharing!

  91. Mary Allen
    November 1, 2010 | 5:54 pm

    It’s just lovely!!!

  92. eileen
    November 2, 2010 | 1:45 am

    lovely! how wonderful you dye your own fabric. thanks for sharing and have a great day

  93. Cynthia
    November 2, 2010 | 8:51 am

    Love that you dyed all the fabrics yourself! Amazing!

  94. A
    November 2, 2010 | 11:00 am

    I love the quilting on this (and the leaves above your bed)

  95. Nima
    November 2, 2010 | 9:32 pm

    Lovely quilt…great fabric dying…it was nice to read your write up…thank you for sharing

  96. latane barton
    November 3, 2010 | 8:15 am

    That quilt is so colorful. I know it must make you happy everytime you walk into the room.

  97. Angela Flicker
    November 3, 2010 | 8:31 am

    This quilt is so lovely. I’ve seen it on your blog in the past and I remember admiring it. I also love the quilting job you did on this. It’s just gorgeous –a great choice for the blogger’s quilt festival.

  98. Nicole Gendy
    November 3, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    Your quilt is beautiful. Good for you to use the precious fabrics that you dyed yourself. Now you can see them everyday. I’d say it was worth it!

  99. jan : daisy janie
    November 5, 2010 | 5:28 am

    Wow! I am in love big time with this quilt. Has all my comfort colors and looks snuggly as heck to boot!!!! Classic! Well done, Candy. Thanks for sharing.

  100. Dawn Nichols
    November 5, 2010 | 5:30 pm

    It’s stunning!! I love it!

  101. Stefanie
    November 5, 2010 | 6:36 pm

    Beautiful use of color and texture!

  102. diane
    November 7, 2010 | 6:15 pm

    Wow…. I love this quilt. The quilting is so perfect for the wonderful fabric.

  103. Betty
    November 9, 2010 | 4:47 pm

    Beautiful quilt and quilting. I can see why you love it.

  104. dhilma
    December 20, 2010 | 11:56 pm

    Breathtakingly beautiful combination of colours! Absolutely beautiful and soothing to look at. I’m sure your bedroom will look so peaceful and inviting with this new addition

  105. Joan
    January 4, 2012 | 9:20 pm

    The quilt and wall decorations look AMAZING!!!! I love them! You are very talented. Simply beautiful.