Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: The Whirlpool Quilt

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I'm coming in on the end of things with the Blogger's Quilt Festival this time. I've decided to enter my Whirlpool Quilt. If you are a regular reader, you've already seen this one, but since it's my favorite quilt I've created in a while, I thought I'd share it again. I'm entering this quilt in the Small Quilts category.


This quilt is machine pieced and quilted on my standard machine. It is about 35" x 40". To say I love it is an understatement. In fact, I'm getting ready to create Whirlpool v2. This kind of quilting is so fun and satisfying for me. 

I quilted each segment with matching thread. I love the way it looks on the back. 

The story behind creating this guy is such a great example of finding inspiration anywhere. While on lunch break from a professional conference, I was walking through the mall and came across this display at Anthropologie. It stopped me in my tracks. I loved design and colors (no surprise). I snapped a photo with my phone. When I made it back to the afternoon session of my conference, I started sketching. 

This is my favorite sketch of the several I made that afternoon while sitting in my conference (I promise I was still listening). That evening after the kiddos were in bed, I immediately went to work. I already had these fabrics pulled for another project, but knew they would be perfect for this one. 

The whole process was an experiment. I didn't know if it would work out in the end. This type of project is the best. I love not knowing the ultimate outcome. 

Random Side Note: My husband calls this quilt "Nemo in the Blender". I like Whirlpool a lot little better so that's what we're going with!

45 comments:

  1. Love this quilt! Such a neat shape and form, great quilting and texture! Can't wait to see 2.0.

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  2. Hehe, "Nemo in the blender." I'd go with the other one too! I love this quilt too. Good luck!

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  3. Nemo in the Blender might not be family friendly. I can envision some traumatized children. Kidding. I love Blender. I've always thought it was clever.

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  4. WOW! Thank you for sharing this quilt & your inspiration process. I love it!

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  5. Oh yes....I think 'Nemo in the Blender' is a great name....

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  6. Such a stunner!! Your quilting is amazing too, love everything about this one!
    Amanda

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  7. I agree with everyone - this quilt is fantastic. I love your choice of colors on this and the quilting? STUNNING!

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  8. This is wonderful. I've followed you for quite a long time but don't recall ever seeing this one before. So glad you are showing it today. Your husband has quite the sense of humor ... Nemo in the blender ... really!

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  9. I love it! You should make a tutorial!

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  10. Love the quilt! It just seems to pull you right in!

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  11. Fantastic quilt! Fabrics, design, quilting - all fab!

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  12. Gorgeous quilt! I love the colours and the quilting. Such a cool design too.

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  13. I loved it from the first time I saw it! What method did you use? Is it pieced? I adore the flame quilting, it makes the back also look great!

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  14. I love this. It is stunning. The piecing and quilting are fabulous!

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  15. Yay! I think, no - I KNOW - this is my favourite of the pieces you've done in the last year. Love it.

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  16. Wow, this is a stunning piece, love the way the quilting looks on the back, inspired :)

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  17. Looks great! I also like the name your husband gave it, lol.

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  18. What an interesting design. I really like the quilting that goes with it.

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  19. I'm going with your husband on this one. Definitely Nemo. I love this quilt. It's probably my favorite quilt of all time, but your jumbo star & stars bee quilt are VERY close seconds. I follow a handful of quilters & love something about each one, but my top 3 quilts are all yours. You make lovely, fresh, fun stuff. :)

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  20. This is such a beautiful quilt and so effective. The quilting really reinforces the movement...gorgeous :)

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  21. This is a great piece. Very fresh and dynamic. Love it.

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  22. Love it! A great example of following through on the inspiration. I'm voting!

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  23. I love it and I love the quilting! I am just learning to do that design "Fiery Stippling" is what Leah Day calls it. I enjoy hearing about the inspiration behind the design.

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  24. Just beautiful, Kati! I voted for you :)

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  25. Stunning- I am very impressed with the curved piecing, colors and attention to detail!

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  26. Awesome quilt! I love it - it reminds me of the Chagall "Circles" but in fabric - fabulous!

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  27. An inspired piece of modern quilting art! Hubby's title can be it's family nickname!!

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  28. really inspirational quilt. I wish I was this good! Love it

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  29. Congratulations on your win! This quilt proved very popular.
    I was wondering where you had your quilt labels made - I spotted one in your sew together bags - it looks great.

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  30. I voted for this quilt, so thrilled to bits for you that it won! congratulations!!

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  31. I voted for this quilt, so thrilled to bits for you that it won! congratulations!!

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  32. Amazing very nice job, congratulations to winning categories. Patchwork piecing happy love

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  33. Such a fantastic quilt! Congratulations!

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  34. wow this is awesome - congratulations!!

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  35. Have just seen that you won. Awesome!

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  36. Hahaha! Nemo in the Blender is really funny! The colors are perfect for it. I think your husband totally should get points on that one :) Although I, of course agree that Whirlpool was the name to choose (putting on my serious face.) Either way, this little quilt is amazing! Thank you for sharing it and congratulations!

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  37. I absolutely love this quilt!!! And I have no idea how in the world you would even go about creating something like this. I'm a fairly new quilter and squares and star points still intimidate the heck out of me. You should write a pattern. I would like to buy the first one :c) Thanks for sharing! Tammy Mabry

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