Bloggers Quilt Festival–My Favorite Quilt

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Paisley Pavane
Paisley Pavane
2005
59″ x 59″

I’ve decided that Paisley Pavane is my favorite quilt, if I’m just thinking about the design. I made this quilt for the New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest a few years ago, and I enjoyed every minute of it’s making. Every part of the quilt was a leftover from other (failed) projects, and it’s just so fun that it all came together so well. I used my embroidery machine seriously for the first time, and developed some really cool techniques to solve various issues along the way that I still use today.

Paisley Pavane hangs on the wall in our dining room (and pretty much takes over the room), so I see it all day long as I go to and from the kitchen, and I never get tired of looking at it. The light from the window bounces off the 3,000+ Swarovski crystals and the whole thing sparkles as I walk by.

Paisley Pavane detail
Paisley Pavane detail

A friend was here for dinner the other evening, and he studied the quilt for quite some time, and finally asked what it was made of, and if it was really fabric. I asked what he meant, and he said the black fabric looked like it was rubber or something! The background fabric is black sateen, and it does kind of look a bit artificial and almost rubbery because of the sheen, and it was especially pronounced the way the light in the room was affecting the quilt right then. It’s always interesting to hear what a non-quilter will say about textile art!

Paisley Pavane detail
Paisley Pavane detail

One of the reasons that this quilt is my favorite is that if I made it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. With so many of the projects I make, there are little things that I would change or improve upon if I had it to do over again, but not this one. When I look at it, I think it’s perfect just the way it is, and I was thinking the other day how I’d like to make something similar again, because it was so enjoyable and turned out so well. Other than that, burgundy and green has been my favorite color combination for longer than I can remember, and I don’t think that will ever change!

As I said, Paisley Pavane is my favorite quilt if I’m just thinking about the design. But I have another favorite quilt that is a bit shabbier looking, but it makes my heart sing.

Cat Quilt

It’s been slept with, dragged, carried, cuddled, snuggled, and well loved. I made this quilt for my oldest daughter when she was little from a pattern in The Cat’s Meow by Janet Kime. It’s a scrappy quilt, with each cat having a matching spool in the border.

Cat Quilt
Cat Quilt

The background fabric is a plain muslin, and I stitched in the ditch around the patchwork pieces. I took my first hand quilting stitches in this quilt to make the hearts between the pairs of cats, when I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have the right needle or thread and I was trying to do it without a thimble!

Cat Quilt
Cat Quilt

These two quilts are what it’s all about: quilting for the joy of it, and for the joy it brings to those you love. Simple, yet heartwarming.

bloggers-quilt-festivalThanks go to Amy @ Park City Girl for calling all quilters to participate in the First Annual Bloggers Quilt Festival! I can’t wait to visit with everyone and see all the quilts!

Nadine

119 thoughts on “Bloggers Quilt Festival–My Favorite Quilt

  1. The first quilt takes my breath away. What an amazing result!! I especially love the colourful stitching on the black “rubber”.
    But the second quilt is the one that really touches my heart. I love a quilt that has so clearly been well used and loved.

    • Hi Andi! Some of the threads are Valdani variegated cottons, and I also used some Sulky rayon threads so there’s a little shimmer from those as well. Thanks for your lovely comments about my quilts!

  2. Stunning! The colors just pop off the black.
    The second well loved quilt brings to mind the one I made my oldest son. It has been re-quilted and bound. I has a few patches and holes.

    • Thanks Gayla! No patches or holes in this quilt, but there probably would have been had I made it for her when she was younger. I think I finished it when she was between 3 and 4, so it got quite a bit of use even then. Isn’t it wonderful when something we make becomes so important to someone we love?

      Thanks for visiting!

    • Hi Terri! To give credit where it’s due, most of the quilting designs came from Quilting Makes the Quilt by Lee Cleeland, a most excellent book and great quilting design reference. I can’t recommend this book enough! If I remember correctly, I just rearranged some of the paisley designs to flow around the plates evenly, and maybe resized a couple of the designs.

      Thanks for your kind comments, Terri!

  3. Oh my! This is one of the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen! I love the quilting design, the color combination, and the design of this quilt. Just lovely.

    • Thanks amylouwho! Oh yes, obviously loved–until it’s somewhat flat, a bit limp, but still wonderful and smelling of childhood and memories! (and dryer sheets! :D )

  4. Your favourite quilt is just wonderful. The way the design just works together. I wish I could see it close up to see the crystals and how you have attached them. Beautiful.
    The second quilt is so charming. Clearly well-loved too.

    • Hi Mandy! The crystals are Swarovski hot-fix, so they’re actually attached with heat activated glue to the quilt. This quilt is really difficult to photograph well because there’s so much high contrast, and even the professional quilt photographer didn’t really do a stellar job of it for the book it was featured in. There are many more crystals on it than you can see in the main quilt photo, but I did just upload a new detail photo in this post that shows the crystals better.

      Thanks for your kind comments, and for visiting, Mandy!

    • Thank you, Amy, for visiting, and leaving such kind comments about my quilts. And a bigger THANK YOU to you for creating an opportunity for all of us to share our quilts with new quilters, and make new friends through blogging!

  5. “if I made this quilt again, I wouldn’t change a thing” That says A LOT! No wonder it is a fave. The second fave is pretty sweet and special too!

    Thanks for sharing…

    • Thank you, Doris! Yes, that right there is what made me finally realize why I liked this quilt so much! And the Kitty Quilt is just love and sweetness in fabric and thread. Thanks for stopping by!

    • You should definitely just go for it with the crystals, Mary-Kay. They’re so fun, and add such luxe to a quilt. I wasn’t sure where to put them either the first time I used them, but you do learn as you go which colors look best on which colors of fabric, and where you can work them into the design of the fabrics and/or the quilting. And of course, nothing is cast in stone, because you can lay them out on the quilt and see how they look before you glue them permanently.

      Fair warning though: once you start, it’s hard to stop, and you’ll want to crystallize everything! And beware of damaging your hands (think carpal tunnel syndrome or tenosynovitis) from over-using the muscles when applying crystals or doing any other task like this to excess. I did that, and I still have problems with my hands!

      Thanks for your kind comments, Mary-Kay!

  6. Oh, I wish I could see these quilts in person!!! Both of them. :-)

    I made a quilt a few months ago for a friend and I used a lot of crystals, sequins, etc, on it. When you shake it open, it just SPARKLES. I loved that so now I want to make one for myself so that I have my own sparkly quilt, too.

    I took pictures of mine and it is so hard to do a sparkly quilt justice with a photo. You just lose that whole dimension. I think your quilt should be on a wall in a museum. Thank you so much for posting pictures!

    • Hi Lisa! Come to Germany dear, and I’ll happily show them to you! Walking by a sparkly quilt every day can bring a smile, that’s for sure. That’s what got me hooked on crystals in the first place: I saw a quilt at the Houston show by Cheri Johnson, and it had over 7,000 (yes, that’s seven thousand) crystals on it! It was amazing, and I found her in her booth at the show and bought my crystals right then. (I’m pretty sure that it was “Bird of Paradise” that I saw; the show coordinators had to set it up so that the quilt was visible from the front and the back because many of the crystals were actually on the back of the quilt!)

      But you’re absolutely right, these sparkly quilts are difficult to photograph for full effect. Well, actually, I really think you could say that about almost any quilt; even the best photographers don’t always capture the “best” of a quilt perfectly.

      Thank you for your lovely comments Lisa, and for visiting!

  7. I do love the design and quilting on your first quilt. Your second quilt has brought tears to my eyes. When I was pregnant with my first child (now 12) I made a twin sized quilt top of the same pattern, with bright floral cats and a black background. When my baby was born and had to stay in the hospital, I was so upset I put the top away and didn’t finish it. I never found that top again, never saw it, have no idea what happened to it.
    I LOVE your quilts. I know your daughter treasures that quilt as well.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Dionne

    • Hi Dionne! Thank you for your kind comments on my quilts. It’s too bad that your quilt top disappeared! You should make another one just like it–maybe for a wedding, or grandchild in the future?

      Thanks for visiting!

  8. Absolutely incredible! My son still sleeps with the dinosaur quilt I made for him 12 years ago. He has grown so tall and asked for a new quilt. I asked him what fabric choice. He said “dinosaur”. He is a teen now :-)

  9. That quilt belongs in a glass case with security! Incredible! You are quite and ARTIST! I also love your daughters quilt, it has what I like to call the look of love. Thanks for sharing.

    • Oh, you’re so sweet Melody! Thanks! You’re right, it’s the look of love on that kitty quilt. My daughter was just here in my studio, and repossessed it!

  10. An absolutely stunning quilt! The detail is amazing. How great that you get to enjoy it all the time :-) Love the little quilt you made your child, too. The first quilt I made was for my son and he used it for ten years until it literally fell apart in the wash when he was away at college. I never took a picture of that quilt. Silly me!

    • Hi Kim! I have made quilts that I haven’t taken pictures of as well, and I always regret not having that pic. I try not to do that anymore! Thanks for your lovely comments about my quilts, and thanks for visiting!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing these! Paisley Pavane is just gorgeous– so bold and lovely, and it has so much movement to it. It sings. And I love the little kitty quilt. It must feel so gratifying to know how much it is used and loved. :)

    • Robin, thank you for coming to visit, and saying such wonderful things! I’m glad you liked the quilts. It is a wonderful feeling to know that my daughter still loves her quilt!

  12. How large is the Paisley one? And how long do you think it took?? It’s just gorgeous!! I’ve seen the kitty one in person and it was love at first sight! So sweet.

  13. This is a lovely quilt – the paisley variegated quilting in the black background is stunning and I love the inset squares around the border. I’m not surprised this is your favourite.

  14. Your Paisley Pavane is incredible. I am so amazed to look at the close up photos and see how the fabric colors and crystal play together. Wow.
    Thank you also for the nice comments on my pinwheel star and noticing all of the fun I had making pillows for on my bed to go with the quilt.

    • Hi Mary! Thank you for your lovely comments about Paisley Pavane. It was great fun (well, mostly) choosing the crystal colors! I say “mostly” because when I made this quilt, there were fewer colors available, and it was sometimes difficult to get the effect I wanted with what there was at the time. Now there are a few more colors in the hot-fix collection. Thanks for visiting!

  15. I can only imagine the hours that went into making such a masterpiece. This has got to be one of the most unusual quilts I have ever seen. Just Beautiful.

    And I have to say, your other favorite quilt is rather charming. I tend to love older, shabbier, well loved things best!

    • Hi Coloradolady! Eh, I think the hours were worth it, and when you do what you love, the hours pass like minutes anyway. Thank you for your kind comments about my quilts!

  16. Wow
    Your paisley quilt has taken my breath away.
    I have never seen anything so complicatedly beautiful.
    Wow
    Thank you for sharing it with us!

  17. Your paisley quilt is stunning, wish I could see it in person with all the crystals. The baby quilt, so sweet with all the memories.
    You could well market a pattern for sale for your paisley, it’s a work of art.

    • Thanks Cindy! I applied the crystals 80 at a time and only that many per day, so I didn’t over-stress the muscles in my hands. You have to use tweezers to pick up each one and place it on the quilt, and that repetitive squeezing with the tweezers can (and has!) caused injury. Thanks for visiting!

  18. Wow, after looking at your favorite quilt it makes me wonder what I was thinking when I decided to join this quilt festival. The quilt is stunning. I enjoyed seeing your daughter’s quilt as well, so loved! Thanks for sharing..Kathy

    • No, no, Kathy, that’s not how it should be! Your butterfly quilt is fabulous; the quilting, metallic threads and embellishments are wonderful! I love it! I know that Greg and Vanessa surely must love it too. You should be proud!

  19. Nadine,
    Your quilt is absolutely stunning and the detail is exquisite. What alot of thread and bead detail. Your workmanship is impeccable too.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful piece of art.
    Your daughter’s cat quilt is really special too- well loved quilts make me feel warm all over.

    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
    Anna

    • No, thank you, Anna, for visiting and leaving such lovely comments about my work! You’re right about the well-loved quilts. My daughter (now 17) was here in my studio last night before bed, and she went off with the quilt around her shoulders like a cape. We both went to bed warm and happy!

    • Hiya Jen! I really find that to be true about most quilts. It’s a difficult to photograph medium really. I try to keep that in mind when I look at quilt pictures online though! Thanks for your lovely comments, and for stopping by!

    • Hi Catherine! I’m kind of addicted to crystals. I love making quilts where I can use them now, and I keep thinking about some older quilts that I could add crystals to as well. Thanks for your kind comments, and for visiting!

  20. I could not resist comment on this one. I have seen Paisley Pavane in person at a rotating display in a museum in Louisiana and it is absolutley stunning. Words can not describe its beauty! I must admit that once I was finished drooling over it I was thrilled to see that it was Nadine’s as I occasionally listen to her podcast! Thank you Nadine for sharing such a wonderful piece of art!

    • Hi Vickie, and welcome! Thank you so much for your fabulous comments about my quilt. I’m so glad you got to see it in person! I think I’m a little jealous, actually, since you got to see the rest of the quilts in that exhibit in person too, and I never did. :) Thanks for visiting!

  21. I am vastly disappointed I missed seeing this quilt(PP)! I’m so glad you get never-ending joy from it…and I have my ‘first’ quilt on the wall for all to see. It’s a good reminder of how far I have come…since I teach quilting in FL, it keeps me humble. I am really enjoying your site, am new to blogging, but love your articles and that car! Thanks.

  22. Hi Nadine!

    I ADORE your quilt. So much so, that I’d love it if you would post it on my website. The url for the place to upload a picture and the story behind it is at:

    http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/quilt-pictures.html#INV

    If you’d like, I can include close up photos too, but those would have to be emailed to my email address. When I upload the contribution, I’d then go in and add the code for the extra pictures.

    I’d love for my visitors to see your quilt. It’s fabulous! You should be so proud of your achievement!

    Respectfully,

    Julie Baird
    Generations Quilt Patterns

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