Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival [[tumbler quilt]]

<<it's time for bloggers' quilt festival over at Amy's Creative Side. even though this is only the second time i have participated in bloggers' quilt festival, i seriously look forward to it! for those of you not familiar with BQF, it's just like it sounds -- a fun linky party for bloggers to share a quilt of their choice. when it's all said and done, there will be hundreds and hundreds of fabulous quilts linked up. so not only is it a great place to find quilty inspiration, but it's also a wonderful way to connect with other bloggers in the online sewing community. win, win.>>

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for this bloggers' quilt festival i had a difficult time choosing a quilt to share with you all. more specifically, i was caught between finishing up a WiP quilt or to share a quilt i already had finished. ultimately, i wanted a quilt that represents my quilting "style." so i have decided to share my tumbler quilt!
 
i started this quilt during a summer vacation to the lake -- which i think is part of the reason it remains one of my favorite finishes to date. every year, my family (mom, dad, sister, and bf) and i pack up our vehicles in Iowa and head north to Wisconsin for a week at my aunt & uncle's cabin.  it has become something our two families look forward to each year -- the lake, the boats, the fishing, the quiet time, the family time. all of that. we eat when we want. we sleep when we want. we drink when we want. and for me, this quilt represents all of that.
 
the lake.

the lake.

i have always wanted to make a quilt using the classic tumbler pattern. it's simple, yet striking. and paired with a yummy combination of Kona solids, it's modern. everything i love! 
 
tumbler quilt [finished]

it should come as no surprise that i.love.gray. seriously, love it. which is why it seems to always be the neutral of choice in many of my quilt finishes. but with this quilt, i opted for a classic Kona white as my neutral. for the other Kona solids i went for an array of grays and blues with a punch of yellow.
 
tumbler quilt [finished]
 
the back of the quilt was pieced using some of the left over scraps from the front. and of course, a little more gray!

tumbler quilt [finished]

continuing with that simple yet striking theme, i chose an organic wavy quilting in white to finish this quilt off. it's an easy alternative to the classic straight-line quilting and has quickly become my quilting go-to method. mostly because there's no right or wrong to it!
 
tumbler quilt [finished]

tumbler quilt [finished]

Quilt Stats
Name: Tumbler Quilt
Size: 42" x 44"
Fabric: Assorted Kona cottons
Pieced by: me
Quilted by: me

now grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or my favorite--a cold diet coke, and head on over to Amy's Creative Side and check out all of the fabulous quilts that are a part of Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

xo, megan

43 comments:

  1. Great story behind this, and love the colours

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  2. I'm getting the tumbler die just because of this quilt!!! It's on order right now

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  3. Aw, I love this quilt. You're making me want to get out my tumbler die and start using it...right now! :) Love the solids you used here, too, so lovely!

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  4. Love this quilt Megan! It's perfect!

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  5. I have to make this! Its gorgeous!

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  6. Love the tumblers, and love the colours even more!

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  7. Still love it! Great color palette.

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  8. Gorgeous palette and love the tumbler design. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Lovely Megan! I really like the colors and the simplicity of it. And the back! I always like it when someone takes a little time with the back! I am in the yellow, aqua and gray charm square swap so this is right up my alley!

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  10. I think it's so cool you can quilt on vacation! It turned out fantastic!

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  11. Love this quilt! Simple and gorgeous!

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  12. Love the colors and I really like the pieced back.

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  13. I love everything about this quilt! Great job! =)

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  14. I really love this. The longer I stared at it, it started looking 3 dimensional. I also love the colors.

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  15. Ohhh, I love this one. And yes, very YOU! One of my favorites that you have made :)

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  16. I totally understand why you love this one, I do too! And I really love the back just as much as the front!

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  17. I love this! It's just a really classic quilt.

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  18. Hi Megan! I love your quilt and I'm also fan of the grey even it doesn't show in my sewing! Why I didn't choose that die for my GO!Baby?!
    xxx Teje

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  19. What a crisp fresh quilt. I think I need to make a scrappy mini tumbler. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction and #31 antique 1850 star quilt

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  20. great colors and great pattern. Love the quilt!

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  21. Gorgeous! I love the solids!! You did a great job :)

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  22. This makes me wish I'd gotten the Tumbler die - still might! Its fab Megan, really gorgeous!

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  23. I've never been a big fan of the tumbler block . . . until now! That is such a fabulous quilt - totally changed my opinion. Now I have to have one! :)

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  24. I love this quilt. The colors, solids, design, back...everything about it is right up my alley! We took our first vacation to Wisconsin late in the summer and I can totally see why your family loves it there!

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  25. I. love. your. quilt.

    The tumbler pattern. The solid colors you used. The quilting itself. All of it. Love it. Gold star for you!

    I am a newbie quilter(with a whopping 2 quilts under my belt, one that still needs binding). Is the tumbler hard to do? Since it is kind of at an angle? I would love to do a quilt like yours but have my fears. :-)

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  26. I adore your color combination. Sometimes I think we get caught up in intricate patterns and fabrics. This quilt is simply beautiful!

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  27. this is awesome! i love simple color designs like this! I've never seen a tumbler quilt like it!

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  28. Love the tumbler pattern and it really shines with these solids!

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  29. I would like to try the tumbler one day, I love your colours

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  30. Love it very much, the back is so great!!

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  31. Love...and the colors are yummy!

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  32. Like your quilt and what a beautiful place to be! Great colors and the back is really fun. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  33. Great quilt! Love the solids and the back is awesome!!

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  34. Lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  35. What a wonderful tumbler quilt! Love your colors...awesome!

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