Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Autumn House

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Last month, I finally completed "Autumn House," a BOM quilt from Bunny Hill Designs! Woo hoo! I've been super excited to share the finished quilt with y'all, but decided to wait until Blogger's Quilt Festival for the big "reveal."

Autumn House quilt completed
The BOM subscription from Shabby Fabrics was a Christmas gift from my awesome husband. I started as soon as the first block arrived in January 2009. All of the blocks are hand appliqued. The top was finished in January 2010. But I didn't manage to quilt it until last month.

This is my first completed hand applique quilt, and I was really, really nervous about messing it up by quilting it. I spent a long time working out a quilting plan. I spent some time practicing. Then I finally just took a deep breath and did it.

Autumn House block 1 quilted
I started with straight lines, outlining the blocks and the borders. Then I outlined all of the appliques. Next I focused on all of the details in the appliques (the pumpkins, doors, roofs, etc.). I did the background quilting next, starting with cross-hatching in the center block.

Autumn House quilted center block
I was initially going to cross-hatch 5 blocks, but after finishing the center block (shown above), I was done. Holy cow, not only was it time consuming, but it was hard! So, I tried a couple other things with the remaining blocks.

Autumn House block 3 quilting
In blocks 1, 3 (shown above), 7, and 9, I used a curly-cue motif.

Autumn House block 8 quilted
In blocks 2, 4, 6, and 8 (shown above), I did the leafy-viney motif.

Autumn House border quilting detail
Lastly, I completed the borders. I quilted the inner border with a leaf pattern. Then I did the outer border with vines and a little pumpkin at the bottom that was inspired by Lynn's beautiful quilting.

Almost all of the quilting (straight lines, outlining, backgrounds, borders) was done using King Tut 40 weight thread in a pretty variegated color, "Sands of Time." I quilted the details with Mettler 50 weight in colors to match the area I was quilting.

Autumn House quilt label
And, here's the label I created for it. There's a peek at the backing too. It is an old Moda print I had in my stash.

I am so proud of this quilt. Thanks so much for taking time to visit and letting me share it with you!

63 comments:

  1. This is so adorable! Love it!

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  2. Beautiful - you must be very proud! Great quilting....

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  3. Wow what an amazing piece of work and a really beautiful quilt - what a lovely husband to choose such a perfect present. You did a great job.

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  4. Beautiful work. I love Bunny Hill designs.

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  5. Robin, this is just amazing! I already knew you had great applique skills and this really shows them off, but your quilting is also just so wonderful. The time you took to choose how to quilt it really paid off. Such a treasure!

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  6. I how this came together! The quilting is really great!

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  7. this is wonderful! I have this pattern...but have not tackled it yet. i see you are from Bothell....you must shop at Keepsake Cottage...one of my favorite places to visit when i'm in the area.
    your quilting is nice too!
    karen

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  8. OMG!!!!!! I LOVE it!!!!!!!! You did such an awesome job quilting it. Your patience shows. I can't imagine doing all that quilting. I have a quilt that needs custom work like that but I was going to send it out, now I think I will try to do a little at a time like you did and do it myself. Very inspirational.

    My LQS is going to have this as a BOM next year, now I want to do it.

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  9. great quilting!! isn't it fun to get a great gift that you can love and cherish!

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  10. You sneaky, sneaky girl! It is amazing!!! The time you spent on quilting it was worth it :)

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  11. Your quilt is wonderful! I love houses on quilts!

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  12. You are justifiably proud of the quilt. It is gorgeous. I hope you enter it in some shows. It is bound to win some ribbons. I like how you told us how you quilted each block - very helpful. I'm going to put the link in my favorites to refer to when i have to decide quilting. The applique is tops!

    Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Wow Robin! That is truly impressive. It is sure to become an heirloom.

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  14. This is really beautiful! I already knew you were a great appliquer, but you are an excellent machine quilter as well!

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  15. I;m always impressed when people actually finish their BOMs! Lovely...

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  16. wow, such detail! your quilt is amazing! thank you for coming by my blog :)

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  17. Totally gorgeous. Bunny Hill does lovely designs and you interpreted it well.

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  18. Be proud! It is magnigicent. I so envy you with your applique. I have done some but it scares me silly. I know its only practice.

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  19. Gorgeous quilt -- I love the houses!

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  20. This is a stunner! Love it! It is a beautiful quilt and that machine quilting looks so wonderful!!

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  21. I'm impressed; it looks great! Impressed that your husband gave you a BOM as a present too.

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  22. There are so many styles but this style and your colors are my favorite. Great Job. Love Lois

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  23. This is one of my favorite quilts so far. It is so cute and your work is wonderful.

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  24. Your quilt is wonderful! What a great gift from your husband and what a lot of work from you!! It is beautiful. :)

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  25. Just one word - wow. I'm so sad that you don't still live here to share some of your talent in teaching me. Sigh. I continue to be in awe and worship at your feet. This is truly a work of art.

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  26. Oh my you should be proud of this quilt, it's gorgeous!!!!! I love it! The quilting you did is wonderful!

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  27. A true heirloom! This is just fantastic. You really brought it to life with all your handwork. Thank you for sharing your quilt's story.

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  28. What a treasure! Lovely. I have admired that BOM but I have so many other quilts sitting here, ready to make I just didn't have the heart to buy yet another. Love it. Kudos for doing such a great job with it.

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  29. Great job- it turned out beautifully. Love the quilted pumpkin.
    Thanks for visiting/commenting on both my entries.

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  30. You did a great job! Love her designs! :)

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  31. Congratulations on your first completed hand appliqued quilt Robin, it is so beautiful!!!!! And, the quilting!!!

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  32. what a wonderful and homey quilt. Your color are great!

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  33. How Adorable! I love all the elements of this quilt! Thanks for sharing it!

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  34. Beautiful quilt and your quilting is great.

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  35. Beautiful quilt! I love the quilting you did on it.

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  36. This is stunning. There is so much work involved with all the applique.
    What a wonderful quilt!

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  37. There's something about a quilt full of houses that I just can't resist. Yours is beautiful. well done - especially with the quilting. You've done a great job.

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  38. j'admire le travail ce r├ęsultat est superbe

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  39. beautiful! I really love this quilt, you worked so hard on it!

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  40. Look at that squirrel! Swoon! Lovely job! And amazing husband!

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  41. Great job - I love Bunny Hill, the patterns are soooo cute!

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  42. This quilt is so beautiful, and I love the quilting.

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  43. This is such a lovely quilt - I would love to make one of these. I think you did really well with your machine quilting - it's stunning! And I love to hand applique too.
    Well done!

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  44. That deep breath must have worked, because the quilting results are awesome!

    ~ Meagan

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  45. congrats on finishing the quilt. That is awesome and a great addition to the festival.

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  46. there aren't enough words to praise the details of this quilt. you have every reason to be proud of it!
    cheers from you new follower all the way from Portugal!

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  47. Very nice! I love the little houses! :)

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  48. I've mad and finished several block of the month quilts and I love the mystery of them and how different each one turns out. You did a great job on yours.

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  49. This is gorgeous! So much work!! Such a lovely pattern, I especially love those little squirrels!

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  50. Thank you for the kind comment about my quilting! I think you did a beautiful job of quilting yours!

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  51. Beautiful quilt! Wow - everything about it- the applique and the quilting are stunning. Bravo. A work of art.

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  52. I love the quilt and your quilting! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. This quilt is beautiful! I love to applique, but have never done anything by hand! Great work!!

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  54. Your quilt is really beautiful! I love the colors you used.

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  55. I am loving how each block is quilted according to the design. What a perfect small sampler!

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  56. Wow, Robin! What a lot of quilting! It looks fantastic, and I am so impressed. You amaze me all the time!

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  57. What a wonderful quilt. I love house quits of all kinds and this one is exceptional. I love all of your details - so charming

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  58. fantastic!! i have just found out i love doing applique by hand after doing the snowbound quilt at bunny hill. have done handwork my whole life but thought these OLD hands wouldn't be happy doing it--quite the contrary, thankfully. thanks for sharing your beautiful work and have a great day

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  59. That's such a lovely quilt, is it big or a wall hanging size, gotta love Saltbox houses

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