A Hopeful Quilt for Me


First of all, I'm taking part in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, if you didn't come from there, head on over and check out all the quilty goodness.

This quilt has been in the works for a while.  When Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt came out, my first reaction was that it was kinda drab and boring.  But by now, I really love it.  Somehow the colors are rich, yet grownup and subdued.  Old fashioned without being drab.


I used CluckCluckSew's free tutorial to piece the quilt top.  And before you all turn up your nose at raw-edge piecing, just let me put a word in for it.  Sure, it's a bit more casual, and maybe it is lazy, but I'm thinking it's the only way I'm ever gonna have a whole quilt pieced with circles.  And now that's it's all washed and soft I really like the extra texture it gives.


This quilt top sat around for a long time waiting to have it's back made.  Once upon a time I fell in love with this quilt back, and set it on my brain shelf for this quilt.  After I had the geese made, I decided to add the word HOPE in.  Partly because this quilt is made from Hope Valley fabric, but mainly because this is a word that I need to be reminded of lately.


Now I'm off to snoop around the Quilt Festival.  Happy Quilting!

40 comments:

  1. I love this quilt, especially the back, which would actually be a great front as well. It took me a while to warm up to this fabric line too... and then I stocked up. ):

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  2. Love the quilt! Great idea putting a word in the back...a really good word.

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  3. This is a really awesome quilt, and I especially love the back! Was it hard to do? It looks so cool! :)

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  4. totally and utterly beautiful and fabulous quilt and I love the raggedy texture the raw edge gives - it makes it more cosy to me and gives the feel of a proper loved, hand made and not factory produced item. I hope that whatever is making you feel the need for hope is going to resolve itself for you. XXX

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  5. This looks great...love the back!

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  6. Very pretty! Love it! :D I will DEFINITELY have to try this!

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  7. What a beautiful quilt! i personally like raw edge applique, I also like the texture it gives a quilt.

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  8. I need to make one of these. Like yesterday. You just pushed me over the edge...LOL! :)

    Beautiful quilt. Beautiful back to go along with it! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

    Hugs!

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  9. I LOVE IT! And I personally think the raw edge ADDS TO the wonderful, cozy look & feel of the quilt! GREAT JOB! I think I just might have to try to make one of these myself.

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  10. This is very beautiful. I dont know why you said drab at all.

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  11. Gorgeous! Hope Valley really looks nice with the pattern you've chosen!

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  12. You did an awesome job...I've got a hope valley fat quarter pack that hasn't been touched yet...I think you've given me some inspiration!
    And the back is just as beautiful!

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  13. Such a gorgeous quilt! Raw edge applique has its own style and place in the design scheme - and I think it's perfect for this quilt. But I'm especially taken with your quilt back - it's so special and unique! Great work all around. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  14. Far from drab and boring. It is beautiful.

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  15. I'd never turn up my nose at raw edges. I think it adds a nice texture!

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  16. I'm all for raw edge. Gives a different feel to a quilt. The colors all look quite pretty together.

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  17. I love the texture of a raw edge, gives it so much more depth. Beautiful quilt!!

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  18. A lovely quilt - the texture of the raw edge applique is wonderful.

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  19. This quilt is gorgeous - something to be treasured for a long time! I won a fat quarter bundle of the entire Hope Valley line and it's just waiting to be cut into - do I dare attempt a quilt like this!

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  20. A wonderful quilt...love the hope valley fabrics with this pattern. Beautiful!

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  21. Hope Valley is my favorite line. The back of your quilt is just as wonderful as the front. Love the flying geese!

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  22. I love this quilt. Ironically, even though I'm donig the BQF too I hadn't seen this one there- saw the back on flickr. I really love the back immensely. I might have to use that in a quilt I'm working on now - if you don't mind! :) Great work!

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  23. What a beautifully warm and cozy looking quilt! Love the rag-quilting effect on the front.

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  24. I like the quilt back with the word "hope" -- very pretty quilt top with the colors.

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  25. what a cozy quilt, has a real vintage fee. Hope it helps you feel better. Thanks.
    Come see my 1890 antique schoolhouse quilt and
    black/white/pink scrappy miniature

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  26. Count this as another one in my "someday" pile! I love it! I love the brightness and funnness (is that a word? now it is!) of all the fabrics together.

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  27. A quilt in any technique is still a good friend. I like the softness of the raw edge . You have inspired me to take another look at the technique.Thankyou for posting it.

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  28. this is so so pretty....you did such an amazing job. i love the pattern you used.

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  29. Your quilt is looking great. I love the colours and design. I really like the effect from the raw edge applique. Great work!

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  30. I love it! It makes me want to get started on one right now. I love the raw edges, I like to make things a little easier on myself too.

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  31. Beautiful quilt, I love the raw edges! I love the casual look.

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  32. I've never seen raw edge piecing before... but I've always been intimidated by pieced circles. So maybe this is just the thing I need to try out!

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful quilt with us!

    ~ Meagan

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  33. What a lovely quilt you did a nice job of putting it together. I haven't been a fan of the raw edge applique, but it does look nice on your quilt.

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  34. congrats on winning... it's a lovely quilt... i really want to make one myself.

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  35. Congrats - on winning and on an interesting quilt! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  36. I love the raw edge applique! I also love your pieced back. Great quilt!

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  37. Hey! you won, lucky duck. Congratulations! You deserve it!

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  38. I love this quilt! I feel the same way about Hope Valley-- for the longest time I resisted, because I didn't think that I loved the fabrics, but I just caved and ordered a whole bunch of it, and it's so great to see it all together in such a beautiful quilt!

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  39. what a lovely quilt. want to make a circle quilt and there are so many different ways. at first i didn't like the fuzzy edges of some of them, but now i love them, too, and find them very appealing. thanks for sharing your quilt and the story and have a great day

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