Friday 23 September 2016

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Modern Quilt Category

This is my second entry to the Bloggers Quilt Festival: Fall 2016 hosted by Amy Ellis of Amys Creative Side.

May I present to you Bluebell Woods entered in the Modern Quilts section.

Bluebell was made from Sherri Lynn Wood's book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters using Score 1, Floating Squares. She is 50.1/2 by 43.1/2inches, and quilted using the serpentine stitch, Bernina stitch 4 set to length 2, width 2.5.

Can you see the bluebells, in three different shades, for as you know bluebells come in many different colours. The trees are arching over on the right, and the blue sky is overhead, peeping through at the top left corner. The gentle rain is falling softly on Bluebell Woods, feeding and nurturing the rich soil. Although I had originally intended to bind the quilt in green with a scattering of bluebells I didn't have enough left, therefor I extended the sky and the trees into the border and added only random bluebells on three sides. However I am pleased with the effect this gives.

I didn't plan the size, I just made the blocks and Bluebell just seemed to take on a life of her own. When it came to putting her together there was very little adjustment to be made. One block was too small by 3 1/2 inches, so I fudged a bit extra which blended in quite well, in fact although I know which block I have trouble seeing the adjustment. On another I added a small strip of background at the side. I did use the rotary cutter on the edges for a very light trim where they were very wavy, and one block was slightly too tall and had just over an inch trimmed off the top. Let's take a closer look.

Can you see the rain now?  If we turn her over.......

You can see underneath the surface, the rich dark soil which feeds the woods, and look, there are lots of seeds scattered, ready for the summer flowers, (but there again it could be because I bought the fabric on sale :)

I had the most fun making this quilt, and if you would like to read the inspiration and the story behind it start with post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, the reveal, and post 5, the final chapter to find the secret behind the quilt, but make sure you read them in order.

Enjoy the festival, and make sure you remember to vote on your favourite in each of the different categories.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me, and if you consider voting for me I am most grateful, it would be wonderful if you came back.

Until next time
Smiles from


  1. I like your whimsical tale of this quilt.

  2. Oh, good for you! I'm so glad you entered this piece! You'll have my vote, for sure! XO

  3. Kate you have the most creative way with words (not to mention fabric!). I'm glad you entered Blue Bell Woods.

  4. Lovely quilt and lovely story of the quilt Kate - good luck!

  5. What a nice quilt :-) It's fun to see so many quilts from earlier this year, when I hadn't been reading blogs, reposted now for the BQF!

  6. You have certainly captured a field of bluebells. I love the wavy quilting - it compliments the theme.

  7. I really love this one Kate. It looks so much like flowers in the woods. Did you see that you got tagged on Instagram by Aurifil? Pretty awesome!

  8. I am a firm believer that the story is just as vital to the quilt as the pattern and the quilting. Hope the rich dark soil brings forth lot of luck in the festival along with other pattern ideas and creativity!

  9. I really like this quilt design with the consistent background and different pops of color on the quilt.


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