Pineapples and Crowns–Blogger’s Quilt Festival

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Pineapples and Crowns made it into the Viewer’s Choice section of the Festival.
Please remember to vote for your favorite this week!
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Pineapples and Crowns, 61″ square
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I am entering in Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and I apologize for my regular readers who have already seen this quilt.  But she requests a blog post written the week of the festival, so as some one who is totally rule-bound (*cough, cough*) I am writing a new post.  The original post is *here.*
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The inner pineapple blocks were made for me by two sets of bees, but the outer border, of the pineapple crowns is all hand-appliqued.  I went back and forth between all the categories, looking for the “mixed technique” category, but finally entered it in the appliqué category, if you want to help this quilt become a winner–that’s where to go (*shameless plug*).
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It could have gone in “scrappy”  or “large” for just like our children, we can categorize our quilts as one thing or another, depending on if they’ve kept us up all night, sick and crying, or if we see them decked out in their Sunday best, playing the timpani drums at the end-of-school concert, like my eldest granddaughter just did. (Way to go, Keagan!)
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But, as always, the best thing to call quilts is done, ready for display or enjoyment or to take to a botanic garden and take pictures of them, which I did recently.  I love the mix of scrappy white-background fabrics and the rainbow of brights.  I placed warm bright petals in the outermost border, and cool petals in the inner border.  It’s not really noticeable overall, but I needed to organize these blossoms somehow, and I chose to do it with color.
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I hope you’ll take a few minutes and head back to Amy’s Blogger’s Festival to see all the other terrific quilts that are showing up there, and to vote for your favorite in each category.  The voting begins May 22nd, and you can also vote for Viewer’s Choice as well.  Enjoy the online quilt festival!

Colorwheel Blossom–Blogger’s Quilt Festival

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Colorwheel Blossom, 48″ square

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Welcome to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  I’m entering ColorWheel Blossom in the ROYGBIV category of Amy’s online contest.

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 The original finished blog post is *here.*

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It took me forever to find the right colors for the center of the blossom, and I haunted several quilt show booths, combing through their Kona Cottons to find just the right shades, then visited Purl Soho–Irvine to get the right inner petal shades.  I appliquéd it to the white background, and then it took me several months to get up the courage to quilt this.  I settled on a curvilinear emphasis in the middle field and an angular emphasis in the borders.

It now hangs in our hallway right by the front door, a rainbow greeting all our guests, lighting up our home.

Thanks for stopping by to see Colorwheel Blossom. Be sure to head back to Amy’s Blogger’s Festival to see the rest of the quilts, and to vote for your favorites!  Voting begins May 22nd for each category, as well as Viewer’s Choice.