Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Petals in the Wind

My second entry to this Spring’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival is Petals in the Wind (also known as Low Volume Fail, Pastel Win!)  This was the very first quilt I shared on this blog, and I am really happy to be able to show it again!

Petals in the Wind blog full view

With this quilt, I was interested in creating a sense of movement and explore the use of negative space.  In this instance, the idea of negative space has a very literal interpretation.  Each area of the quilt was created as a separate segment.  When these pieces combine, there are open area designed into the quilt.

Cassandra I Beaver Low Volume Fail Detail B


Each section is constructed using curved improvisational piecing, heavily quilted with lines that emphasize the curves of the piecing, and the edges bound prior to joining it with other sections of the quilt.  If you are interested in reading more about the design process involved with this quilt, please stop by the original post for Petals in the Wind.

Petals in the Wind detail a

A Spring breeze has many small gusts which join together to gently rustle through young foliage and toss colorful petals through the air.  By creating the quilt in sections, I hoped to add to the visual movement of the piece and create a feeling of that Spring breeze.  The open spaces represent moments of calm on a windy day.

Petals in the Wind detail b

In this quilt, the petals are represented by hexagons appliquéd throughout the quilt and in the spaces between segments.  The hexagons are created by folding a circle (I have shown a very similar technique in this post), then embellishing the shape with a fabric yo-yo, cotton and silk threads, and glass beads.

Petals in the Wind detail c

This quilt will be in the Art Quilt Category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  The Festival is currently open for entries and nominations for viewer’s choice.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely quilts that have been entered, and come back between May 22-29 to vote for your favorites in every category!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Petals in the Wind

Size: 66″w x 47″h

Techniques:  Machine Improvisational Piecing, Hand Appliqué, Hand Embroidery, Glass Bead Details

Quilting:  Machine quilted using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics: 100% cotton prints and batiks

Batting:  Warm and Natural cotton batting

Thread:  Cotton machine quilting thread

Binding:  Bias, cut in 2″ strips from fabrics used in the quilt.  Machine stitched to the front, and hand stitched to the back

What’s Next for this Quilt?  Look for this quilt at the American Quilter’s Society show in Syracuse, NY later this year!


19 thoughts on “Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Petals in the Wind

  1. Judy says:

    Beautiful!! I’m not typically a pastel lover, but this works! Best of luck in the Quilt Festival and the show in NY!! SO exciting 😀

  2. daphne de jager says:

    A beautiful, inspirational quilt. I love the soft dreamy colors and combination of the traditional hexagon shape with the curved art piecing. Innovative construction too. Congratulations – work to be proud of.
    Greetings from Cape Town

  3. Marcela says:

    Hermoso trabajo! una verdadera obra de arte. Amo todas las técnicas para trabajar con telas, y lo tuyo me encantó. Felicitaciones!!!

    • thenotsodramaticlifeadmin says:

      Thanks, Marcela!

      Here is a rough translation using Google Translate:
      Beautiful job! a true work of art. I love all the techniques for working with fabrics, and yours loved. Congratulations !!!

  4. Terri says:

    Beautiful. I love the pastels, I just can’t make them work for me. This is so soft and dramatic at the same time. UNIQUE.

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