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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Kamila@ Work-With-PatchesMay 16, 2015 at 3:51 am
What a great idea! First time I see a quilt with holes. I loved beautiful fabrics, quilting and all details.
Greetings from Poland
CindyMay 16, 2015 at 8:26 am
I love this!
JudyMay 16, 2015 at 11:02 am
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 😀
Yvonne @ Quilting JetgirlMay 16, 2015 at 11:32 am
Wow, this is an amazing quilt, Cassandra! I love how you bound each piece separately and the thought you put into the meaning behind the quilt.
Kristen JonesMay 16, 2015 at 11:55 am
Wow! That quilt is amazing! Just stunning!
Ana Maria PernaMay 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm
I like the pastel colours and the elaborate embellishments on the hexagons.
LeaMay 16, 2015 at 7:06 pm
Wow! This quilt is absolutely gorgeous. What a splendid work of art.
Peggy JebavyMay 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm
I love this quilt! You did a wonderful job!
wendyMay 17, 2015 at 4:50 am
Wow! This truly is an original quilt. The workmanship is beautiful and i love the shapes created
M-R @ Quilt MattersMay 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Wow, that is gorgeous! I love the movement and your details are fantastic!
SallyMay 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm
Interesting piece. I really like the movement. The pastels are very pretty, too. Nice work.
GrazynaMay 28, 2015 at 6:52 am
Fantastic quilt! I love this!
daphne de jagerJuly 25, 2015 at 1:52 am
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
MarcelaAugust 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm
Hermoso trabajo! una verdadera obra de arte. Amo todas las técnicas para trabajar con telas, y lo tuyo me encantó. Felicitaciones!!!
thenotsodramaticlifeadminAugust 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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 !!!
Carol LutzJanuary 24, 2016 at 11:55 am
Wow! Gorgeous quilt! I’m sure the photos don’t do it justice.
TerriJune 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm
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.
Sandra. DavisJune 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm
No Web site but would love a pattern to this
TerriOctober 6, 2018 at 1:20 pm
So glad to have found your blog.