Friday, 28 October 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Amy'sCreativeSide

Meet Franky (Again!)


So I'm putting Franky into the Bloggers Quilt Festival, this quilt's name comes from the fact it's a Frankenstein's monster from the scrap bin! How this beast started is documented here and is an utter testament to what happens when you mix wine and quilting. 720 1.5" squares of madness later this is what I have to show for it. My inspiration for Franky was this picture from...you guessed it pinterest! I love how the little squares of colour, not much when alone, came together to create an awesome wall display and I thought "Hey I want some of that action!" 
This little quilt is being entered into the Bloggers Quilt Festival because if you had told me 2 years ago I'd make a quilt with this many fiddly itty bitty squares I would've laughed at you (in a nice way!) But as they say at my LQS quilting is an illness and this is the proof! 
Things I learned while making Franky
I become obsessed with each new thing I sew.
It's ok to be proud of something you worked hard on.
Satin stitch rocks.
Don't throw scraps away there is ALWAYS a use for them and from that...
Keep scraps better organised!
I sew faster with music on. A little Audioslave, Soundgarden and Rage against the Machine really do make the day go faster (And to anyone that knows these bands and their history you can see the musical regression as the wine bottle emptied!)

So here are some arty farty shots of Franky, I got a new iPhone app :D


I want to live my life through a lomo lens, all retro and funky!



Franky is like a grown up fabric hoarders I spy quilt "Oh that is from Amy Butlers line" "Hey that one is a kokka one!" and so one and so on!


And finally after I made her look like Golem in my last post here is a pic of 'Bella trying her best to look pretty while I take a gazillion photos so I can play with the new app!


As some of you know blogger has me confused 50% of the time with it's changing things around when I'm not looking, however thankfully I figured out how to use the "drafts" feature! (Yeah I know, but it was Big Cheese to me!) This post is testament to the fact I didn't mess it up, I typed 75% of it up last night! Go Team Me!!!!
Feel free to leave a comment about Franky, my inability to hold my wine, my *slightly* dodgy musical taste, 'Bella or anything else you fancy then get yourself back over to Amy's place and have a look at the other fantastic quilts on show :D

Have a fantastic weekend

96 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt! I love my scraps, too and hoard them all! :-)

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  2. A very cool quilt and totally excellent taste in music!!

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  3. You are hilarious! And I bet you are in the mini minority of people who quilt to that type of music! Fabulous quilt and what a lot of stitching! Glad you stayed hydrated!

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  4. I love your quilt! It caught my eye and I love the colors. I'm also a hoarder of scraps. Fun Post!

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  5. wow, gorgeous quilt, looks like a mosaic. And so impressed with that vast amount of satin stitching. Glad I am not the only person quilting after wine!
    Also I love your gorgeous seal point - we have 2 tabby seal points.

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  6. Your quilt is great. What a wonderful way to use all your scraps. But I can't believe your patience with so many tiny pices. That's amazing!

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  7. Wow! All that sashing...... makes me feel a bit colly-wobbly!

    Looks fantastic, wishing you every success for the Quilt show.

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  8. I love this quilt, but oh my word - all that satin stitch! It must have taken ages! Love the colour arrangement - it has great impact!

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  9. How fabulous!! I'm definitely a fabric hoarder, too, and I love the idea of a fabric-hoarder's-i-spy, that's great :)

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  10. haha! love the quilt, it's gorgeous! I can't get over how tiny those squares are. Really awesome. And I'm very impressed that you didn't spill wine on it. I can't have wine around my sewing area, I'm just too messy.

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  11. What a clever idea to use satin stitch ! your scrap quilt is just wonderful ... and as I'm a scrap lover, too, it might just give me some inspiration ;-))

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  12. Wow - even my husband was impressed by your quilt! Very neat!

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  13. That looks amazing! Love the color value changes and those photos are very cool.

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  14. Lovely, lovely!!! Great job:)

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  15. Franky is beautiful...thanks for sharing.

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  16. Love all the "fiddly itty bitty" pieces. Great technique, thread companies must love all that stitching. Great job!
    Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction quilt and #31 antique 1850 Star quilt

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  17. What lovely colors, fabulous:)))

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  18. Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt and for the great inspiration for my scraps! And 'Bella is gorgeous :)

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  19. I love your quilt from the name to the execution. How clever! now you make me want to save my scraps rather than giving them away! LOL!

    Love it. That is just too fun. Best work happens when you play....

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  20. I love working with scraps - but all that satin stitching? I don't know, me and it haven't really seen eye to eye so far. It looks so good though I might have to give it another go.

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  21. Wow, you must have blown through a LOT of thread! Love your fiddly itty bitty squares, the final piece is just gorgeous.

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  22. Amazing!!! Love it!!! Maybe one day (a long time from now!) Smiles~Beth

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  23. Wow cool quilt, glad you got it finished, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  24. GASP! I love love love it!!! Oh wow, Oh I need a Franky in my life too! :)
    Greetings from faraway Cyprus! :)

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  25. So beautiful! I love scrappy quilts like this and spot all of those favorite fabrics. Great job!

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  26. Franky! What a great name for the quilt. It's an amazing piece of work.

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  27. Love scrappy quilts with tiny fiddly pieces. I'm making myself a sewing machine cover right now, that some how is ending up with 200 squares (for a tiny little 15x30 inch quilt). Sickness is right.

    I really like how you matched the grout to the tiles. It's a cool look.

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  28. Wonderful mosaic quilt, we should all make one...great color.

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  29. oh my!! this is absolutely gorgeous.

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  30. I've been thinking of doing a simliar quilt, but I can't believe yours is made up of 1.5 inch squares!!!!! That is well and truly utter madness!

    (With a wonderful result. Congratulations!)

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  31. You are right! Satin stitch does rock! I love this!

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  32. What a great quilt!! And yes, Bella looks so much friendlier in this photo!

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  33. stop.it! that quilt is amazing! actually, amazing is not even sufficient. that quilt rocks!

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  34. Ooo.... so striking! Gorgeous!!!

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  35. Fun post! I had to have a closer look to see all the satin stitching. I get why you needed to speed up, that must have taken you forever. Thanks for sharing and making me smile.-)

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  36. Wow! Beautiful, beautiful quilt! I need to reassess my cavalier attitude towards scraps!

    Issabella is gorgeous, but I think she knows that already :)

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  37. You should drink wine every day because Franky is spectacular! What a fun quilt!

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  38. WOW!
    I cannot even imagine how much thread went into that!

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  39. My, what little squares. It is wonderful!

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  40. So many little square! You are a patien quilter and your quilt is nice.

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  41. I love your quilt. I love scrappy quilts but I am ashamed to saay I am very ruthless with mine and throw most of them out!

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  42. Can you hear me? Can you hear me now??? I can NOT believe you satin stitched all that! I love it!
    Love your writing style and your wine drinking as you sew. You and I would get along just fine!

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  43. Absolutely love your quilt! Reminds me of that wonderful glass tile i'm craving for my kitchen. Think i need to try this with all my teensy pieces. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  44. Wow! I'm not sure I'd attempt wine AND the sewing machine, but it seems to have worked for you. And I see nothing wrong with your musical choices. :)

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  45. Beautiful. Not only a zillion tiny squares, but all of them sashed. Holy moly! The end result sure is gorgeous.

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  46. may I just say this is fabulous!

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  47. This is amazing! What a wonderful use of scraps. Wow - I guess I should get me a bottle of wine and start cutting ;)

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  48. Very cool quilt. Great use for scraps. I am still growing my scrap bin. I like the arty farty lens, too. Your cat is pretty.

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  49. The satin stitching looks like itty-bitty sashing. A very cool quilt.

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  50. What a fun variation on the postage stamp quilt!

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  51. I've made quilts out of ine inch squares before but how did you get them all outlined? That is really fantastic. This festival is a real inspiration!

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  52. I can see that a lot of work has gone into this quilt. A brilliant use of scraps.

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  53. that's a lot of squares! love the color progression.

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  54. Wow-wee, this is amazing! I am a scrap hoarder and a fabric fiend and save every little inch, so this would be perfect for me! Beautiful!

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  55. What a cool quilt - if that's the product of wine and quilting mixed, maybe I need to start drinking!

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  56. OMG I have to tell you, the first question I was going to ask you was how much you drank before you started this and further, how much did you consume in completing it! LOL It truly looked like a "bright idea" I would get after a bit of the wine myself. Of course, YOU are far better than I am because you finished it and it's beautiful. For me, I'd have chucked the start the next morning. I just found it really amusing that you posted it started with a little wine. hehe

    Well done and it is very pretty, especially the satin stitching (and I'm just teasing about the wine). :D

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  57. très tonique et très joli superbe

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  58. Oh you`re a colourist just like me...so glad to find your blog as having had a quick scroll down I`ve really enjoyed what I`ve seen. I can`t believe you only recently found quilting! Frankie is very very beautiful and there`s no monster about it. What an amazing use for scraps. I`m very happy to have inspired you toward your pinks and reds and now following you will see what you get up to.

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  59. I LOVE the colors! I'm a beginning quilter and thanks for the inspiration. I love the wall art that got you thinking too. And my husband is French so there's always plenty of wine around - need to mix more of it with quilting!

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  60. Love it! A fabulous way to use your scraps. Absolutely love the colour blocks and the way you used the Pinterest pic for inspiration.

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  61. Now that is an impressive achievement! Wow, just beautiful. Oh, and so is 'Bella!

    Yes, I save all my scraps too. I even use some of them!

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  62. Can I just say, oh, wow! And maybe spectacular? Cheers!

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  63. Geezus that is a LOT of comments! Love scraps, love wine, love ur taste in music, and that quilt is killer cool! Also Bella is beautiful! I'll be hosting an "animal invasion" link party soon, hope you'll join in on the fun!

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  64. Your quilt is wonderful and Bella is a beautiful cat! :)

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  65. Holy cow... hats off to you for all those tiny pieces of scraps! It turned out beautifully! Maybe I should start sewing to a little Rage... I have my Glee soundtracks on repeat. LOL It tends to make the process go slower.

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  66. Fabulous! You've done a beautiful job of turning all of those teensy scraps into lovely artwork. Off to rescue some scraps from the trash bucket and dig out a bottle of wine!

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  67. Love, love, love this Franky quilt.

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  68. Excellent scrappy quilt. Horrible for the potential consequences on my stash !

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  69. whoa! is that all satin stitch in between?! how much thread did you use up?! also, i love adult fabric hoarder i spy. that's what my farmer's wife quilt will be :)

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  70. So very, very cool. Wine + Quilting = Winning! :)

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  71. I'm a fan of all the little squares, such a lot of work. And if that is satin stitch in between all the squares holy cow that's awesome and must have taken up so much thread/time. Great job! =)

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  72. Love scraps, love your quilt. What an accomplishment! I'm off to get some wine......

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  73. Franky is by far the most delightful and splendid quilt I ever did see!

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  74. Wow Franky is amazing! All those tiny squares though ... you must be mad! In a nice way lol =D

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  75. Fantastic quilt, I'm now off to follow the links :-)

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  76. Franky is incredible! I love the technique you used too. Satin stitch = awesome! I'm sure you hold your wine better than me. I would have fallen esleep. Coffee and I are sewing buddies :)

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  77. Wow, this quilt is stunning! I adore mosaic quilts. What a treasure you have made.

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  78. Looks great! I love scrappy quilts!

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  79. Oh Franky is fab, just love all those wee scraps. It could keep you entertained for hours playing 'spot that fabric line' :oD

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  80. :) I am mumbling to myself as I read your posting..ALL those little SCRAPS???!!! Satin Stitched???? Girl, you drink way to much wine!!!! burp

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  81. So nice to find you here. Your quilt Franky just rocks! You must have some stash of THREAD, and lord, how many bobbins did you have to wind?

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  82. Wow--at first I thought you had pieced tiny margins between the blocks, but all that satin stitching is magnificently epic too! I'm loving the colour gradations within each block!

    Hazle

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  83. What a great way to use up scraps! Talk about having patience! I love your helper. Quite a quilting cutie!

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  84. This is quite amazing! I never would have thought to use satin stitch in that way. Bella is a gorgeous girl, and I loved seeing her lounging on your creation. Thanks for sharing.

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  85. Beautiful job! You have a great eye for color!

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  86. Scrappy quilts are my most favorites...lovely quilt.

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  87. A toast to your completion of Franky. A fun quilt indeed.

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  88. Amazing! Soooo many little squares - thank goodness for the wine! Thanks for sharing!

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  89. Franky is quite impressive! I love the satin stitching between squares :-)

    ~ meagan

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  90. Wow..maybe I should go get a bottle of wine..I am so impressed and yes I hoard every little piece of fabric. Beautiful quilt.

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