Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bellgirl's Avalon Quilt

We met Bellgirl not long ago when she was the winner of one of our pattern giveaways!  Since then we've spent time perusing her blog and found many adorable projects!!  Just check out this cute giraffe t-shirt tutorial.  She's also a big gardener and has a list of what's growing in her garden on her sidebar.  Raise your hand if you'll mock me for not knowing what coriander is? 

Here is a darling quilt Annabel made for her little Bug:

Here at last is the Bug's new quilt. It's Kathy Doughty's 'Avalon' pattern from Doughty and Sarah Fleike's book Material Obsession.

I like the authors' philosophy of the "One" inspiration (p.11): 'What is it about quilts that invites you to make one?'. For me it is the wish to give it to a particular person, in this case my Bug. They also suggest 'Start with the one fabric that makes you sing'. Here it was Alexander Henry's 2-D Zoo fabric, in the Bug's favorite colours of blue and green. I thought for a long time about the pattern, then my quilting guru Taccolina suggested the Avalon, and it was indeed the One. The back is Alexander Henry's Blakely Stripe, so the quilt is reversible for when the Bug is older. My other quilting guru Lynne suggested the argyle design for the hand-quilting and the bias-striped binding in the same Blakely Stripe. I'm lucky to have my gurus!

In Arthurian legend, Avalon is the island where the sword Excalibur was forged, and in some versions Arthur was taken there after he was mortally wounded. It is known as the "Isle of Apples". As my family name is Orchard, and I am writing a Ph.D dissertation on mythological weapons and armour, it was obviously the quilt pattern for me!

If you look closely you may see Michal Miller's apple fabric in the bottom right square. I'm thinking of adding an apple to all of my quilts, a sort of coded signature, either in the fabric, the quilting or in applique.

I'm delighted that my quilt is being featured, and that it was only a couple of months ago that I won your opening giveaway, and Quiltstory is such an institution already!


Thanks Annabel!!  I just have to say I LOVE your apple signature idea...I'm considering changing my last name to Orchard.  Seriously.

Linking with AmyLouWho.


Bellgirl said...

Oh how exciting to see my quilt on Quiltstory! Thank you both, Heather and Megan, for your kind words.

Oh, and coriander is what Australians call cilantro ;)

Mary said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love the hand quilting!

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

Yummm we definitely would have known cilantro...LOVE cilantro/coriander... Super cute quilt. Love the colors!

grammajill said...

Love the squares. Love the duck and frog prints. Pretty,nice quilt.

Heather said...

Fun quilt!

SewSara said...

oh this is wonderful! i really love the colors. and the apple idea is perfect ... do it! :)
love that fabric so much. thanks for sharing!

Miri said...

Terrific boy's it on the bed!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Great quilt for the little one to grow up with.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

I bet your little Bug loves to wrap up in this quilt! :o) Stopping by from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Love the quilt. Trish

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