Friday, May 22, 2015

'Framed' - Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge




'Stoneflowers in Turtledove and HB' - a delightful name for a wonderfully unique print, one of my favourite from the Australian textiles house, Umbrella Prints.




Specialising in organic printed fabrics, Umbrella Prints offers an exciting range of distinctive designs. This is the 6th year of their annual Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge. I purchased their 'Flowers' trimmings pack (above), a great way to sample these fabrics with the opportunity to participate in the design challenge. 




Yesterday I added the last stitches to this playful, small quilt which I have been busily working on over the last week since completing my larger Butterfly Kisses quilt. Time to share some details of this little surprise quilt. If you hover over each image below the name of the prints used will appear.


Umbrella Prints










These Umbrella Print fabrics have been a delight to work with. They are a pleasant weight and all organic, the designs and colours are refreshing. In keeping with the Trimmings theme I have utilised many of my organic fabric offcuts, selvedges and leftovers from recent projects, resulting in a mix of sizes and slightly wonky fabric pieces (Cirrus solids by Cloud 9). It really was a fun project. 

All fabrics, batting and thread used are organic. The binding is organic Alchemy by Amy Buttler - a perfect edging for this quilt which I have named 'Framed' as each Umbrella Prints Trimming print has been highlighted by either fabric or quilted 'frames'. 




Joining the fun over at Amy's for the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Modern Quilt category.

29 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

I love the effect of the fringing too! Is that part of your scraps, or from the Umbrella prints? Either way, it looks great! And such a soft colour palette!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

The fringing is the wonderfully soft selvedges from Cloud 9's Cirrus solids - too beautiful to discard. :)

Erin said...

Oh I love this one!:)

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thanks Erin - I’ve had some encouraging comments from the family too. :)

Anita Johnson said...

Well, this might be one of my favorites. I know quilting isn't about speed, but I would love to know approximately how long it took you to make your quilts. I need motivation....or maybe a reality check!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thank you Anita! This small fun quilt took me a week of a little sewing here and a little there. Not that long as I was just taking each Trimmings piece one at a time and playfully working with it. In the end I had to bring them all together in a way which looked ok. My previous quilt, Butterfly Kisses took much longer.....

diane b said...

The fabrics are beautiful and I like what you have done with them.

DeborahGun said...

Oh my goodness Karen - this is so beautiful. I can't stop gazing at it - it oozes calmness and peace and I can just imagine you slowly enjoying each stitch as you made it. Stunning xx

Dirk Rosin said...

nice :-)

geanina said...

Really beautiful! ;)

the momma said...

This is really different from your usual style, but equally lovely! I bet it was a fun project.

Barb said...

The prints are so dainty and whimsical. Will this be a hanging quilt? It reminds me of a summer garden.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Yes Barb, I plan to add a hanging sleeve to the back so it will hang well on a wall. Some of my children think it should be gifted as a play mat for a baby girl but we know of no baby girls.

CountryMum said...

Beautiful soft colourings in this fabric! Love how you have used them in this quilt. Stunning!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thank you Country Mum- rather different to a symmetrical project but lots of fun with no rules.

Amy Franks said...

nice work - very clever :-)

Lisa Gordon said...

This is amazing, Karen, and definitely a favorite for me. I just love the little insets, and the design is wonderful.

Kirsten said...

This is stunning Karen - framing the fabrics shows off the beautiful Umbrella Prints designs perfectly!

Fun60 said...

This is just so delicate and beautiful. The fringed edges add a different dimension to the design. You are so clever.

SarahZ said...

I really love this! It is treat for the eyes! And the close-ups of your piecing are just wonderful, and the several selvedges so playful! And yes, perfect binding, too :)

Mary said...

Oh, so delicate, Oh so pretty!

Joy said...

lovely creation. it is an art itself!

Julie said...

This is just stunning. Well done you!!
I too purchased some of their trimming packs, with plans to enter this year. Needless to say, inspiration didn't strike, so I have some lovely scraps for another project.

Good luck.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thanks Julie. I ordered just the one pack and wasn’t sure if I would use it as I was determined to complete Butterfly Kisses first. Thankfully the Umbrella Trimmings quilt has been a fun and refreshing change of pace between larger projects.

Tony said...

Buen trabajo, felicidades.

flowersandhome said...

I really, really, really love this quilt Karen! So beautiful and unique!

tinajo said...

How very, very pretty! :-)

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Jeanne said...

REally like the uniqueness of these umbrella prints. You have done a lovely job with the prints in your lovely quilt.

Liz said...

What a fun quilt! I love the square with the frayed edges.

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