Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Modern Sampler Quilt : :

A Tsuru Modern Sampler Quilt

It was just a few days before last Valentine's Day that I cut into my Tsuru fat quarter bundle, the beautiful collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9 Fabrics. I can remember how excited I was to turn these into a new quilt top. I added to the Tsuru prints lots of coordinating AGF Pure Element solids -- in Snow, Linen White, Mirage Blue, Light Grey, Coral Reef, Nocturnal, Crystal Pink, and Empire Yellow. These colors are some of my most favorites!

Tsuru & Pure Elements

Just look how much snow we had back then! Oh, it will be here soon!!

Tsuru Quilt Top -- I can't wait to share it later this week with a Tsuru Giveaway!!!

Once I finished my quilt top, I took lots of pictures as usual, including this one of Kevin that I L♥VE!

L♥VE
 
After that I had folded it up neatly and tucked it away while I waited for my backing and binding fabrics to arrive. Fast forward seven months, yikes, and my Tsuru Modern Sample Quilt is finally complete!

A Tsuru Modern Sampler Quilt

A Tsuru Modern Sampler Quilt

I decided to send it off to Melissa, of Sew Shabby Quilting, and had my Of a Feather binding ready for it's return.

Tsuru - Of a Feather

Yesterday, I finally found the time to finish it up and last night we had ourselves another photo shoot, just a little up the road from where I live and where those wintry, quilt top photos were taken!

A Tsuru Modern Sampler Quilt

It's backed in one large, beautiful piece of Blossom Festival, my favorite Tsuru print, with a narrow strip of Simpatico in Golden Straws along each long side to build it out.

Backed in Blossom Festival

This is my very favorite photo from yesterday! I love how clear it shows the modern, layered triangle quilting, and I really love the Indigo Cranes block in relation to the water backdrop! Sooo pretty!

Water

It's such a wonderful coincidence that the quilt top photo above of Kevin is what began all these Potter County backdrop quilt photos I've shared here since, and has become something really special for us! Especially this week after learning my blog is up for a Craftsy Award for Best Photography in Quilting!!

You can vote right HERE down a little on the page, for me or for any of the other finalists in our category, by clicking the vote button below each name and simply entering your email!

I'm up for a Craftsy Award!!

Of a Feather in Indigo Binding

You can find Tsuru still available in the shop of my sponsors The Intrepid Thread, Stash Fabrics, Contemporary Cloth, Moona Fabrics, and a few prints still at Pink Castle Fabrics! And, Art Gallery Fabric Pure Element solids are always available at Fat Quarter Shop, Moona Fabrics, The Intrepid Thread, Pink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Fabrics!

Happy sewing!!   Maureen 

47 comments:

  1. Maureen, your quilt is breathtaking! I wish I had your creative eye for quilt designing!

    tstanulis@mac.com

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    1. Thanks Teresa! This is one of my favorites, mostly because these colors are so appealing to me! I'll be giving this one to my niece Kiele for her Christmas quilt! :)

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    2. I bet she will love it for many years to come!

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  2. Congratulations on being up for the award... no wonder they picked you as a contestant! :) The shots are gorgeous... outdoors really is the way to go with photos. sherri@threadridinghood.com

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    1. Thank you, Sherri! I completely agree, hopefully I'll still feel that way come January when it's freezing! ;)

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  3. I voted. Good luck – I love your blog! Love this quilt!

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  4. I voted for you - very pretty quilt and photography here. Inspiring as always.

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  5. Beautiful finish on your Modern Sampler, Maureen. And that quilting.... I Love it! Gorgeous photos, too! You are certainly worthy of the nomination! Good luck!

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  6. Hi Maureen! This is most beautiful quilt! I love always your photos and these are very special with the fantastic autumn nature! x Teje

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  7. Such a cool quilt and I really love the back of this one. I'm glad you enjoy the photographing because I really enjoy seeing the pics! I voted for you and wish you luck! :)

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  8. I know it has to feel great to have this one finished and ready to be loved! Photography is awesome as well. I voted!! For you of course!

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  9. alright, before commenting on your quilt - first my favorite picture is picture #3 !! it's show how perfect your quilt is .. indeed no question about your quilting sense, you know how to pick a perfect fabrics to make a perfect quilt ... well done, Maureen
    I know Joann's Fabric Store bring Cloud 9 now , but not Rashida's collection yet .. I might waiting for awhile .. :(

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  10. I love how you had someone stand by the lake, gorgeous shot and why you deserve to win;)

    Debbie

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  11. Beautiful quilt Maureen :) thank you sew much for sharing. You always make me smile. ♥♥♥

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  12. Absolutely stunning and I love the backing. And of course as ever your photos are just wonderful. Congrats on the nomination. You have my vote.

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  13. I loved this one as a quilt top and I love it even more with that gorgeous quilting. Blossom Festival is my favorite print in that line too. What a fantastic quilt, Maureen! I'm off to vote...

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  14. I don't know if I'm just emotional today, but seeing that finished quilt just brought tears to my eyes and I got goosebumps! I just love it, the colors, the pattern, the layout, the photos, the quilting. And reading your descriptions and the whole process... I'm definitely voting for this one, and for you! Wonderful quilt, such talent. Your work touches so many; you have a good way with words and expressing your joy in your quilt making. Thanks! Sorry didn't mean to get all gushy on you. :) :) I'm off to work on my own quilt now.... tilleybl@aol.com

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I was emotional over this one myself. That photo of Kevin really got me and made me think of how much he helps me and supports me in all of this. Then I starting thinking about the past seven months and all that's happened and how quilting/sewing/blogging has gotten me through some pretty tough days! Thanks again for sharing your feelings with me, Lynne, I'm touched!!

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  15. I've admired your photographs since I first discovered your blog, and they just keep getting better. You definitely deserve the nomination, and I sincerely hope you win. You've got my vote!

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  16. This is such a pretty quilt. I voted for you. I think your pictures are all amazing and enjoy looking at them.

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  17. I love how this came out, those are my favourite colours too! I voted, of course :o)

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  18. This is so, so beautiful -- the quilting and binding are just perfect to finish it off.

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  19. I voted for you!! First thing that came to mind was the Old Hickory backdrop for your skull quilt. Awesome structure!

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  20. I saw your name there yesterday and so I voted for you - love your photos!!! You go girl :)

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  21. Love this one, Maureen! Good luck to you!

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  22. What beautiful brights in this quilt. Another gorgeous fabric line in spectacular . Good luck in the Craftsy awards.

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  23. Simply beautiful! Really beautiful choice of colors and design! Of course, the scenery is spectacular!

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  24. Beautiful as usual and love your photography. You've got my vote!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I appreciate that, we're very excited!

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  25. Beautiful! I never did get any Tsuru, but have Koi patiently waiting for me to make something :)

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  26. I love the first photo of the completed quilt being held up by the water - the colours are beautiful. The quilting is so interesting and I love your choice of binding, too. Great work.

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  27. I enjoy your site very much. Appreciate your photos.

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    1. Thank you, Marlene! It's definitely worth that little bit of extra effort to showcase my quilts and Potter County!

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  28. Your photos are as gorgeous as your quilts!! I know you live in PA (very far north)...where did you take your pictures?

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    1. It's a vacation rental property just one road over from where we live here in Coudersport. My Grandmother and her best friend Maxine used to take me and my sisters there to feed the ducks when we were little. Lots of wonderful memories!! :)

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  29. Lovely quilt!!! Would you consider writing a pattern for the sampler blocks?

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  30. I am a follower. Also I voted for you on Craftsy

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  31. Thanks for the chance to win. I would probably go for Moxie

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