Friday, October 25, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival, Fall 2013: Marcelle Goes to the Circus

Welcome to the fall 2013 edition of Bloggers Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Ellis.

I'm pleased to introduce Marcelle Goes to the Circus.

In spring, having just finished a large quilt for an upcoming charity auction, I had a lot of leftover scraps of gorgeous Oakshott cottons. And then on Instagram I started seeing a lot of quilters making Alexia Marcelle Abegg's lovely Marcelle Medallion from her book, Liberty Love.

As is often the case, I did not NEED a new project, but was unable to resist this one. It seemed the perfect project to use up some scraps of precious and beautiful fabric.There is something about this fabric that just seems to make it glow from the inside out.

I don't know if you every do this, but along the way I made little challenges for myself: each non-pieced border had to be woven stripes by Kaffe Fassett, and each of the corner stones had to be from the "dots" line by Kaffe Fassett. For some reason, the combination of the stripes and dots made made me start thinking of a circus, and thus the name, "Marcelle Goes to the Circus."

The very amazing Krista Withers did all the quilting, which turned Marcelle into a true work of art.

And my equally amazing daughter-in-law, Christa, took all the photos.

The timing was just right to use the backdrop of the circus rides at the local pumpkin patch. Fun, right?

Size: 56" square
Pattern: Marcelle Medallion by Alexia Abegg
Fabric: Shot cottons by Oakshott and Kaffe Fassett, dots and woven stripes by Kaffe Fassett
Made by: Cindy Wiens
Machine quilted by: Krista Withers
Photographed by: Christa Wiens
Category: scrappy quilt

Thanks so very much for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the show.

And because I have that rare (for me) thing called a "finish," I'm also linking up to Finish It Friday at  crazy mom quilts and TGIFFF at quilter in the closet.


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Charlotte said... #

wow!!!! so glad to finally have the full reveal on this one - it's spectacular!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said... #

Absolutely stunning Cindy! Your fabric choices are just perfect, and Krista's amazing quilting is the icing on the cake.

Susan said... #

This is an absolute stunner Cindy! Congratulations on a real 'show stopper'!!!

Anonymous said... #

Hi Cindy! Your quilt is amazing! You chose the fabrics perfectly - stripes and dots are so beautiful together. Great name and photos! x Teje

Canadian Abroad said... #

It is beautiful. Love how the Oakshotts colours just shine in the flooded on the grass photo.

Joyce said... #

The best I've seen...just beautiful!

myBearpaw said... #

Absolutely stunning! I saw this as it was getting quilted on instagram and was drooling over every photo! I would love to make something like this one day, you have really inspired me.

Deborah said... #

Stunning in all ways! Christa is a fabulous photographer. May I borrow her sometime? Hee hee!

Amy said... #

Absolutely Beautiful! so bright and cheery

Brenda said... #

it's a beauty! I love the fabric combinations, and the quilting looks spectacular.

DianeY said... #

This may bee my favorite Marcella quilt that I have seen! Great job!

Amy Friend said... #

It's just so fantastic...I will say it again! Great pics too!

Needled Mom said... #

It looks just stunning! Great job on it and the quilting is beautiful.

Svetlana said... #

wow, this is one absolutely positively stunning quilt!!! Everything about it is perfect.

Little Island Quilting said... #

Completely fabulous

amy smart said... #

This quilt is one of my all-time favorites Cindy! Love it, love it, love it. I finally bought that book - this quilt is on my bucket-list.

Lisa said... #

Very Very pretty! Great job!

thequiltedmitten said... #

This is gorgeous! I am IN LOVE!

Unknown said... #

What a winner! It's definitely a work of art.

CitricSugar said... #

This turned out so beautifully!!! OH MY - the shot cottons - and using the stripey ones as borders... WOOO Nellie! She did a beautiful job on the quilting, too. Love it!

Anonymous said... #

Congratulations on this wonderful finish!
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Terri said... #

Lovely quilt! Looks like a lot of work. Love the circus rides as the background.

Rachaeldaisy said... #

I love your version of the Marcelle Medallion. I love your use of Kaffe fasset fabrics, all those yummy shot cottons and fun stripes.

Krista Schneider said... #

the colors are so warm and vibrant, you did a lovely job with this, Cindy!

Patti said... #

I love this quilt, and you inspired me to do THE Marcelle myself!

Riel Nason said... #

Love, love, what else can I say? :-)

Candace said... #

t is gorgeous, and you are right. It really does glow. I love your color choices. I agree with your impression. I made a quilt with dots and stripes, and I thought it looked circus like also.

Katy Cameron said... #

Gorgeous use of those Oakshotts!

Sharon said... #

Love your marcelle! I haven't seen one with all the solids yet and I love how vibrant it is

Anne said... #

GORGEOUS! I love the shots so much! I think my favorite part is the rainbow plus border, but it's all stunning. :)

Kate said... #

Gorgeous quilt! And fun too, love the name.

Debbie said... #

This is really one awesome quilt!! So glad you shared it for the festival!

Vicki said... #

I am completely impressed! This is such a wonderful example of what can be done with solids. Fantastic!!!

Carla said... #

I can only imagine the texture this must have with all that marvellous quilting! Stunning

Tessa @ TheSewingChick said... #

WOW!! I think this is my favorite Marcelle medallion yet!! I love the shot cottons and yes, the quilting does make it a work of art! Truly stunning!!

Rene' said... #

Wow Cindy just WOW!!!! Your rendition of the Marcelle Medallion is stunning. I love all the colorful Oakshott fabrics and Krista and Christa did a wonderful job with the quilting and photography. So happy to see the full reveal of this one.

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Ginny said... #

Wow! this is just stunning! I love it! You are so right the Oakshots and Kaffe just make it glow - what great fabric and color choices. And the quilting is amazing - congrats on a wonderful finish!

Anonymous said... #

Truly awesome!

Susan at said... #

Beautiful! It's a real stunner and the carnival is a most excellent background!

Lisa said... #

How funny! We both made medallion charity quilts. Yours is beautiful. I love Kaffe fabrics too. Ox

Kati from Kati's Quilting said... #

Gorgeous quilt, I was so tempted to join that quilt along, but I resisted. I'm starting to regret it now, if you know what I mean, LOL!

Anonymous said... #

Wonderful modern take on the medallion quilt! I especially love your colors.

Mina said... #

This is so beautiful! and I love the quilting. Here is hoping that someday I will get mine finished too

FlourishingPalms said... #

Your Marcelle quilt is wonderful, Cindy! I'm very impressed that you have this finish for inclusion in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. All the best for a big win!

Unknown said... #

What a beautiful quilt! I love the name of your blog, too!

Suzy Homemaker said... #

Beautiful!! I love all the colors

UKMUMINUSA said... #

What a great name and such a beautiful quilt

Soma @ said... #

Beautiful quilt! It cheers me up immensely :)


suemac said... #

Wow. Very nice. I love oakshott cotton and Kaffe.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said... #

This is stunning! My favourite Marcelle Medallion I've seen :)

Hilary said... #

This is so fantastic! I love how you quilted it and all the colors :)

Carla said... #

Everything about this quilt is marvelous!! Yay, for a great finish, Cindy!

felicity said... #

Oh Cindy it's completely spectacular. I adore it!

grapes and hearts said... #

Love your Medallion Quilt and that photo at the circus is genius!

Anonymous said... #

What a completely fun quilt! Nice way to use Oakshott! Kaffe Fassett plus Oakshott? Genius!