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Voting for the Nature’s Best Quilt Contest


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It’s voting time for the Nature’s Best Quilt Contest.

This is actually two contests in one: Large Quilts and Small Quilts & Projects. You can vote for each contest once. Voting ends October 4, 2009.

You can view the quilts by thumbnail and then click the thumbnail to see the larger quilt, or you can view the full-sized photos. The full-sized photos will take a couple of minutes to load, depending on your Internet speed.

Thank you to everyone that submitted a quilt, they are all gorgeous. Thanks also to the fabulous sponsors of this contest:

Please vote for each contest. Select an option and click the Vote button for each poll.

UPDATE: Voting Extended for the Nature’s Best Quilt Contest. Swimming with the Fish quilt was disqualified and does not appear as an option below.

Large Quilts

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 25
  • Total countries: 5
  • Total provinces: 2
  • Total states: 14

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

a day at the beach a day at the beach
By: shellie,
Rhode Island, USA
Blog: by a thread

A friend recently asked me to make a quilt for her to give to her daughter as a wedding gift. What an honor! She said that her daughter loved nature; especially the beach. I was automatically drawn to soft blues, tans and creams. I used a pattern from BHG to make this oversized lap quilt. Perfect!

African Sunrise African Sunrise
By: Leslie Morgan,
Utah, USA
Blog: All My Creativeness

I made this quilt for my SIL for christmas last year. She loves giraffes. I googled giraffes to see what I could find. I found 2 photographs that I liked and decided I’d make them into one quilt. This is my first quilt I’ve ever designed or even finished so I was quite pleased when it turned out!

Bird Quilt 1 (Opal Cocke) Bird Quilt 1 (Opal Cocke)
By: Opal Cocke,
Washington, USA
Blog: Here2thereart

Bird Quilt 1, designed to show off a set of bird sketches, was our first long-distance collaborative project. We printed the birds on fabric and then Amy and I each made half of the “bird” blocks in our own sewing rooms. The piece became a touchstone for the many projects that followed.

Bird-Quilt (Karin Sauer) Bird-Quilt (Karin Sauer)
By: Karin Sauer,
Blog: Bizkitea98 Little Hobby World

This quilt was going to be for my Dads 70th Birthday but he passed away 4 month before. Back then I was already working on the blocks, I took a break of a couple of month until I have decided to finish this quilt. I gave it to my Mum in memory of my Dad. Finishes at 63″ x 94″.

Birthday Roses Birthday Roses
By: Bea,
Blog: Capricorn Quilts

This fabrics are from a display book for deko rose fabrics. The sashing is from jeans printed with roses. I sewed this quilt within 3 days in a hot summer on my veranda. It was really hot and I was pregnant. Some weeks later my son was born. I finished the quilt with handquilting half a year later.

Braided Batik Braided Batik
By: Lynn,
California, USA
Blog: Grammy’s Quilting

I saw a small design on an end paper of the children’s book Quiltmaker’s Dream. I pulled out all of my “leafy” colored batiks and started cutting. The quilt is made from the Pioneer Braid pattern. When I quilted it, I swirled leaf designs overall.

Coral Reef Coral Reef
By: Maggieinsc,
South Carolina, USA
Blog: scquiltaddict.blogspot.com

Approximately 7 feet long this thread painted, hand dyed, raw edge applique swirls with fish in a coral reef

Earthbound Earthbound
By: Quilt Rat,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: The Quilt rat

This quilt reflects how we are connected to nature. we depend on the earth for our survival and the earth’s survival depends on us. The figure is made up of many skin tones, she is each of us. Quilted on my domestic machine and it is my original design.

Fall Leaves Fall Leaves
By: helenmarie kulis,
Tennessee, USA

Turning Twenty pattern made with fall color and leaf designed fabrics. The quilting is an all-over pattern of a leaf

Fall Prints Fall Prints
By: Lori Stein,
Colorado, USA

I wanted a quilt for fall using all the colors I see in the Colorado mountains. Most of the bear prints were done from my fat quarter stash and the background fabric was found by accident at my favorite shop. It fits a king size bed with a good drape.

Fish School Fish School
By: Amber Lippold,
Michigan, USA
Blog: MyWebQuilter.com

This quilt was inspired by a Fons & Porter pattern for the fish block and by my pet fish. I used batik fabrics from the Batik Club at Quilts n’ Stuff by Glenna (www.quiltsnstuff.net). The quilt has many embellishments including beads that look like rocks and fish buttons.

Flowers and Lace Quilt Flowers and Lace Quilt
By: Iceni,
United Kingdom

Peach/Blue Green Dupion Silk with Hand embroidered 11 inch squares edged with Lace.
Machine quilted. Lightweight batting and cotton backing. Size 100 x 110 inches.
Idea for flower pattern taken from a magazine Made as a gift.
The individual embroideries can be see in ColourinStitch in Flickr

Flowers in My Window Flowers in My Window
By: Sharon Vrooman,
New York, USA

This was my first start at paper piecing – Regina Grewe Floral BOM 2008-9. I scrap sashed each block as completed and I think it sets each flower. Paper piecing, machine piecing and hand quilting with floss all done by myself.

Friendship Star Friendship Star
By: Colleen,
Arizona, USA
Blog: Colleen’s Quilting Journey

I made this quilt at the “Quilting in the Country” Quilt Retreat. It is actually a very easy quilt to make, but looks hard when you first see it. I used the triangles I cut from the original blocks to make the small half square triangles. I think this added a great boost to my quilt.

John's Quilt John’s Quilt
By: Mary Lines,
Washington, USA

My son loved a small quilt I made with animal silhouettes on it so one year, for Christmas, I made him a larger version. I am especially proud of the herringbone border on this one.

Leaves Around the Cabins Leaves Around the Cabins
By: Quiltsue,
United Kingdom
Blog: http://quilttimes.blogspot.com/

A collection of hand-dyed fabrics I had reminded me of the colours of leaves in autumn. I added a jelly roll also in autumn colours, sat down with my laptop one evening, and this design was the result. I pieced it, then machine quilted it on my longarm. I love this quilt! Size: ~ 84″ x 102″.

Ode To Spring Ode To Spring
By: Denise ~ Justquiltin,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Justquiltin with Denise Russart

The applique in this quilt is all needleturn – one of my favorite things to do. It’s my original design and made from fabrics I hand dyed and batiks.

Persephone Persephone
By: Susie Monday,
Texas, USA
Blog: Susie Monday

This is one of a series of large abstract goddess quilts honoring different aspects of nature. Persephone is the ancient greek goddess of spring – she was kidnapped by the Lord of the Underworld, and before rescued she ate pomegranate seeds, thus binding her (and the earth) to our wintery months.

Pink Lady's Slippers Pink Lady’s Slippers
By: Jenny Perry,
British Columbia, Canada

Pink Lady’s Slippers bloomed every spring at my home in Kentucky. It is one of the many things I miss about moving to my new home in British Columbia.

Sister's Choice Orchids Sister’s Choice Orchids
By: Kathy Howard,
Vermont, USA

This was made for my sister’s boyfriend, Andy, for Christmas. His hobby is growing orchids. The top right block is Sister’s Choice and two of the other background blocks are called Handy Andy. I did the orchids in the colors he liked.

Stained Glass  Garden Stained Glass Garden
By: Denise French,
Ontario, Canada

This is a pattern by Sallie Pate.
I hand appliqued the 110 yards of bias tape and I also hand quilted it.

Star Gazing Star Gazing
By: Christy Jones,
Indiana, USA
Blog: I dream in fuchsia

I love looking at the stars at night, and when I saw a pattern for this Seven Sisters quilt, I knew I had to make one. This is the second quilt I ever made, and it’s pieced and quilted entirely by hand. In the blue areas, I quilted a variety of stars, moons and swirls.

The Cherry Orchard The Cherry Orchard

Ispired by Anton Chekhov’s play.

Vintage Feedsack Grandmother's Flower Garden Vintage Feedsack Grandmother’s Flower Garden
By: Wendy,
Texas, USA
Blog: I Love Baby Quilts

All hand pieced and quilted, all vintage feedsacks bought from ebay. Hexagons are 1″ finished size, cut using acrylic templates. Y-seamed, no paper piecing. Hand quilted by Sue Shore. Made to replicate a quilt my grandma made in the 1930’s. Finished size: king.

Water Your Wishes Water Your Wishes
By: Emily H.,
Arizona, USA
Blog: MadeByHaigh

In the center of this quilt an angel is watering an open heart filled with flowers. The caption below the angel reads “Water the wishes that bloom in your heart”. I love the look of the hand appliqued flower in one of the borders. Check out my blog for more pictures.

Nature's Best - Large Quilts

  • Earthbound (16%, 112 Votes)
  • Coral Reef (12%, 86 Votes)
  • Stained Glass Garden (11%, 75 Votes)
  • African Sunrise (10%, 67 Votes)
  • Leaves Around the Cabins (9%, 61 Votes)
  • Persephone (5%, 36 Votes)
  • a day at the beach (5%, 35 Votes)
  • Birthday Roses (4%, 26 Votes)
  • The Cherry Orchard (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Friendship Star (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Pink Lady's Slippers (3%, 21 Votes)
  • Fish School (3%, 20 Votes)
  • Bird-Quilt (Karin Sauer) (3%, 20 Votes)
  • Star Gazing (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Vintage Feedsack Grandmother's Flower Garden (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Ode To Spring (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Braided Batik (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Flowers in My Window (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Bird Quilt 1 (Opal Cocke) (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Fall Leaves (1%, 5 Votes)
  • John's Quilt (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Water Your Wishes (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Flowers and Lace Quilt (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Sister's Choice Orchids (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Fall Prints (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 701

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Small Quilts & Projects

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 56
  • Total countries: 12
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 19

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

3 D Flower 3 D Flower
By: Jackie,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Jackie’s Jumble of Life

This is a 3D flower made with hand dyed fabrics. It may be difficult to see but the petals actually are off the background, literally 3D. The centre is beaded heavily.

A Day with Darwin A Day with Darwin
By: Sue Anderson,
Washington, USA
Blog: Confluence of Thoughts

I made this photo quilt as a present for my husband and his trip to the Galapagos Islands. It hangs in our home and is a wonderful reminder for him of a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

African Fever African Fever
By: Doodlebug Gail,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Quite Quilted

I made this quilt for a Guild Challenge sponsored by Northcott Fabrics. I was born and grew up in South Africa which is why I chose to incorporate African Animals – each animal is paper pieced an is no bigger than 3 x 4″.

Americana Americana
By: Americana Quilt Frames,
Utah, USA
Blog: James Keeler

I needed a quilt for a package I was designing for one of my quilt frame products. I have never quilted before, but designed it and went to work. It a wall hanging 44″x10″. It is made of nearly one hundred pieces of fabric, some as small as 1/4 of an inch. I really enjoyed doing the quilt.

Another Leaf Fell Another Leaf Fell
By: Another Leaf Fell,
Washington, USA
Blog: Delaine Gately Quilt Lady

The quilt is in memory quilt. The fish are three dear friends who died far too soon the leaf is green because it fell too soon. the leopard lurks to signify that danger is always present. There is a poem that goes with the quilt, the poem came first the quilt came second. silks,tulle,beads all orig

Aussie Rainforrest Aussie Rainforrest
By: oma511,

I made this small wall hanging at a workshop. I had a lot of fun learning new techniques on how to couch and made 3D insects, frogs and plants.

Autumn in the Forest Autumn in the Forest
By: Doris Dove,
United Kingdom

My quilt was made for a small group challenge on the theme of “Forest”. Small pictures of forest fungi are printed on some of the small sqares.

Beautiful Butterfly Beautiful Butterfly
By: Iceni,
United Kingdom

Hand Embroidery Butterfly Photo Album Cover – Own design.
Trapunto Shadow Quilting 12×10 inches.
Calico base overlaid with 2 sheers.
filled with hand dyed fleece/silk tops/silk wasters. Couched black silk into veins. Random Embellishments.

I enjoyed my 1st attempt at Trapunto quilting.

Carolina Woodland Spring Carolina Woodland Spring
By: Jeanne McBrayer,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: All Things Quilty

I designed this quilt, using actual dogwood tree flowers to make patterns. Some of the green patchwork fabrics are hand-dyed or hand-painted, and include silks. Techniques include cutaway trapunto, color trapunto, tinting with inks and colored pencils, beading, and crystals.

Cherry Blossom Cherry Blossom
By: Quiltsue,
United Kingdom
Blog: Quilt Times

My quilt group had a challenge about 3 years ago – make a small quilt on the theme of spring, without using green or yellow – this was my design.

It measures approx 24″ square. The blossoms are gathered organza ribbons and the centres are sequins. This was my own design.

Coneflowers Coneflowers
By: Rosalind Pollock,
United Kingdom
Blog: Down By The River

The quilt was inspired by a photo that I took of coneflowers in my garden.

It was made by a variety of techniques including painting, applique, beading, faux trapunto and free machine embroidery and then quilted.
It is approximately a metre square.

Dancing Stars Dancing Stars
By: ngkubat,
Indiana, USA
Blog: Polish Quilter

I chose the colors for this quilt based on the black fabric used to make the dancing stars. This quilt is heavily quilted and hangs in my breakfast nook. I espcially love the rainbow border and pieced binding. I hope you do too!

Dawn on Carolina Dawn on Carolina
By: CynLynn23,
North Carolina, USA

My friend Norma gave me a great photo. I loved the motion of the waves, the sky, and the reflection of the sun off the wet sand at the water’s edge. The challenge of rendering this scene in fabric called me. I searched for weeks for fabrics to bring it to life. It’s all done with fabric and notions.

Dogwoods in the Smokeys Dogwoods in the Smokeys
By: Jay Dodds,
Texas, USA
Blog: Creative Crone

I took a class at Arrowmont in the Smoky Mts. on discharge dyeing on rayon and silk. The background of this quilt was one result. The black trees and the color are part of the dyeing..I added some more trees to extend into my quilted border. Quilt size: approx. 24″ x 30″

Eat Your Veggies! Eat Your Veggies!
By: Marianne K.,
Florida, USA
Blog: D Is For Dovey

I’ve always enjoyed gardening whether it be flowers or vegatables so when I saw a pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine I knew I had to make it. I love the results, so earthy and rich looking! It measures 29 by 23 inches.

Everlasting Harvest Everlasting Harvest
By: GwenH,
Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: My Quilting Journey

This pattern was designed by Christine Baker from Canada, and the first time I saw it I had to have it, I had some of the fabrics in my stash, and some I found while we were on summer holidays. This is one of my favorite quilt’s and I can’t wait to hang it up every fall. It measures 27″ x 35″

Fall Bounty Fall Bounty
By: Denise ~ Justquiltin,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Justquiltin with Denise Russart

Fall Bounty is an original design I drew in EQ and the pattern was used as a fall project for an online group I belong to, The Quilting Post.

Falling Leaves Falling Leaves
By: Tonya,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: Tonya’s Sewing Room

I made this for my husband’s grandma that lives in California. I’ve been making her items that are season themed. Notice the dead grass, as this time of year the grass is often brown in California.

Forest Giant Forest Giant
By: Anne Maundrell,
Brunei Darussalam
Blog: Anne’s Creative Threads

Most of the quilts I make are inspired by nature and especially the tropical rain forest that we have here in Borneo (at least what’s left of it). This quilt is one I made several years ago inspired by a photo I took when walking in the jungle and features a ‘forest giant’ in its solitary splendor.

Frogman's Adventures Frogman’s Adventures
By: Holly Elam,
Alabama, USA
Blog: FabricMom

My grandmother asked me to make a quilt for my cousin. His dad is in the Navy. The frogs and sail boats represent my uncle. The sail boats are appliqued using a pattern I made. I used blue Ric Rac for the waves. It also represents our love for the ocean.

Happiness Happiness
By: Melanie Testa,
New York, USA
Blog: every-single-day!

I keep scraps to try things out on in my dye studio and the main fabric was one of those ‘rags’. I drew the birds from life into a journal and transfered them to the whole cloth quilt top using tracing paper and machine drawn line. Embroidery and beading finished the piece off nicely.

Hawaii's Dreams Hawaii’s Dreams
By: Ekaterina Kruglova,
Russian Federation

I like hand sewing. And this children’s quilt is sewed certenly on hand! It was a long time and this work went on travels with me over Russia and Europe.

Hummingbird Garden Hummingbird Garden
By: Kimberly Roberts,
Blog: BahamaDawn

Layers of handdyed and batiked fabrics make up this quilt which is inspired by the beautiful flora and fauna of this country.

I love my garden I love my garden
By: Betsy,
Florida, USA
Blog: quiltingfiesta

Wall hanging. Center is made with a garden embroidery motif and the outside border is a garden trellis pattern depicting different flowers in each block.

I See the Moon and The Moon Sees Me I See the Moon and The Moon Sees Me
By: Amber Lippold,
Michigan, USA
Blog: MyWebQuilter.com

This quilt was based on a picture taken during a vacation to the boundary waters in Minnesota. Quilted Photo Xpress from Mosaic Quilts was used to create the pattern from the photograph. The quilt is raw edge machine appliquéd and machine quilted.

Inner Beauty II Inner Beauty II
By: Rose & Ed Kirwan,
Illinois, USA

My (Rose’s) sister’s birthday is in August and the gladiola is the birth flower for that month. I designed the flower, pieced it together and did the quilting. My husband did the coloring of the petals with Shiva Paintsticks. This is the second version, which I donated to AAQI for auction.

Ladybug tree Ladybug tree
By: Lynn Taylor,
Massachusetts, USA
Blog: aplusquiltshop

This is the mini quilt that I made for the Good Ol Summertime Swap. Ladybugs remind me of summertime so this was a perfect time for me to create this quilt.

Lancaster Rosebuds Lancaster Rosebuds
By: Lin Harvey,
Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: Uniquely Yours Creations

Lancaster Rosebuds is a Carol Blevins
original design.
It is a Stained Glass Wall Quilt using fusible
pre-made bias tape applied with a twin needle.
It measures 18×18 and is heavily free motion
quilted with decorative threads. I think it is
an elegant yet simple design.

Lena's Poppies Lena’s Poppies
By: Sharon Vrooman,
New York, USA

Designed this quilt for a quild show with a “Mexican” theme, and at the time was helping with designing coin patterned quilts. Thus the two became combined. Poppies were my great grandmother’s favorite flower. This piece is dedicated to Lena’s memory.

Lily Garden, Year One Lily Garden, Year One
By: Michelle Wescott,
New York, USA
Blog: While the Cat’s Away

As a brand new trucker’s spouse, I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands and decided to learn how to garden. One of my favorite spots is my new lily garden. This quilt commemorates my first year as a gardener and, as it is for the Summertime swap, shares that new passion with my swap mate.

Looking through the window Looking through the window
By: Laura,
North Carolina, USA

I just started quilting in Feb. of this year. I took a class to learn how to quilt. The shop offered this as a class, so I took it. No other story other then I was trying something new….and making a great Christmas present. :)

Maple Leaf Trio Maple Leaf Trio
By: Kathy Howard,
Vermont, USA

This runner was made for my sister as a Christmas gift. She gave me the print background fabric so it would match her table cloth. Photo by Jane Walker

Moonlight Serande Moonlight Serande
By: A. Carole Grant,
British Columbia, Canada

This is an Instant Art Quilt I made in a class with Ellen Lindner of Adventure Quilter. I used my own hand dyed fabric and rather than use other fabric accents, I thread-painted the trees. I also wanted an irregular border.
It is a wall-hanging.

Quilt size: width: 1" height: 1"

Mt Wellington Tasmania Mt Wellington Tasmania
By: Sally Westcott,
Blog: Sally’ Stuff

11″ x 11″, Appliqué, Hand Painted and hand quilted. Made in 10 days in 2004 for Southern Cross Quilters Retreat Challenge.

The view of Mt Wellington from my back yard.

Mum's the Word Mum’s the Word
By: Aleeda Crawley,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Fiberquest

Quilt designed by Nancy Lee Chong. I wanted maximum contrast and the challenge required use of purple, I looked for a color that would ‘shine’ against the purple. Batiks used have a mum motif. To top it off, I used Superior Threads Highlights thread in a day glow green. It makes the flower POP!

My Backyard My Backyard
By: Denise French,
Ontario, Canada

I made my wallhanging as a challenge, starting with only the tree drawn by Sue Spargo.

I added the birdhouse, morning glories and the hummingbird. Then thought to add the other birds and their feeders. I added my dog Suede barking at the squirrel which woke up the raccoon in the tree. 23″x26″

October leaves October leaves
By: Stephanie Hughes,
Maryland, USA
Blog: Stephanie Hughes Quilts

October brings a beautiful painting of leaves to the country side. Maryland has booth the mountains and the beaches, the best of both worlds. This is a wall hanging. Enjoy!

Orange Bloomers Orange Bloomers
By: Lorraine Strohkirch,
Tennessee, USA
Blog: My Creative Place

I wanted to do something for the Autism site but had no idea of what to make. In the absent of 9 months not doing any art quilts for almost 9 months..I found this fabric and my thoughts were crazy..Than here is Orange Bloomers. It was fun to get into art quilting again. hugs, Lorraine Strohkirch

Pathway Through My Garden Pathway Through My Garden
By: Ellen B,
Michigan, USA

I purchased the panel and couldn’t decide how I wanted to use it. At 2 am, in early 2008 I came upon the solution.

Pomegranate Quilt Pomegranate Quilt
By: Ira Rosenshtein,
Blog: OldCrazyStitcher

I love the embroidery in quilts. This is needle turn applique and hand embroidery. This quilt was tied and each stitch was hidden behind a bead.This is my own design, 8.5″x15″.

Poppies Poppies
By: brquilter,
Tennessee, USA
Blog: Sew Help Me Quilts–Life in 3D

My rendition of my mother, Marjorie Post’s, pattern. Several years ago, my mother was creating beautiful colored pencil paintings of flowers and other natural subjects. I encouraged her to make quilts from her paintings and this is the first pattern she designed. Naturally, I had to make a version.

Pringle Bay Baboons Pringle Bay Baboons
By: Ronelle Serfontein,
South Africa

My brother and his wife stay in Pringle Bay, an hour outside of Cape Town. There are different troops of baboons living in the mountains around Pringle Bay. While visiting I took pictures of the baboons playing in the trees outside their house. That was my inspiration for this quilt.

Raven Raven
By: Opal Cocke,
Washington, USA
Blog: here2thereart.com

Raven is a response to a prompt to complete a project not yet done. Raven had been in my head for months, and now she is complete. I used pieced and raw edged strips of black fabric to make her feathers. She is machine quilted on a pieced background. My Raven is clever at putting together puzzles.

Reality Show Reality Show
By: Quilt Rat,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: The Quilt rat

All but 3 of the leaves on this quilt are actual maple leaves that had been preserved and then extensively thread painted, while others are under a layer of tulle. The background fabric is hand painted, the tree is 3D. The 3 “fabric” leaves have text on them that speaks of my Canada. Original design

Schiessentümpel Schiessentümpel
By: Fernande Michels,
Blog: Luxquilt

a beautiful little waterfall in a region in Luxemburg called “little Switzerland”

Sea Watching Sea Watching
By: Angela Huddart,
United Kingdom
Blog: Angela’s Textile Art

This was the quilt I made for the ‘In The Good ‘Ol Summertime’ Swap.
Onto a piece of organza I printed a photograph of seagulls flying over the sea and laid that onto a background of sky and sea. I then appliquéd a little Victorian boy holding his yacht standing by the edge of the sea watching…

Storm Bird Storm Bird
By: Gail Enno,

The background fabric I hand dyed and it reminded me of a stormy sky. The waves are fussy cut from commercial fabric. The pelican is from a photo taken on holiday and is colored with pencil and then set with a fabric medium. The whole quilt is covered with netting and then machine quilted.

Summer Posies Summer Posies
By: Lynn,
California, USA
Blog: Grammy’s Quilting

An attempt at needle turned applique. The pattern is one block from Aunt Millie’s Garden by Piece ‘o Cake.

Sunflower Sunflower
By: Bea,
Blog: Capricorn Quilts

I love the combination of traditional and modern elements in quilts. So the back is traditional pieced and the sunflowers mid is made with tyvek, lutradur, fabric and Valdani yarn. The petals are 3 dimensional sewed. Sunflowers are beauties!

Swimmy Swimmy
By: Hendrik,

This is Swimmy the little black fish from the child’s book. The story is my favorite. I was 5 years old – well near 6 – I sewed this quilt with a bit help from my mom. We stamped all the fishes and worked in small parts. The quilt is 35 to 35 inch and I´m a boy!

The Butterflies teaching desmond to fly. The Butterflies teaching desmond to fly.
By: Sewinggranny,
United Kingdom
Blog: Sewing Granny

24″Sq. A challenge to use a small piece of floral fabric.

Desmond is a baby dragon who had been unwell, Mummy sent for the doc and he put cream on the sore bumps on Desmonds back. Next morning his back felt funny and his Mummy told him to look in the mirror – he had wings!

The Tree The Tree
By: Jenny Perry,
British Columbia, Canada

I live on a lake in British Columbia and from my windows I can see a tree that constantly fascinates me in any season, at any time of the day. The Tree is a thread painted interpretation of this tree.

The world in my hands The world in my hands
By: Gerry,

I used the Marilyn Doheny 9 degree Circle Wedge Ruler for making this quilt. It is sewn by machine and quilted by hand.
I named it “The world in my hands”.

Tropical Paradise Tropical Paradise
By: Jackie Dundon,
Pennsylvania, USA

I cut this quilt out on my new Accuquilt Go cutter and sewed it and quilted it using my Bernina 830. It was quilted in an embroidery hoop using the embroidery module

Visit in my Garden Visit in my Garden
By: Jonas,

I was 6 yo I sewed this quilt with a bit help from my mom. I’m a boy – YES! And I love sewing. The center is a stitchery from a little girl from Afghanistan. The colourful fabrics show all the flowers and butterflies in my garden. Some yoyos and buttons are embellished.

Wind Blown Leaves Wind Blown Leaves
By: Emily H.,
Arizona, USA
Blog: MadeByHaigh

This quilt was designed for a class I taught. I love the fall colors and how they feel. Living in Arizona we don’t get a fall season. This quilt is great to cuddle with during fall and remind me that somewhere someone is enjoying real falling leaves. Check out my blog for more pictures.

Nature's Best - Small Quilts and Projects

  • Happiness (16%, 190 Votes)
  • Forest Giant (12%, 141 Votes)
  • Coneflowers (6%, 68 Votes)
  • 3 D Flower (5%, 54 Votes)
  • My Backyard (3%, 34 Votes)
  • African Fever (3%, 31 Votes)
  • I See the Moon and The Moon Sees Me (3%, 31 Votes)
  • Reality Show (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Sea Watching (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Falling Leaves (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Visit in my Garden (2%, 25 Votes)
  • The world in my hands (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Pathway Through My Garden (2%, 20 Votes)
  • Schiessentümpel (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Another Leaf Fell (1%, 16 Votes)
  • The Tree (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Looking through the window (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Carolina Woodland Spring (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Everlasting Harvest (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Poppies (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Cherry Blossom (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Americana (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Dawn on Carolina (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Inner Beauty II (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Lily Garden, Year One (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Swimmy (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Eat Your Veggies! (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Mt Wellington Tasmania (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Storm Bird (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Summer Posies (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Dogwoods in the Smokeys (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Aussie Rainforrest (0%, 5 Votes)
  • The Butterflies teaching desmond to fly. (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Frogman's Adventures (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Lancaster Rosebuds (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Sunflower (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Fall Bounty (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Pomegranate Quilt (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Moonlight Serande (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Tropical Paradise (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Orange Bloomers (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Beautiful Butterfly (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Raven (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Dancing Stars (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Hummingbird Garden (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Hawaii's Dreams (0%, 2 Votes)
  • I love my garden (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Mum's the Word (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Ladybug tree (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Lena's Poppies (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Pringle Bay Baboons (0%, 2 Votes)
  • October leaves (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Autumn in the Forest (0%, 1 Votes)
  • A Day with Darwin (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Wind Blown Leaves (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Maple Leaf Trio (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,166

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This post was published on September 27th, 2009. Post topics: Special Features. Post tags: .

16 Responses to “Voting for the Nature’s Best Quilt Contest”

  1. j walton says:


  2. Gloria says:

    Glad to see venues like this for the average quilters to submit their work

  3. Laura Burton says:

    The quilts are beautiful. I am trying to figure a way to decorate using quilts as the focal point of the room.

  4. Debra Devine says:

    So many creative and beautiful quilts! Very hard to pick one~

  5. Dena says:

    Everyone did a great job on this challenge and it was difficult to select just one from each category. Good luck to all of you.
    .-= Dena’s latest post: Beware of Flying Pumpkins! =-.

  6. Gail Schulze says:

    I couldn’t tell how to vote! I clicked on the blue line under the name of the quilt, but couldn’t tell if it registered. Help!!

  7. Mishka says:


    If you’re seeing the blue line, that means someone already voted from your IP address. Perhaps a co-worker?

    In order to control the vote as best as possible, each IP address can only vote once. Unfortunately, if you share an IP address with someone else, you may not be able to vote.

    That said, check back in a few days, you might have a new IP address and can vote at that time. Technology, we love it and hate it some days.


  8. KL says:

    wonderful and fun work.
    However, perhaps the best tutorial on how not to photograph your quilts. It is always good to make it square in the camera frame, no extra background, and no shadows of trees or your body.
    The photo makes the quilt in a competition, not all the hidden knots, and fancy hand work.

  9. dee says:

    The competitors all appear to be extremely talented; their work(s) are beautiful and anyone would be pleased to own/display them.

  10. […] I entered a piece named Happiness in an online contest called Nature's Best. This is in the small projects category and I would love to win. Vote for me, vote Happiness, please? […]

  11. Rosalind says:

    FOREST GIANT – We love Anne’s amazing artwork, it looks just like a painting! We did not realise that Quilting could look so FANTASTIC …….. good luck Anne
    Roz, Mike and Coral Baker (on the Isle of Wight, England)

  12. Deborah says:

    Please vote for SWIMMING WTH THE FISH! Would love to win this contest!!!!! I am in the small quilt category!
    Thank you!

  13. […] one of the quilts entered in the Small Quilts category for the Nature’s Best Quilt Contest had to be disqualified due to it exceeding the size limitations for that […]

  14. Deborah says:

    Please vote for FOREST GIANT… she has submitted a gorgeous quilt and it deserves to win!

  15. Vivian says:

    I cannot get over what incredible work each and every quilt entered is.

    I’m overwhelmed.

    Thank you for sharing your work, your talents and your inspiration.
    .-= Vivian’s latest post: Suduko Quilt =-.

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