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Nature's Best Quilt Contest

Contestants - Large Quilts

Nature's Best Quilt Contest

Presented below are the participants for the Nature's Best Quilt Contest - Large Quilts. They are sorted by quilt name.

Quick stats:

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

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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, Germany
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, Germany
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 ní 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
By: TATIANA, Hungary

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.

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