October 9, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival: My Antique Fans

I am excited to be part of the second Blooger's Quilt Festival that Amy of Park City Girl hosted. The first BQF was held in Spring and that when I was new to blogging. I have met many lovely blogger friends through BQF. If you wish to see the quilt I had at the Spring Festival please click here. There were more than 500 bloggers who took part in the last BQF and I hope that there will be as many this time too. It was a lot of fun just to hop around blogs looking at all the beautiful quilts and photos. I hope to make more friends this time too.

I made this Antique Fans quilt many years ago. It was one of the most enjoyable quilts to make.
I spotted the original version of this quilt on eBay, when eBay first started over 10 years ago. Of course I didn't win the bid, but instead I made one myself with my own pattern and embroidery which I designed. When my family lived overseas I used to prepare the blocks and take them along on car trips, boat trips and wherever we went I would take these tiny blocks to work on. It took me more than a year to complete all the blocks and I actually still missed working on this quilt after I finished it.

Here are some close up shots of the blocks and embroidery. I named the embroidery "chicken feet" stitch. It is an extension of feather stitch using two extra stitches. I used mainly silk fabric for the fans. I threw in some velvet and satin fabrics just to add some texture. The block background fabric I found in the Souq of Abu Dhabi, UAE where we lived for 7 years. In Abu Dhabi I could find any fabric in the Souq included this one.

This is the pattern I drafted. It's a very easy pattern to work with. The size of the block is 4 x 4" so the fan blades are very small. I have a copy saved on pdf. If you would like a copy of the pattern please leave me a comment with your email address and I will send you a copy. Enjoy the Blooger's Quilt Festival and don't forget to check out all the entries. Make sure you visit as many blogs as you can . That is what I will be doing over the weekend....!

35 comments:

Serena said...

OH Natima it's just beautiful!! Send me the pattern please. I love that you used fabrics other than cotton. Thank you so much for sharing this one! How large is the quilt? Just curious.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Beautiful Nat...just like all your work, love all the different textures especially the velvet!!! Please a pattern for me too...Dzintra♥x

Julia said...

Beautiful Natima...
Velvet is just perfect for this type of quilt...Julia ♥

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness Natima, this is breathtaking! Very lovely.

Lurline said...

A very beautiful quilt, Natima - I must pop back when time permits (maybe this evening!) and look into the Quilt Festival!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Granny Lyn said...

this quilt is absolutely lovely!!! I love the various colors and textures, and it must have been such a labor of love!

thanks for sharing, Nat!

Heather said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! And so much more special that you made it yourself. You were lucky not to win that bid! lol The fabrics and stitching are just beautiful. :o)

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

The colors just look beautiful
against the black background
and of course the stitching
really sets it off!
Great job Nat!

sibylle said...

That looks fantatsic Nat! Love the "chicken feet" stitch, really complements the fans :)

nicolette said...

Thanks for your visit Natima! Nice to meet you.

I’ve never seen such a lovely quilt with ‘chicken feet’ stitches! The colours are goregous!

Laila L S said...

This quilt is gorgeous! The black background make the colors bright. I wuld love to have your pattern, please. May be a little project soon, or something bigger in the future... I don`t know yet.
I just found your lovely blog through Lyn at Bluebird Quilts and will come back later - many times.

Shari said...

I just love this! So vibrant and with so many memories for you! When you have time send me the pattern. How wonderful this quilt festival is! So many blogs and so little time...

Gene Black said...

What a great story. The quilt is so pretty and the fact that you did all the fans by hand makes it even more amazing.

Carol said...

What a beautiful quilt. The colors just pop on the black background. Thank you for stopping by.

Carol

Cathy said...

Oh Wow, what a stunner, and what a lot of work! This is beautiful Natima. The 'chicken feet' stitch makes each fan really stand out. Thanks for visiting my blog too xo

Nedra said...

Wow. I can see why it's one of your favorites. Beautiful!

Anita said...

Beautiful quilt, Nat! Please send your PDF for your fan pattern to ahfiberarts@bellsouth.net. Thank you for your comment about my quilt.

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Diva Quilts said...

Lovely colours - so bright and happy!

Ruth said...

Nat, this is breathtaking, it is simple yet there is so much to look at. I like quilts that use other fabrics!

sewpam63 said...

It is beautiful!!! And, it's been stitched with much love.

Gretchen said...

Wow! A beautiful quilt!!!

Karen said...

I love your fan quilt! Just beautiful!

ROZ said...

What a masterpiece! I love to do embroidery, too.

AnnieO said...

Your quilt is lovely and one could admire it for hours! How wonderful that it traveled so much :) Thanks for telling your quilt's story.

Ivory Spring said...

These fans are fancy indeed, Natima.... very very pretty!

Ann J said...

What a lovely quilt! I have just discovered Dresden Plates and would love to try the fan at some stage, so a copy of your pattern would really get me going ! Thanks for sharing....AJ(France)

Grams said...

Your antique fans quilt is lovely. You can tell a lot of work and love went into that. Enjoyed reading about it and went and looked at your first quilt also:)

Vail in TN

Emily said...

This is an incredible work! How proud you must be!

Rene' said...

Exquisite!!! Such detail. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

SewCalGal said...

You are very talented. I love the colors, fabrics & design. Love, love, love it.

And yes, I would love to get a copy of your pattern and give it a try. You are inspirational!

Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

SewCalGal @ live . com

gail said...

Wow Natima! You are such a deverse quilter! I've been admiring your CWBQ blocks and now enjoy your blog! I would love a copy of this fan as I'm in a small Crazy quilt group. May I share this with them? We have new sewers who struggle with the design of a block before embellishing it. I also look to ebay for inspiration!

QuiltSue said...

That's beautiful, and there is so much work in it.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

It's beautiful Natima! I love all the variety of fabrics in there!

Casey said...

It's lovely, and looks like a lot of very detailed work. Thanks for sharing.