Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cherry Thieves Table Runner

It's Festival Time Again!

First of all, thank you to Amy for doing this, it's so wonderful to see all those great quilts out there and to hear the stories behind them.

For my entry this time around, I thought of several quilts I have made in the last year... as well as a few WIPs that are nearly done...but I ended up deciding on a 'daily' quilt. A work that I enjoy everyday and get so much pleasure from. Introducing...




Cherry Thieves
Applique - Reds Stash Buster
An accompaniment to my quilt Red Delicious
both designs are based on red things that I love

This quilt is actually a table runner...I think of it as my table quilt.

Cherry Thieves is a complimentary quilt to my earlier work (and BOM) Red Delicious.
Red Delicious proved to be very popular and I had so much fun making it, that when it was finished, I didn't want to stop! I decided to create a few complimentary projects to accent Red Delicious and Cherry Thieves is one of these. Together that make up a lovely 'Red Room' feel.


I have found that Red and White is somehow very tricky to photograph! Although Cherry Thieves is in active use on my table, here I pinned it up and held it outside to try and capture it as best as possible. Anyhow, I always think red and white are a charming combination.


I always say...'quilting is what makes a quilt a quilt' and I really enjoyed free hand quilting this piece on my trusty domestic. Red Delicious and Cherry Thieves both keep in with a folksy feel and I incorporated that in my quilting by swirling in some hearts amongst the feathering.

A great advantage of making smaller quilts and table runners is that you can experiment and let loose... and have something practical to show for it afterwards.

I love designing my own quilts, it's so rewarding to see those sketchbook doodles come to life in something lasting and useful (and hopefully too, beautiful). I didn't think I had a specific 'look', however looking over my applique I notice strong leanings towards naive and folksy elements. They just keep appearing in my work and they feel so natural.

Red Delicious and Cherry Thieves are both based on 'red things that I love' and Cherry Thieves continues this with the two birds thieving cherries between branches. We have a lot of birds where I live and I could watch them for hours. They are both calming and invigorating - what more could I ask for directly outside my studio window?


Thank you for visiting
Link to the festival via my sidebar or here:
http://amyscreativeside.com/2010/10/29/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2010/

41 comments:

Sue said...

You've re-inspired me Esther. I'm just about to start quilting my version of Red Delicious..yes at last! and have saved The Cherry Thieves of course. Now I must get it out and make this too before Christmas. I'm also working on The 12 Days of Christmas. You are keeping me very busy and I just love your designs.

ANudge said...

What exquisite hand quilting!

Just a gorgeous pieces.

Thanks for sharing
Angie

ANudge said...

What an exquisite piece! Your hand quilting is gorgeous.

A masterpiece.

Angie

ANudge said...

An exquisite piece! Just gorgeous hand quilting.

a masterpiece,
Angie

Barb said...

I have to tell you that this is one beautiful quilt!!! I totally love it.

Julia said...

So beautiful..love it.
Julia ♥

Michele Pacey said...

Wow. What a glorious red and white design. Isn't it great to be inspired by the happenings right outside your window? thanks for sharing this lovely design with us Esther!

Kathy said...

What an elegant quilt! I love everything about it, the colors, the applique, and the fine quilting! It is lovely!

Sandra said...

Wow, the red is so rich. Love the bird and cherries. Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt.

Come visit my blogs for an antique 1890's schoolhouse quilt and also a black/white/pink minature quilt.

And don't forget to see my 1860's cherry thieves on rose of sharon quilt.

Elaine said...

That is a beautiful table runner. Your work is always so great.
I'm getting ready to start your "In The Pink" quilt. I collected all the patterns and am looking forward to doing it.

Ivory Spring said...

Esther,

This is just gorgeous! I love the free-motion quilting you did.

Lonci said...

Your quilts are wonderful:)

The Tulip Patch said...

You are SO talented! I love the applique and the fancy quilting. I really need to get over my fear of applique because it just cannot be beaten!

Sue SA said...

Wonderful quilting and fantastic design. I love red and white combos also, this quilt is just so me, so thank you for sharing! Happy quilting Sue (Australia).

Quilts on Bastings said...

What a beautiful piece - the red and white combination is great and your quilting is just fabulous!

Angie Padilla said...

Lovely, lovely. Both the applique design and the wonderful quilting. But then, that's typical coming from you. Always enjoy seeing your pieces.

Mary said...

Beautiful, Free-motion on your Home Sewing Machine that doesn't take away from the design! Red and white- classic.

Rebecka said...

Your runner is stunning! And the quilting really sets off your beautiful applique. Thanks for sharing.

karenfae said...

wonderful work and love the red/white combo.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

MARIKA said...

This is very wonderful Quilt! Than until what wonderful works are very nice of you the birdies:))

Deborah said...

Stunning!

AnnieO said...

Gorgeous, Esther! I like the folk art feel and the sweet curves and plump birds in your design. Red and white always look fresh and vibrant together. And the quilting is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

O'Quilts said...

Really pretty. Red and white is a favorite of mine.

Shelly said...

This is so gorgeous! I love RED and applique, so this really hit the spot for me. And your quilting is beautiful on it!

Sandy said...

I am not normally someone who likes two color quilts, but this one is absolutely stunning. And the quilting is gorgeous. Nice job.

Miri said...

Beautiful! Simply stunning!

Elizabeth said...

I love the red and white together. The flowers in the appliqué are beautiful! And you're right about the quilting making the quilt. That is absolutely gorgeous!

xo -El

Carol said...

I am such a fan of your work and enjoyed seeing this one.

Carla said...

Oh my! This is just gorgeous! Congrats!

flisa said...

Hi,Ester! Just love this delicious quilt; the deep red colour, the quilting, and how the quilt design work together with your applique. Just Beautiful!Hugs from Norway!

Claudia said...

What an exquisite quilt! The quilting is just spectacular - this is an area I'm working hard on to improve myself. I love the red & white combo.

Rose Marie said...

You are so inspirational and I love to see your newest designs! I've designed a few quilts of my own and how satisfying it is to look back and see those designs made and displayed throughout our home. You must feel the same way. Your table quilt is delightful!

Steven, Jenn & Olivia said...

Wow! So Amazing!!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

oh my!! I just Love this table runner soooo much!! It's just amazing.The pattern is so gorgeous, the name is fun, red and white is such a classic and effective combo. The quilting is superb!! I love it!!!

Karen said...

Red and white is so stunning. This looks great!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Congratulations Esther, your glorious table runner made this week's Top 5 Hits. Come check it out, grab a button if you'd like and thanks for sharing such a lovely inspiration.

Kathleen said...

It's amazing. You are so very talented. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

Claire said...

This caught my eye immediately at the linky party be different act normal- it's magnificent- adore the red and white and the little birdies are fab!

Nina-Marie said...

wow - this is just gorgeous!! I love to hand quilt and yours here is just amazing!!! Great job!!

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

Absolutely Stunning!

Eileen said...

your quilt is so beautiful. how do you get such perfect little round cherries? i love appliquing by hand. so satisfying. again, lovely, lovely!! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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