Paprika

/ Friday, 28 October 2011 /

I'm beyond thrilled to share this quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  This is Paprika. It was a pattern by Colleen Reale in the February 2010 issue of the Fons and Porter magazine.  
Paprika complete
Detail Paprika
It is the copiest of copycat quilts (except I added a row of blocks to make it a bit bigger than the original. It finishes at 72" x 84").  I fell so hard for that line of 19th Century Reds fabric by Nancy Gere - I just had to have them all.  
Paprika quilted
Close up of Paprika
I used a large-scale print for the back that was some kind of fabric reproduction from a museum - alas, I trimmed the selvages and trashed them before I realized that I had forgotten the name of the fabric. It's a tan print with big black flower baskets - you can just see a bit of the back peeking out (upside down, doh!).  
I used a wool batting for this quilt, and quilted with a swirling meander. The wool gives it a higher loft than regular cotton or bamboo and it really gives the quilting some definition.  It's on my bed now and is it ever toasty, now that the weather is on the turn. 
Clothespins
I love the striped border on this - don't you think this part looks like a coral snake?
Coral snake
 I think the colours are perfect for fall, and while I was quilting it, I had an earworm that I couldn't get rid of: that beautiful, melancholy song "Autumn Leaves".  Here it is, by the late Eva Cassidy. 
As I said, I'm entering this into the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and I encourage you to go see what everyone else has entered. You will find loads more blogs to follow and inspiration galore!  And if you are looking for my birthday party and the loads of fun Person Below Me comment thread, it's here.
Amy'sCreativeSide

62 comments:

{ QuiltNut Creations } on: 28 October 2011 at 00:44 said...

absolutely love it! the backing fabric is fabulous as well. congrats on finishing!

{ Lynne (Lily's Quilts) } on: 28 October 2011 at 01:04 said...

Wow came over from Twitter, this is such a wonderful quilt and that backing is just making me drool too.

{ Happy Cottage Quilter } on: 28 October 2011 at 01:16 said...

Wow! Your Paprika quilt is gorgeous!

{ Jodi } on: 28 October 2011 at 01:17 said...

Beautiful !! I love the colors and the fabrics.

{ Lisa } on: 28 October 2011 at 01:19 said...

I can see why you fell so hard for this fabric, it is beautiful. Gorgeous quilt!

{ Manda } on: 28 October 2011 at 01:29 said...

Wow it is beautiful!

{ Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins } on: 28 October 2011 at 03:59 said...

utterly gorgeous!

{ Karen } on: 28 October 2011 at 07:11 said...

This is a truly gorgeous quilt. I love the pattern and the fabrics you have used. The quilting is lovely, too. Beautiful work!

{ Sarah Craig } on: 28 October 2011 at 07:18 said...

You finally finished it! Woohooooooo!!! I love it - it's so gorgeous!!

{ MooseStash Quilting } on: 28 October 2011 at 07:20 said...

That's beautiful. I love the rich colors!

{ notes of sincerity } on: 28 October 2011 at 07:31 said...

Your quilt stole my heart! What a gorgeous quilt and it reminds me so much of fall. :o) So rich!
Have a nice day.
Sincerely, Trish

{ Thelma } on: 28 October 2011 at 07:42 said...

You know, I gave up on this quilt, the fabric is no longer even a family, it's separated, folded and stacked by color in my closet with the rest of my odd fabric purchases!

Yours turned out amazing, the quilting really sets it off. I"m so happy this quilt is now on your bed!

{ Margaret } on: 28 October 2011 at 08:10 said...

How lovely! I am usually drawn to bright colours, but this quilt has a quiet dignity that draws the eye to it.

{ Me and My Stitches } on: 28 October 2011 at 09:27 said...

Love your quilt - it's just perfect - great pattern, awesome fabric, wonderful quilting. Perfect!

{ Debbie } on: 28 October 2011 at 09:37 said...

Beautiful colors and quilting looks great.

{ Lindsay } on: 28 October 2011 at 09:45 said...

Wow, it's so beautiful!! You must be so proud of it. Stunning quilt.

{ SusanMallery } on: 28 October 2011 at 10:08 said...

Wow, I adore this quilt! And yes, the binding does look like a coral snake. Such precise work. Congratulations!

{ Lindsay Conner } on: 28 October 2011 at 11:21 said...

These colors are so rich and warm... makes me love fall even more!

{ Valentina } on: 28 October 2011 at 11:41 said...

My heart skipped a beat: Oh Lesly, this quilt is such a beauty! Congratulations! ... and maybe it's time to revisit my reds... :) Enjoy the festival!

{ Jean } on: 28 October 2011 at 12:04 said...

I heart this quilt. The color! And I adore the choice of background fabric. And yes, I *so* see the coral snake in the binding. Great choice for showcasing!

{ Michelle } on: 28 October 2011 at 14:06 said...

Beauitful, fall color palette, nice quilting too, I want to try some wool, but have not yet, but this is an encouragment to do so.

{ Hollie } on: 28 October 2011 at 18:30 said...

So pretty!

{ Linda at Roscoe's Ma } on: 28 October 2011 at 18:36 said...

This is just beautiful...the colors, the mix of fabrics, the backing choice. I prefer wool batting too and use it for almost everything but baby quilts.

{ Angie } on: 28 October 2011 at 18:57 said...

Love the colors - love the backing! Gorgeous quilt!

{ Lisa at Sun Naturals } on: 28 October 2011 at 20:26 said...

Nicely done!

{ Vroomans' Quilts } on: 28 October 2011 at 21:41 said...

Yes her line of fabrics are just wonderful and this is so nicely done. Wool batt and the backing add to the time period look of the quilt. Well done.

{ Katie } on: 28 October 2011 at 21:51 said...

I can't blame you for copycatting - that quilt is goergous! Not what I would usually choose for colors, but seeing it all together makes me want one too!

{ Eileen } on: 28 October 2011 at 22:09 said...

Lovely quilt with beautiful stars! Great colors. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

{ Andrea } on: 28 October 2011 at 22:22 said...

the colors used in the quilt give much warmth, love their jobs

{ Rachel } on: 28 October 2011 at 23:05 said...

This is SO pretty! I love the colours, and the striped binding is perfect!

{ Debbie } on: 29 October 2011 at 00:55 said...

Love your use of color in this quilt!

{ judith } on: 29 October 2011 at 01:34 said...

It looks cozy warm. Very nice, thank you for sharing it.

Anonymous on: 29 October 2011 at 07:49 said...

love the quilt! such warm colors~

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

{ Deborah O'Hare } on: 29 October 2011 at 08:07 said...

I just love the country colours in this quilt. Gorgeous!

{ Gale, Ky quilter } on: 29 October 2011 at 08:52 said...

Wow! I am in love with this quilt! Love the colors - warm and cozy and the pattern is beautiful. Your quilting is perfect to emphasize this beautiful fabric. Can you tell I'm in love? Thanks for sharing!

{ laura } on: 29 October 2011 at 10:12 said...

gorgeous quilt!

{ Peg } on: 29 October 2011 at 12:32 said...

Great quilt - how perfect that would be for my Hungarian family!

{ Sabine } on: 29 October 2011 at 14:17 said...

This is fantastic! Dark and brooding and with an inner fire, that´s what it looks like to me. Thanks for sharing.

{ Sarcastic Quilter } on: 29 October 2011 at 15:14 said...

I love this (I've also been drooling over that pattern). You've done a remarkable job. :)

{ Rachel } on: 30 October 2011 at 01:13 said...

What a wonderful quilt for fall!

{ Sew Create It - Jane } on: 30 October 2011 at 04:56 said...

Stunning quilt and I love how your photographed it...just beautiful!

{ Julie Fukuda } on: 30 October 2011 at 08:08 said...

Love the design and the fabric. Thanks for sharing.

{ {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow } on: 30 October 2011 at 08:33 said...

gosh this looks so warm and cozy perfect for autumn!

{ Sherry } on: 30 October 2011 at 08:39 said...

Beautiful quilt. The colors are wonderful.

{ LynCC } on: 30 October 2011 at 09:08 said...

Hah! The binding does look like a coral snake. lol Love the quilt. So pretty!

{ grendelskin } on: 30 October 2011 at 09:51 said...

Those reds really are beautiful and you did a great job! I've never used wool batting, thanks for the review. And you're right, the binding does look like a coral snake! It's a great quilt, it has both a traditional and contemporary feel, all at once.

{ Kathy } on: 30 October 2011 at 11:40 said...

I love the old time look of the turkey red fabrics. That toile style backing fabric is perfect for its finish. In so many ways I love this quilt. Nice Job!

{ maria } on: 30 October 2011 at 16:13 said...

Lovely quilt, such autumnal (fall) colours. Such a great design.

{ Sharon } on: 30 October 2011 at 17:52 said...

This is a beauty! And I love the name - very evocative. I can see why you wanted that line of fabric! Love the binding too.

{ straythreads } on: 30 October 2011 at 17:53 said...

beautiful quilt and photos!

{ BunkHouseQuilts } on: 30 October 2011 at 20:48 said...

Wow, I love everything about this quilt, the colors, the pattern, the binding! It's really yummy. The back is really interesting and looks great. I will have to keep that in mind when I look for backings.

{ Carissa } on: 31 October 2011 at 15:02 said...

Very nice! I absolutely love the fabric :-)

{ Sandra Kaye } on: 31 October 2011 at 22:45 said...

Love this quilt...I saw that quilt in the magazine too!! I thought I would make it.. but... never did. You did a super job!! Come see me some time! Hugs Sandie

{ quiltmom } on: 31 October 2011 at 23:02 said...

It is a lovely quilt with such terrific fabrics. I believe that the back fabric is a toile.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt. Enjoy the festival.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

{ Kwiltz by Stephanie } on: 2 November 2011 at 11:02 said...

That is not the fabric that I typically lean towards, but I can see why you fell in love with the reds. SO cozy! I too love the stripe binding, unexpected. Thanks for sharing!

{ Maureen T. } on: 2 November 2011 at 23:05 said...

Very beautiful quilt!

{ Staci } on: 3 November 2011 at 17:02 said...

Truly unique and lovely! Thank you for sharing it!

{ Kay Lynne } on: 3 November 2011 at 19:11 said...

Very pretty fall colors :) Love your backing fabric--the quilt looks great!

{ Little Island Quilting } on: 4 November 2011 at 08:51 said...

Autumnal scrumptiousness!

{ Wendi } on: 4 November 2011 at 20:56 said...

This quilt is so beautiful! The fabrics, the pattern, your work, just beautiful!

{ Debbie } on: 6 November 2011 at 11:20 said...

A spicy quilt for sure! I do love that coral snake border.

{ Martha } on: 15 November 2011 at 06:30 said...

This quilt is gorgeous...love the fabrics and the pattern. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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