Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hallelujah Rhapsody

I was planning to show the finished quilt after I explained the rest of the steps that went to complete it.  However, I came across an online Quilt Festival that requires a post showing a finished quilt.  It is at Amy's Creative Side and the entry deadline is May 23.  It sounded like a fun activity so here is my entry.

I learned how to make this quilt from reading Ricky Tims' "Rhapsody Quilts."  I learned new techniques and feel that I am a better quilt maker for the experience.  It has certainly opened up new avenues for designing quilts because I now know how I can sew ideas that once would have seemed impossible.  I used to look at quilts with strange seams and appliqué and wonder how on earth they were made.

TIP:  Challenge yourself.  You'll be surprised what you can do.

Hallelujah Rhapsody
I named it "Hallelujah Rhapsody" because that is how I felt when I finished it.  It was a lot of work, but I enjoy challenge and complexity.

I made the label from a photo of the quilt (address removed):

This quilt was the first one I ever entered into a show.  It didn't win anything and I will tell you why in another post, but it did get juried in.  That is a major first step toward winning something.

TIP:  Don't be afraid to enter a show.  The only thing you can lose is the entry fee, and if you are not juried in take some classes, make some more quilts and improve the quality of your sewing.  Practice.  When you are juried in, it is exciting to see your quilt hanging in the show, and the judges' comments are invaluable.  My competence and confidence were both given a boost when I began to show my quilts.

Today you see the finished product, but I still plan to write a post on sewing the appliqué and another on blocking quilts because those topics are both relevant to this quilt.


  1. Its' just beautiful Mardi -- I would love to see more close up shots of it! Good luck in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

    1. Thank you Karen. I will put up some detail shots when I post about sewing down the appliqué. Stay tuned!

  2. I recently finished piecing a Ricky Tims Kaleido quilt, and it was a lot of work. I can just imagine the work that went into your rhapsody. Congrats on being juried in to a show. :-)

  3. Visiting via NTT. Pretty colour choices. Looks like a kaleidoscope pattern, very clever!

  4. It is beautiful! Love your tip!

  5. Wow. Beside all the other work, I really love your blue border, with paisleys, flowers and pebbles. Simple but really complimenting the quilt. I'm looking forward to hear what the jury said.

  6. Beautiful work! I second the idea of adding additional photos, especially detail shots. I'm following your blog, as I'm excited to hear about your process. I also can't fathom why you didn't win the quilt show. There must have been some stiff competition.

  7. I'll be waiting for all the tutorials for this one. I have my own design forming already in my head, now I just need to wait for your tips and advices. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.