Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Quilt of my Own Design (More or Less)

I wanted a modern, clean looking king sized quilt with a sunflower theme, so I spent a couple hours on the web looking at museum and google images of sunflower quilts.  I found an asymmetrically designed wallhanging with new york beauty pieces along 2 edges and a sunflower design in the middle.  I used that design for inspiration and in the stash of books and patterns, found a paper pieced new york beauty unit with a large center.  Using lots of scrappy yellow/gold/orange fabrics, I paper pieced the units, hand appliqued them on my background, and used narrow green borders.  In the center, I also hand appliqued the stems and angular leaves.   I wanted angular because I intended to use a smallish rounded flower pantograph for the long arm quilting.  You can see the pattern in the last picture.  I had a bit too much negative space in the center medallion above the sunflowers and when I went looking for a binding fabric because I had run out of the green, I found this gold batik with a butterfly pattern and they were, amazingly, the proper scale, so instead of having to create butterflies, I was able to cut and applique them directly onto my background.  I hope my niece likes it.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jingle Belles

This is a free BOM offered by Erin Russek at One Piece at a Time blog.  Since I took this photo, I have completed one more pieced block.  I am still working on a secret quilt with some appliqué, so I am behind on these appliqué patterns.  I should have the other one done in a week, so I will have more time to work on this.  In fact, I am going on vacation in a couple weeks and am prepping lots of appliqué to take with me.  I love the idea of being able to sit on a deck overlooking a lovely lake and leisurely sew.  Pure luxury!