Saturday, October 14, 2017

Viola and Lily of the Valley Posy

Viola and Lily of the Valley Posy

These posies contain violas and lily of the value and join with the bluebirds to surround the center of the quilt. Outside of this ring will be a tree-of-life type design with a variety of flowers and birds. I used permanent fabric markers to make the lines on the violas, and crayons to add the touch of color to the light petals of the flowers. I stitched the units together before stitching them to the background.
There are eight of these along with the eight bluebirds. Next week, I'll have a picture of the center of the quilt.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Bluebirds

Bluebirds

The next circle around the center contains 8 bluebirds and 8 posies connected by ribbons. The picture shows one of the bluebirds. I initially considered stitching many pieces for the light blue portions of the wings and tails. Having found these two fabrics which I felt were a great color combination for the birds, I decided instead to use the two fabrics and draw lines suggesting the wing and tail feathers. I used a light box with a paper pattern to draw the lines with fabric marker on all of the pieces. This was much quicker than stitching many pieces, especially since it would have had to be repeated 8 times.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Pansy Circle

Pansy Circle


I love pansies but have never included them in quilts before since they require either a printed fabric that has the pansy design and just happens to be the right size and color, or fabric embellishment. Since many of my designs are made into patterns, this can present difficulties for people who want to use the pattern. However, I decided to include them in this quilt and decided to do a lot of them! They form a ring around the center flower.
Two of them are shown in this photo:
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For the pink pansies I painted the darker color on to hand-dyed fabric. For the periwinkle pansies, I started with hand-dyed for the back unpainted petals. Then I found a fabric marker that is very similar in color and colored white fabric with the periwinkle color. The dark color around the centers is painted using fabric paint. The leaves were cut from pre-printed fabric.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dahlia Flower Applique

 Dahlia Flower Applique

The center flower is stitched for the applique quilt! This is hand appliqued to the background. I stitched the flower together as a unit before stitching to the background. The background is pieced using paper piecing.
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The flower was in a photograph taken by my husband in the Valley Gardens in Harrogate, UK. It's stylized, but sets some of the color scheme for the rest of the quilt. This measures about 16" diameter.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Welcome!

Hi - Welcome to my new blog! 

If you applique, you know it takes a long time to complete a hand applique quilt. I am usually working on several at at time, so I thought I would share images of some of the pieces that I am working on.

I have finished designing an ambitious applique quilt that features a large number of different flowers, birds, and a few animals. For the first time I am combining fabric that has been embellished with paint, crayons, or fabric pastels. I will be posting images of the motifs over the next few months. Let me know what you think.
The first motif is a cardinal. He doesn't have legs yet because I will be embroidering them when he is added to the quilt.
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