Monday, June 26, 2017

Bag Inspriation

Here are two pictures I've taken recently.  The first is a bag.  I love the different half circle pattern on them.  It would be a great border!

This is a decorate lamp I saw in the window at Wall Drug in South Dakota while on vacation.

 I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Clam Flower #5 - Part 2

So you thought this flower was all blue...not quite!  The last piece is a gorgeous orange and blue print.  Below you can see I added some more pieces to the flower and the central leaf on the bottom which echoes the outer leaves.

The back.

And the final block.  I LOVE this print!  I started picking fabrics for this flower with the blue and orange print and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I chose to outline the orange piece with orange thread.  I could've used blue and it would have a very different effect.

The back.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Free Motion Friday - How Many Echoes?

It's summer!  And I'm off!  Time to quilt.  I recently got back to working on my Peacock quilt.  I did some feathers around the edges.  Here's just the feathers.  I knew that I would at least one echo around it to separate the feathers from the background quilting.

Here's one echo.  This is my usual choice.

However, this blog is about learning new things, so I did a second echo.  I like it.

More on this quilt next week!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Clam Flower #5 - Part 1

I absolutely adore the leaves on this flower.  In my original drawing the leaf you see was about an inch wide at the left.  I decided it was too wide to be one piece of fabric.  So I drew an accent line.  Then randomly I decided to add two bumps to it.  So fun!  I love the result.  

While I was picking fabric for this quilt I decided I wanted the leaf to be dots so that the bumps made sense.  I am in love with the way it turned out.  I want to do it again soon!

All of Layer 1

The back of layer 1.  If you look closely you can see that the light blue was stitched in a smaller stitch size than the green to keep the emphasis on the green fabric.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wildflower Inspiration

We just got back from a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota and had a blast!  I took a ton of wildflower pictures for inspiration.  Here are a few.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Clam Flower #4 - Part 2

Here's the second part of Clam Flower #4.  I had a lot of fun playing with fabric to get just the right dark orange for this block.  

Here's the back at this stage.

And the finished block.  Silly me forgot to take a last picture, so here it is in the finished top. You'll have to wait to see the whole quilt!  You can see that I fussy cut a batik fabric that was green with orange dots for the bases of the flowers.  Fussy cutting is so much fun!

This picture also shows the finished shape of the blocks...indeed they are clam shells!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Inspiration - My Solo Exhibit!

I must admit that I don't have something new to show you today.  The end of the school year has been hectic as well as going on vacation.  So...I'm sharing my recent solo exhibit from the Minnesota Quilter's Show!

I was so excited to have a special exhibit of 20 quilts from my blog!  Here are pictures.  It's an amazing retrospective of the first 18 months or so of the blog.  And my handsome son who had his first quilt in the show in the youth category this year was happy to pose in a few of the photos.  

I'll be back with new Free Motion work next week!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Clam Flower #4 - Part 1

Here's the next Clam Flower.  I wanted to add some blocks that had more than one flower, so I decided to create some that had three flowers.

Layer One:

The back of layer one:

Layer Two.  It's amazing to see the difference a few pieces add to the block.  

The back of layer two

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Inspired by the Minnesota Quilters Show

I just got back from the Minnesota Quilter's Show in Duluth, MN.  It was a FANTASTIC show this year with lots of gorgeous quilts and great vendors!

Here are a few favorite pictures of mine.

Be sure to join my Machine Applique Adventures Facebook Group to see even more!

This quilt is two sided and was done using the quilt as you go method.  It was absolutely fantastic!  And gives me ideas....

Here's the front.

A close-up of the back.


This is a quilt by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick.  I met Clem at the show and she was wonderful.  The quilt is made of silks and it just glows...hmmm....more food for thought!  Enjoy.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Clam Flower #3 - Part 2

 Here's the second part of Clam Flower #3.  Adding the dark purple really enhances the flower.

Layer 3:

The back of Layer 3:

The final block!  I had a hard time deciding what thread to stitch the lowest green piece in.  I decided on the darkest shade int he fabric to help make the piece stand out and I like the effect.  If I'd used a light, it wouldn't be as prominent.

And the back.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Silk Trial Piece #3

Here's the free motion work I did on the last Silk Trial piece I did.  This one I started by stitching the stem and leaves.  Then I stitched around the flower.  Then I added a frame and the outline of the frame.  I wanted to fill the space atop the flower with something interesting so I added a spray of feathers.  Then some wiggles in the outer frame and some random spiral shapes on the inside.

The spray of feathers.

Random spiral shapes.  I was trying to do different shapes, but it's mostly triangles and rectangles.

And a closeup of the feather and leaves.  I wanted to do dense stitching in the leaves and stem so the shape would show up really well.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Clam Flower #3 - Part 1

I am having such fun making these clam flowers.  For number 3 I had fun using fabrics similar to another quilt I've made.  You'll see that at the end of the post.  You can also see the green has orange dots in it!

Layer One;

Back of Layer One:

Layer Two before the stitching:

Layer Two after the stitching.  It really adds a lot to the block, doesn't it?

Layer Two, the back.

 And here's the quilt I made using the same fabrics!

I hope you get to quilt today!