Day 16: Flower Power

This started out as a quilting design.  Since all my machine quilting is hand guided, I draw things out on paper before I “draw” it with my machine.  The large flowers are acting as applique shapes.  The smaller “stitches” are what we call background “fills”.  Since the goal is to stop and start as little as possible, ideally the designs need to be continuous line drawings.  So when I drew it, I tried not to lift up my pen from start to finish.  Sometimes I may need to backtrack a little over previously stitched lines, but not often.  Flower Power

Coloring the quilt design with watercolors really makes it come alive.  If I were to quilt this, I’d have to do it a little larger.  Quilting this densely  takes a lot of  practice, a lot of patience and a lot of time.  It’s only reserved for those very special quilts and is really a labor of love.

Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold pressed paper,  7″ x 9″

Vintage Valentine

Between my daily paintings I have been quilting a gorgeous quilt pieced and appliqued by Georgia.  The pattern is by Verna Mosquera.  It’s 72″ square.

ImageGeorgia’s hand applique is exquisite!

ImageImageImageQuilting closeup:  I quilted the background with pebbles, swirls, hearts and a feather or two.ImageImageImageSorry the pictures are kind of dark.  But I’m sure you can tell that this is one BEAUTIFUL QUILT.  Way to go Georgia.  It was such a pleasure to quilt.

 

Bouquet

It’s very gray and rainy here today.  A perfect day to stay home and quilt!  Here is more quilter “eye candy” to brighten up your day.   This cute wallhanging was pieced and appliqued by Kathy H.   I think the quilting turned a very nice quilt into something really special.Image  The background quilting really makes the wool applique pop.  What do you think?

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