Archive for April 27, 2012

Are the Colors Fall or Spring?

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I started on this darling quilt and thought that the colors were definitely
country (fall colors). I really like this look in a quilt. It has great style, not just a square or rectangle. The great visual impact is terrific.

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The more I quilted, the more I really liked working on this piece. It has a lot of quilting hours on it.

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The houses and churches and barns just made me feel great.

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I guess that I really do put feeling into what I do, but I have to tell you that the quilts speak to me. “Don’t over quilt me. I am a great quilt so enhance the heck out of me. ”

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And then she was done and here is another one I want to keep. Beeeauuuutiful! ! !

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So, why is it that these colors are not fall colors in this quilt? I think I see the colors of these tulips in the quilt.

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Isn’t it amazing that we use the same colors and get different results because of the style? Guess I really am a spring, summer, fall, winter kind of gal when I quilt, just as long as I get to quilt and use those colors.

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She has gone to her owner. I shall surely miss this one. The good thing is that I am already started on my next one. I think I will keep this one for sure.

FLOWERS, FLOWERS, IS IT SPRING YET?

 

 

     Wow, can you believe the color of this beautiful orchid?  I was just stunned when I saw it.  I guess that I am really ready for the flowers that show up in the spring.  Then this orchid caught my eye and I am sure that I really like orchids.  (That might explain why I seem to buy fabrics with orchid motifs).

 

     Well, I do not know about you, but I am ready for the gardening season and am still in the midst of all my quilt projects.  I am still trying to stick to my goals for this year and as usual, am struggling a bit with having enough time to complete all that I would like to do.  I am also always overbooking my time, so……I decided to take a walk outside to get a breath of fresh air and see just what was blooming in the front.

     This is one of my favorite for inspiration.  They come in such wonderful colors. 

     The bleeding Heart is such a great way to contrast pink, white, and green.  I know that I have several fabrics with these colors.

I was also looking at those great yellow flowers that always signal the arrival of spring.

     After my breath of fresh air, I went directly to my local fabric store and of course, I was able to find those great colors for my new projects.  I know, I know, I was just saying that I needed more time, but I am sure that I can fit more into my schedule, especially with these Spring Flowers. 

 

     Think of all the ways these would be great in my next projects.  Can’t you just see them here, here or here?

      I guess I am still in that red and black stage…Can you ever get tired of red and black? 

 I think not. 

     This one is like WOW.  Think of what is lushious, gorgeous, and down right great fabric!  Maybe I should begin planning now so that I can fit this into a project real soon!

 

     This windchime in my front yard always reminds me that there is hope.  (For me, my garden, and my fabric projects).  Keep focused and you too may find hope for your goals.

     We will visit soon!  Thank you so much for your encouragement.  sue

 

New T-Shirt Quilt

Many t-shirt quilts are made in a grid style and others are made with offsetting pieced blocks.  This one came to me from a client that had started the quilt with a vision in mind.  The t-shirt logos had been cut out in the fashion of an applique.  So, I had to begin with the vision of the client, (I usually do) and build on that vision.  The logos needed to be appliqued onto a background and then the borders needed to be added.

  Custom t-shirt quilts have always been a bit more difficult when it comes to interpreting the ideas of the client.  But this one already had a good beginning and I just needed to go from there.

 

This quilt was for the client’s son so I needed to maintain the masculine feel with the quilting designs.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about the quilting designs.  I thought and I thought and I thought……… when I knew I had it….

 

I quilted a continuous design behind the appliqued logos using a 4″ grid.  I also wanted a more masculine border design so I chose a rope and half circle type alternating design for the two borders.

 

 

 

 The client did not want the quilting to detract from the logos so I tried to secure them with thread and designs individual to each logo.quilting design

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-shirt logo

 

 

    After several hours of quilting, quilting, quilting, it is finished.  I think that it is a great example to show that even if you have cut your t-shirts (which I hope you bring them to me uncut), I am still able to take them, visit with you, and come up with a great quilt with significant meaning to you or to your special person.   Are you ready?….

Well, my picture is not as good as I would like.  It was raining outside and my living room is not quite big enough…

Now, if you will be patient with me, I promise that I will write more posts in the next few weeks.  I just get so involved in the quilting that I forget to go to the computer.

I went to the local quilt store this last week (as if I need more fabric) and found some absolutely darling fabric for a couple of bags that I would like to get made this week.  If I can only add a few more hours to each day, I should be able to get outside and get to the yard work as well.  Sometimes, those rainy days really help keep me focused on the tasks at hand.

“Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell people how much they mean to you.”  Keep quilting and we will visit soon.  sue