Thursday, April 26, 2012

Flower Garden progress

I've been meaning to post these photos for awhile and some may have seen them over on my blog, so excuse the repeat. I wanted to put them here in the hopes I might get motivated to get a wiggle on with it.
I chose this gorgeous old Kaffe fabric called Floral dance for the sashing. What an appropriate name, might have to call my quilt something like that.
Pandemonium news.
Some of you might have missed the discussion where Kim offered to do online lessons for the Pandemonium quilt which was posted in the comments here so in case you missed it, read on.

"This is going to be fun! seeing I've never done an "online class" - shall we just muddle along and see how we go? Let me know if you would like me to go over something in more / less detail.

I'm going to be internet-less for about 8 to 10 days, so in the mean time, you might like to start cutting up the freezer paper templates and bag them in a zip lock bags?

A tip - when you are cutting up those freezer paper templates, say a bird - number the body as 1 and the tail 1-2 and the wing 1-3 and if you make a slash mark on the wing/body join and a double slash mark on the tail/body join BEFORE you cut the pieces, it will make it easier to position the parts together. By numbering the applique pieces as described, you'll be able to see which part belongs to what. I also don't cut the parts all the way till I get to iron them on the print fabrics - so, if taking that bird as an example, leave a little part of the body/tail and body/wing joins so they are just still attached. I hope you are getting what I'm trying to say? may be I'll do a sample and photograph it and do a post?

The other thing you need to decide is the applique background fabrics. These blocks are surrounded by pieced blocks. So, you may have to consider that it might be good to have a contrast between the applique background and the pieced block backgrounds. I wanted to use the shot cotton/ prints for the pieced blocks, so a print fabric like the "spots" might be good. You can use different colour fabrics for the applique background. Don't worry about things not co-ordinating together. This quilt has soo many things in it, that most fabrics will go together ( within the genre that is - might not go too well putting Kaffe's and '30s fabric).If you haven't tried those shot cottons, they are really lovely with the Kaffe collective prints.
So - till I get back up in the internet again soon?
Post your fabric choices or whatever else you'd like everyone to see."
Cheers, Kim McL

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'd love suggestions

I have just completed my Flower Pots quilt top, which was done using invisible machine applique and reproduction fabrics on a linen background. I was wondering if I should leave it as is, or add a final border to this? Thoughts/comments would be so appreciated!
 Karen Miranda

Lollypop Trees

Here are the photos that I want to share with you. Kim asked for photos of her quilts that had been entered into quilt shows.I entered my quilt in the Ogallala Quilt Festival in Dimmitt, Texas, in April of 2012. It is a large regional show held in the upper panhandle of Texas.
I won 2nd place.

Notice in the background of one of the quilt photos, the vendor booth behind my quilt has Kim’s Flowerpot quilt hanging to sell the patterns.
Mona Lagan
Midland, Texas

How My Lollipop Quilt Was Quilted

Good Morning,

Sending you pictures so you can see how my lollipop was quilted, I just think it adds to the whimsical feeling of the quilt. Such a fun project. I am now looking at the possibility of starting the pandemonium, it looks like such an awesome journey.

Hope you all have a wonderful day stitching,
Rosemary Youngs

Another shot trying to fit it in

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Getting There Flower Garden

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012


anyone with a quilt at the shows?

I think it is the quilt show season now or soon, anyone with a quilt at any of the shows?

Please please post a photo of your quilt and the place of the show?

LOVE to see it! Kim McLean

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fruit bowl block

I have a question. The large fruit on the right-opposite the pineapple-is it supposed to be reverse applique or done the normal way? Or does it matter?

Top almost finished

Hi, on this very bad photo you get a preview of my almost finished top.Since I took the photo, the four borders with applique blocks are attached. Now the quilt is waiting for its final block border.
I am so happy with it! I just love it.
Hope you love what you are doing,

Sunday I decided to start working on my flower garden quilt again and oh now I remember how much fun this quilt is.I tend to work on projects in spurts, very rarely will I work on one applique project till its done. I like variety!This quilt is just one that keeps calling me!
Yes its true most of you remember that I am making mine from reproduction fabrics, see they can be bright! I am always on the look out for new bright reproductions, I need a few oranges :)
here are the blocks on the wall I have done so far, I have one that is still in progress, just need to find the pattern and overlay for that one.