Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I have been working on Kristie's quilt for nearly 5 years! No one would ever guess that just to look at it because it is, so far, a simple block quilt (6) 20" blocks by (6) 20" blocks. She loves Jane Sassaman fabric and using her fabric usually calls for large squares. My first issue was finding the fabric i wanted- I often wonder why so many fabric stores carry a few of a designer fabrics but not all of them. Okay, I get that the price is exhorbitant and the space requirements huge, but it is frustrating to find a design collection I like and then not be able to find the fabric at any of the stores. Perhaps it just means my taste is really eclectic! After lots of money and lots of fabric auditions, I had my squares. Now What. Because the fabric line is about gardens the theme had to be gardens and Kristie was enthralled by the idea of butterflies (Jane's Butterfly Garden had been the original inspiration). More auditions for designs to be appliqued onto the quilt top and questions like, do I quilt it first?
As a new quilt guild member, I was introduced to a longarm quilter/member who helped me decide on borders and quilting process. I am taking her the quilt this week for her to quilt while I am busy working on the embellishments, i.e. squirrel, cat, swan, catapillar, and butterflies, LOTS of butterflies, all done in 3D and appliqued on separately after the quilting is done. Actually, I think I need to pin them on since by now she has acquired two children and may need to bathe the quilt quite often.
After watching Thomas from the Quilt Show, I want to also add some beads. It is beautiful in my head, I hope it works out just as beautifully!
FINALLY finished a quilt top I have been working on for 4! years.
While my friendly longarm quilter is quilting it, I will be working on the 3d motif's I want to be able to pin on it: 30 butterflies, caterpiller, squirrel, cat, swan, 2 dragonflies, 2 frogs. Sounds like plenty doesn't it! Can't wait to get it completely done!