Today – I made ART!

Usually I make quilts!  When I finished this one my first thought was “I made art today!”  Even hubby said “WOW!”

I purchased the fabrics in April of this year at The Quilted Skein in LaGrange, TX.  I had not even opened the pattern before we got there  and I started pulling fabrics.  Then I had to do a quick read to see what my fabric requirements would be as I was not following the same placement as the cover photo.  Fabric pulled and acquired in less than 45 minutes.

I didn’t get started on this project right away as I was working on some market samples for Island Batik and Quiltworx as well as many other projects that were not all sewing related.

After I completed the pieced leaves, the gold and purple ones – I said “Oh Oh it is quite LSU!”  Nothing wrong with that, just not what I was going for.

Enough pieced here to lay it out to get a feel for what it will look like.
Enough pieced here to lay it out to get a feel for what it will look like.

Then I started adding my other fabrics and it just came to life!

Got to lay out a few more pieces while I was with the Golden Needles Quilt Guild
Got to lay out a few more pieces while I was with the Golden Needles Quilt Guild

I am sure it will be a little bright for some of you – but that is the fun about ART – it is in the eye of the beholder!

WOW!
WOW!
Just another angle!
Just another angle!

Pattern information Fire Island Hosta by Judy Niemeyer Quilting!

Wall Quilt - 74"x74"
Wall Quilt – 74″x74″
Queen Size - I am planning a FART for this one!  Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!
Queen Size – I am planning a FART for this one! Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!

If you would like to make this quilt – you can join me in Wimberley, TX January 29-February 1st.  I am hosting a retreat and this is the selected pattern.  There is also a queen size option.  Click here for more details.  The food is fabulous, thanks to our wonderful cook, Ronda!  The Quilt Ranch is fabulous and the setting is in the hill country of TX and is just beautiful.  All we need is you to make it perfect!

Go be creative and make the world a beautiful place!

Denise

 

 

Shirley Temple – The Chordettes – or a little bit of Kaffe with Kim McLean?

All of these bring smiles to me – Shirley Temple “On the Good Ship Lollipop” can’t you just picture those curls?  Or the very popular tune from 1958 sung the The Chordettes “Lollipop” but today it is “The Lollipop Tree” quilt made by Karla from the pattern by Kim McLean using those fabulous Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Karla used a machine appliqué technique to apply her “Lollipop Tree’s” to the background fabrics.  Her technique uses invisible thread and it is very difficult to tell it is not needle turned!  I had mentioned a steady betty to Karla a while back, well, she could not believe the difference pressing on her steady betty made for all of those setting squares.  Do you use a “steady betty”  you might want to add this essential tool to your box of tricks!

Karla used 4 different fabrics for her background.  Pink, tangerine, lavender and blue – I matched the thread colors to the background so help pop the color.  At times it was very difficult to tell the difference between pink and lavender on the backgrounds.  For the quilting in the large appliqué leaves I used a yellow, it just seemed to be the best blender.  For the X quilting in the small setting squares I used a plum thread – it also proved to be a good blender!

The overall quilt - see - it makes you happy!
The overall quilt – see – it makes you happy!  (Along with a snippet of my wine tree!)
Be sure to look how Karla used the various Kaffe fabrics for her leaves and lollipops.
Be sure to look how Karla used the various Kaffe fabrics for her leaves and lollipops.
Karla used "perfect circles" by Karen Kay Buckley for those lollipops!  Another great tool!
Karla used “perfect circles” by Karen Kay Buckley for those lollipops! Another great tool!  Lots of pebbles for the quilting on this block!
Background fill
Background fill – small swirls – I think they took longer than the pebbles!
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Ribbon Candy quilting – seems appropriate for a lollipop!
More background fill
More background fill
lots and lots of thread put down on this one!
lots and lots of thread put down on this one!
A grouping of how the backgrounds look next to each other
A grouping of how the backgrounds look next to each other – click on this photo to see more detail!
Look at this fabulous backing - no you can't see the quilting - but what a fun fabric!
Look at this fabulous backing – no you can’t see the quilting – but what a fun fabric!

Hope you enjoyed the sweetness today!