It's time again!
I have mentioned how much I love this GIGANTIC online festival, right?
I will be honest, I was really trying to finish a new quilt for the festival, but the stars did not align.
(pssst.... I promise..I didn't leave you hanging...sneak peaks at the end, my loyal friends)
Sometimes real life takes charge. Without further ado...this fall's submission.
My Artist's Palette Mini Quilt
It was the quilt that made me slow down this summer and enjoy the process of making quilts again. It was for the Name Game Swap, Round Two on Flickr this past August.
My swap partner is an Art teacher in Florida. She stated that she would like something she could share with her class. She also wanted something incorporated from the area that the quilt came from. I think she was hoping somewhere more exotic than good ole Texas!
I designed a foundation piece to make the flying geese "paint globs". The little bandanna swatch would not have been my first "red" choice, but I really wanted to include a piece of Texas in there like she instructed!
I stepping out of my loops and meandering FMQ box. It was the first time for pebbles and swirls! I admittedly, know it needs some work, but I love the look it gave. I also think the embroidery thread was the key component to making a rather ordinary quilt a bit more special.
I used black and white binding that seems to be all the rage for mini's. I was actually tempted to do a pieced rainbow colored binding until my Aussie friend Sharon at Lilabelle Lane steered me to the the black and white and I am so glad I did!!! By the way...I "met" her through the Blogger's Festival. *insert big cheesy smile*
I attempted a wood-like quilting on the handle of the paintbrush where I also embroidered her name by hand.
A grey stripe for the brush tip. I tried to add quilting to mimic the brush bristles to help the gray fabric stand out on the gray background.
Measures:15 x15 in.
Special techniques: Foundation pieced flying geese,
needle turn applique (center and palette), hand embroidery
Quilted by: Heidi Grohs (myself) on my Babylock Symphony (domestic sewing machine)
Best Category: Doll/Mini Quilt, Home Machine Quilted, Wall Hanging
Oh...and for my faithful readers that are still here to the end after reading all about my mini again?
The do. good stitches bee quilt top I have been working on this week!
The top and border have received Button's full inspection.
Followed by his quick approval!
When he sits back and relaxes on a "kwit" top or a "titched" quilt...you know it is good!
Can't WAIT to get it on Ole Betsy and start quilting this!!!!!