Hello Friends… I am very excited to share with you my “New Life” quilt! This quilt is featured in Quilter’s World‘s February 2013 issue.
This is another of my “dressing up the panel quilt” project! The quilt center is a panel, entirely. I thought the multiple borders together made this panel quilt the sweetest! Click here to read about my the value of panels in one of my Thread Talk posts. You may also click here to see my “A Tale as Tall as a Tree” panel quilt.
[image source: Quilter's World]
I use fabrics from Riley Blake’s Woodland Tails for this quilt. Click here to view the full range of the fabrics. I think the fabrics are getting a little hard to find. You might want to buy up what you can if you think you will be likely to use these fabrics for future projects.
Seriously, just look at that brown mini polka dot fabric! I love all the prints in this collection, but that brown polka dot fabric has a sweet spot in my heart.
The most fun part of me in making the quilt is, you guessed right, quilting the quilt! I knew feathers were going on the negative space of that panel as soon as I saw it. The geometric makeup of those “circular blocks” helped me decide that wreaths would be the way to go.
You can see how the feather wreaths play out in the following image:
Here are a few more close-up shots. You can see within the individual circular blocks, I outlined quilted along certain details, and added squigglies here and there to add a bit of whimsical interest to the blocks. Outline quilting panel details is a GREAT way to practice moving your quilt sandwiches for ensure accurate quilting!
The feather wreaths were free-handed. Click here if you are interested in how I quilted them.
I hope you have enjoy these cute little creatures! I am reminded of words in the popular British hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Click here to read the history and lyrics in full. My favorite is #7.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a blessed day!
My 2013 lineup thus far besides “New Life” – click on links for more information:
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles
The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square
Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango
Quilter’s World QUILT & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out
Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze, to be posted
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses
Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna