Mums the Word in THE QUILTER (October/November 2011)

Hello Friends! I hope my post finds you well. I received my Mums the Word quilt back from the Editor. The quilt is featured in the latest (October/November 2011) issue of The Quilter.

Photo as appeared in The Quilter

The construction of this quilt is quite straight forward – only squares and rectangles, even though some of the squares are as little as 1/2″ finished. I wanted a panel look for the quilt to highlight the beautiful fabrics in the beautiful Northcott‘s Mums the Word collection.

The fabrics in this collection are accented by metallic gold specks . [My Canadian readers, you ought to be so proud of Northcott being a Canadian company!]

I quilted a mixture of feathers and stencil motifs on this quilt. Where the panel blocks are geometric and regular, I traced stencil motifs onto the blocks before quilting.

I then quilted feathers in the larger blocks and rectangular areas.  I used a modified mark without really marking method to quilt the feathers in the large  blocks to achieve a uniform look.   Except for marking rough placements of the spines of the remaining feather plumes, everything else was free-handed.

In fact you can see on the back better what I meant by my mixture of stenciled motifs and feathers. Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton (Color 2310) over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

Mums the Word is the last of a series of fall-themed quilts I made/designed for publish. Should you be interested to see my other fall quilts this year, check out the following links:

1. Pumpkin Patch Runner

2. Thanksgiving Table Topper

3. Autumn Hues

4. Autumn Place Mats (with Pumpkin Silhouette Applique)

5. Tuscan Leaves

6. Spice Garden

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a glorious autumn day!
p.s.  I have more pictures to share — stay tuned

Mums the Word: Sneak Peek #1

The early summer warm weather has been absolutely gorgeous here.  Even though it’s way too early to think of mums, I have been working with Northcott‘s Mums the Word fabrics for my current quilt.  Absolutely LOVE these fabrics.  This is the first time I really work with “metallic”  fabrics…. oh but the gold on the fabrics really add elegance and beauty to the fabrics.

Here is a sneak peek.  Noticed the skinny mini sashing?

To my Canadian readers, I am sure you proud that Northcott is Canadian! :)  Their fabrics are lovely.  I especially love their floral prints.    Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you a lovely day!

Home is where the Quilt is: Final Sneak Peek

Done is my “Home is where the Quilt is” quilt!  Here is a final sneaky peek for you.  I opted to do allover swirls on this quilt to go with the “comfort” theme.  I didn’t want to do anything fancy, just something simple…

but with a twist.  If you look closely, You can spot “tails” coming off some of my swirls.  I was experimenting a variation on the swirls.  I don’t think it’s my original.  I have seen it done, but just never tried it myself.  I will be showing you the schematic in my next Thread Talk post.  Stay tuned.

My next project will involve these beauties from Northcott’s Mums the Word – can’t wait!

Thanks for stopping by!  To my mid-West readers: please know that my my little family’s prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of inclement weather.  Stay safe, everyone!

p.s.  Thanks for your kind words on my floral arrangements in yesterday’s post.  For the record, I am quite embarrassed to tell you that I can’t swim, nor can I ride a bike.  As a general rule, anything that is remotely athletic, you can count me out.