Sweet Bouquets in QUILTER’S WORLD (April 2012)

Dear Friends, I hope you are doing well.  The weather at my end of the world seems to be warming up, and we are quite excited about that!  The warm weather is just what we need to welcome in some sweet blossoms in real life.  That’s what I had in mind when I designed my Sweet Bouquets quilt for Quilter’s World‘s April 2012 issue.

[Image courtesy of http://www.quiltersworld.com]

I also unofficially named this quilt “Bright and Morning Star” because the fresh and soft color palette of the quilt reminds me of the hope I have in my Lord.

The quilt used fabrics from Eleanor Burn‘s Perennials II collection, released by Benartex.  I love the garden-feel of these fabrics.

Now to the quilting – I set out to challenge myself to quilt something that would look totally different on the back compared to the piecing scheme on the front.  Now, see if you know what I mean…  the stars on the front don’t really show up on the back.  Instead, a variation of pickle dish/orange peel quilting scheme does.

Again, quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.

What spring projects do you have on your plate this year?  Do share – I am anxious to know!  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits, as always.  Till next time.

Fresh and Refreshed in QUILTER’S WORLD (April 2012)

Hello Friends,  I hope you had a good weekend.  It seems like mine just evaporated away because I spent most of my weekend sleeping!  That aside, I did receive my quilts featured in Quilter’s World‘s April 2012 issue back from the editor over the weekend.

I actually have two featured quilts in the issue.  I shall show you “Fresh and Refreshed” first.

[Photo courtesy of http://www.quiltersworld.com]

The quilt is made with Benartex‘s Backyard Buttferly fabrics.  The fabric designs are lighthearted, fun and soft.

The quilt design itself is a bit more contemporary than my usual style.  I don’t often piece with templates, but I really enjoyed template-piecing this quilt top.

Quilting on this quilt is just as informal.  I quilted an allover design of square-petaled flowers over the quilt center, some  loops in one of the sashings, and more free-handed floral motifs on the border.  I used Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads for quilting and piecing this quilt.  Batting used was Hobbs Tuscany Silk.

Hope you enjoyed my Fresh and Refreshed!  Happy Monday!