Ring of Flowers in THE QUILTER (April/May 2011)

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Today I am showing you my Ring of Flowers quilt in the April/May 2011 issue of The Quilter.  From these scraps of fabrics pieced together (a couple of months ago)…

… to this completed quilt:

The sweet fabrics you see in the quilt are from RJR‘s A is for Annabelle fabric line.  The pastel blue and pink, mixed in with the blue toile, made a great combination for something soft and sweet.  This line of fabric has imagery from Tasha Tudor’s A is for Annabelle book.

Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 5o Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting.  Kits for this 38″ x 38″ quilt are available from Quakertown Quilts.

A couple of close-ups:

This quilt is the perfect size as Miss Baby’s “boo” quilt!  She loves to drape it over her head and just walk haphazardly to wherever she wants to go.  So, it is staying downstairs where she can play and have fun with it.

From trolling different quilty blogs, there seems to be two schools of thought on the treatment of quilts.  Some think that quilts are made to be used, and some think that quilts are made to be admired only.  I think there’s definitely a place for each category.   I tend to embrace both thoughts… I definitely have certainly quilts that I made that are preferably only for the eyes only.  There are also those that I have made that I let and encourage Miss Baby handle and use, just as I let her use some of my china pieces.  I figure, I’d rather capture the moments we enjoy certain beautiful hings than have the nice things all out of reach and never be able to enjoy them.  What are your thoughts?

p.s.  I also have two free patterns for download made with the same fabrics.  Check out my freebies section on the sidebar to access those patterns.

Purple Mariposa in THE QUILTER (April/May 2011)

Hello Friends, up next is the second of the three my quilts featured in the April/May 2011 issue of The Quilter!

I used RJR‘s Mariposa fabrics in the purple colorway to construct the quilt top.

If you study the color scheme a little further, you can see that all the fabrics except for one are solids or tone on tone prints. Using mostly solids or tone on tone prints is a great way to highlight a particular print fabric in a quilt, in this case, the little purple floral print.

I quilted sunbursts on the blocks (using an Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton purple thread) because I was longing for some warmth when I was working on this quilt right before Christmas last year. The batting I used for this quilt is my usual – Tuscany Silk by Hobbs.

Closeup of the quilting motif shown with my newfangled salad made with quinoa:

Oh, look! Those swirls again! :)

Kits to replicate this quilt are available from Quakertown Quilts. I would actually like to see this quilt done in other colorways too: red, brown, green, black etc!

Keep coloring me purple – here is a photo of the quilt back:

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by. It’s always great to have your visit. I wish you lovely one!

Nestlings in THE QUILTER (April/May 2011)

Break out your scrap stash if you want to make my Nestlings project!

You may remember this is the version 2 of my Spring Song quilt that had appeared at the Houston Quilt Market last year.  I was tasked with tweaking the original Spring Song design for a small wallhanging that can also double as a door banner.  Thus my Nestlings, finishes at 17″ x 21″.

I had used Benartex’s Forever Spring by Nancy Halverson, but this project was designed with scraps in mind!  And… I am in love with these little nestlings!

Quilting was done with YLI Silk 100 over Hobbs Tuscany Wool Batt.  Totally free-motion quilting with unmarked motifs.  There are swirls and feathers and pearly circles all mixed in together.

Pattern instructions are in the upcoming April/May 2011 issue of The Quilter magazine.  Magazine should be hitting newsstands in early March.  Keep your eyes peeled for that issue to come out.  Lots of great projects in there, including two additional quilts of mine.  With so many beautiful spring project patterns out there, it’s going to be a busy spring for some quilters.  I am sure of it! :)

This little wallhanging is going up on the wall as a reminder what’s in store for us in the spring!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day, you all!