Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rose Garden

I am safely arrived in Texas, so it's safe to say that you may not hear lots from me in coming days/weeks. Before leaving Illinois I did manage to finish patching the blown out seams on the project I mentioned in my previous post.

rosescrop

This top was sewn many years ago, but has languished in the closet forever due to my lack of quilting skills. Because it is foundation pieced on muslin, I thought it would be too thick for hand quilting. At the time I made it I didn't yet machine quilt, and when I started machine quilting I didn't think I was good enough to work on this, since I'm particularly fond of it. Now my machine quilting skills are slightly better, but more importantly I decided I would rather have it finally finished so it can be enjoyed.

I'm fairly happy with the quilting, but the good news is that you can barely see most of it, anyway. There is a grid of wavy lines in the center section, and a vine in the border (no leaves).

rosesclose

Most of my photos did not turn out great, but the thing I love about this quilt is hard to capture in photos anyway - the texture created by using the stitch-and-flip method to create the field of green surrounding the flowers. I got the idea to make flowers this way when I was sewing my crazy quilt, which used the stitch-and-flip method. Revisiting this project made me want to think creatively about other ways to use the same method to create different effects.

rosessofa

If I come across anything interesting and fiber related down here I will post, otherwise I'll be back in a bit. I will try to find time to read blogs, too, but if you don't hear from me for a while, know that I promise to catch up later.

6 comments:

whoopdedoo_5 said...

wow!!!!!

jovaliquilts said...

Oh, I love it! And I love the way you did the border, with the shaded greens. Hope you're enjoying being back in Texas.

Debra said...

Definitely one of your best! Welcome back!

Barbara C said...

Nice job. Good for you for diving into machine quilting.

Andrea said...

Libby - this is gorgeous. I feel like pulling out some scraps and playing - lol. You are a bad influence. My machine quilting is not brilliant. I have mastering meandering to some extent but that is all. As you say finished is better. Take care xxx

Trisha said...

What a pretty quilt! I love how the green goes from dark to light.

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