Today, I have entered my quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. Thanks Amy for hosting this festival. I am often the viewer, but this time I want to share my favorite quilt..If you have a little time, please click on the link below. There are some fantastic quilters and beautiful quilts participating in this virtual quilt show!
I picked this quilt because it had a very unusual start. Most of my quilts start with the fabric or a pattern, but this one started with a photo and became the most fun quilt I have ever made.
|Camp Lejeune's Seashells|
I'm attracted to bold and primary colors so I was amazed to find these sitting in my stash. Surprised to see them and actually liking them, I decided to make a quilt.
Using a simple pattern, the top started looking more like a cluster of flowers instead of reminding me of the beach.
Now I am not very talented when it comes to drawing so I like to use books or clipart. I have a book with some amazing Art Nouveau free clipart.
I love doing turn-under appliqué, so I picked out a butterfly and a flower patterns. I find using batiks are very forgiving and easy to manipulate. I picked colors that would blend into the background and yet I wanted it to look like one flower standing out from the rest.
|Close-up of hand-stitching|
I challenged myself by making this the largest appliqué project I have done. I had so much fun with this one that I want to do another. I'm on the lookout for another photo to inspire me and I'm keeping a few appliqué projects in mind.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Quilting!
Quilting: Free form meandering on sewing machine
Butterfly and flower from "The Complete Book of ART NOUVEAU DESIGNS"