Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This quilt makes me happy

I purchased this fabric more than a year ago, I loved the colors.  The reason I put it away for so long was I didn't LOVE the example quilt the shop made.  It was cute but too gray, with so many beautiful colors in the " Flirt" fabric line I thought there have to be better options.

When I received my American Patchwork magazine I immediately thought of these fabrics.  I even envisioned how I wanted to change the corner applique to incorporate the birds.  I had already taken the Craftsy class Luminous Lone Star, I was excited to get started.  

I really enjoyed the piecing process and took my time quilting it.  If you look closely you will see a lot of what I like to call floating stitches.  This means there is a start and a stop on top of each other, not in a seam or continuous.  I like the back of the quilt as much as the front so every thread is knotted and buried within the batting.  I would quilt during the day and watch TV with the quilt on my lap at night pulling the threads to the back and locking them in.

Lots of technique in this quilt, inset quarter circles, turn applique, hand embroidery (and ruler work)

I will be using this pattern again using the same fabrics featured on the magazine cover, pink and blue- so fun.

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