I've been playing around a bit since I don't have the "good" sewing machine for awhile. The quilting is on hold and I'm trying to work on small things...things I know my machine can handle and still do a good job. I did some raw edge applique on this piece. It's another rendition of the 'Bloom' quilt, but this time appliqued rather than pieced. I'm not sure I like the stems very much. I do think the flowers are cute. The solid background is an old pillow cover from my bedroom that I ripped apart. It's a very pale purply blue. It makes a really nice backdrop for the flowers.
I do like how the vase turned out and how could you not fall in love with that Kaffe Fassett fabric in the vase and table? I've never used any of his fabric before...wow! A few folks asked what fabrics were in the last post's sneak peak of this. The flowers are mostly Michael Miller's Pod Posey, his Flowers a Plenty and some Amy Butler dots. This isn't a secret any longer...I'm not using it for its intended recipient. It's not quite what I wanted.
I do think it will be fun to play with some quilting on this one, but that will have to wait.
I have a dilema I would love some help with. I want to make my youngest a quilt for his high school graduation. It will be a twin size to use on his dorm bed. I've been pulling fabrics for a week now and I'm struggling. I want it to be masculine, very minimalistic and modern (almost stark looking), yet he likes color. This first set has 3 blues a gray and a cream.
This next set is mostly brown prints, with a gray print and two solids, chocolate brown and cream.
Any thoughts? Things I might add or take away. Other ideas. I'm really at a loss. I guess that happens when you make a quilt for a special person. This quilt is going to be made by me and my Common Threads virtual quilting bee buddies. Help me out folks. I need to send my fabric in the next week or so.
Project Improv Update:
These are the folks whose blocks arrived this week. Again, another stellar set of blocks. Thanks so much for remembering to label them with your name and location.
Upstate Lisa - 1 block (thanks for the fabric...you are too sweet!!)
Chelsea - 1 block (those little kitties are fab...now what to do with them!)
Victoria - 3 blocks
Annie - 1 block
Carrie - 1 block
Sara - 1 block
Michele - 1 block
Kristin - 6 blocks (wow! you are one prolific sewer!!)
Hey folks...if you are still interested in signing up for the project, that's great, but I need your EMAIL to contact you. Please don't assume when you leave a comment that your email appears. It's so frustrating to know that you want to participate and I can't contact you.
Folks are sewing their charity blocks like crazy, some are starting their individual improv project and some have finished one and are on to the next. It's great to see the variety of projects. I've also seen folks out there supporting each other through the discussion threads and on each other's blogs. Now that's spreading the love. Check out our flickr group, you'll be glad you did.