For as long as I can remember, I have loved the late Victorian style fairy illustrations, especially those of Cicely Mary Barker. They were enchanting in their simplicity and dreamy color pallets. This would explain why I couldn’t help myself when I came across a fabric panel featuring three pink flower fairies. I normally don’t use fabric panels in my works, but this was so pretty that I couldn’t resist. I bought this fabric months ago and am only now getting around to using it. I also found some purple fabric that also featured a smaller flower fairy design, but they were more of a nighttime look.
Originally, I was going to incorporate the purple fabric as a border around the pink panel, but I decided that it just wasn’t complimentary to either fabric. They were both so pretty that they needed their own space. After some quick measuring, I realized I had enough to make the purple fabric the backing to the pink panel.
For the pink panel, I added some greens to accentuate the leaves and then one last pink border to tie it all together. I wasn’t expecting the corners to be as awesome and picture frame looking as they were, but I’m delighted and might use that design again in other quilts.
I have made a lot of bib and burp cloth sets over the Thanksgiving Break in anticipation for my last show. I figured I’d post some pictures below. Prices listed in the picture caption. Please add $4 for shipping. If you’re interested in one, email me about it at the new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before this set, I have made four other guitar quilts and one viola quilt in the same style. I bought the music fabric at a Black Friday sale (okay, it was really a Black Saturday sale) at JoAnn’s and had been sitting on it for almost a year. I hadn’t quite figured out what I wanted to do, but the idea of another guitar quilt set had definitely come to mind. When I found a jelly roll at JoAnn’s that featured an earthy rainbow pallet, I knew what I would do!
What I love most about the guitar quilts is the fact that if you cut out the guitar carefully then you’ll automatically have two quilts! If you notice, one of this set is the negative of the other. I love it.
I’ll admit that the guitar pegs at the top of this one are a little more “homemade” than I’d like, but I know how I plan on fixing that for next time.
For these, I used wool batting instead of cotton to give them a puffier look and keep the weight to a minimum since they’re going on a wall. I’m so used to cotton batting that these feel like they weight nothing at all.
In the past, I’ve done a much more detailed quilting design, but since the music fabric already had texture to it, I didn’t want to distract from it. So I ended up keeping the quilting simple.
These are both for sale, and I’m hoping one of them will sell at the December show I’m doing on the 6th.
I’d seen this really fun fabric in the Halloween fabric section at JoAnn’s. It has a soft green background and features retro pinup girls with a slight twist…they’re zombies! It was hilarious to me! However, it was also some of the more expensive quilt fabric I’d seen, especially for JoAnn’s. Well getting close to Halloween, most of that seasonal fabric went on sale, and at 60% off it finally was at a price I didn’t mind paying for it.
I decided to work in a soft light pink and a bright hot pink as a nod to fun “girly” colors and lipstick shades. Since all the figures were different sizes and scales, I knew I’d have to do something that allowed for plenty of variation and didn’t rely on straight lines.
At first, I just focused on the blocks, getting the figure outlined with plenty of space to play around in. The smaller squares came as a result of the fabric’s price. It was so pricey that I knew I didn’t want to waste any, so I started cutting out smaller images from the spaces between where I’d cut the original girls: faces, manicured hands, sassy shoes, and a brain burger were all isolated.
I liked the idea of bold black lines separating all the images. I was thinking of some of those older shows and how they would have thick black lines around the words or on the poster itself. Something like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
The result of all that black trim was a retro cinema feel with the smaller pieces actually looking like film strip!
I went in to this quilt with only a vague idea of what I wanted, and I am so thrilled with how the end result looks. I love it when a quilt helps design itself and surprises me.
I have wanted to make this quilt since last year, so I decided to go for it before finishing up some of my other commissions.
I couldn’t find an outright silhouette or image that I liked, so I free-handed them and then made them bigger with a projector.
I went back and forth a bit with what kind of background I wanted to do, and I ended up going with a crazy quilt style because of the hodgepodge feel of the witches themselves and their outfits.
I was pretty pleased with the backgrounds over all, but there are some choices with the green fabrics that I wouldn’t include next time. I added a black border and quilted in some rough swirls to mimic the cauldron heat.
One last detail I had fun with the adding a cord to Mary’s vacuum since it played a bit of a role near the end of the film.
For the backing, I went with a black fabric that featured a simple swirl design. I felt like it was just perfect for the overall feel of the “magic.”
I am planning to put this one up on the Shop page in a few minutes. I will also have it up at the next craft fair or so until it sells.
I’ve been sitting on this one for a bit because it was a surprise. In fact, many of the quilts I’ve been working on have been presents, so I couldn’t post about what I’ve been up to. Hence another factor in the radio silence from me. This one was presented tonight, so I am free to write about it. I am so happy to be present when they’re gifted because that usually isn’t the case.
This quilt features the Riley Blake Modern Scouting line. The center is an Eagle Scout themed panel, and the fabric in the border is all from that line as well. I did add a burgundy sashing outside the panel as well as around the border to help tone down all of the busy fabric and badges included. I went with a navy backing to tie it all together. I’m a fan of darker backings, sashing, and borders as I feel like they help maintain some form of control and order with the other fabrics.
This one had about 75 badges I had to include, ranging in size from 1.5″ to 8″ across. They also ranged from Boy Scout badges all the way to the newest Eagle Scout badge. I used invisible thread to sew the badges down. It went a bit quicker than I thought it would, to be honest. I pinned them all in place one afternoon while a friend was over, and then I sewed them all down later that week.
The Eagle Scout received this right at the end of his ceremony. My little Tiger Scout and I went to see it, and I loved hearing all the stories and seeing how much this young man had accomplished. I am hoping my son picked up some inspiration along the way, but I’m thinking he was pretty focused on food the last 1/3 of the time.
I truly enjoyed both the ceremony and the project. It was a nice change of pace from the t-shirt quilts, and my kids and I loved looking at the different badges as I worked with them. I didn’t learn until the ceremony that this was a mere fraction of the badges he possessed. I could have looked through them all afternoon; they were so neat!
I realize it’s been since the end of July since I’ve posted. Of course, that post was about getting ready for pre-planning, so I’m sure you’ve probably picked up on the fact that school started back. So yes, I’m back in my classroom. That being said, I made about 16 quilts over the summer and up to now. Some of them were t-shirt quilts, and others were more creative projects. I’m still working on others, but I cannot post about them just yet. Not until they’ve been gifted. Sometimes, honestly, that’s the hardest part of finishing them – the wait. So stay tuned for later on this month when I can show you all the one I’m particularly proud of.
I’m also wanting to gear up for a couple of shows in the fall, possibly a new one in December.