Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hungarian Embroidery Quilt

One of my life's dreams was to go to Hungary with my mother and grandmother.  They were both there and emigrated when my mother was only 5 years old.  I had that chance last summer and the memories are treasures I will never forget.  One thing I found fascinating about Hungary was the embroidery.  It's stunning.  I've seen Hungarian Embroidery and folk art before at my mother's knee, but I'd never seen so much at once!  I purchased some items at the Market Hall.

Down the street from the Market Hall we happened upon a store that sold Hungarian Embroidery kits!  I was thrilled.  The shop wasn't open, but a cousin of my mom's purchased this for me and gave it to me later.  I spent some time stitching it up and then what to do with it.  That's when I stumbled upon Kelly Cline's Quilting Vintage Facebook Group.  Then I knew the answer!  Turn it into a small quilt!

I chose a blue background because it complements the embroidery without taking away from it.

Now it was time to quilt!  I decided to quilt feathers in most of the white space and then stipple really close around the embroidery itself.  I quilt using an open toe foot and a couple of times it got caught in the embroidery.

Here you can see the feathers a little better.  I also did a simple stipple over the edge of the embroidery as well to hold it down.

The next thing to do was to decide how to quilt the rest.  I knew I wanted to do more feathers and that I didn't want to mark them.  I must admit that I am a bit of a perfectionist and I am trying to break out of that box with my feathers and not mark as many of them.  I decided this was a good opportunity to practice this idea.   So I drew some lines with my favorite Clover White Marking Pen.  The first set of lines is the outer boundary and reference lines.

The lines below are my spines for my feathers.

The start of the feathers!

Here it is all quilted up!  I couldn't be more pleased.  You can see that I've done some lines at the edge.  This will be under the binding and keep it the same density at the edge of the quilt.

I love feathers.   I will never get enough of them!

I like to add an outline around my feathers to make them stand out more.

Besides being a blast, Hungarian Embroidery was the inspiration for my new book Folk Art Quilted Traditions.  Check it out on Amazon or the American Quilter's Society Website!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Izzy's Inspiration

About 10 years ago I was introduced to Izzy's Ice Cream on Marshall Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota.  One of the best things about Izzy's is they make dairy-free ice cream so my mother can have fresh ice cream too.  It's a drive, but a few times a summer we drive up there for a treat.

I took this first picture near where I parked.  The windows on this house had great ornaments running alongside them.  It would be a fabulous applique or quilting pattern!

So I had to take this picture from a car window, but look at the glass on the walls of the bus stop.  It's a great pattern!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Floral Kaleidoscope - Part Six

Time to finish this top!  I can't wait to see what it looks like all together.

The next step was to add some blue dots at the end of the green stems between the tulips and the blue pieces for the bottom of the outer flowers.

I really like the blue batik I used for the bottom of the flowers.  Dark teal is a gorgeous color.  However, I tested all these fabrics before starting to make sure they didn't bleed.  This dark teal was the worst.  I had to wash it in Synthrapol five times before it stopped bleeding.  It was worth it however as it's such a gorgeous fabric!

On the back here I ripped off the top part of the stablizer since I knew I was going to have to add another piece when putting on the last pink petal of the flower.

And here it is!  My finished quilt top for Floral Kaleidoscope!  I can't wait to layer it and start quilting.

Here's a close-up of the outside.

And here's the back!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Free Motion Friday - Eyes

Today's design is Eyes.  I have no idea where this idea came from, but I was doodling during my son's violin lesson and there it was.

The written directions are here.  I must admit I procrastinated this week because I had to unpack my classroom (I teach 3rd grade) in a new building and it's consumed a lot of time this week.  And when I went to video tape tonight, dead battery.  Oops.  I'll try to get that uploaded as soon as I have battery power back!

Here are my photographs of the process.  Start by stitching in the ditch around the rectangle.

Start by making an eyeball shape, or marquis shape.  Then travel along one edge to the middle and stitch a circle.  Then travel to where you want to start your next shape.

Here's what I did when I came to the edge of the rectangle.

Almost half done!  If you make all the eyes come together at a point they could make a pretty flower.  I didn't do it, but it occurred to me.

Just a little more to go.  If you look in the center of the picture you can see a couple small little circles.  I ended up with some larger triangular spaces I wanted to fill so I threw in a little circle.  You don't have to, but I wanted to fill the space.

All done!  I hope you like the Eyes.

See you next Friday for some more free motion fun!  Don't forget to share what you've been doing with your sampler in my Machine Applique Adventures Facebook group!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Books are Coming!

I just got a tracking notice from AQS!  My books are coming!  MY BOOKS ARE COMING!  It officially comes out Tuesday, August 30th!  I can't wait!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Floral Kaleidoscope - Part Five

When I last left you, my quilt top looked like the picture below.  The big flowers were on and stitched and it was time to add the dots.  There were originally supposed to be seven dots inside each tulip, but after sticking on the first set of dots I decided it really only needed five dots.

Here are the dots all stuck on and ready to sew...

And a close-up of the dots.  You can see that they really are close together.  I knew that trying to rip the stabilizer between them was not going to be easy, so I didn't.  I ripped down to the top dots and then left the rest.

I love the dark purple I chose for these dots.  They really help pull in the purple from the center.

Now to add the other color dots in the second flowers.  I decided to go with orange dots to accent the orange in the main tulip fabric.  They don't stand out as much as the purple dots, but not everything can be crazy bright....right?

And here is the quilt top with all the dots added.  Getting close to being done!

You can see above that I am also starting to play with some black and white fabrics.  Stay tuned...

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Seashore Summer Blog Hop from the Island Batik Ambassadors!

I'm so excited to participate in my first Blog Hop for Island Batiks!  It's called Seashore Summer and we'll be showing you the latest fabrics from Island Batiks.  Be prepared....they make you want to go shopping!

Here is the complete list of the hop!

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide 

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash 

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

I hope you get to quilt today!