Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Clam Flower #10 - Part 1

How did I already get to ten of these lovely flowers?!  Wow.  Here is number ten.  If you look at the orange striped batik in this block you can see that I stitched across between the petals.  I knew that a darker piece was going to cover that so I did it to make it easier on myself.


The back of layer 1


The front of layer one.  I love the shape of these leaves! 


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Monday, July 24, 2017

Flower Inspiration

Here are a few of my recent inspiration pictures.

I love wild iris.  So pretty!


This spray of butterflies was in a bathroom.  I love how the flow across the wall.


A Brown-Eyed Susan getting ready to pen.  I love how the leaves seem fuzzy.  It would be hard to get across in a quilt though.


This dead tree has great branches.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Clam Flower #9 - Part 2

Here's a close-up of Clam Flower #9 with some added detail.  You can see I chose a shorter stitch length for the orange than I did for the yellow to let it recede some.


Layer 3 



A closeup of where the seam overlaps on the two greens.



The back of layer 3



The back of layer 4



Layer 4.  



And I forgot to take a picture with the final dot on the top.  Oops.  You'll have to wait until the whole quilt is done to see it!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Friday, July 21, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Changing up the Inside

On this little quilt, I used the same motif, a teardrop surrounded by a three bump feather and then outlined.  What I changed however, was what I put inside the teardrop.  I challenged myself to change up the inside every few motifs and came up with all sorts of interesting things some of which I like better than others.  Take a look.  You'll find all sorts of things including curlicues and curls and bumps and triangles and....












It was so much fun to play!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Clam Flower #9 - Part 1

I did the blanket stitch the other way!  What a revelation.  I realized that if I put this light yellow piece on top of the blue, it would show through, so I decided to put it underneath and do the stitching onto the blue.  I like how it looks kind of like a candle flame.


Here is the flower part of layer 1


And all of layer 1


And the back.  There was a thread bobble with the bobbin thread, but it didn't affect the front, so I left it.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Monday, July 17, 2017

Flower Inspiration

I love flowers.  I can't resist taking pictures of them.  Here are a few I took at the local park the other day.


I adore this flower.  It has little yellow bits at the ends of the petals.  I wonder if the cone originally had petals too.  I'm not sure, but it sure is cute.  It looks like it's wearing a tutu doesn't it?


Found this in the bathroom at Bear Patch Quilting Company in White Bear Lake.  Isn't it fun how they put a piece of fabric in this ornate frame?


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Clam Flower #8 - Part 2

Here is the block after layer 3 is complete:


And the back.


And the final block!  I love how those added light blue pieces really pop.  And the lightest green fabric is so much fun!


Back of the final block. 


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Friday, July 14, 2017

Free Motion Friday - A Project Found Part 2

I'm having such fun quilting this project!  There are some feathers in the lime green below.  THey are tiny and they were fun to quilt.


To give the block some separation I decided to outline the edge with a 1/2 inch border and then fill it with straight lines.  I tried these lines both with and without the ruler.  The ruler ones were straighter, but the free motion ones were more evenly spaced.  Something to work on for sure.


Here's another detailed picture of that border as well as more feathers in the pink.


Here is the outline before I started stitching.


Come back next week to see the final quilting!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Suzy

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Clam Flower #8 - Part 1

Clam Flower #8 is one of my favorites.  I love the combination of blue and purple.  Layer one had quite a few pieces.  Those skinny green stems were fussy cut from a vine print.


And the back.


In this picture you can see that I fussy cut the dark blue centers of the flowers so they had a triangle shape in the middle.  It's a small detail, but a fun one that adds sparkle.


And the back so far. 


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Nature Inspriation

I love to do floral applique and snap pictures of every flower I come across most of the time.  Here are a few fun one's I've taken lately.  I seem to like dragonflies.  That might be fun!






I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Clam Flower #7 - Part 2

Here's the second part of Clam Flower #7.  If you look at the dark purple tulip shape below you can see that I went with a blanket stitch that was large and contrasted some with the flower piece.  It allows both the flower and the stitching to sparkle.  I chose to do this since the fabric was fairly plain, but just the color I wanted.


The back of the finished block.


And the block complete.  After looking at it further I wish the two green I used for the leaves had slightly more contrast.  But I still like it a lot.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy