Monday, April 20, 2015

My quilt is on tv!

I was watching the latest Quilting Arts show over breakfast this morning. Jamie and Leslie were guests and were discussing how to enter shows, and there was a slide show of many of the quilts in the 2014 Reflections exhibit, curated by Dinner at Eight. So anyway, it was a thrill to see my "Saffron in the Park" on TV! Nice way to start the day. 
I know, the colors look weird. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sizzix Blog Hop: Flower Frenzy

I am so happy to be part of the Sizzix blog hop. It was really fun playing with the Sizzix flower dies. 

These are all the flowers and leaves that I cut. It may not look like much, but it was! I cut mostly cottons, plus some corduroy, silks, linen, etc. So easy and fun! All fabrics had Misty Fuse on the back.  The dies I used were Flower #6, Flowers Leaves & Stem #5, and Flower, but there are other similar dies available. Then I made a simple quilted background with my favorite gray fabrics. 

Then I arranged the flowers the way I liked them. My granddaughter Samantha watched me do this, and I let her play with button embellishments, just for fun. 
She had so much fun that I invited her to take some of my leftover flowers and arrange them on a smaller background, that I made just for her. 
After she arranged her flowers, she picked out some buttons that I could add after I quilted the flowers. She had the best time!
Meanwhile, I fused down the flowers on my quilt. 
Then I did some machine quilting on the flowers, as well as lots of hand embroidery.
 I also quilted and embroidered the flowers and added buttons on Samantha's quilt. Here it is, all finished.
Here I'm auditioning buttons on my quilt. 
And here is my final quilt! I really enjoyed making both these projects. 

Monday, April 6, 2015