Stitching along…

Here is a photo of what I have been working on this past week.  This 12 1/2″ block

is for the 2015 IPM Quilt.  The theme was “Autumn Splendor.” After looking at the

five fabrics for the block, I thought of sunflowers.  I had some pictures I had taken

of sunflowers a few years back and used one of those. I am discovering that I like

working from photos.



The background is pieced and the petals are all sewn on with a zigzag stitch.  In

the center,  there are alot of French Knots. I didn’t care to count how many but it

did take me 4-5 hours to stitch them all on.

I like the block but I would change it next time round. I would have used the

orange fabric  for the center,instead of the green. And I would have stitched

the French Knots more like  the way sunflower seeds are in real life. It is

completed now and I am not picking  out all those French Knots.


This is a charity quilt for our local hospital. Our Guild makes these for the ICU

Dept. I think they are all so cute and it is amazing how generous quilters are.


This shows a close up of the free motion quilting I did. I tried to incorporate

feathers, swirls,  and flowers.   I am trying to be more spontaneous and

adventurous with my quilting. Charity Quilts are a great way to practice.


Another close up of the quilting. I did forget to take a photo of the backing.

It is usually a dark color, it was a dark purple. It helps  the babies to think

that they are still in the womb and they will continue to grow and thrive.




So far, so good.

In an earlier post today, I mentioned an applique quilt I was starting

to quilt.  All the ditch work is done and now the fun begins.  It is

always nice to know what you will be quilting on the top but in

this case, the quilt is silent.

Woodland creatures

Woodland creatures

I bit the bullet and started quilting anyways.  So far, this is what it

looks like.

Free motion quilting

Free motion quilting

I really like the lily pad for the frog.

Frog and his lilly pad

Frog and his lily pad

The spider web is extended a little, just for fun.


And here is another picture.


The one word that keeps jumping out at me is FUN. So, I think

that I will go with that theme.  I hope that the customer likes it too.

Don’t foget to check out Freshly Pieced blog-lots of interesting quilts to

see there.