Pumpkins anyone?

 

What better time to work on a fall themed quilt than on a cold

winter’s day?

Shirley made this next quilt as a BOM. Buggy Barn is the

designer of this pattern “Farm Fresh.”

How can  you not love what designs  they create?

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I think that the pumpkins are my most favorite part of this

quilt. The quilting lines really make the pumpkins come to

life.

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I love the Canadian flags in the flower pot too. I am unsure

if Shirley designed these herself or if they came with the

pattern.

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The flowers in this pot are so cute too. I love the whole thing and

may just have to make one for myself.

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Here is what  the watering can and stool look like. It was alot

of fun trying to come up with whimsical designs for each

element of the quilt. Shirley also wanted the background to

be filled with meandering or stippling.

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In the border area, I stitched in several more sunflowers. It

really does add a nice touch and gives the viewer something

else to look at. I used a polyester thread for the top and

backing.

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Here is the stem of the sunflowers in the border.  The thread color

was matched to whatever color was on the top.

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The back looks like an entirely different quilt. The backing

is a dark blue batik and the thread shows up beautifully.

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The vase of flowers on the back.

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Pumpkins anyone?

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The watering can, the stool and another vase of flowers.

What a great job Shirley did making this quilt.

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Have a great week.

A Stitcher’s Garden

This is Lynn’s beautiful quilt. She took a class that focused on machine applique

and  machine embroidery.  There are some really cool blocks within this quilt and

Lynn always has some incredible fabrics within the quilt top itself.

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Lynn’s Quilt

I love the aqua blue border, it really adds a pop of color.

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Blue border

In this block, the background has been quilted already.  Most of the blocks in

this quilt have this added feature.  It really does add another layer of dimension

and design to the quilt.

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I’m not sure if you can see that there are pink buttons on the top of the flower.

There were alot of embellishments added as well.  Lynn mentioned that each

block took up  alot of time to create.  I believe her, so much detail in each block.

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A multi colored yarn was used for the center of the flower heads.  It is amazing

what different fibers one can use to embellish a quilt.

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This is one of my favorite  blocks.  These flowers are surrrounded by a thick

thread called Razzle Dazzle, by Ricki Tims.  I quilted a small zigzag stitch

around the thread, just to give it more stablilty and help keep it from sifting

or coming off the quilt top.  In the centre of each flower is a piece of thin

foam, in the shape of a flower petal.  Lynn mentioned picking these up

at the Dollar Store.  Again, you have to keep your eyes open to the

possibilities of what  materials,besides cotton, you can use in quilting.

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This multi colored flower was created by machine embroidery.  Isn’t it

gorgeous?  I totally love it!  I can’t imagine the amount of thread it must

have sucked up though.

In the purple border. I stitched in feathers.

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Again, the blue flower head draws me to it.  Around this block, I stitched

a simple loop de loop design.

The buttons around this block are so cute. Michaels, is the store where

they were purchased.  The thread that has been stitched around the block

is pretty thick as well.

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The background area has a stitched vertical line in it as well. I think that

the students in this class were encouraged to use some of the decorative

stitches on their sewing machine.  What a great idea to use these stitches

in this way.  Most of us don’t use these decorative stitches at all.

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The background area has stitched lines are

cross hatched.

I wanted to do something different in the half square area, so

diagonal lines seemed interesting.  In the pink area, I stitched

in a wavy line, just to add some  contrast to the area.

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The flower, on the left hand side, is another machine embroidered flower.

This is another cute flower.  I like the diagonal background lines and the

foam center too.  As you can see, there were alot of little borders surrounding

the blocks  so I tried to use the same motifs over and over but in different areas.

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This block looks similar to a previous one but the flower is different.

I like the stitching in the background area too. There are 2 layers of

batting in all of these blocks too.  The first layer was added when

the block was constructed and all the background stitching was done.

The second layer was added when I quilted the quilt too.

Another neat block and stitching in the background area.

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Around some of the blocks, there was purple sashing.

Loops were added in the purple sashing, just to mix up

the quilting a bit and add some interest.

Rick rack is what makes up the stem of this flower.  Again, what a great concept.

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I think this may be the last flower block.  I took pictures of each one.

There is so much color, detail, embellishments and stitching to this

quilt top.  It is amazing and a work of art, in and of itself. I think that

Lynn must have had alot of fun creating this quilt.

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What a great color for the backing of the quilt. You can see the feathers and the

swirls that were used on the outer purple border.

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More of the quilt back.  This quilt was alot of fun to quilt.  I spent alot of time

just looking at it and finding so many neat items that can be added to a quilt top.

Whoever designed this quilt is very clever and creative.

See you next week.