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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

WIP Wednesday #5 @ TN&TN

I'm done my second quilt of 2011!  That sounds pretty pathetic, but I've been so busy with my embroidery art all year.  There's a story behind this quilt.  I was asked by Jesica to make a memory quilt with one of her late and loved Grandmother's stash which she had inherited. What a stash it was!  There were curtains, stretchy things that melted onto my iron, thin thin polyesters, vintage cotton prints, and even Jesica's flannel pj's from when she would stay at her grandmother's house.  Jesica had half-square triangles with white in mind after seeing a quilt somewhere (I'm thinking Red Pepper inspired?).  So I made all the triangles from nearly every piece of fabric.

Through many photo emails, we decided on a rainbow like cascade from one corner to the opposite.  I had already decided on a scrappy pieced binding to pull it all together.  After a bit, Jesica asked if she could have wilflowers stitched into the boarder to represent her other grandmother.  Both of these women had passed away one year ago.  Jesica told me of the times she spent as a girl, picking wild flowers with this grandmother. What a great idea!  I got to work researching native plants and began drawing after drawing until I created some good continuous line images of those flowers that I could then freemotion quilt.  I found this quite easy and was pretty excited that I could pull this off!  : )

I'm putting the label on now and she's coming tonight to pick it up!  I hope she likes it.  It was a lot of work.

i love this label!  it features those 70's green curtains as the border ; )
So now what?  I have Aaron's Memory quilt to make for Steffi, but I still have to dream that one up and decide how I will use all those pieces of clothing.  I'll need to figure out how to make panels because that will be waaaay too big and bulky for my machine.  It will have denim, leather, zippers, pockets... so I can't send it out to a long armer.  I can see myself starting this in the new year.

September to do list:
- teach a Postcards Class this Sunday ** 2 spots left **
- Get my quilt show entries made!!  p.s. they are not quilts.  : )
postcards at Bernie's

October to do list:
- Finish entries and shop shop shop enjoy the show!!
- visit Margot... I must do that.
- Catch up on Karen Ruane's Embroider, Embellish, Create class
- dye some threads!
go on a dye-it

November to do list:
- Stitch Stitch Stitch up some art!
photos to embroider

December to do list:
- Hang my second solo show at the Jade Gallery (yesssss)
- Get that darn carpal tunnel surgery (ew ew)
Bloom. Can't wait to make more!

Thanks to everyone who is linking up over at TN&TN!  It's so nice to meet you all and venture around your blogs.

Linking up to Lee's at Freshly Pieced (because I actually have a quilt to show).
Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network (because I am Canadian).



Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

Hi Monika, that's a busy to do list,
Jessica's quilt looks lovely, I like that there is gingham in different shades of blue and green. I saw your post the other day about starting the embroidery class and know you will have tons of fun with it. What a busy time of year! Looking forward to seeing your show entries, too. michelle

Patti said...

"go on a dye it" ha ha ha ha!!!! That's perfect!
I love it!

Becky said...

Yea!!! Love that flower quilting!! Isn't that "done" feeling great?!?! Gosh, I really need to get some quilts done too!!! Maybe after our first freeze I can put the garden to bed and get sewing again!!

What Comes Next? said...

the quilt looks wonderful, and your upcoming schedule of to do's looks exhausting, but oh so inspiring! I've recently been playing with a "dye it" idea and I gotta say, I sure am enjoying it!

Poppyprint said...

The triangles look so fresh and pretty and I love your flower quilting in the border.
Hey, there's Kerrie!!
Good luck with your to-do's!

Linda Coleman said...

Monika, the quilt is a beauty. Love the stitched borders.

upstateLisa said...

the quilting looks wonderful!

Carla said...

What an awesome and special quilt. She is going to love it!

Sheila said...

The quilt is beautiful and your flower stitched border is awesome !!!

Shelly said...

What a fabulous quilt and so dear to the heart for the recepient. I love the wildflowers quilted in. So sweet!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Yup, you've been busy!! That quilt is just totally stunning! The FMQ is amazing. And I just can't believe how much you have going on... but one eww.. best of luck with that surgery, hope it goes smooth and you heal quickly!!

Anonymous said...

The flower quilting was such a sweet addition! You pulled it off beautifully!! You're one busy lady, hoping this week is productive for you. :)

Riel Nason said...

That is a great finish! What a variety of fabrics!!!

Grandma Coco said...

I'm anxiously waiting to hear how you get on with the dyeing.

elle said...

Great list, Monika. I have discovered a great Canadian blog. She Quilts As You Go QAYG and does some amazing things. I'm reading her tutorials and I am quite excited to do this. I luved the QAYG strippy I did a long time ago and this gal just brings it right up to today. Her blog is The Quilting Edge

Teje said...

Hi! That quilt is really beautiful! With white all the colours come so bright and your design is great!

LynCC said...

How beautiful!! She is sure to LOVE it.

Letterpress said...

Wow! You have done a fabulous job of combining tricky fabrics (stabilized by the white HST on the other side) into a lovely quilt. I loved the description of where all the fabrics came from as well.

Your to-do list is impressive. I think I have to go and take a nap after reading yours. Kidding, but it is inspirational.

Elizabeth E.

Leanne said...

The quilt is lovely, I have been following your process for the quilted flowers. I will try to link to your Canadian link next week too.

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