Quilted and Bound!!

Quilted and Bound!!

My flowery denim quilt is quilted and bound and hanging happily on my wall!! I wasn't sure if my plans for quilting using big seed stitches would work but I'm really please with how this it turned out!  I chose this style of quilting for a few reasons.  1) One of the things I was hoping to achieve with the quilting was to make the pockets stand out from the background. The flowers are so bright and such a great contrast to the denim that they almost overshadow the fact that they are growing out of pockets. I think the stitches really succeed to help change the background so the pockets become more obvious.  2) Doing this sort of random stitch is so much easier than quilting a neat even running stitch through denim. In fact I'd say it was a breeze sewing through the layers or denim, batting and a cotton backing. Even the lumps and bumps of the seams didn't stop me and my needle.  I guess I should mention what needle I used. I'd love to be abl

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Denim Garden

Denim Garden

Well, that's it! I think I've finished sewing all the flowers on my denim garden. I'll leave it for a few days before I get it ready for quilting. When I see it with fresh eyes I'll most likely see things that need tweaking, something added or removed. A thought crossed my mind that quilt made with pieced blocks has an obvious finish line, but with applique there's the temptation to add just a little bit more.  I've really enjoyed creating flowers with shapes and colours and adding personality with perle 8 thread.  Wool felt is a joy to work with, so easy to cut out a shape and simply sew it in place. Sewing through denim seams was trying at times and the result is imperfect stitches but you know me, I like a bit of wonkiness in my quilts.  

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Treasure from a Far Away Land

Treasure from a Far Away Land

I thought I'd start the week off with a burst of colour!! I recently received this wall hanging from Gbf's parents. They picked it up on a trip to China 20 years ago. A treasure from a far away land!!  To give you an idea of the size , it measures 30x 51 inches. How wonderful are those circles with their folded triangles edges. They remind me of prairie point binding or pine burr quilts. Upon my first glance I thought the animals surrounding the circles represented the Chinese astrological signs. There's a tiger a Rooster But then there's some animals that I'm really not sure of. Does anyone recognise this animal? A squirrel that is angry because his tail has been cut off , perhaps??  The flip side is even more colourful!! and even more wonderfully wonky.   If you look closely you'll notice the critters are creepy crawlies, spiders, scorpions, snakes.  A side view shows how their little

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Would you like to vote for my quilts?

Would you like to vote for my quilts?

Voting is open for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  There are so many amazing quilts and really every quilt is a winner, but if you'd like to vote for my quilts I'd be so happy!  To make it easy I've included the links that take you straight to the voting pages.  Once you're on the page just click on the heart at the top right hand corner of the photo.  It's easy!  Keep in mind you can only vote once in each category.  Click here to vote for Scrappyluscious Stars  A sparkly mix of colourful scraps. Entered in the Scrappy Quilts Category Click here to vote for Neon Bounce A journey into Neon brights and a fun modern take on lines and circles.  Entered in the Wall Hanging Category. Thanks again to Amy for organising the Blogger's Quilt Festival. It's such a great event! I've really enjoyed seeing so many beautiful and amazing quilts and it's been wonderful finding new blogs to follow! 

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