Dec 13 10
Quilt Finished, Wait Til You see What Kelly Just Got, and Day #3 of the 8 Days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away Marathon!
“Sprouts of Sunshine,” (name courtesy of my friend Nancy Bruce), measuring 52 inches H x 47 inches W is done! This quilt was pure joy to create, from the beginning to the very end. Here’s a close up of the center section:
I used the “Loaves of French Bread” background fill design for the main center section (sorry, I accidentally referred to it as the “Igloos” design about a month ago):
Here’s a shot of butterfly #1. His feathered flight path was trapuntoed, so it’s more prominent than the other butterfly flightpaths:
…and here’s butterfly #2 and his flight path:
and not to be forgotten, butterfly #3:
I worried long and hard about how I would quilt those daisies…In this next photo, you’ll see that I outlined them with invisible thread (Monopoly by Superior Threads) and only tried to catch the very tip of each petal with my thread line. I figured that way, I could make sure the petal couldn’t come off down the road but I didn’t “clutter up” the daisy with thread work that might be noticed. That’s the one downside of invisible thread…it has a sheen that draws attention to it. Maybe someday Superior Threads will invent a matte finish Monopoly…a girl can dream!)
The only thing left is to sew on the label, but as you can see here, even the label has been made:
(That’s Wright’s prepackaged piping that you see me sewing onto the outer edge of the label.) In case you forgot, almost all the applique on this quilt was cut using my Sizzix machine. I used many, many different Sizzix dies and had a total blast doing it. (If you want to see specific dies that were used, keep scrolling backward and there’s a really long post showing pics of the dies used.) But, now we need to switch gears because I want to direct you back to Kelly Jackson’s blog here. We talked on the phone this afternoon just after she’d opened up her new Sizzix Vagabond machine and she is on cloud nine with excitement about it! Be sure to read her post and she’s working on making a video right now to show how easy it is to use! You should all know that neither Kelly or I work for Sizzix; we’re just 2 very happy customers who’ve fallen in love with this product! If you have trouble with arthritis and turning the handle on a fabric cutting machine, then the Vagabond is for you and Kelly is taking pre-orders on it in her IHAN store!
And before we adjourn for the night, I want to introduce today’s give-away item. This time, it will be 5 yards of the fabrics of your choice from Nancy’s Halvorsen’s Tidings Collection, with the smallest cut being 1/2 yard. There are MANY fabrics in this collection, so you’ll have a lot to choose from and you can check them all out here. Remember, comments are open until 12:01 am on Monday, 12/20/10!