Friday, March 21, 2014

The Purple Rain

I finally finished up the binding on my Pantone Radiant Orchid Quilt that I am lovingly calling "The Purple Rain." I used the custom dyed fabric from Vickie Welsh for some of my raindrops, the binding and the back.  I used Superior King Tut variegated thread for the rain.  If I do something like this again the rain quilting will go on first and the raindrops will be appliquéd on afterward.  Starting and stopping the quilting for each raindrop was kind of a pain.  The quilt is 20" X 23".

I loved making this quilt.  The appliqué and the quilting were new techniques.

The Purple Rain

The third raindrop on the left on the top is from the sample fabric I ordered that is the official "Radiant Orchid".

I have some radiant orchids of my own just starting to bloom.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

H2H - Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Drive

This will be my second year to participate in the H2H quilt drive organized by Sarah Craig.  There are three worthy causes this year to chose from.  I will be contributing to Happy Chemo again in honor of my daughter Emily.  She has passed her one year mark and is doing great.

You can click on the button below to get more information.  Today is the first sign-up day.   Last year Sarah organized enough sponsors so every contributor got a prize. This year I also volunteered to be a sponsor.  It was so much fun to get a prize last year that I would like to have a share in the fun.

I already have one quilt top done and have ideas for another one.  My Batik Jewels is Quilt #1.

The quilts have to be done by June 1.  There are various linky parties to post your progress.  All details are on Sarah's blog posting.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Radiant Orchid Pantone Color of the Year Quilt Contest

I decided I would try something new to me.  Freezer paper appliqué was it.  I had an idea for raindrops on a purple background.  I looked at all the freezer paper appliqué tutorials on Google.  I did the double freezer paper and starch method.  It was not as easy to go around the curves as I thought.  Hmm.  Room for practice.  Points were also an issue especially when I when to slip stitch the raindrops onto my quilt.

I got as far as getting most of the raindrops sewn onto my background.  I am going to have to come up with some awesome quilting to make this quilt come to life.  I did an on-line trip to Sew Modern and ordered some perle cotton.  Hope it is going to work for me.  I also have some metallic and variegated thread from Superior to work with.  It was a cloudy day today so the color is not so great.  I have to have it finished by next weekend so I need to be a speedy quilter when I get back into town.

The fabric I used is mostly from my basics fat quarter bundle from Pink Castle.  I also had some ombre fabric, some Melody Miller linen and some custom fabric ordered from Vickie Welsh.  I sent her the Radiant Orchid sample I got from Amazon. She has an etsy shop.  The radiant orchid raindrops that I made from her fabric are my inspiration.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

February Hexie Blocks

I got my February blocks done over the weekend.  I have not made it to the post office yet.  Shooting for today.

First is my Get Your Hex On.  These are large 1 1/2" hexies.

My Lucy Boston block is pastel pinks and blues per request.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Winner Is

And the winner is:  Gill who said "Gorgeous fabrics"  Gill I am sending you an email.  Let me know your address and I will be sending you your Liberty Charms.

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