Monday, May 25, 2015

Bertie's Quilt & Creative Space Tag

This little quilt is 47"x47", and has hung on my 
design wall for a few weeks. A friend of mine
pieced it last winter at a class while on vacation
somewhere sunny. She asked me to quilt it 
for her, and gave me free rein as to how.

The colors may be a little truer here.
The sashing and borders are the palest
pink, and it's really a pretty quilt top.

It was a bit of a dilemma for me to decide the 
quilting, as this is a quilt she is looking forward 
to leaving for a great-grandchild someday. 
I wanted it to be nicely done for her.

I decided it needed a little motif inside the 
blocks, and came up with this feathered 
wreath. A heart in the middle seemed to 
fit the style of the baby quilt, too.

I spray basted this one. I am finding that there 
are different situations where the spray basting 
works better for me than pinning. If I have any 
doubt about straightness of top or backing, I 
can see where to anticipate a wrinkle before 
I actually start to quilt.

Wreaths and hearts all out of the way,
I started the sashing. Simple leaves and 
vines with curling. I did use a water 
soluble marker to sketch an idea out,
and followed it loosley.  The mottling
you see in the pink is because I've
misted the top to get rid of the marking.

I do like her choice of backing. Very sweet
and appropriate. The quilting shows nicely.
I used a basic cream Aurifil in 50#.

Afterward my husband and I nabbed the Kubota
and went back on the hills for some peace and
quiet. There's nothing like being deep in the 
woods. We popped out on our way to a meadow,
and the hill was covered in blackberry blooms.
It's going to be a good year for the pie maker.

This little beauty caught my eye. I snapped
a picture so I could look it up later.
Any ideas?

Creative Space Tag is at Sew Preeti Quilts.
Preeti's post on "How Many Shades of Gray?" 
is up, and even her writing is full of energy!
I'm so happy to have her adding to our
bloggers sharing their creative spaces, and
she's already tagged Jasmine of Quilt Kisses.

For those of you who are curious, Maryse
at Maryse Makes Things came up with the 
idea after I posted about my new space,
and told me to run with the idea. We both
thought it would be fun to see where 
quilters create, and inspire each other 
with ideas about space usage. I've seen so
many great ideas, and made mental notes
for changes I should make. If you would 
like to share your space, let me know in
an email, and I'll add your name.

Until we meet again...
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

Linking up with~
Freemotion by the River
Quilt Story
Patchwork Times

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Jo said...

Lovely quilting

Sandra Walker said...

Love the new look! No clue what the yellow flowers are; we have them here too. Mmm on the blackberries to come. :-) Bertie's quilt turned out just great; I think you kept the soft theme with your choice of motifs. Looking forward to seeing Preeti's space, love her blog. Thank you so much for running with this; it's so interesting!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a sweet quilt, such pretty fabrics. The quilting design you decided on quilting was perfect.

Marcy said...

Real pretty quilt. Love the colors and the quilting is grand. It's perfect with the feminine colors.

HeathersSewingRoom said...

Really like your quilting on such a pretty quilt. A nice new web page too.

Preeti said...

The pink quilt has this comforting quality about it - come snuggle with me. I will take your cares away.
Thank you for tagging me. It is a wonderful and infectious idea.