15 June 2009

Spring Blooms Mini Quilt Swap

Today I finished my mini quilt for the Spring Blooms swap. I changed my mind about a dozen times when it came to what I was going to make. Partly, I was anxious about having received a professional quilter to create for when my skills are more novice or intermediate level in the quilting department and partly, I was just occupied with other things; work, books, garden, recovering, baby...

In the end I decided to just play around and see what comes of it. I made a quilt that is totally "me", playful and imperfect with Kaffe Fassett and Martha Negley fabrics that I love and to me scream "spring". I quilted it with a meandering stipple.

I did use one new technique - I've never made yoyos before and I made two this time for the funky flower and its center. I also don't use applique very often so I hope it turned out well enough.

My favorite part is the tree. I love trees. This one is fun because the fabric I used had an enormous lettuce or cabbage print on it, so I fussy cut it out to serve as the foliage. There's a hole in the tree waiting for new tenants.

Maybe this bird lives there.

Tomorrow I package up and send out my mini-creation. I'll update this post on Friday with a link to my quilting partner's website so you can see her amazing quilt artwork. Until then, it's still a secret!


Michelle said...

It is so beautiful and so creative. She will be very lucky to receive it.

Atlanticsong said...

Thank you Michelle! I hope she likes it or that it gives her a new idea or inspiration for another of her art quilts.

Desiree said...

Hi Sara, I got my wonderful little spring quilt from you yesterday and I wanted to make sure that I thanked you for it. It is really wonderful, and knowing how you worried about it makes me feel bad. I think you did a wonderful job on it and because you put so much of yourself into it I will always treasure it! One tip, from me to you, always sign or label your quilts, that way I would always be able to look and see who made it. I usually put a label on the back but for this exchange I just signed the back. If I sell an artquilt they often ask me to sign the front but I didnt want to do that without being asked. I will put your information on the back for safe keeping! GREAT JOB!
I will post it on my blog http://myclothesline.blogspot.com come and check it out.

Atlanticsong said...

Thank you Desiree. I'm glad you received it. We recently moved and many of my quilting supplies are still packed, including my fabric pens - thus no signature. I love your new fabric Horsing Around and am glad you enjoyed Paris. I love France and would love to live there again if the opportunity presents itself.