Friday, June 3, 2016

Something cheerful

Good golly, it's June.  How did *that* happen? (The older I get, the more I say that.  If I stop saying it, will I stop getting old?)  No big surprise--we are having another rainy day.  Not sure about this weather pattern, but here's the perfect cure for a gray day:

The only dry spots were actually on the massive tree!

How cheerful is that?  I made this from Connie's free Chinese Forget Me Not tutorial at her blog Freemotion by the River.  It happens that she posted this tutorial a few days after I purchased some orange and yellow batiks.  I loved the colors of my batiks, and Connie added the turquoise flowers and I was sold.  It's so pretty!  If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is.

Connie's tutorial is for an Accuquilt cutter, which I don't have, but it was easy enough to cut the pieces myself.  The tutorial is really clear and it was pretty easy.  I made the bias stems with my bias tape maker.  The flowers are raw edged and are made from a poinsettia template I found on the Internet. Did you know that you can just use a soft pencil and trace the pattern right from your screen?  It worked great!

I hope everyone noticed that this is actually quilted! To do that, I actually built the applique on top of the layered pieced top:


There is no fusible in this top.  I just stitched it all down right through the layers, which quilted it as I went.  The background has a simple meander that I actually did last, after all the applique was in place. This was not without problems:


Overall it worked out okay, though!  I am really pleased with the finished product.  It's so cheerful, and I love these two colors together (even though they seem to be strobing in the pictures).  The one thing that I might do is add buttons to the flower centers so that they stand out a little better.


Hope everyone has a wonderful--and dry--weekend.  We are going to the ballpark!  I hope the rain is finished by then!

Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and crazymomquilts, and  Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.

10 comments:

  1. I love this! Very striking and so very fun! Off to check out that tutorial. Thanks!

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  2. What a beautiful quilt! So summery. :)

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  3. Oh it's so happy and smiley. I love batiks and although yellow and orange are not my favourite colours for quilting I love them in batiks, strange. Thank you for making me smile.
    Kate

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  4. The bright background and turquoise flowers are perfect together, Mari! They look like just the antidote for a rainy day.

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  5. I love your little quilt and the fabrics you chose. It's a happy one!

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  6. Very Cheery! I love that pieced background. The colors are stunning and the turquoise is perfect. I might add a few crystal beads to the centers to give it a bit of shimmer. Seems to go with the feel of it. Just a thought. Enjoy your weekend!

    Tami
    sewmuchforfreetime@blogspot.com

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  7. Oh, it IS cheery! Well done. I love using batik fabrics for raw edge Applique. I'm so inspired! I want to pull out all my batiks right this minute and get to work, but I have too much started right now. Maybe if I just pulled them out and set them where I can see them........

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  8. It's really cheerful! And beautiful! (I recognise Connie's style, with all those batiks in the background. lol) I think that your flowers would look fabulous with buttons. I wish you a sunny day!

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  9. This is a great mini for summer! I love the idea of adding buttons to the flowers - that will be a nice touch. Good job on this Mari - it is really sweet.

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  10. Wow Mari!!! This is just so beautiful! I really like the way you sewed down your flowers and like you, I love bias for stems! Thanks for the shout-out!

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