While working on tuesdays at Pine Street Quilts I kept sharing at the large floral print and loved it. I realized I could not use it in my portrait quilts except in a border and that seemed boring. So I used one of my favorite tradional patterns from www.BlankQuilting.com and is a free download. I have always switched up the design a bit but love the symetrical balanced look of the quilt. I skipped the extra borders and used more of the large floral. I found a fun stripe, which I love to have in my quilts, and the rest of the fabrics are from my stash. I like to buy the dollar store hawaian leis and take them apart and sew them on to quilts-I have some of those in this quilt. I found a large colorful lei at Hobby Lobby and that's where the large hot pink flowers come from. I have three colors/sizes of rhinestones, some flower themed beads, and some purple felt buttons as embellishments. I added a little purple glitter nail polish on the pink flowers for fun. I call the quilt "Fiori de Magenta" which means magenta flowers in Italian. I am fascinated by Italy and things Italian so that how it got the name. The quilt is 48" x 48".The second photo is a detail view of the flowers, glitter and felt buttons. I think I will enter this quilt in the Road to California show in a category I usually I don't enter. Then it's up to the jury people to decide if it's worthy. Back to art quilts!!!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
This is behind the garage. A porcelain vine on a handmade twig trellis, bee balm, lilies, coneflowers, false sunflowers, russian sage, zinias and plenty more. There are blue birds nexting in the red birdhouse.This is the east side of my house. The twig chair Ken made from dead cedars, there are old wash tubs, a magnolia and all kinds of perennials and annuals. In the background is a flowering crab tree and a trumpet vine that formed an archway to the backyard.
Friday, July 15, 2011
The Marinette WI/Menominee, MI area garden and gallery tour is this weekend, July 25-16, and my garden/yard is on the tour. This in itself is very awesome sharing my flowers, garden art and the fun finds I have in my garden from my "picking" and shopping. I decided to turn the garage into a art gallery. Ken rigged some wire to hang the wall hangings and I have some tables etc. to display the smaller items such as fabric postcards, framed art and my two new quilt wall hanging patterns. This photo shows the quilted banner I made in the past which is my vending banner to idetify my quilt display. Did any of you ever watch the TV show "Malcom in the Middle?" The font from the credits of the show is so cool and I used it for my lettering. I have used this font in some of my other quilts because it is so funky. The font name is actually Funky Font 2!! The other photos are pics of the garage ready for the tour. Check it out if you are in my neighborhood. The Marinette Chamber of Commerce has info on their website about the garden and gallery tour..