Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop: Maple Leaf Rag and Giveaway

Years ago I learned to play that song on the piano, along with 'The Entertainer'. Sorry for any earworms (I have one myself now, urk!) I loved the beat of ragtime, still do. Scott Joplin could write some great jaunty little tunes! And Joanne of Canuck Quilter, sure can design some great patterns! This is one of hers. I thought the tumbling maple leaves rather jaunty, and the name just popped into my head. This quilt is on my Q3FAL List which is here.

You've had several sneak peeks of this quilt under construction, but I'd bet you had no idea how those maples leaves, and HSTs à la Postcard from Sweden would end up. Well, drum roll.....
Ta da! The quilt in a tree shot I'm known for in QBL. Yup, that's in a maple tree, a silver maple, in our neighbours' front yard. This is my stop on the Great Outdoors Blog Hop for Island Batik, and I am so glad you've stopped by! My line is Dear William (that link will take you to it). Thank you so much to Island Batik for these lush fabrics, to Hobbs Batting for the batting, and to Aurifil for the beautiful threads, all supplied to me in my box back in February! Come on in, and see the quilt in its entirety!


Here are the prints I used from the collection. There are 20 in this collection, and they are available now in your LQS!
I was given 2 yards each of the yellow and black as background fabrics, on the bottom row, far left. They are Mini Springs in Smore (love that colour name, don't you?!) and Acanthus in Storm. Island Batik has the best names! Continuing from the black, aka Storm, I used Fountain in Grape, Fountain in Desert (binding - LOVE!), Vine Vertical in Grape Juice, and Large Floral vine in Pineneedle.
Top row is: Fountain in Mixed Berry, Acanthus in Cactus, Berries in Dusk, Acanthus in Mixed Berry and Fountain in Gold.

The collection makes me think of the rich autumn colours in southern Ontario. Outdoors is the theme, and I immediately thought of trees, as I am a bonafide treehugger and not afraid to admit it. I also thought of birds, which I love, and thus, the stalling ensued, as it does each month, while I debated on what pattern to use, Blaze by Canuck Quilter Designs, or another I'd recently purchased.
In the end, Blaze it was. This is a great pattern which goes together quickly, and has three different sizes. I did the large throw, but I added a row to one side, and then omitted the top and bottom black borders, as I loved the floating maple leaves across the blaze of 'lightning'.
Quilted and bound:
Black is a beast of a colour to photograph, but I think you can see this gorgeous batik print in the above shot. Here's a better shot, a closeup, of the definition in this rich fabric:

It's also a beast of a colour to quilt, with black thread...
This shot worked better, perched on the willow chair with the sun's rays angling on it to show the various leaves I quilted in the black negative space at the top and bottom of the quilt. These leaves are inspired by Kathy Sandbach; she, and then Karen McTavish started me all those years ago on my FMQ journey.

Here's a better shot of the echoed feathers (Kathleen Quilts style) I quilted in the gold top and bottom blazes. I love doing these feathers! I thought doing feathers in the top and bottom zigzag would unify these since they are two different prints. And I just love quilting feathers of all kinds; almost every quilt has 'em.

I stitched in the ditch and then did straight lines in the blaze, using a pinky-purple, an olive green, and gold Aurifil threads. You'd never know there are the feathers in the top gold here nor all the leaves in the black! Lighting is so important and I had very little sun in the morning, and then too intense in the afternoon.

I continued the straight line stitching in the black between the blaze and lower gold zigzag, using the same black for the FMQ leaves in the upper and lower negative space.
The Hobbs 100% natural cotton batting we received is lovely to quilt through and has great definition.
I used two different gold prints, Fountain for the upper zigzag and Acanthus for the lower. You needed a yard to do it in one print, so I had to improvise! That's the fun part of these challenges, making things work with what they've sent, and at a half yard of all 20 prints, and 2 each of the backgrounds, they are so generous. I used nearly all of the black though!

I chose prints for the maple leaves that would contrast with the Mini Springs background. In this strip of floating maples leaves, I stitched in the ditch with navy Aurifil, one through each frame, and then chose different colours to FMQ veins in the leaves.
Here I used gold thread. I alternated between ribbon candy and figure eights in the stems.
I used the gold Aurifil for the meander I did in the block backgrounds.

Bottom three leaves done in navy, green and gold again on the bottom one.
Here's a better look at the definition, post-laundering of a leaf:
That Aurifil just sinks in like teeth into lemon meringue pie!


Yes, the quilt has been laundered and it washed up so soft and snuggly! The Aurifil threads must have been chosen with this (my surprise) fabric in mind. We had to keep it secret until July, as it wasn't available in quilt shops until then.
The black is Exquisite thread, one of the first spools I got of this thread, when I bought the greens for Shift, Callum's quilt. It's a polyester, great thread too.

I had planned to use the navy (Grape Juice!) with which I framed the maple leaves for the binding, but I didn't have enough... There's the challenge aspect again! What about one of the half yards I didn't use in the quilt? Of course! They all coordinate. Ooooh! It's a quintessential binding IMHO, like a stripe, but better!
That binding works perfectly with all the fabrics on the front, with the gold strip on the back, and with the older trees in Fall fabric I also used on the back.

The binding was machine-stitched to the back of the quilt, and then top-stitched on the front using gold Aurifil. I haven't written on the cloth label yet but I will. I am pretty sure this quilt will be for sale in my Etsy shop. And lol, I had to undo some of the binding to insert my mmm! quilts label...sigh.

Here's a shot of the entire back. We normally don't show the back if we haven't used Island Batik but this is a 15-year old hunk from Seattle Bay Fabrics (copyright 2003 on the selvage!) Don't think they're even in business anymore. I've been waiting for the right quilt flimsy for it, and man oh man, it's perfection, don't you think?

Our grass is getting greener since we had some storms that morning! The neighbours must think I'm nuts throwing a quilt on the still-wet grass and taking pictures... Oh well.

Here's another shot of the texture:

And a final one on our bed in the later afternoon sun, post-laundering:
I like to give you photos you want to lick! Well, run your fingers over anyhow, ha!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Blaze by Canuck Quilter Designs
Size: 55 X 70"
Fabric: Island Batik
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 100% Natural Unbleached cotton
Backing: Island Batik and an older Seattle Bay Fabrics
Quilted: on Avril, FMQ and ruler work
Threads:  pieced with 100% cotton Gütermann and Aurifil on my Bernina; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 100% cotton and Exquisite polyester, Superior The Bottom Line in the bobbin


Thank you for reading all the way to the end! I do hope you'll hop over to Canuck Quilter and check out her patterns (her Eclipse one is stupendous). If you haven't already seen it, the July challenge quilt I made, Beothuk Star, is now a free pattern in my Craftsy shop. (affiliate link: the pattern is free, so I make nothing, but if you happen to purchase some other Craftsy swag, I get a small commission which helps with things like postage for this giveaway!)
Island Batik has a wonderful giveaway going on which you can enter here or on their blog (it's one and the same).


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Giveaway Here!

As ambassadors, we are also hosting giveaways on our blogs! Mine is a 2.5" strip of each of the 20 fabrics in the Dear William line. I think. More or less! It is open to everyone. 😁 All you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me your favourite outdoor activity, any season. For a second chance, tell me in a separate comment how you follow me (see sidebar for the ways!) New followers welcome. I will be verifying that you do follow, ahem! If you are a no-reply blogger, please write out your email within your comment box; otherwise I will draw another name. I will draw at the end of the hop, which is Tuesday, September 4. The winner will be emailed and then announced on my blog on September 7.
Please note that I won't be replying to comments due to the volume that arises with giveaways. Best of luck to all!

Linking up
Sew Fresh Quilts
Quilt Fabrication
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF at Alycia Quilts
My Quilt Infatuation
Dizzy Quilts for the Q3FAL
Busy Hands Quilts


130 comments:

Lee said...

Beautiful quilting!! I love biking! tks!

Lee said...

I am a follower w/ bloglovn!

scottylover said...

I love walking in the fall, especially when the trees are just starting to change colors. It is amazing to see how much the colors can change in a few days!

scottylover said...

I follow your blog through blog llovllovin!

Susan Earle said...

Mmmmmm the thought Laurentian Hills came to mind when I saw this one. Beautiful!!

Linda Williamson said...

Wow, your quilt makes me wish for those cool fall days and even cooler nights. Love to spend time in the Shenandoah National Park hiking, watching for wildlife and taking photos in any season. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Linda Williamson said...

I follow on Bloglovin and IG. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Stitchin At Home said...

Gorgeous quilt and quilting yum, love those feathers!

Tracie @ Riceford Streams said...

Sandra, this quilt is gorgeous! All the detailed quilting must be amazing in real life✨ My favorite outdoor activity is walking my dog. I finally have a dog who loves to stroll rather than pull, and we equally enjoy our time outside several times each day. And today feels like fall with cool, crisp air. (RicefordStreams at gmail dot com)

Joyce Carter said...

Beautiful quilt! And the quilting is awesome!
My favorite outdoor activity is working in my flower garden. Thank you for the chance.

Joyce Carter said...

I follow you via Bloglovin.

Vicki in MN said...

The quilt is so gorgeous!! Love the vibrant fall colors.

Danette Stankovich said...

My favorite outdoor activity is boating and swimming. I do not want the summer to end. However, your quilt fits so nicely into Autumn weather - it is just beautiful! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Danette Stankovich said...

I am following on bloglovin

Lori Smanski said...

wow your quilt is stunning. you did such a fabulous job putting this all together. thank you for sharing and encouraging today.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Lori Smanski said...

I follow by email. my favorite outdoor activity now is walking.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Jayne said...

Beautiful quilt! I adore the pink mixed with the other colors!

Sharon Aurora said...

Gorgeous quilt! I'm drooling... My fav outdoor activity is camping in summer. shades000 at gmail dot com

piecefulwendy said...

Oh, I love, love, love this quilt! And those fabrics! I love the dark, intense colors. You did a bang up job, as always, my friend! I always wonder what my neighbors think when I'm outside taking photos of my quilts - haha!

Sharon Aurora said...

I follow by email. shades000 at gmail dot com

Annmarie Tegen said...

I love hiking in the woods. Any woods. Very interesting quilt. Sew much to consider. Beautiful!

Barb Neiwert said...

Oh, Sandra, this turned out to be such a lovely quilt. I do love the design, and your fabric choice is perfect! I love to hike our high country in summer, canoe our lakes and then sit and reflect on the beauty all around me. That's an activity, too, isn't it? I follow you on IG, your blog, maybe FB???

beaquilter said...

awesome quilt!

Kathy E. said...

Sandra, your quilt photos are definitely lick-worthy! How gorgeous are those fabrics against the dark background anyway? The modern design is what catches my eye and the 15 year old (really?) backing fabric is perfect! Bravo to you!

Heide said...

What a beautiful Fall quilt! Awesome colors.
One of my favorite things is boating.

Jan Snell said...

Love your quilt! You have made the most of the fabrics. Great Canadian quilter and designer. Yay, Canadians! I love hiking! Janice.snell@gmail.com

Jan Snell said...

I follow you via email. I love your scrunched up in a tree photo shoots. However, when I do it, my husband complains he can’t see the whole quilt. I love the invitation to look closer and predict the design. Janice.snell@gmail.com

JANET said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love to go hiking in the woods. Ndfromsd at gmail dot com

Louise said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! I love the way the fabrics play with this pattern, especially the drama of the black background. It makes the incredibly rich autumnal batiks just glow. And of course your quilting takes it to soaring heights :)

All that leafy goodness has me thinking about one of my favorite outdoor activities: riding my scooter down a twisty back road, especially through bright trees in the autumn!

Louise said...

I follow you via email :)

Kathleen said...

Just beautiful, Sandra! Your big pieces were perfectly striking from this collection. I love the fall them and fall colors - it really is terrific. When I see Kathleen Quilts, I have to think if that’s me (ha ha); only email not blog - such a confusing world!

Quilting Tangent said...

Taking walks, seeing the changing seasons. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

I follow with bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Julierose said...

My favorite activity year round is walking (weather permitting or on the treadmill)
i LOVe how this maple leaf came out and the fabrics are so lush...hugs, Juierose

Julierose said...

I follow you on bloglovin...great posts!! hugs, Julierose

Happy said...

My favourite outdoor activity is birdwatching (or birdlistening, as it often is) in the garden.

Joanne Embury said...

Great pattern and quilting. Thank you for your blog.

Happy said...

I follow you by email. And that is such a gorgeous quilt - I can't believe you can consider selling it!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Love your new quilt. Such gorgeous colors. Your quilting is fantastic and the way it ties it all together is so pleasant. Yes, I was licking my lips as I read your post and looking at the photos.
I love to walk and see the changing seasons....a little more challenging in the winter with the ice and sometimes snow.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I follow you through email posts. Thank you for being such a great blogger.

Michelle in Scotland said...

I love to hike and cycle in the Cairn Gorms in Scotland; can't beat it! I've also been known to swim in Loch Morlich.

julie mirdoch said...

I lobe walking in the summer
Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

Michelle in Scotland said...

I follow you via email, and love seeing all your quilts.

julie mirdoch said...

I follow your blog and get your emails
Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

rosemaryschild said...

What wonderful fabric! Your quilt is amazing, as is your quilting! I get up early every morning & working in the yard is my favorite exercise, before our hot weather here in south Mississippi becomes overwhelming & oppressive! Thank you, Susan

Orla V said...

Beautiful quilt - lovely fabric and colours - wonderful job (as usual). I subscribe to your emails. I love going for long walks with the dog all year round. Thanks, Sandra

rosemaryschild said...

I follow you by email newsletter! Thank you, Susan

JANET said...

I follow on bloglovin and newsletter. ndfromsd(at)gmail(dot)com

works4me said...

Gorgeous quilt. The agony of choosing a pattern sure paid off.
We like to go for drives with or without the car club. We have been known to do a 60 miles one way scenic drive for breakfast. :)
I get email notifications of your new posts and I am very happy I do.

tac73 said...

I love this quilt! Thank you for sharing it. My favorite outdoor activity is probably gardening but hiking is a close second.

tac73 said...

I happily follow your blog by email.

Lisa Marie said...

Hiking is my favorite, especially in the fall.

Vicki H said...

I like gardening at home and volunteering at our botanical gardens.

MoeWest said...

I love to spend time at the beach and in my garden. Your quilt looks fantastic!

Vicki H said...

I am following your blog with email.

Lisa Marie said...

I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC.

Susan said...

Pretty fall quilt made with pretty fabrics! Thanks for sharing!

Anita said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! I love to go for hikes in the forest nearby my home.

MoeWest said...

I follow you with bloglovin

Anita said...

I follow your blog via GFC, and I follow you on IG.

GranChris said...

I love gardening but my favorite is watching birds.

GranChris said...

I follow on Bloglovin

Marie said...

beautiful quilt!
I like long walks in the woods.

Marie said...

following you via email

KaHolly said...

Sandra, honey, you really raise the bar! Unbelievable quilt, simply amazing. I’m speechless!

Sewgirl said...

Beautiful quilt! And thanks for sharing all the lovely quilting! I love to bicycle in the great outdoors!

Sewgirl said...

I follow via Bloglovin.

Melody Lutz said...

Another Beautiful quilt Sandra!!! Those fabrics look gorgeous. lutzcats@yahoo.com

Nancy J said...

I follow you on Blogger.

Melody Lutz said...

I follow you on Instagram and Bloglovin.

Nancy J said...

Outdoors in summer, favourite would be taking a picnic lunch to a high spot and taking some landscape photos. Wintertime, walking across the frosty lawn, hearing it crunch as I go to the mail box. Tramping and camping were the favourites when we were younger and able to do that, some years ago now.

Nancy J said...

Your quilt, what an amazing pattern, and the way you chose and used the fabric, black as a great foil for those colours, and the quilting makes the lightning strips so definite, delicate feathers and more, a stunning finish.

Dawn F said...

My favorite outdoor activity is hiking. I love your quilt and the great photos of the quilting you did on it. dawn (dot) bulthuis (@) gmail (dot) com

Dawn F said...

I follow some of your boards on Pinterest!

quilter said...

Beautiful fabric and quilt! My fav. Outdoor activity is swimming.
Cork@pa.rr.com

Cathy B said...

Does quilting or hand sewing count if it's done outdoors sitting on the deck? Ha ha! Beautiful quilt! basaran.family (at) rogers.com

Cathy B said...

I follow by email. basaran.family (at) rogers.com

Michele T said...

I really enjoy hiking... and this year it has been to all the waterfalls in our area and travels so that my husband can photograph them!

Michele T said...

I follow you via email and also on Instagram.

Michele T said...

I can’t believe that I left two comments and didn’t say one thing about your gorgeous quilt!, Live the mix of colours especially and the pattern is lovely.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Sandra! Well you come back from vacay with a bang!! When I saw the picture of this quilt all I could say is WOWOWOWOW. I thought the backing was navy, but black - even better. That black batik really makes all of the other fabrics shine. And those maple leaves. This whole thing is just gorgeous. I had no idea where all those sneak peeks were leading. Love, love, LOVE this, and I will check out Canuck Quilter's patterns. The outdoor activity I enjoy the most - and this is new for me - is pushing a stroller around with my sweet boy in it. A.k.a. walking. ~smile~ Roseanne (and I do follow you as well, but not posting a separate message for that!)

Karla Brown said...

WOW -- I love your quilt! The maple leaf block is my favorite and I never tire making it -- Gorgeous fabric!

Havplenty said...

My favorite outdoor activity.... I am currently marathon training so running in the great outdoors is my favorite. I get to see up close and personal the changing season colors. Batiks have certainly come a long way with with the colors and patterns. I have loved batiks since my early days of sewing.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Havplenty said...

I follow your blog via Bloglovin and I follow on IG.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Audrey said...

My favourite outdoor activities are camping and hiking/walking; especially in the fall when the air is crisp and the colours vibrant. This collection of fabrics is wonderful and it looks terrific in the pattern you chose. Thanks for sharing.

Audrey said...

I follow via email. I always enjoy reading your posts.

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

Hi Sandra

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

I follow you on bloglovin are email one and facebook

Word Weaver Art said...

Oh, Sandra, I am enamored with this piece of artwork! When I saw it earlier in the day on Instagram, I flipped back to it several times. There's so much to love. The color combination! That rich background with the lightning bolt zigzag that just draws the eye across and back... love the yellows on top and bottom... especially love the double-wide dark zig above the bottom yellow... then the fushia zag begs for attention... Then the column of leaves decides to be the star of the show for a minute... before it's back to the zigsag Oh, my... winner!
And as for the Ragtime Music lover in you... really??? Yep, that's our 647th M.I. Me too! It's on my Pandora rotation... sometimes you just need the bounce. (Fun fact... Did you know that "The Entertainer" has lyrics? Learned that when I learned it on piano as a kid.)
I know I didn't follow your rules for the drawing. It's okay. Maybe it will go to an avid quilter. But, just for fun... I think my favorite outdoor activity is sitting on the back porch in any season (spring and autumn are most comfortable though), and I follow you pretty much everywhere. :)
H

Dena@LivingWaterQuilter.com said...

The use and placement of the Dear William fabric collection is so striking! Well done.

anna brown said...

I really like this will half to give it a try.... love the fall leaves. happyness04431@yahoo.com

OhioLori said...

Gorgeous quilt!! Your did Awesome job!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :) My favorite outside activity is in the Fall, going to pick Apples to make Applesauce! & raking leaves so the Grangirlie & I can jump in them! giggle...

The Quilted Dog said...

Love the combination of leaves & the blaze, beautiful display of the fabrics!

The Quilted Dog said...

Love the combination of the leaves & the blaze, it shows off the fabrics so well! Bring outside is all about hiking with my dogs.

Barb said...

Outdoor walks are a good outdoor activity--Your quilt is beautiful--love Maple leaves!
barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

Barb said...

I follow you by E-mail--
barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

Pamela said...

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! My favorite outdoor activity is swimming with my granddaughter. We do it every evening in the summer!

Pamela said...

I follow you on Instagram (@pksolberg). Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and for your inspiring blog post!

teachpany said...

So pretty! Great job on the quilting, too. (I'm an Ambassador)

Kate said...

You picked a gorgeous pattern to show off those fabrics. Love the colors in the leaves and the black sets it all off beautifully. I follow you using Feedly.

Allison said...

Such gorgeous colors! I'm not a big fan of purple but it looks beautiful in your quilt.

Allison said...

I follow you via email.

mumbird3 said...

Great quilt - just love those colors!!! the maple leaves are great!!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Oh WOW, Sandra!! I love your quilt - the colors and contrast - full of awesomeness!! And purples are MY favorites!! Great job! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

anna brown said...

I love sewing out under the pines.At sme time throwing my dogs ball...
happyness04431@yahoo.com

Barb said...

Enjoyed your post and quilt!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

What a beautiful quilt! The fabrics look so great together!!!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

I so loved working with this collection. Your quilt is gorgeous and the quilting yummy!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

Amazing Sandra - you nailed it again! Great fabric, perfect choice of pattern, superb modifications. Thanks for the ear worm, the drool on my keyboard and the smiles. And I am pretty sure your neighbours don't blink an eyelid at your antics unless they have only just moved in..... they'd surely be used to you being larger than life by now. :)

BarefootThunder said...

beautiful quilt, I love to walk on the beach.

BarefootThunder said...

I follow you on IG

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

One of my favorite outdoor activities is my gardening. i enjoy the quiet and just slowly plodding along plucking little bits of the weeds and grass out of the dirt

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Following via Bloglovin

Pat said...

This is such a beautiful quilt. Love the rich colors against the black. Your tree shot is a winner!!

Sally said...

Design is stunning! Quilting exceptional!

Donna W said...

Walking is my favorite activity. Any time, any season. Especially love the spring and fall when the weather is a little cooler. Love to watch everything starting to grow again in the spring and then in the fall the change of colors.

Donna W said...

I follow you via email.

Carol Andrews said...

My favorite outdoor activity is going for a long walk and then finishing by sitting on our covered porch doing some hand sewing. That's my favorite time to bind my quilts.
QuiltSchmilt@gmail.com

Carol Andrews said...

I follow you by email and so enjoy viewing the eye candy and learning from your blogs. Thanks for the chance to win.
QuiltSchmilt@gmail.com

Leanne Parsons said...

This is such a fabulous quilt, Sandra! The colours, the pattern, the quilting, oh, my! I love everything about it :)

Darlene said...

Favorite outdoor activity is taking walks. Love the batiks.

Sherry said...

Beautiful quilt! I love fall, I made a fall quilt last year and will be putting it out in my living room soon. I follow your blog by email notification.

Deb B. said...

Your quilt is beautiful and the pattern works very well with the colors. I love taking walks, especially with my husband.

Deb B. said...

I follow via email.

Kathi Riemer said...

I LOVE your quilt, the color choices, the pattern, the quilting. It is just stunning. I was a runner and now I'm a walker-everyday rain or shine. I love being outside. I live in the Tongas National Rainforest where there are lots of trails and roads and almost no traffic. It is beautiful here. I followed you via email. I am also a retired teacher. Happy quilting!

Pamela said...

Stunning quilt - I love it!

Emily said...

I particularly love the variety of fabrics in your maple leaves! It's amazing how you can use such a wide variety and it still looks cohesive. It's lovely! I like walking and hiking in all seasons.

Jasmine said...

I have always loved this pattern. It was a great choice for these fabrics. Your amazing quilting really brings it to life.

Ella said...

Using dark backgrounds makes it stand out. Do you have to worry about batiks bleeding if they are dark? On behalf of the FAL crew, thank you for joining in!

DawnyK said...

It's wonderful! Congrats on an FAL finish!