Sew in Love With Fabric. I hope you are on their email list so you never miss a post; there's always lots of new fabric lines information, designer interviews, blog hops, and giveaways from time to time too! Here is my project in this issue:
|See one's own work professionally photographed never ceases to thrill!|
When I saw the line I'd be working with, Color Calypso, it immediately conjured a past workshop (waaay back in my quilty past) and a few quilts done with the watercolour technique. This is similar to that used by such painters as Monet, with his brushstrokes and textures. Up close? Not so much. Step back? Voilà! One pièce de résistance! Well, his work, maybe not mine!
I was asked to work in plenty of pinks over the blues to round out the issue. We all know blue is my favourite colour, but it works so very well with pink, n'est-ce pas? (Désolée, but my French teacher background is saying "Bonjour!" rather beaucoup in this post!)
I thought of placemats, and played with a few possible designs, settling on this one, with Lisa, the editor's, approval. In no time I had the first flimsy done:
Here are all four complete.
Don't they work well with my solar lantern? They may all look identical, but look closer, and you'll find subtle differences.
First of all, here are the two threads I used to quilt them, both Essential threads from Connecting Threads. These were quilted on my Bernina. Sure, I could've loaded all four onto Avril, but I do have a deep love for my first love, FMQ on a DSM!
Here's a closer look at each one. The first two have the pinwheel spinning to the right:
This first one has straight lines that radiate out from the centre. All four share the same quilting design in the side panels, all done with my walking foot: two sets of two straight lines with a wavy line between.
The next two spin to the left.
I wanted to show that you can have a cohesive set with different quilting motifs, and also that you can use placemats as a place to practise FMQ and to just play and relax.
The binding is the stripe-esque fabric (love) machine-stitched to the backs and top-stitched down on the fronts.
Here are the backs!
Here's a close-up of the purple-pink with lime and orange hits fabric.
Pattern: Wildflower Pinwheels, original design
Size: 12 X 18"
Fabric: Color Calypso by Kanvas Studio for Benartex Fabrics
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Backing: Color Calypso
Quilted: with a walking foot and also FMQ on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Essential 100% cotton 50 wt thread by Connecting Threads
You can get the ezine free by clicking the first photo, or by clicking here. Look in the sidebar for the magazine cover, and click!
WINNER! Announcing the lucky winner of my Island Batik fabric prize from The Great Outdoors Blog Hop of Maple Leaf Rag:
There were 128 comments, and #114 was Pat! I've contacted her by email. Thank you to all who commented; I read every one!
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or perhaps you'd like to have a free week to binge watch?! You can sign up for a free trial of bluprint (see link in sidebar). Well, wow, I have just this minute learned that Connecting Threads is no longer offering affiliation, sad to say, as I love their products, (batting, for example, Hobbs Tuscany that I just love so much is on sale 30% off) and their prices and the fact that they ship to Canada, UK and Australia with a $75 minimum order, and I just ordered some stuff two weeks ago for my blog-iversary bash... Thank you to those who bought through my link. Crafsty commission has gone down, again, to less than 4% on product that isn't Boundless, sigh. Maybe I need to investigate Amazon!
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