Saturday, January 23, 2016

Seasons :challenge 2, Project Quilting season 7

morning snow light
When this second challenge was announced I did what I always do when I need inspiration.  I look at my photos, then I googled it and read definitions and look at images.
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It was exactly what I was imagining but was having trouble drawing out.  So next I picked backgrounds from my stash to match each of the seasons. 
Sofia helped me pick.

 I also decided to use my Denyse Schmidt stash for the applique elements in the design.  I found a great Flea Market fancy print for the trunk and branches of the tree. 

 The I picked out 2.5" and 5" squares to cut out the flowers and leaves.  Good thing I have a giant stash of charm squares from all the swaps I have done.  I got out my Sizzix Big Shot and my favorite Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and a Westminster Sunflower/Poinsettia die. 
 I cut out the pink flowers for the spring red bud tree and the green and yellow/orange leaves for the summer and fall sections. 

 For the winter section I free hand cut some gray turned to the back side. I glued everything down with applique glue. Then I got stuck. Should I finish the top, baste and quilt? Or should I free-motion applique?  

Well I was leaning that way and Kim of Persimon Dreams encouraged me  so I did.  It turned out great!  Tomorrow I will starch it good and figure out the borders, backing, basting, and quilting. Right now it is 24" square.  I really love it! 

I quilted vertical wavy lines for spring and summer (thanks Laura Davies for the idea),

FMQ leaves for fall,

and snow flakes for winter.  BTW the piles of snow are also a Denyse Schmidt.  I just used the wrong side of the fabric.  Its a great technique to use in any quilt!

 All on an awesome Viking Sapphire machine a friend gave me!  It was so generous of her and its amazing what I can do with a machine that actually wants to FMQ!!

I used the same brown Hope Valley print for the back and the binding.

  • title: Seasons of Change

  •  Size: 28" x 28"

  •  Designed, pieced, quilted by Colleen Yarnell

  • Location:  Lewisville, NC
  •  Inspiration: Project Quilting Challenge 2:Seasons

Click here to see the other quilts made for this challenge and vote starting at non central time for your favorites.

Keep dreaming...Colleen
Sofia giving me her approval on another quilt I'm planning.


Barb said...

Oh love your tree!!