Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The First Morning Glory Bloom Inspired My Quilting
It was Project #13 from my Minutes for Me Adventure at the October quilt retreat and I finally started it at the November quilt retreat, last weekend. I was able to quilt it today! I thread painted it on the raw edge applique. I only have the binding and the hanging sleeve left to do.
This is the original photo of the first bloom. I used it as my inspiration for the quilt. I added a few leaves and changed the color of the bloom.
I had fun with the leaves using three thread colors.
I started with a print of the photo to use as a guide. I printed a large draft quality print of the bloom to use as the pattern to create the flower. I drew the leaves free form.
I drew out all the pieces onto lite heat and bond and ironed the it to the back of the fabric. Then cut them out. I arranged them on the background and then pressed them with the iron in place.
I used Fine Point Sharpie markers to draw the lines, so I would know where to stitch when I did the thread painting on the pieces.
I started to thread paint on the bloom using several colors.
Added some grain lines to the wood with a brownish grey.
Three thread colors for the leaves.
Started with four thread colors for the bloom.
Then a light pink for the center of the bloom.
Then a light blue.
Stitched with a light blue thread to form tiny circles for the background filler.
Flipped it over so you can see the back of the quilt.
I was inspired by the "first" bloom from my container garden this year and I am pleased with the results.
This was my second quilt that was inspired by my garden. I created the first one this spring and named it Blooming Beans.
I also wrote a post a month ago about photos from my garden that I will use to inspire more quilts - Quilting the Colors and Textures from My Garden.
I am ready to try another one soon.
What inspires you?
Enjoy your day!