Thursday, November 24, 2011

Imaginary Blooms














Remember how this quilt top looked in October?  I had the quilt top all pieced and I needed to add the blooms.  The quilt top pattern was originally designed for those big panel flowers, but I wanted to make my own blooms. I designed my free form flowers.  Plus I only made a small portion of the quilt using just 4 square sections of the basic pattern. I am working with the designer on publishing the quilt pattern.  Watch for it in the fall of 2014.  Send me an Email Marcia@craftysewing.com if you are interested so I can contact you when it is published. Make sure your subject line is Imaginary Blooms.

 I sketched out some petals and patchwork pieced scraps for the centers.  See this post "Project Number 1" for how I did it.

The hand dyed fabrics for this quilt were purchased from Chris of Dye Candy Fabrics and Barb of Quilts by Barb.  
This quilt was created for a challenge from Quilts by Barb's Quilt Retreat.

I saved this post for today - my Birthday, as the Imaginary Blooms Quilt is one of my favorite quilts! It's a close tie with the First Morning Glory Bloom Quilt. It was completed before the Nov. 11th Quilt Retreat, but I didn't want to post, until I could get some good pictures.


It was gloomy the day I finished it, so the light wasn't right.  Every time I took photos the colors were so vibrant and bright it seemed that they were reflecting back into the camera. I just wasn't happy with the photos, but I was going to post it today, anyway...
  
I did not use those photos either.
  
The photos were taken today with my NEW camera!  My kids bought me a new camera for my birthday! What a wonderful surprise!


I have been using the same camera for about 5 years. It was a good one, but I had to set it on the best quality setting to get good photos, had to have good lighting, and then it was limited as to how many I could take. I would have to upload them often. But I was making it work. I never complained that I needed a new one. I love taking photos and sharing them on my blogs. The new camera will make it so much easier to share.

I believe my kids have seen how blogging has enlightened my life... How much I enjoy all the inspiration from other bloggers, who are out there in blogland creating and sharing... And how I am inspired to continuously create new quilting projects every day!


Thanks BJ, Jewels, and Rad. What a thoughtful gift!


Today on my Birthday and Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family and my friends...


Marcia
Linked with:
Quilting in My Pyjamas: Favourite Things Friday - Nov. 25, 2011
Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? - Nov. 25, 2011
Homemaker in Heels: Weekend Craft Soiree and Blog Hop 29 - Nov. 26, 2011
Marco Monday at Lisa's Chaos - Nov. 28, 2011
Sew Many Ways: Sew Darn Crafty #42 - Nov. 28, 2011
Sew Chatty: Made with Love #53 - Nov. 28, 2011
Canoe Ridge Creations: Sew Modern Monday - Nov. 28, 2011
Sew Happy Geek: Manic Monday - Nov. 28, 2011
And 
 INDOOR "Imaginary Blooms" for Outdoor Wednesday:
A Southern Daydreamer: Outdoor Wednesday - Nov. 30, 2011
Savy Southern Style: WOW Us Wednesday - Nov. 30, 2011
Chef in Training: Tuesday Talent Show - Nov. 29, 2011
Coastal Charms: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday - Nov. 29, 2011
Today's Creative Blog: Get Your Craft On - Nov. 29, 2011
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Tuesday's Treasures - Nov. 29, 2011
Life in Pieces: 15 Minute Challenge - Nov. 29, 2011
Freshly Pieced: WIP Wednesday - Nov. 30, 2011
Faith, Grace, and Crafts: Pearls and Lace Thursday - Dec. 1, 2011
Somewhat Simple: Strut Your Stuff - Dec. 1, 2011
Happy Quilting: TNT Trying NEW Things Thursday - Dec. 1, 2011
At Picket Fence: Inspiration Friday - Dec. 2, 2011
2805: Potpourri Party #14 - Dec. 2, 2011
Stuff and Nonsense: fridays unfolded - Dec. 2, 2011
and 
for Sew and Tell at 
AmyLouWho's Sew and Tell - Dec. 2, 2011
and
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish it Up Friday - Dec. 2, 2011
and
The Shady Porch: Rock 'N Share - Nov. 30, 2011
RoCa and Company: You Rock #12 - Dec. 9, 2011

48 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Marcia; I am so glad to be the first to congratulate you on this beautiful quilt...I simply love it. The pattern, the blooms, fabric and the quilting. Everything about it is wonderful....you should be very proud of it.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

This quilt is absolutely stunning!! I love it! WOW!
And happy birthday , by the way! :)

Karen said...

Happy birthday/turkey day. Talk about everything at once. Very exciting. Love the photos taken with your new camera. What a wonderful gift.
Your quilt is lovely and the colours are so vibrant. It's stunning.

thea said...

What a beautiful quilt! and Happy Birthday!

Michelle Ridgway said...

A Very Happy Birthday to you. A gorgeous spectacular quilt again...loved seeing it.

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

Happy Birthday! November is the best month to have a birthday too. Ok I might be slightly biased ;)
Sounds like your kids are such a blessing.
Love the quilt!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

♪♫Happy Birthday to you!♪♫

The quilt is vibrant and stunning! Simply amazing. I'm in quilt-envy. Thanks for sharing. Hope your birthday was fabulous! Happy FTF! ☺

Quilting By Jeannie said...

Another beautiful quilt. Love it. You do fantastic works.

Colby said...

I love this! The setting of the flowers is beautiful!

Belinda said...

Oh, happy birthday Marcia! What an awesome gift.

Your quilts are always so colorful and fun. I'm glad you posted pics of this quilt today. It's beautiful!

beaquilter said...

that turned out AWESOME!! happy birthday too! Did you quilt it yourself? it's awesome awesome, a show winner for sure...

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I would have to agree, that quilt is one of my favorite ever of yours!!! And that is great about the camera! What a nice surprise! I bet we will see lots of fun photos coming our way :)

Pattilou said...

Oh, those colors work so well together--that yellow really adds some zing! And, your quilting, I could look at that for hours. Nice work and beautiful quilt!

Shay said...

More eye candy. Those colours are just beautiful. You are so talented!

My daughter bought me a new camera too for my birthday. Snap! Happy Birthday Marcia.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love this quilt! The fabrics and pattern are wonderful!
Happy birthday, too!! Your kids are pretty thoughtful:)

Sue Daurio said...

Happy Birthday!! That is an amazing quilt. The quilting on it is fabulous!! What a great way to brighten a gloomy day :)

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Happy Birthday and happy Thanksgiving. Your new camera sure takes nice photos but I think there is more than the camera to thank for such a gorgeous looking quilt. It is truly beautiful!

Sarah Craig said...

Happy birthday and congratulations on a wonderful finish! It's an absolutely gorgeous quilt!! Whoop whoop!!

mary said...

How colorful and how pretty it is.

Peas in the Pod

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Gorgeous colors in this quilt!

Happy Macro Monday

claudia becker said...

Very impressive these colors, I loved it! Quilt also splendid, great artist.

Chris Daly said...

Marcia, I love this quilt! Your quilting makes a great idea fantastic!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Your quilt is awesome! Love the pretty colors you used. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Food for Thought
http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2011/11/our-first-snow-of-season.html

Pat said...

The colors are just yummy! Great quilt!

Quiltification said...

Wow! Gorgeous quilt.

Karen said...

beautiful, front & back.
And we share the same birthday!
Hope you had a good one.

Rosemary said...

Your new camera takes beautiful photos, and why not? The subject matter is exquisite. What a gorgeous quilt, such rich and beautiful color.

asianartandquilts.com said...

Love these vibrant colors and the placement of your flowers.

Karima said...

Wow - I really love your quilt - the colors are amazing! Your newest follower, Karima

Doni said...

Marcia, I'm so excited to have you join me again for Pearls and Lace Thursday! Love that quilt...and the back looks every bit as pretty as the front! Great job!
Blessings, Doni

ktquilts said...

Absolutely stunning! Love your quilt and your quilting.

Blessings,

KT

D @ The Shady Porch said...

I'm not a quilter but I love quilts! I am also a big fan of flowers and the color purple! haha Beautiful is all I can say, simply beautiful! I would love for you to share it at my party! http://theshadyporch.blogspot.com/ You'll see what I mean about loving purple!

michelle b. said...

I just LOVE the colors and the quilting you put into this project. What a BEAUTIFUL quilt!!!!

bethanndodd said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! It's amazing what one can do with fabric. Thanks for sharing and happy late birthday! Smiles~Beth

Judee said...

Fabulous quilt in fabulous colors! Thanks for sharing.

amandajean said...

look at your amazing quilting!! hope you had a fabulous birthday!

thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

Cathy said...

This is totally gorgeous. The colours are so rich and beautiful. And you did a fabulous job on the quilting. What a great birthday present to yourself.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

in a word . . . Stunning!!!

maria said...

I think your other commenters have said it all. The quilt is wonderful.
Happy birthday too.

Heather said...

Fantastic! I'm just drooling over this quilt... lol What a perfect birthday gift, too. The photos are stunning. Happy birthday! :o)

Kim said...

Beautiful quilt!

Ida said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I admire people who are able to do such lovely things like that.

Manda said...

Sounds like a great gift! Gorgeous quilt!!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful work. Love the colours and stippling.

Honey at 2805 said...

Fabulous! Thank you for linking this wonderful project to Potpourri Friday!

@pril said...

This beauty really caught my eye at WIP! I clicked on it right away! Love the colors, the shapes, the multi quilting designs, everything! Thanks for sharing.

@pril
KoolBeenz-blog.blogspot.com

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt, your quilting is so fun to look at!

Mary said...

what a beautiful quilt! Love it!