Those words probably invoke in you the same memory they invoke in me.
Quilting Treasures has produced a line of fabrics with the theme “The Little Engine That Could”. I’ve been on a exploratory journey lately and this is one of my finds. Most fabric companies offer a free pattern for those of us too dense to devise our own. This time I did devise my own so I am sharing it. It may be weeks or months or even years but at least the fabric is here and it is planned out. LOL
I rather suspect you do! LOL … more in a second ….…
First: Joan and I are teaming up and doing joint projects now in addition to me doing her long arm quilting. She loves to piece!!!! I do it now and then but would rather long arm. I have been sending her my closet projects lately, she pieces them and then I finish them off. When we are fortunate enough to sell them, we will each get our cut.
Now: I sent the remnants from Holly’s quilt to my friend Joan to do with whatever she chose. Remnants is a rather misnomer in this case because I had more left over than I used. This came back yesterday!! It is much bigger than the bed so you can’t see it all.
I’ll be lazy here (actually just have so much I want to do) and just link to my blog on this until it becomes a grown up quilt! LOL. I’ll add details to this as I go along, as I do to all my projects, so the one who will receive the quilt gets to see it happen.
Oh, okay… here is a hint of things to come!!
Pamela says: Go ahead and turn green with envy! This one is mine! Well something like that anyway.
RUN THROUGH THE FIELDS — lyrics & music by Steve Crouse…
With the dawning of the morning, you rise to face your day Looking for its meaning in your journey on the way To becoming the person that you were meant to be The world tries to chain you but your spirit remains so free
(chorus) So run through the fields that are living in your mind Feel the warm breeze and dream of the time When the confusion shall all pass away And you’re free to live in the joy of today
I’ve watched you as you’ve grown through the struggles that confront you Laughing and crying, doing what you have to do Learning to know you as you fight for survival Has brought into my world the hope of revival
Sharing in your life has helped me to grow As I see you in your freedom, warm feelings flood my soul You’re free to be who you are a
Featuring Robin Monroe ’s butterfly art. Robin created the butterflies and sent me her coordinating fabric choices. I put them into the EQ7 software and played around with different placements. So fascinating to watch the change in effect. Earlier Journal
This week I have been talking with several folks here on the bubble about quilting & fabric design. For me that is a HUGE bonus for sharing my quilting work here.
Robin Monroe has gone leaps and bounds with creative ideas. She is checking out how to get her art onto fabric and from there into quilts. She sent me her butterfly design
and a few coordinating fabrics. This morning I loaded them into my Electric Quilt 7 software and came of with this.
Closeup. I warped her butterflies to fit the 8×10 and 10×8 blocks. Sorry, Robin!! LOL
It is so helpful to be able preview how fabrics will really coordinate (or not) before creating, buying or cutting them. I took the quilt top pattern from this quilt I longarmed for a customer back in November.
This is tomorrow’s quilting challenge. I worked on a couple of design layouts most of today. This is the one my customer selected. The quilt top is 40" square.
Will post the finished quilt, hopefully by tomorrow this time. The little flower heads should show up on the yellow border. Most of the rest of the pattern will be lost in the busy fabric. The backing is orange with a textured look. The whole design should show up nicely there. We shall see! The mystery is a big part of the fun of it all. Posted 04/19/2011
I will be back, hopefully this evening, with the real quilted version of the plan envisioned here. It is a rare for me to do a block design project. Here I am using patterns from the Forget Me Knot set by Donna Kleine.