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Friday, January 20, 2017

Project Quilting Season 8-2 Carolina Lily

Update:  I forgot to include a link to the project quilting site so you could go and see all of the amazing entries and vote for your favorites.  Voting begins Sunday afternoon.  Scroll to the bottom of her page to see all the entries.

I started out with fabric to create dimensional petals.  Several people were already doing that in different ways so I needed to come up with something I don't normally use.  I have recently begun to use my Babylock Embellisher more.  It is fun, to see what I can make.  The tree in this unfinished piece is made with the same technique I used to make my lily.  
I was loosely using this photo for inspiration.
I like how the background is not in focus, so I went with that for my piece as well.  I used some hand dyed silk hankies to felt into the background.  A piece of yarn creates the stem of the flower.
Next I made my petals. I used a fabrico marker for the brown dots.

I pinned them to the background to see how it would look.  I have never tried this before so wasn't sure if it would work.
I decided it was ok so I had to remove it again so I could quilt the background.  I wanted to give the impression of more flowers with my quilting, so I played with that a little.  I used a variegated thread since the background has so many colors.
Next step I did was to sew on the flower but I think it would have been easier to do the binding first.  Dimension on a quilt always adds extra challenges that I sometimes forget.
I did remember to sew on the binding and add corner pockets for a small hanging stick before adding the center to the flower.  This photo was taken before the binding is sewn, it is only lightly glued at this point.
I had some flower stamens made of metal, leftover from a previous project.  I think they worked perfectly with this.  I found a small bug button in one of my button jars.

 I still haven't decided on a name for this one.  Any thoughts?
Have a creative day


Barbara said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. The dimensional quality you gave you lily is fresh! Your quilting is beautiful.

Donna in NH said...

Such a beautiful piece of art! I love it!

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MaryAnn Chick Whiteside said...

Beautiful! Are the petals felted too?

Trish Frankland said...

Your flower is incredible - and your quilting is great!

PersimonDreams said...

Everything about this is gorgeous! The felting, the quilting, the fabric choices! Wonderful! A name .. "Lone Lily" lol! I have no idea - I'm horrible with names!

PersimonDreams said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it - the felting, the quilting, the fabric choice! A name ... perhaps "Lonely Flower" or "A Flower and a Butterfly" ... lol! I'm not good at names!

Farm Quilter said...

As a longarm quilter, I really appreciate your quilting...totally sets the stage for the star of the show, your lily!!! Love that it is 3-D and the additional embellishments of the stamens and bug...awesome!!! You definitely scored with this quilt!!!