Friday, May 19, 2017

Marie Webster Mash-Up

Our quilt guild is having a show in July and of course there is a quilt show challenge.  The title of our show is "Quilts are Homemade" and we were required to put a house somewhere on our quilt.  We were also required to use homespun fabric somewhere in the quilt.  I wanted to do something that felt French-inspired and included cats!  

I searched for patterns and eventually decided on doing applique Iris' to represent the fleur-de-lis and landed on patterns by Marie Webster.  Her iris was perfect with a slight modification as I didn't want to spend forever appliqueing all those tiny bits and pieces.  My eyes and hands aren't what they used to be! 

My house is a free pattern from Le Rouvray and I modified it to suit my purposes too.  The homespun component is my roof--I might add that I really hate homespun so that alone was a challenge to include in any of my quilts.  The little window boxes were cut from fabric I purchased in Pairs last year.  I was thrilled to be able to use it on this project.  Of course there are cats in each window!

In the end I was quite pleased how the quilt turned out.  I did try a different approach to applique as I typically do a traditional needle turn technique where I baste all of the pieces beforehand but this time I tried back-basting and I really liked it!  I just may do a little more applique now.

Cheers!

Debi


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Le Progres En Provence

During the holidays I tried to work on En Provence along with everyone else but you know how it goes.  My progress has been exceedingly slow and I was having a few issues with my color choice, which were the same as Bonnie's, and I realized I don't like yellow and green together--crazy!  Now if it is an appliqued flower or something along those lines I am just fine with it but for some reason in a pieced quilt it doesn't suit me.

After much thought and shuffling of fabrics I realized I needed to make En Provence my own and use the colors that work for me.  I swapped yellow for turquoise/aqua/teal and the green is now lime or some bright variation.  I am so happy with the results.  The colors remind me of Easy Street which I just love!
Here is a close up of my favorite part so far.  Hello Kitty!
I have decided to use my Eiffel Tower black and white fabric along with my magenta as a constant.  I know it isn't the south of France but I do love Paris and I have to include it.

Love to see some fabulous finished quilts along with other works in progress?  Then quickly click on En Provence, A Quiltville Mystery to see what everyone is up to.

By the way, I am absolutely loving all of the borders that folks are putting on their quilts.

Cheers!

Debi