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Thursday, January 3, 2013

First Finish of 2013.....Flowering Vine

The Flowering Vine....


Flowering Vine is an applique pattern from Denyse Schmidt.  A great pattern for those new to hand applique.  Simple shapes, plus the bonus of learning to make bias strips for the vine.  I have mentioned before that I prefer to use bias bars rather than the bias tape maker...for stems at least {more on that later}.

    
I used a Moda Crossweave as the background fabric.  This is actually a deep denim color.  I find the crossweaves a bit tricky to photograph...they are very rich and I love the texture.


If I have any complaint about the crossweaves...they do tend to stretch a bit.  But it is manageable.

The flowers and leaves are from Denyse Schmidt's, soon to be released line...Shelburne Falls.  LOVE. IT.

   
For the backing fabric, I borrowed a favorite choice from my friend- Heather Graham {not the actress ;)
I used a Melody Miller fabric...nice and wide so I didn't need to piece....


Flowering Vine is completely hand quilted with #8 perle cotton...Valdani Thread {my favorite}....


This quilt will be hanging in the shoppe {Sew To Speak} and will be a new class this winter {YAY}
happy thursday!
mary :)

24 comments:

Becca said...

It's very pretty all around!

The cross weave makes it looks almost like 2 quilts in one, at least from the photographs. :)

I usually use 12 DMC perle, but received some colored 8 valdani for Christmas. I love them and cannot wait to use them!

selfsewn said...

Yoiks thats alot of handy work Mary!!
Lovely job. I have made one dresdan block, which I like but I'm not in love with applique!! I need to improve my technique, can I join your class?
xx

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It looks incredible!!
I love the quilting - I'm think of doing the same when I ever finish my Rose Stars. So glad you mentioned the perle you use, it looks gorgeous. Will have to see if I can find it over here!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's beautiful!

two hippos said...

a beautiful applique quilt, your hand stitching is brilliant. And there was me thinking I was busy sewing a pincushion or two...

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Beautiful! You've worked your magic again! :) x

Patchwork and Play said...

It's gorgeous! Selfishly I'd love to see all of it! Love the back!

Danielle said...

So lovely! Hope we get to see some more...

Material Mary said...

Love this. You do an amazing job!!
Mary

Nicky said...

Ooh that's fabric to look out for....love the quilting and what a great pattern to start to applique!

the vanilla squirrel said...

Wow this is gorgeous- happy new year!x

Christine said...

You always make the most gorgeous quilts. I love it. Happy New Year!

Andrea C. said...

Every time I see your work I feel like hand quilting too .. wonderful!
  Have a good year .. much love for you

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Just beautiful Mary! Boy would I love to take this class from you.

Marg said...

It's beautiful, love the fabrics you have used. Your hand quilting is as always, fabulous.

Janet said...

It's another beauty Mary, I cut my teeth on the bias bars. I just wish we had the Valdani threads here.

elsy said...

love it....but you lost me on the bias talk!

Natasha said...

It is beautiful. I too prefer bias bars for this type of work. I used them in a banner quilt I made and it was a cinch... Love all the hand quilting!

Rosa said...

The first and more to come ,it`s just fabulous.Have a fun weekend!!

Carla said...

It's so pretty, Mary. I love your quilting...really make for a standout project. I wish you much happiness in 2013, by friend!

Carla said...

Your appliqué is beautiful! The quilt looks so soft and cuddly

Rachaeldaisy said...

That is such a beautiful quilt to start the year with. I love the rich dark blue background. I'm so excited about Shelbourne Falls!

Marit said...

This looks lovely, Mary! Do we get to see the whole quilt, later on?
A new collection from Denyse is always something to look forward too. I need to make some room for it in my stash, though.... I have collected her fabric, but not used a lot of it yet...

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations.. It's beautiful :-)