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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Swedish Bloom has Bloomed!

A bright ray of sunshine on this cold Winter day!


I have admired this quilt from Patchwork Please! by Ayumi Takahashi
and as the Winter months just kept getting colder and colder, I decided it was time to dive in!

I didn't want to go out of the house if I didn't have to... so stitching up some bright blooms seemed rather brilliant!
 This quilt required paper foundation piecing...


I chose cute, girly fabrics for the middle of the blooms and gingham around the outside...
The borders are pieced with fun fabrics, keeping with the bright, happy feel of this quilt.

    
I decided to machine quilt narrow straight lines in the sashing.  And then added some pick stitching to outline the blooms and the leaves!  I think the combination really makes the blooms POP!


I finished it off with an embroidered label!


If you are reading this from snowy, cold parts...I hope it brightens your day!  Only a few more weeks of Winter!
happy thursday!
mary
 

26 comments:

  1. Yes, the quilting combo really does make the blooms pop. I'll have to try quilting with coloured perle cotton one day. It looks so effective.

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  2. Beautiful! The details right down to the label made me want to keep looking and looking.

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  3. Your quilt is just gorgeous Mary. Not living with snow, do the quilts get wet when you lay them down? Just wondering!

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  4. Oh, this has Molly Flanders 'written' all over it- the fabulous fabric selection, the wonderful colour palette and the pick stitching perfection! I hope Spring blooms in the garden for you soon, Mary!

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  5. Love the combo of the straight machine lines and the bright hand stitches! Beautiful. :)

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  6. this is very nice and think it has solved my ponderings on how to quilt my batik one. Machine quilt the sashing and hand quilt the blocks

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  7. So very gorgeous! I love everything about this : )
    You are brilliant

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  8. Your beautiful quilt certainly has brightened my day - it's simply gorgeous, thank you!
    Happy weekend and stay warm :-)
    Xx

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  9. Love your Swedish Blooms, it's beautiful!

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  10. I love everything about this quilt. The fabrics, design and hand quilted finish.

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  11. I love everything about this quilt. The fabrics, design and hand quilted finish.

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  12. It's -7ΒΊ this morning in northern Minnesota but you have most definitely brightened my day with your Swedish Blooms quilt! It is just amazing! It is one of the project I have really wanted to start and now I am inspired! I love your hand stitching!! And the label is perfect!!

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  13. Love, love, love! I especially love all those cute kitty fabrics!

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  14. so beautiful. just love the touches of hand quilting and the label! adorable!

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  15. What a wonderful happy bloomy quilt!! The quilting is so perfect for showcasing the blooms. I love the photoshot on the snow.

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  16. This is so happy! I love the flowers and leaves design and your scrap-happy border. Your quilting really adds a nice texture, and we get to see your hand stitches too. Wonderful quilt!

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  17. Oh yes, the label is great-- a real cherry on top.

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  18. How lovely, my friend! The label is just perfect!! I saw a flock of bluebirds in my yard yesterday which means that Spring must be right around the corner!

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  19. Gorgeous - your quilt has certainly brightened my evening!

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  20. Another incredibly beautiful finish!!!!!

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  21. I keep seeing this book all over blog-land...might have to make a purchase!! This quit is AWESOME!

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