Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Twilight Garden Quilt


March is National Quilting Month.

Although I haven't done any new quilting this month,
I thought this was an appropriate occasion to share the quilt
that is currently hanging in my family room.

The name of the quilt is Twilight Garden.
This is a lovely pattern designed by Jeanne Rae Crafts
that was a block-of-the month published on-line during 2005.





Keep scrolling down to see a close-up photo of each of the blocks.



This quilt was finished in 2011.
I did all of the hand applique.  
I am almost embarrassed to tell you
I worked on this quilt on and off for five years.



The lovely quilting in the background
was done by a local long-arm quilter.
The variegated multi-colored thread picks up the
varied colors used in the individual blocks.




All of the leaves were quilted with variegated green thread.




The pattern instructions said to use your
favorite applique method.
I have always liked the look of needle-turned applique.
This was my first project using this method.
I chose to try needle-turned applique.




This means that each piece has raw edges
that have to be turned under to finish the edge
 while you are sewing the piece to the background fabric.



All of the stitches are hidden -- 
at least they are supposed to be hidden.

  

Did I tell you it took five years?
Oh yes, I thought I did.





There are little pieces in this quilt.
Little pieces that still need to look somewhat like a flower
after they are sewn to the background.




This will be my only project using needle-turned applique.



Unique fabrics were used in every block.
Good to have a large scrap box since not very much
of any single fabric was used in the quilt.



The border's striped fabric 
 repeats all of the colors from the individual blocks.



All in all, I am happy with the end result.   



Until next time, live and love well.


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2 comments:

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That quilt is lovely--TFS!

Wendy Hayden, Farmer's Daughter-in-law said...

What a striking pattern. I love the dark background. It makes the pattern stand out. So beautiful!

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