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Monday, January 9, 2012

A Little Whimsey

Some of you may remember last summer when I posted that I had fallen in love with this quilt:
I took this picture with my phone in a quilt shop in Lafayette, Louisiana.  I  moaned and groaned because I didn't have any bright fabrics.  Seriously.  I'm mostly a Civil War reproductions colors kind of girl.  I love cream and navy and turkey red and deep green...you get the picture.  At that point I hadn't branched out much from that general colorway except for the occasional special project.  You'll be proud to know that I have expanded by view of the world by buying other things when I'm fabric shopping these days.  Back to My Whimsical Garden.  Several of you, my blogging friends, promptly sent me sacks of bright scraps.  Honestly, scraps is all you need to make this quilt so I was in business.  Except I got sidetracked once I got home from that mission trip with, well, with life I guess.  But this week I made a start so I present block #1!
I'm using plain old white Kona for the background but other than that this block was made entirely with scraps you sent me!  And believe you me I have enough scraps to make the rest of the blocks too.  :)  I'm using fusible applique, straight stitching the edges with invisible thread.  Is that not the cutest  little bird you ever saw?

And I am really on a roll with my UFOs.  I listed several (and was too embarrassed to list them all) on my sidebar and this is  my third finish since Christmas!
This Hooty Owl panel just needed borders added to it so I did that last summer...first a narrow striped border, then a wider border with cornerstones, one of them a label, and another narrow border.  It languised in my UFO basket since then and this week I quilted it.
I did free motion stippling around the figures in each block, a few half circles around the whole blocks, and heart shapes in the outside border.
The binding is finished and it's been laundered.  I'm ready to pack it up and send it to a sweet little one who was born after Thanksgiving.

I love winter when I stay in more and get those UFOs finished up and out my door!

23 comments:

Needled Mom said...

Great finish! That is really going to be a wonderful quilt. It is perfect for the bright fabrics.

Linda said...

Congratulations on the finishes! This quilt turned out so cute! Good job!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the owl quilt and yes, congratulations on a finish. Your bird block is cute, sometimes it is good to outside that comfortable 'box' we put ourselves in.

Barb said...

What a cute quilt!!!

Josie McRazie said...

I am quite on the other side... I have the brights but not the darker colours! LOL I am in love with the civil war quilts, but have not yet jumped into aquireing material! Even my Dear Jane is bright colours! I am just that wierd gal! Oh, I LOVE THE LITTLE BIRD!!!

Carrie P. said...

Well, you are on a roll.
Great job on both.

Becky said...

That first block is adorable!! I love the red gingham! Have fun.

Mimi said...

three finishes in nine days impressive

JCnNC said...

This is going to be a fantastic quilt and congratulations on your other finishes. You is creative and important. Judy C

Grammasheri said...

Your progress is an inspiration to me...to get movin'! Lovely projects all, and I especially love the bird block (I'm a "brights fabric" sorta person :D). The owl quilt is so sweet, too!

Amy said...

It really is cute! I'd like to make a quilt from this pattern too, but not anytime in the near future!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Everything is lovely!! I don't blame you for wanting that quilt,either. It is beautiful....and your first block is lovely....

(Rose) Mary Briggs said...

I would have fallen in love with that bright colored quilt, too! The colors in it are so vivd. Love all your projects. The baby is going to look so sweet snuggled under that little quilt!!

I have to say that I love scrap quilts the best and your are doing a great job with all your different patterns. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

Denise :) said...

Oh my ... I love your Hooty Owl quilt -- it's darling, darling!! And your My Whimsical Garden will be wonderful; so bright and cheery!!! :)

Donna Nowicki French said...

Your quilts are amazing. I have tried my hand and making a few, but nothing like you have done. I hope to take a class at the college in quilting. Love the bird.

Julie Fukuda said...

Wow! You must really be happy with a finish and a new beginning! The first block is so cute and the owls... well, those too.

Adrienne said...

Isn't it amazing what we can do with a little help from our friends? Can't wait to see more!
~Adrienne~

Sheila said...

Really great finish , I am sure it will be a favorite for the little one who received it.

Linda said...

I'm happy for you to be on a roll already in 2012! Your little "gift of scraps" applique quilt is going to be great. It's my kind of quilt, especially on white. BTW, I'm still pondering your "Favorite Things" blog post... and getting ready to do one of my own. Thanks for your inspiration.

nanny said...

I love quilts....
such a pretty pattern.

I would be glad to e-mail you the soup recipe....it's rather long or I would put it in the comment block.

what's your address?

Corrie said...

You Go Girl!

Connie said...

Your Whimsical Garden is going to be adorable and love your owl quilt!

Purple Pam said...

Wow, you already have your first Whimsical Garden block set up. Good for you. I better get busy.