I do really enjoy flowers and gardening. I haven’t really had much time of late, but I do often gaze into the yard. Our new house has a great yard with lots of flowering plants that I love. I keep thinking of all the tiny additions I could add to make it even more colorful. The great thing is that all the hard part is done; all it needs is some small pops of color here and there, a little green thumb and some time. It’s on the list of things to do for the spring.
For now, here are a few shots of spring in the making:
The orchid tree … I have always admired these trees, but never had the pleasure of having them in my yard. They have these great double leaves and beautiful blooming flowers that resemble an orchid.
Next is the sweet pea bush which I have always like because of the texture of the leaves and the great sweet pea “like” purpose flowers….it is a great shrub.
Last and definitely not least is the wall of jasmine that is about to burst into bloom in the next few weeks. You can see all of the pink buds in this photo which will all turn into beautiful spidery white flowers in the next few weeks with an amazing fragrance.
I also have a shade area that has beautiful ferns that I love because they are so delicate.
As I am uploading all these images, I am thinking about the other things that I haven’t shared….the bloom calla lilies, the gardenias, the azaleas, the lavendar and my favorite tipu trees (tipuana).
No instructions, nothing to do…just enjoy the photos.
Well, the “Bloom” ensemble is complete. It started with a sketch and an idea and “bloomed” into something more. And, I couldn’t just stop at the quilt. So, I added a string of flower pennants along with some custom baby burp cloths. I was inspired by the fresh colors and thought it would be fun to pull it all together. The background fabric is by Buggy Barn and the bright colorful fabric for all of the applique is by Sweetwater. The designs are all original.
I was inspired by a swirly tree that I saw on line and decided to see if I could create a fantasy tree all myself. The quilt is machine appliqued and machine quilted. The machine quilting is all freehand as is the applique attachment.
The burp cloths were made with cloth diapers and then I added whatever I thought would look cute using the remaining fabric that I had. For the pennant, I used 5×5 squares in white and then appliqued flower shapes on the squares using a blanket stitch. I then connected all of the shapes with an twice folded and top stitched runner that connects everything.
Hand Sketch of Tree
Sewing on Each Applique
Freehand Quilting with the Machine
Baby Burp Cloths
I still have some fabric left so I might make a few pillows to round out the set. Of course, I am already thinking about what my next creation may be.
I made some progress on the tree quilt on Saturday. I managed to quilt the entire top with a small stippling pattern. I didn’t intend to do this all in one setting, but it just happened. I had Adele playing in my ears and I lost track of time (which is very hard to do for me). The setting was just right…my sewing room was rife with the mess of creativity. I make a huge mess when I am ‘being creative’ as if that is really a state of being. My husband is used to it as it has been 10 years since the first annual Christmas baking extravaganza which I am sure left him surprised by the disaster that I was able to turn the kitchen into. Here’s the latest progress made yesterday:
I have also created a few new pages on the site which include photos of my past projects and places of inspiration. Check them out.
I was inspired to create this quilt during my week off from work around July 4. I saw a image on pinterest of a wall painting in a kids room that had a great tree. I took the image, printed it out on my printer and decided I would make a quilt out of it. I had no idea how I was going to get this image from an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper to a quilt size image. So, I decided to practice drawing it free hand in my sketch book a few times. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I was actually capable of free hand drawing my own version of the tree. I then decided to just go for it and increase the size in my head and simply sketch it out to fit my quilt. Here’s my freehand sketch that started off the quilt.
I really wasn’t too sure of my ability at this point and was concerned with what was going to occur as I cut it out and ended up with lots of little pieces of fabric. I pushed on and over the last month this idea has continued to evolve into something I didn’t really consider when I first started. I have found that it takes me a few hours to really get my mind focused (or lost without all those other distractions like work and the hundreds of emails). Once my mind is focused, the sky is the limit. My focus seems to be a lack of focus more than anything…where there are no rules and no deadlines, where the thoughts flow effortlessly. Here’s progress so far….
You will notice that my creativity ‘creates’ a mess along the way….it seems better that way. I also do the same thing when I bake in the kitchen…my husband will tell you stories of Christmas baking past. You will also notice my sweet chocolate lab Cali in the photos…she and her brother (Baja the yellow lab) often find their way onto whatever project I am working on. There are many quilt photos where they play a starring role. More to come on this quilt as I have only just finished the applique and have a good full day of quilting to finish up.