So the pre-market scramble has come to an end. Thanks to our local Modern Quilt Guild (more on that later), a last minute visit from my mom, help from my SIL (a very fast learner), and Ms. Shannon (delivery girl) I have 7 quilts at Quilt Market. Phew.
These are the two that I designed. I was literally laying awake at night thinking about these quilts, but it just didn't seem possible to get to them. THEN my mom came into town (Thanks Aunt Muff!!) and we went for it.
My mom is an embroidery wiz (a gross understatement) so she satin stitched around all of my appliques. I learned some great tips--Like your bobbin thread doesn't show when you do a satin stitch, so no need to change it.
I am loving these textured solids. Since I hand painted the colors I was able to mix them to get exactly the shades I wanted. I could dedicate a blog post solely to that Pink. And the Lemon yellow?! Let me just say that I've almost finished the bolt.
So I opted out of Market this Spring for some family stuff. I confess I'm missing it a bit. Shannon is out there getting ready for her new fabric shop (more on that exciting news later). She is having a blast. Heather emailed. She has been crazy busy. No surprise--have you seen her home dec line, "Garden District"?!?!? I'd put a link there, but I'm not seeing it online yet. Anyway, it is lovely. I can't wait to get my hands on some.
Back to the quilts. We hand quilted them which was actually quite manageable on quilts this small. I love having hand work to do (an excuse to sit) and this was especially fun. We used different shades of pearl cotton and just did a saddle stitch (aka chunky straight stitch.) My SIL (Christina) had never done any quilting, but after about 20 minutes she had it down pat.