Thursday, February 18, 2016

Jeweled Wildflowers

 I'm excited to have completed a challenge piece in time for tonight's guild meeting! Narragansett Bay Quilters issued a fabric challenge way back last year in preparation for our show in April. I purchased 1/2 yard of the selected Kaffe Fasset print and it sat untouched for months.

Finally in January, I searched my Pinterest boards for inspiration and found Rebecca Bryan's pattern for English Paper Pieced Wildflowers. Perfect! I wanted a portable project that I could work on during breaks at work.

After piecing a test block, I cut out all the parts. I didn't have enough of the white background print, so the gold became a built-in border.

I sort of fussy cut the challenge fabric, so I was left with odd bits leftover. And a generous selvedge strip!

This is what happens when you're not paying attention. Oops!

I pieced a block or two on retreat. I have to take my glasses off so I can clearly see the tiny stitches. Wonder clips work great for holding the pieces together.

I pieced a whole flower while waiting for an oil change. #EPPeverywhere!

When I posted this picture to a Facebook group, I noticed a fabric placement error in the top left corner flower. It's only an error in my mind, so I left it.

I quilted in a variety of threads that matched the fabrics.

The fabric on the back is a Philip Jacobs delphinium print that I love.

I use transparencies and dry erase markers to play with quilting designs. Many thanks to my friend Pat Harrison for giving me a small supply of transparencies!

You can see better on a white background. If I don't like something, I can easily erase it and try again.

 I'm ready for tonight!

Jeweled Wildflowers
22" X 22"
Pattern by Rebecca Bryan
NBQA challenge fabric
Started January 26, 2016
Completed February 13, 2016

Narragansett Bay Quilters Association, April 2016
3rd Place Exemplary Piecing


Ninigret Quilters said...

Very nice Tina.

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful quilt, the yellow makes it look like the piece is floating, maybe since you have it on a yellow wall;)


sophie said...

It's gorgeous. What a great design to showcase the KF fabric!

margaret said...

wonderful this is a delight there will be lots of oohs and aughs when you share this. Quilting looks fab too and the backing fabric is lovely