Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Early Floral Quilts

Digging through all my old flower fabrics got me feeling nostalgic. As my machine quilting of the service quilt is not done yet, I thought I would post some work from my "Cut Out Flower" period, which actually lasted for several years during the mid 1990's. I guess I have always been crazy for flowers...
So here we go down Memory Lane. Captions are below each image....

This is the very first time I cut flowers out of printed fabric and machine appliqued them on. This is my son Max at age 2. My favorite part of this quilt is his tummy showing.

I tried making my own flowers out of cut out fabrics as in regular applique, but cut out the printed leaves. I didn't like these flowers so well...but I do love the cows. I am a former dairy farmer, after all.

Here are the girls up close and personal.


Wish I had a better shot of Thumbelina here....


This was created for a nuns' residence, the first time I combined lettering with the cut out flowers. These letters are painted on, but soon I began cutting them out, too. I was constantly changing thread on the machine to match the flower color, but pretty soon changed to clear monofilament.

This is a later, smaller version.

That Old English font was a doozy to work with! At this time in my life, new sharp scissors were my favorite thing to buy.

Here's a detail from "Peace". Loved those gold-edged Hoffman prints....

Then I started doing little "Sayings" quilts....

This was for a friend who got married and moved to Texas. After she got divorced and moved back to the Northwest, she gave it back to me.

Please don't ask. It was my brother's idea. I still have this one, too.

This was for my neighbor's daughter. She loves sunflowers.

And finally, this for the beautiful young Meera, a close family friend. "Fields of Gold" was just out by Sting and I think Meera liked that song. (I know I did.)

And now it is back to the machine quilting...this was fun!

8 comments :

Fairy Crafts said...

wonderful!! I love the cows - my favorite cow Shirley (Grandmother's milk cow) must have been visiting - I see her there. I have a pic of myself at age 3 sitting on her. You did put soul into their portraits. Thanks for posting - great entertainment this morning.

Debra Spincic said...

Nice quilt show! I like this style and can see doing some of them myself, especially with the embroidery machine! It would make light work of those letters.

Kay said...

What a fun show! I love the cows--such personality. Cows always make me think of a class of middle schoolers: slightly bemused, maybe interested, maybe not, who knows.

Granny Fran said...

I've been thinking about cutting out some flowers from some flower of the month fabrics I'm getting each month and machine appliqueing them. One of the first things I remember doing with fabric was a grade school project where we cut flowers from fabric and decoupaged them to canvas boards. I wonder what ever happened to mine? Maybe Mom still has it.

Granny Fran said...

Foregot to say how much I like the cows. They have such sweet faces. I get a kick out of the happy California cows in the TV ads.

Rian said...

Yes, this was definitely fun! Thanks for the show. I really liked the cows.

Pam Kellogg said...

Allison, everything you do is so beautiful! These are gorgeous art quilts. I love the cows too. And I laughed over your "brother's idea"!

colorbox said...

It was one of my favorite songs...and I treasure the hanging! Your patience for the details is astounding. Blows me away.