Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Home in the Garden, Corners Embellished

Keeping in mind that this quilt is going to the Alliance for American Quilts' fund raising auction later this year, (which I believe will be on Ebay), I wanted to allude to traditional quilting motifs in this project. So I chose a symmetrical applique design for the corner triangles.

I used hand-dyed silk yarn, couched down, for the stems. The leaves are two colors of ultra-suede and also some felted wool/soy silk fabric that I ran off on the embellisher machine. If you click on the picture you can see that more closely. The embroidery thread is a variegated #12 cotton hand dyed by Laura Wasilowski at www.artfabrik.com.

To keep this from overwhelming the central image, I tried to keep the values consistent, as well as the design and materials. Hopefully, it is interesting but still secondary...

I am going to bead that blue lace just a bit. The binding will form the final boundary to finish off this quilt's design. Overall, I am quite happy with it, and am mulling doing another take with this concept, only using a much larger central image.

Meanwhile, here is the link to last year's auction quilts for the Alliance. The theme was "Put a Roof Over Our Head", and there are some really nice ones.

24 comments :

Jane said...

Hi Allie, I love how you've kept it simply elegant with your stitching and how your house gets all the glory in the piece... very, very pretty! Hope your weather has improved and that you're enjoying your gardens.

Cheryl said...

oooooh.....aaaaaaahhhhhhh! This is a piece I am sure to bid on if it's on ebay!

Judy S. said...

Hi Allie,

This piece is wonderful! Thanks for the printing tutorial. I will have to try your method as it sounds much more reasonable that the sheets you can buy. We've just returned from a getaway to Cannon Beach. OR weather isn't much different from ours!

grbev said...

This definitely is a:

pièce de ré·sis·tance (pys d r-z-stäs)
n. pl. pièces de ré·sis·tance(pys)
1. An outstanding accomplishment

Well done!
Bev

Dayna said...

I've been following along as you have been creating this quilt. Beautiful work and I loved having you explain what and why you did what you did at each step.
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent.

Anonymous said...

Allie, this is just stunning!! Love it!! Debbie (Maine) rquirion@roadrunner.com

Vicki W said...

The leaf and vine border is terrific. The symmetry really makes the center block the focal point. Lovely!

Kay said...

Perfect! I love this.
By coincidence I just saw the article in Quilting Arts about Put a Roof over Our Heads. I hadn't realized this was the same organization.

Marty52 said...

Good Grief, woman, is there no end to your genius? I think I may have to bid on this myself... it leaves me speechless!

~Julie~ said...

Just beautiful!! =) I love what you did with the exterior border, too. It really is a lovely piece!


~Julie~

Melusine said...

The leaves are gorgeous - a lovely addition. Simple and elegant. Your lovely centrepiece has a perfect frame. Thank you for sharing with us.

AmyS said...

I've been so curious to see what you were going to do in the corners. I knew whatever it was, it would be perfect. And I was right! Your block is absolutely gorgeous. I can't believe how quickly you finished it up.

Emily said...

That's so pretty. Great job!

SandyQuilts said...

Beautiful.

JoWynn Johns said...

Tres elegante! Pardon my French. I notice the word "elegant" used in other comments. Yes, that's it--elegant!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Allie, You are a very creative person. The garden block is sooo lovely. I love how you also used your emblellisher for the leaves. Neat. I learn sooooo very much every time I visit your blog. Thanks a million. Hugs Judy

Rian said...

It's very beautiful. Peaceful. It's sure to bring a big chunk o' change for the Alliance. Isn't it nice that we can generate beautiful things to generate funds for worthy organizations?

grbev said...

Allie,

I know you said you created the leaves on the Embellisher Machine. Can you explain a little more. (I'm not too familiar with what the Embellisher Machine does... Also, how did you attach the leaves to the corner material?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Bev

Deb H said...

Oh Allie, the leaves are the perfect balance, & the darker blue lace is a lovely frame.

My first word, when I was 7 months old, is what comes to mind for me right now..."pretty, pretty!"

paulahewitt said...

The blue and green in the corner pieces looks great. I had thought the white around the central photo looked a bit stark, but now I know why you did it. This has turned out wonderfully (i shouldnt have doubted you for a second!)

Kerri Murphy said...

Allie, this is just beautiful! I love the corners and how you did it. I may steal this for something I am working on. As always, I love your work and check your blog everyday. Thanks for sharing all you do.

Kerri Murphy

Violette Severin said...

The leaves are beautiful. I see that you are having a blast with the embellisher. I may have to get one. Where do you find them?

Charity said...

This is just stunning. Lovely colors. Beautiful embellishment. Very elegant.

FredaB said...

Hi Allie

Wonderful as usual. Is the green silk the skein you bought in Mt. Dora? Now how did you know how wonderful that would look.

Hugs
Freda