Friday, March 8, 2013

Project Quilting Challenge #5

 
I just thought this challenge the coolest!  PRINT PUBLICATIONS - we had to chose at random and without peeking - a publication to use page #28.  The only thing I get in my house is the weekly community flyer - and that only went to page 21.  So I asked my SIL to grab any magazine she had sitting around and bring it down - without any hint as to what I needed it for.
  

Oh, I lucked out as page 28 had all this to chose inspiration from.  I could have been trying to be inspired by hearing aids!  I love the horse, but not inspired.  The waterfall was interesting, but lacked color.  So the flowering trees spoke - besides, I really crave SPRING!


So I pulled all the usual suspects that might work into a plan.  Fabrics were easy.  Just to narrow down all the play items and get to action.


I pieced my background and fused some branches - totally forgot to photo the three drawers of thread I pulled out next.  Yes, three!


I used one layer of Quilter's Dream Select batting to quilt the back ground. Then I added a second layer of the same batt and did the branches.  I hand quilted in the ditch across the plains - adding a lot of dimension and texture.


I made tiny pink flowers from baby rick-rack and sewed them with a bead attached in the center.  Smaller blossoms are beads tied on with pink DMC floss.  And bound with a mini border  brown fabric to add to the 'tree' look.  The hardest part of the project - threading my beading needle!


This is the back - using the same mini border fabric and some scrap 3.5" squares to set in the corners for a dowel hanger.

I look forward to see what publications others have used for inspiration and their resulting project.
You can see all the challenges and projects at PersimonDreams.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

27 comments:

  1. What a fun challenge! And your finished piece is awesome!

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  2. This is so Cool! A piece of art. Better than a picture.

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  3. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.

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  4. I love this - really beautiful xc

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  5. Oh Sharon, I love that! The ric rac for the flowers is genius! I also worried about getting an uninspiring page for my project, but like you, I got a good one that makes me think spring. I'll be finishing mine up today. I agree that this was a great challenge!

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  6. You really nailed this one I think!! I love the unexpected use of rick rack and beads for the flowers. Fabulous challenge.

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  7. That is such a lovely little quilt! It makes me want spring.

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  8. Awesome Sharon , you really captured the original photo. Neat challenge , I think I would enjoy doing that.

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  9. What a fun challenge! You did a marvelous job!! Wow!

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  10. That is such a fun idea for a challenge, it turned out so pretty, just a little touch of spring.

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  11. What a cool idea for a challenge. The tree branch turned out so pretty. Great job!!

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  12. Sharon, your creativity just blew me away! Love how you jumped into this challenge and created such a beautiful little quilt. Wonderful!

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  13. What an adorable mini and so crying out 'here comes spring'. Great interpretation of the challenge.

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  14. You need a wonderful job on this challenge, it looks great.

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  15. Such a fun challenge! I love what you did with it :-) So springy!

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  16. You're creative lady...beautiful work!

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  17. My first thought is - that would be a difficult challenge! But, you sure did turn it into something quite wonderful. =)

    hugZ,
    annie

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  18. How fun! You are very creative Sharon.

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  19. I love your challenge and voted for you ... very creative. Judy C

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  20. This is really pretty Sharon. I love blossoms! Ours bloom in August here in South Australia and my daughter was born on August 17th so we have lots of photos of her with the blossoms.

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  21. What a lovely mini quilt! Great job, Sharon!

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  22. Great interpretation, I love it!

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  23. Wow, Sharon!! Your quilt is amazing!! And I love all the tiny detail!! You were truly insired!! What a fun, fun challenge - on my way over to PersimonDreams to see how others were inspired!! Thanks for sharing this great piece!!

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