Sunday, April 22, 2012

Favorites at the quilt heavy

Notice:   I had written this post for today on Friday night.  Saturday we went to Charlotte to help Deana do some yard work.  I managed to step into a hole ,caught my foot, and did a header.  Result is a broken nose, and a broken humerus--left arm bone--at the shoulder.  We are home now and managed to get thru the night ok.  Thankful that it was not worse, but Sir Old Man has his hands full for 6 weeks, as I can do almost nothing by myself.  
  Please understand if I am slow at getting to emails to reply.  I will be following your blogs.....likely few posts of my own for now.  One hand makes for slow going.  

I had great plans to be really good and not spend too much at the vendors at the local quilt show.  I am sure you know the feeling.  We all have our weaknesses.
   But first just a few quilts that  gave me some inspiration. When I go to a quilt show, I look for color, design, or technique elements that  evoke a feeling or just plain make me stop.   There were wonderful traditional quilts, but these are the ones that gave me inspiration.
This one was a zinger!  The colors were so bright and cheerful, and lots of small details to delight the eye.
And the quilting was full of feathers and swirls.  I loved it.
Here's the detail shot of the technique.....raw edge applique!  Layer upon layer stitched down, much like the technique used in the French Roses quilt.  
Of course this caught my eye....color and movement in this one and a story.  The flowers represent the flowers the quilter transplanted to her new garden here from Mississippi.  I really like the pieced background she used.    Since I have a love of day lilies, I looked a little closer.
The flowers are stitched by machine with a tight satin stitch that gives a raised appearance to the edge. Very nicely done. 

Striking and graphic background done in batiks in this one.  I liked the shimmering effect  of the color arrangement.    I have a stack of fabrics that I have been saving/hording/holding on to for a while waiting for an idea to find me. This one just may be it.
This small landscape was glorious.  A very beautiful sunrise over the mountains.  So how did she achieve that effect?

Lots of strips and lots of values blended together.  This detail shot shows how the reflection of the sun on the water was created with raw edge (again!) appliqued shapes.  It was also densely quilted with wavy lines.
Another landscape---but this is heavily thread painted.  I was over the top studying it!
This is just one of the detail shots I took.  I felt like I could just walk right into the woods.  Oh, boy......I may need to spend just a bit more than planned at the vendors.
This just took me by surprise.  Jean is one of my very favorite people and I was blown away with this wall hanging.  She grows  700 or so named iris, and some historical ones, too.  She did a beautiful job at color selection.  I so love the off set layout.  
So exactly how bad was I?  Pretty bad....considering I only had needles and thread on my planned list to purchase. Ha!!!  Batiks....3 yards...."But, honey, they were on show special."  And 3 books....applique and thread painting.   "But the applique book was used and has great ideas in it."
   I sense a change is coming in what I have been doing.  You can count on a whole lot more thread painting and applique.    I have been inspired.
Happy stitching.  


SeeingStars said...

First, I'm so sorry that you had such a bad fall. You must feel like you've been run over by a truck. I know the humbling feeling when you have to ask for help to do things you're used to doing on your own. Hoping you can use this down time to renew. Inspiration may flourish when you are still. These times seem to be my extra push to draw nearer to God and look for His hand in my life.

Second, the quilts are amazing. I love to see what others have done - in shows, through blogs, at my guild or local shop! Thanks for sharing!


Impera_Magna said...

Oh, Debbie... ouch and double ouch! So sorry this happened to you... hope they gave you some good pain meds! Please do not feel you have to respond to comments.... I'm sure we all understand! Just take care of yourself...

Thanks for posting all the photos... what beauty! What inspiration!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of the gorgeous quilts. They were certainly created by very talented ladies.

Nicki said...

Oh Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about your terrible tumble in the yard. I am finding that I have to go a lot slower at things than I used to because I don't want anything broken at my age. It's so hard to slow down as I'm such a "rocket" at everything I do. Take care & mind the Dr. You don't have to answer my comment.

Those quilts are absolutley beautiful. I love the colors in each & every one. You must have had a blast at the quilt show. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kathleen said...

Will pray for a good recovery for you. Thanks for sharing the photos, they are beautiful.

julieQ said...

I am really, really sorry about your accident, and hope you are well and stitching soon!

Juanita said...

I am sorry about your fall. It can happen in an instant. Hope you have a speedy recovery (no need to reply).

Shelia said...

OH MY GOSH!! So sorry to hear of your fall and breaks. Our sewing group is having a bad weekend. I'll touch base with you this week, do you need anything?

Mary said...

Oh, Debbie....I am so very sorry about your fall. I hope you are feeling much better soon. Maybe you can use your recovery time to dream up wonderful design ideas that you will make reality once you can sew again. -- No reply needed!

Exuberant Color said...

I hate to think which must hurt worse. I think a broken nose sounds really miserable. I hope you are a fast healer so you can get back to some fun things.

Dana Gaffney said...

Oh Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear you're broken. The pictures are beautiful, thanks for that and now you have books to read and drool over while you heal.

Rosa said...

Thanks for sharing this.the quilts are awesome and I like to see what others do.Hope you are better.

Sue said...

Thoughts of healing to you Debbie. Thank you for sharing your favorites, so inspiring.

Ashlea Tenner said...

Hi Debbie, I awarded you with the Liebster Blog Award! Go to my blog and check it out!! Congrats!!

SeeingStars said...

Hi Debbie,
I also awarded you with the Liebster Blog Award. I think it's fine if you accept the double nomination and just pass it on as one award. You can check out my comments about your blog at mine.

Feel better soon!
Kim / SeeingStars

Judy said...

Hi Debbie,
I'm so sorry that you fell and hurt yourself. Wow. That must have really hurt. Here's hoping that you heal quickly and the time goes by fast for you.
Thanks for sharing the great photos with us. I love seeing quilt show photos!!

Lynne said...

I love all those quilts - thank you for sharing them.

I am so so sorry to read of your accident and its consequences, and sorry that it's taken me this long to read the post. Take care of yourself and may God grant Sir Old Man strength and patience ass well as many blessings in the coming weeks.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Love that first bright and cheery flower quilt! But oh, OW! Take care of yourself!!!

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