Friday, May 02, 2008

Quilting flowers

My Pajama Quilter workbook arrived Tuesday and after trying to draw these flowers unsuccessfully, I quilted the echoed swirls on the 2nd of 3 HeartStrings tops I had on my list to do this week. I kept trying to draw the flowers and last night - I was finally able to do them well enough to give them a shot on the longarm (that was 2 days of practice - you'll note that my whiteboard is MUCH smaller than the one Dawn recommends using but it's what I have here).

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So this afternoon, I quilted these flowers on this small HeartStrings top.

While they're far from perfect, overall I was pleased with the results. Dawn is such a good teacher!
Since I've been whining about my living room, I thought I'd share part of what we've come up with. This room is long and skinny and designed to be a living room/dining room combination. We're skipping the dining room and are going to use it as one big living room. As you can see my furniture is VERY dark but it will do for now. We'll look this weekend for a sleeper sofa or sectional to fill the other half of the room.


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14 comments:

SandyQuilts said...

Nice flowers.

Gayle said...

Your quilting is great Mary. Have you learned dwirling? I dont have the book or video, just have heard that term. So I look forward to seeing that when you learn it! Or, if you know how, I look forward to seeing what it means.

Hey, best of all, I am sure glad to know that Chesty is feeling better. I was so worried for you!

Gayle

Vicki W said...

I think your flowers look great. I think I am probably going to have to get that video!

kate said...

I think your feathers look mighty fine. I haven't been able to get them to look right on the white board yet. I've been doing flowers, leaves, and ribbons. Woo hoo! Again, great job!

Anonymous said...

WOW! The flowers look great! I guess I'll have to pull out my white board again. You give me hope :>

Ursula

Karol-Ann said...

Wow! Love these too!!!
Hugs to Chesty!

Deb said...

I think your flowers look great!...I'm so glad my boy is better!

Alycia said...

Oh those turned out wonderful! I think they are very attractive!!

Brandy said...

I LoVe the flowers!!!

Yvonne said...

I think they look great. I just got my book....hope I can do as well. Very happy to hear that your baby is doing much better. :)

CARMEN said...

They look great, but then your quilting is perfect all the time, I have lots of practice to do. My new CD arrived! I will give it a try Sunday.
Carmen

tirane93 said...

i think your flowers came out just fine. one of the great things about dawn's motifs is that they adapt well for wonkiness. being able to shape them to fit the available space is delightful and fun. serious atta-girl points for giving that pattern a go!

Helen in the UK said...

Your quilted flowers look wonderful. After seeing your comments and results from Dawn's book I 'broke down' and ordered it yesterday. Can't wait for it to get here!!
We had a long thin living/dining room and they are difficult to funish. We built a partition wall to split off a dining area. A couple of years later I took over the dining bit over as my sewing room as we rarely have guests for a meal :)

Denise in PA said...

Mary, the flowers look great! I'm no artist either and I find my quiting always looks so much better than my drawing.