Laura’s Fairy Wildlife Quilt

I love the designs Laura used for her quilt.¬† They are defnitely fantasy designs with just enough reality ūüôā¬† that’s the way I like my Fantasy!

From Laura:

Howdy,¬† Just wanted to share a picture of the quilt I’m working on.¬† Of course the highlights of the quilt are the unique embroidery designs I have been in love with since the first day you posted them for sale.¬† They are; Fairy Wildlife, parts one, two and three. BFC 1856, 1871, and 1894.¬† They are wonderful!¬† I decided to use colored squares to represent land, sea and air animals, green, blue and light blue.¬† They are all Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabrics, including the copper colored fabricI used to separate the squares.¬† I actually had all the fabric- yeah for stash building.¬† I knew someday I would find a use for it.¬† I still have the backing to put on, { I had to go buy that, bummer}, and the binding to do.¬† That will be copper,¬†like¬†the trim.¬† Also I want to give a shout out to whomever it was that thought up “Quick Bias” fusible 1/4 in bias tape. What a time save!¬† Wish me luck on finishing the quilt.¬† Thanks a million for the wonderful designs.¬† My quilt label will give gratitude To BFC Creations for their digitizing of these great designs.

The quilt pattern is my invention.¬† AS you know, 6 of those 18 designs are horizontal, and 12 are vertical.¬† That in itself was a challenge. Add to that 10 of one color background, 5 of another and 3 of a third color and it took me a while to figure out placement.¬† Before I did any embroidery, I cut my fabric pieces larger than I needed, not knowing exactly what I wanted to do with them.¬† The embroidery designs are 5×7 inches and the fabric pieces were at least 8x 10 inches.¬† The fabric was too pretty to cut off and throw away, so I came up with the idea to frame the designs with the bias tape and use the whole piece of fabric.¬† Great idea but hard to execute- lots of measuring and almost exact placement- to make it all line up.¬† After the fact, I decided it would have been much easier to sew the squares together first, then place the bias tape all at once.¬† Who knew?¬† Live and learn.

BFC1856 Fairy Wildlife

 

FC1871 Fairy Wildlife Part2
BFC1894 Fairy Wildlife Part3

Sunny’s Butterfly Project

Sunny has been so gracious to show us her project from beginning to end.¬† It is gorgeous – thanks so much Sunny….Suz

You always give me incentive for a big project, Suz (like the wall hanging f the Geishas on one side and the Samurais on the back!)¬† I love that moth, and I’m thinking he would look great in the center of a wall hanging and the butterflies all around, such as this:

I love the pic of your moth on the white background pillow, though, and that would be more “do-able”!¬† I realize butterfly #12 isn’t out yet, but I can wait!¬† In any case, all of the butterflies are definitely going on a quilt!

Have happy holidays, and I hear the East is going to get pounded with cold weather, so stay warm and dry!¬† We’re loving the weather now that we have moved back to CA from MT, but would you believe, we even miss the snow (a little bit!)

So far I have four more of the 6×6 butterflies to do.¬† The block sizes will be 8×8.¬† And I am going to redo the moth, even though my machine is hiccuping.¬† I’ve found that using Terial Magic makes the fabrics stiff enough so that there’s very little puckering.¬† There is a piece of fabric on the very left that I am thinking of using for border (it has a lot of contrast.)¬† I am thinking of a gold/orange¬† background for the moth – we’ll see.¬† The bottom four blocks will be lavender and more shades of blue.¬† I’m having fun stitching these out, Suz, and they go fast.¬† The strip between the left column was an audition for sashing, but there’s not enough contrast.¬† (Pls excuse the busy quilt underneath them all – it is on our guest bed!)¬† Let me know if you have any suggestions!¬†

 

Well, just wanted to show you how far I have gotten on this project.¬† Just finished the gold flange on the large center square plus all the sashing on the quilt-as-you-go method and am getting ready to put the sashing strips on the outside, then the borders and binding!¬† Woo hoo.¬† I created an applique to put in the center of the back – it is a poem in Spanish that means:¬† In order to fly more lightly, Put on two rose petals, As does your companion, the Butterfly.¬† (It rhymes in Spanish).¬† Just wanted to show you my progress so far.¬† And BTW, I love your new alphabet of the flowers.¬† Thanks Suz for your generosity. ¬† — Sunny
PS РI handed around the square with the moth to our recent little quilt club, and they LOVED it.  (Decided not to re-embroider it and quilted over the ripples!)

LINKS FOR THE DESIGNS

BFC2121 The Turquoise Moth

19th Anniversary Butterflies

Laura’s Feathers plus…

Thought you would like to see the “mash up”of designs I put together starring two of your designs, The¬†feather with flowers, from design pack, 1787, and the cat eyes from design pack 0763, ‘The cat eyes have it”. I call this pillow top design ” Friend with Feathers”, and it is for a 16 year old foster girl who probably needs a friend.¬† Thanks for your wonderful digitizing and design work.¬† You and Fred are truly blessed with your artistic talents.¬† Merry Christmas from¬†myself and my sewing machine to you and yours.¬† Until next time, Laura.

Thank you Laura for always doing such a great job with our designs!¬† I love to see more than one design in a project ūüôā You are so creative!¬† Suz

BFC1787 Watercolor Feathers
BFC0763 The Cats Eyes Have It

Vicki’s South African Quilt

Spring cleaning my daughter’s home and taking down this wall hanging to give it a good dust . It is one of my most favourite makes , about 11 years old, love these designs from BFC .

I love how this quilt shows how just shades of black¬† and white can be so much alive! A beautiful choice of fabrics Vicki….Suz

BFC1174 South African Architectural Etchings

Laura’s Cherry Tree

Happy Easter!¬† You chuckled when I ordered this design, but here’s proof positive that I do love and use the designs I order!¬† Here’s my take on the Cherry Tree Branch Design, 0528, by Chantell.¬† It’s a bit whimsical with fantastic colors, 3-D embroidered flowers and 6 lovely little chickadees.¬† The flowers and chickadees are embroidered on felt, cut out and glued in place to give a dimensional¬†appearance, and each flower has a crystal heat-set in the center.¬† It’s a happy, quilted and embroidered project that will hang over my living-room couch.¬† Please forward to Chantell and thank you both for this design.

Until next time,

Laura

I love how Laura added the raised flowers!  They change a nice wall quilt into an Art quilt!

CCQ0528 – QI The Cherri Tree Branch Quilt

Linda Sunny’s Dolphins

Under my embroidery needle–made this for hubby — “stained glass dolphins”. 12 panes embroidered and then sewn together to make the ‘window’. Then I sewed it into a pillow. Beautiful design Suz. Over 100,000 stitches. I.NEED.MORE.THREAD.¬†ūüėȬ†Came out nice I think. Hope everyone has a great week.

I’m sure hubby loves it!!! Suz

BFC0664 Stained Glass Dolphins