Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"COTTAGE FLOWERS'" FLIMSY

"Cottage Flowers" is to the flimsy stage now.  I sewed all the rows together yesterday.  I am pleased with the end result.
I so like the colors and fabrics I used for this quilt.  Muted shades and from a variety of lines of fabric.  All were in stash except for the pink plaid used for the setting triangles and border.  I used Rit Tan Dye to darken the pink plaid a bit and I like the end result.  We have a front load washer and I didn't think you could dye in one.   I did the dye process in the kitchen sink and it hurt my arms and back trying to do that much yardage.  I have since found instructions on the internet on how to do it in a front load washer and I would try it that way in the future for a bigger piece of fabric.

The second set of applique blocks I made from the same pattern are on their way via the mail to a friend who will make her own quilt.  I enjoyed making the blocks so much, I would make a third set!

I forgot to mention that the pattern used was in the book "Simple Pleasures" by Alma Allen and Jan Patek.

Karen

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Again...you don't disappoint! Its absolutely beautiful! What size is it?

merumo said...

Wow! What a brave girl you are to dye the fabric! I've learned how to do Rit Tan Dye thing in the workshop by Blackbird Designs a few years ago, but haven't tried the method yet as I'm not in totally confident :O Yours looks fabulous!!! I didn't see this project like this when you got started back in July. What is the block size? I will have to find this book! lol Thanks for a beautiful inspiration as always :)))

Sharon said...

Beautiful, and lucky friend that you have. I just did an applique and made 3 it was so fun. And I find quilters seem to appreciate quilty gifts more than non quilters.

Meredith said...

Flimsy or not =Awesome. Looks like a nice size. Been reading your blog just not able to comment

Sue said...

What a lovely quilt. I love these fabrics too. I didn't know you could dye in a front loading machine either, but am glad to know it can be done :)

Colleen said...

Gorgeous! Love it!!!

Carolyn said...

It's a very sweet quilt...so pretty!

audrey said...

I love this quilt Karen, it's so beautiful. I dug around the other day and found my pattern after I saw your wonderful progress. Much to do before I can start mine, but I think it is definitely going on my 'someday' list after seeing yours.:)

Julierose said...

Lovely muted shades throughout your quilt. Those blocks are very pretty...I tea dye in large empty (cleaned LOL)glass jars...and I tear my yardage in half the long way...then crunch it up accordion style into the jars: tea or coffee is all I've used--maybe a few cinnamon sticks or pieces of walnut shells...
I really like those pinky triangles --just perfect Julierose

cucki said...

So beautiful ..love it xxx

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very pretty Karen!

Carrie P. said...

great idea to use some dye to get the color you wanted. I love this quilt.

Allie said...

That is a wonderful quilt, Karen! I love the shade you got in the border, that's the perfect color.

MARCIE said...

That is the prettiest quilt! Beautiful flowers! I love the pink plaid! Love that you dyed it a bit, but sorry it was so much work. I also saw the beauty that you did for Mary. Very nice collaboration you two!

Kindred Quilts said...

I really like the fabric you used as backing for the appliqued flowers. I like the directional look of those blocks... not vertical, not horizontal. Love it already. It's going to look fantastic when it's quilted!

Taryn said...

Very pretty quilt! I didn't know Alma Allen and Jan Patek did a book together.

Doniene said...

Karen, it is absolutely beautiful!! If I didn't have toooooooooo many projects, this would be one I would do!! Always love seeing your work!!Thanks for sharing!

Blessings

Lori said...

What an awesome quilt Karen! It seems like you just started it!!

Cheryl said...

This may be one of my favorite quilts and it does not have pumpkins...LOL! You did a fabulous job.

Sue said...

What a VERY lucky friend to be receiving these wonderful blocks . Your applique work is just AMAZING !

Gorgeous quilt !

Rita said...

Beautiful quilt! Pieced blocks mixed with applique are my favorite! I've always wanted to try the Rit tan dye but haven't had the courage yet.

Debra Anger said...

You have been a very busy girl, I just saw the quilt you finished for Quilt hollow and it looks awesome and then to do another. you are amazing.
Love this one too, what wonderful talent you have and so productive you are amazing

Friendship Crossing said...

Great job Karen! It looks beautiful!!

Hugs,
Tanya

Nancy said...

Love the end results and what a lucky friend to receive some of your hand work.

Rose Marie said...

Wonderful top ..... what size is it?

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

It's beautiful! Great job on the color change...it looks perfect. Lucky buddy you have to get those blocks from you! Very sweet of you!

sunny said...

Love it! If you decide to do it a third time, keep me in mind. LOL!

Darlene said...

Stunning, Karen.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Love it Karen, I am happy to report we just got rid of our 13 yr old front loader. Nevertheless, your quilt turned out wonderful.

Raewyn said...

Beautiful!! Your organisation sure helped in getting this project done!

Ellen in Oregon said...

Karen - As someone who started quilting only a few years ago, I am so happy that I happened upon your blog a few weeks ago. I absolutely love all of your quilts. They are a source of hope & inspiration to me. It is difficult when starting out to know what colors and scale of pattern to select for each project. Your quilts make the process seem very organic and not forced or over-thought (even though I can tell you are very selective about your fabrics). Your quilts are charming and timeless. I just thought I would tell you how much I enjoy your quilts and that you have a lot of useful knowledge that new quilter are soaking-up. It is reassuring to see that you are still learning new things after 20+ years. Hope you quickly recover from dying all that yardage in the sink. Sometime it would be nice to hear what the thought process is that you go through in selecting the colors and fabrics to use in a project.

Sue said...

Your work is really lovely. The dye worked really well!

Sue said...

Your work is really lovely. The dye worked really well!

Sue said...

Your work is really lovely. The dye worked really well!

ranette said...

You are so fast Karen! Your quilt is very pretty!

Dawn said...

Beautiful quilt! That was dedication on the dye. A third set - that is really loving a pattern!

paulette said...

STUNNING!! Wow!!!
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Aunt 'Reen said...

I LOVE how this quilt top turned out! Congratulations on yet another gorgeous quilt finish!

Loris said...

oh, this is charming! Love the pink you made for the border,etc. Might need to try that sometime. I have a front loader too.

Loris said...

P.S. Love that dark inner border too. Hope your back heals fast!

Derrith said...

Karen: This quilt is stunning. The colors are beautiful and so is the applique. I love it!

Robin said...

Love the look of the rit dye. I'm going to have to get brave enough to do that soon.

Stina Blomgren said...

You have done it again....:0) wonderful Karen!!!:0)

Melanie said...

I love how this turned out....Karen - It's just beautiful.