Although I prefer quilting on the sewing machine, a few years ago, I felt the need to do some needle turn applique. The quilt was designed in 2015 and completed in 2020. Speed was not necessary!
The quilt was inspired by an ombre pastel fabric that I found in my favorite fabric store in Winona Lake, IN. All the flowers, triangles, and binding are made from this fabric. The shapes, vines, curls and leaves were placed on two fabrics for the background. One was a pale peach the alternating fabric was a brighter coral color. The interplay between the two backgrounds add a little more complexity to the finished piece. The quilt needed a little more contrast so I used a bright green hand painted fabric, black and white prints and a few other odds and ends to make it to my satisfaction.
It has turned out to be a very soft feminine piece which I really love. The machine quilting was stitched with a peach, coral and yellow variegated Fantastico thread. I struggled with a plan for the quilting. Rather than a structured traditional pattern I decided on using simple curves, fans, leaves and twists to hold the layers together. The ombre fabric made a great bias binding, as it changes color as the eye moves around the quilt. There is cotton batting inside.
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