This week I wanted to share where I am up to with the four seasons quilt. The front of this quilt has four panels representing an apple tree for each season. I now have Spring and Winter complete…Summer is underway with darker green leaves and apples. I have blogged previously about this quilt which you can find here: last update and the first post.
I am back at work, finally, after about 3 weeks of work. I was definitely very tired in the evenings this week, and I couldn’t post as often as I wanted. I enjoyed being be back at work though and no longer just lying around the house.
Today, I thought I would update you on my quilting projects I started couple of weeks ago. I previously had posted about my 3 projects I undertook while recovering from surgery. I wanted to show you the progress on these projects, which have been moving slow but steady. Feel free to give feedback or I would love to hear other ideas or see pictures of any of the projects you are working on.
Quilt 1: Four Seasons Quilt
The four seasons quilt has been enjoyable project. I love working with texture and seeing the panels come to reality. The story of an apple tree through the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), and Winter has started to come together. I have two panels completed; Spring and Winter.
I designed Spring for the apple tree to be in full blossom with new leaves, and at the bottom new grass and dandelions. The one thing I will say, is I have a long road ahead to sew on all these buttons (yes, there are about 250 buttons to make the leaves and blossoms).
The Winter Panel, represents a leafless tree and snow has started to fall. I used two types of brown ribbon for the branches and sequins (snowflake and circle sequins) for the snow.
Each of the trees (the canopy and trunk), and the ribbon grass/branches were machine sewn on. All the sequins, buttons, flower buds are hand-sewn.
Two panels to go – Summer and Fall, which I have finished the machine sewing, I just have to do the hand sewing. Each of these panels will have ~250 buttons for leaves and the apples are red wood beads.
Quilt 2: Our Quilt – Grey and Orange
To get started, I got an idea based on an image of a square design I liked, while searching google. From there, I worked out the measurements I would need to mimic the design, as there was not a pattern with the image I saw.
I am using a 12 inch square and I am making a king size quilt. I will post the measurements and design once I complete it.
Now, with the recent arrival of fabrics from spoonflower.com, I have been able to start the grey and orange quilt for my husband and I. I love the new fabrics. Here are pictures of the first squares.
NOTE: It was so hard to find good grey and orange modern looking fabrics. If anyone knows of any other fabric stores that have a good selection I would love to know about them :-).