Sunday, October 21, 2007
Here is my first attempt at making a mini-quilt using The Uncommon Quilter as a starting point. I took the idea for the tree trunks from one of Jeanne's quilts but hers was a flower stem. Then I thought I'd try the wavy blades for the rotary cutter that have been sitting around unused for a couple of years. The stems looked too big for flowers but reminded me of palm trunks. I was going to make felt leaves but while rummaging around for the right color of felt I came across a bag of bright blue feathers from the thrift store. Hmmm... they look a bit like leaves. They needed a center to cover all the feather ends so out came the felt. I covered the whole thing with netting to keep the feathers under control. When it came to quilting it, the trees seemed to be blowing in the wind so I made wind lines sort of following the trees. I had a bit of silver trim that seemed to want to go around the edge. One thing I learned today is that it's a LOT easier to quilt something that is 10x12 than a queen sized quilt.
I will follow Jeanne's advice and write on the back of it mentioning my inspiration and the date. I'm not sure if I should put #1 on it. Will that cause pressure to make a lot of them? It was really fun and I got to use some of the stuff from the big drawer full of thrift store "junk" that I've been saving forever.