Flamingo Quilt


I took a break from painting with oils and decided to paint with fabric. I made a bunch of blocks called “Card Trick” and it was a disaster! I did the cardinal rule of quilting 101 and not only switched machines but didn’t put detailed notes in with the blocks so that I could replicate the seams. Ah, well…first time I’ve done this but after making…a huge number of blocks I took them apart. I tried to thick of every which away to sew them together but in the end I just couldn’t thing of a way to do it in a way that I would like so I decided to quit wasting time on it.

This is the one I ended up taking apart. I know the blocks look good and if I didn't think about the fact that neither the points nor the shashing would match up I could have sewn it together.

This is the one I ended up taking apart. I know the blocks look good and if I didn’t think about the fact that neither the points nor the shashing would match up I could have sewn it together.

 

I had painted my bedroom some beautiful Caribbean colors and realized that quilt would be perfect to go with them. Now I needed a new plan. I went through my fabric stash and found a huge pile of flamingo fabrics I had been collecting for years! The problem with many of the fabrics is that they have really large designs which don’t lend themselves to traditional quilting. I got on my EQ7, Electric Quilt, software and started  perusing blocks and quilts. I ran across one block that was kinda what I was thinking of using. It wasn’t quite right so I designed them myself. I ended up with 4 designs for 20″ blocks that would work with the large design fabrics I wanted to include. I even scanned them to use in the program!

I’m really happy with the result! Now if I can find a quilter to do the kind of quilting I want done it will be awesome. I really want either Linda Leathersich  of Stitched Together, Studios Zellwood, FL or Debie Brown of Common Thread Quilting, Moxee, WA. We will see if I can talk either one into doing what I want. Freehand quilting of birds, flamingos, fish, turtles! Anything tropical!

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