Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A break from the wings ...

I'm currently working on my third Wings quilt, almost halfway through quilting it, then decided to start something else.  What kind of quilter would I be if I worked on one project at a time anyhow?!  I actually also have a bed quilt in the works, but it's way too early to even comment much on that yet.  

So I was in Pier 1 the other day and saw a piece of art in there made with some kind of Chinese fabric on the background and the words "Live, Love, Laugh" on it and thought ... "I can do that!", so I did.  I had this great oriental fabric already, just scraps of it, not enough to really do much with but plenty to make some Chinese characters out of.  I printed off the characters for the words and used them as templates, then embroidered the English words below each one.  

Quilted with a light variegated thread in a hatch-cross pattern in the background.  I love variegated thread and first tried it with a darker version but it overwhelmed the main part of the quilt so I changed to the lighter one and it's much nicer.  The quilt turned out to be about 10½ x 29" and hangs in my front hall.

I also got my Hoffman Challenge 2011 fabric in the mail this week and it's beautiful!  I love the way the gold shimmers in it.  I have no clue what I'll make with it, of course, but it sure is pretty.

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