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Thursday, August 30, 2012

farm horses quilt is finished

farm horses quilt is finished!!!!!  i started this quilt at the retreat in april...so i got it finished in time to enter it in our local fair where it got a second place...i used some of the techniques i learned from the free motion quilting challenge sponsored by sewcalgal...i really enjoyed the entire process of making this quilt...right from the design process to the hand sewing of the binding...

this is one of the original sketches from my sketchbook
the hand written pattern with dimensions of each block cut, trimmed and finished sizes...this gave me room for trimming after   i appliqued each horse on the blocks...it pays to spend time getting this all on paper before cutting...guess how i learned that lesson
colour choice is always one of my favorite parts of quilting...i am very spontaneous when choosing...often just starting with only a idea of colour and then pulling from my stash...
some of the blocks in the quilt...i outlined each horse then i quilted a grid pattern around each horse...i left the bodies without quilting so they would puff up...the sashing is quilted with paisleys that oppose each other...i used aurifil 50wt thread....LOVE this thread...no lint...great colours...strong...blends into the fabric rather then sitting on top...allows the applique to be seen...the fabric and the quilting share the stage...
this quilting motif is one i learned on the free motion quilting challenge...the fabric on the left has been in my stash for several years...bought as a fat quarter in a fabric shop in taos, new mexico...i buy fat quarters not yardage...as you can see i use many different fabrics in a quilt...the fabric on the right is new and chosen for the pink and orange combo...i fav of mine at the moment
more detail
i call these horses "farm horses" their bodies are more square and blocky like draft horses...different body type then sky horses who are more ethereal
not my last horse quilt for sure...what next? chinese horses, folkart horses...famous art horses....who knows...any suggestions

9 comments:

Rosemary said...

What a gorgeous quilt! You should be very proud! Congratulations on winning at the the fair. I think the FMQ challenge has been a great way to learn new techniques.

April said...

Your work is always so amazing! You have such great talent. :)

What Comes Next? said...

stunning! and congratulations on your ribbon. I love the texture you got using that continuous curve quilting around the horses - that has to be one of my favourite fills - did you mark all the grids with a washout marker first? That's a pile
of close quilting, but it is perfect. I have learned so much from the FM challenge, I'm so glad it is going on.
Lets hope your learning experience left you with some new interesting starting points!

2ne said...

Love your horse quilt :-)
Some nice and colourfull horses you have made.
Quilthug from Norway

sherry said...
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Caroline Heinrichs said...

Simply lovely, truly original and so where do you go next? Way to go Northerner!

bohemiannie! art said...

No suggestions...but please DO MORE of these. This is absolutely marvelous! I love it from the first sketch to each amazingly quilted and appliquéd block. GReat job!

Linda said...

What an awesome quilt! I love it so much. Your quilting is amazing. Your fabric choices are wonderful. So creative!

Quilting Babcia said...
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