You might recall that Merle is my neighbor and owner of this vintage watering can. When Merle leaves town, this is the can I use to water her flowers.
If you remember Merle’s Bouquet, you’ll notice the difference a focus fabric can make in your quilts!
I happen to love vintage watering cans. Therefore, I instantly thought of hers when I wanted to use a can as a vase for a bouquet for this quilt design.
As a result of the editor of AQS (American Quilter’s Society) requesting a new pattern for their magazine, I asked Merle if I could photograph of her beautiful collection of vases and, while there, her vintage watering.
As a result, the watering can made the cut!
Merle’s vintage watering can was the inspiration for this fun, easy art quilt – learn the nuances of value as you arrange your own bouquet! Learn about the original quilt HERE.
Notice the light value of the watering cans (made from the reverse of the focus fabric) seem to reflect the bouquet made from the front. The flowers are cut from the fused fabric (broderie perse) and arranged as the quilter desires. Aside from auditioning and choosing fabrics for the background, this is the most satisfying part of the process! Quilters in classes really enjoy watching their bouquets “grow’. Each individual’s vision of their bouquet makes these quilts a little work of art.
Again, remember Merle’s Bouquet is made from floral focus fabrics. You might find one’s with other fun motifs as well, like butterflies, bees, or birds.
Use of both sides is a study in the nuances of value. Learn more HERE.
For the next six hours, I auditioned 42 fabrics (both sides of each) trying to get just the right mix of color, contrast, values, and feel that would be worthy of this new line by Hoffman California Fabrics.
Phoebee is the pattern and Electric Garden is the fabric line. Of course, I took tons of pictures, mostly black and white, and still this was a challenge…and a gamble! Not seeing the reverse of a fabric before-hand made me a little nervous – some fabrics just don’t have usable reverse sides.
Well, Electric Garden rocks! Vibrant color with a soft, contrasting reverse side was just the recipe I needed. I flipped several backgrounds to their reverse as well, so they wouldn’t compete with the bee or flowers. The next step was cutting out Phoebee and her flowers.
I slept on this mix so I could get a fresh look the next morning. Yes! I began fusing and quilting (on my Handiquilter Avante) right away. Next came the prairie point hanging method, binding, label, photos, writing and producing the pattern, and Phoebee was flying to California on Tuesday, August 7th!
My new friend in California let me know Phoebee arrived safely! Now for the waiting game…
Quilt Market in Houston was November 3 – 5. I was fortunate that several kind quilter souls saw Phoebee hanging in the Hoffman California Fabric booth and shared their pics with me on Instagram! Thank you, friends!
This morning I am shipping Phoebee 2.0 patterns to a very fun quilt shop in (wait for it) Canada!
Original Phoebee and Phoebee 2.0 quilt patterns are available in my Etsy Shop HERE.
There are many, MANY Christmas fabrics which would make a great JOY quilted wall hanging.
You can choose modern circles, snowflakes, poinsettias, cookie cutters, etc. Each gives a different feel to this Christmas tree wall hanging. The trick is to find a focus fabric you love whose reverse side sparkles -but with a lesser value.
Meet sweet Emily. She is the second pattern in the series, Colorful Petals, which uses both sides of one focus fabric.
This lively sunflower fabric makes a great autumn art quilt.
Like Rose (click here), Emily’s “primitive pottery” vase is made from the reverse side of the floral focus fabric.
Choosing one focus fabric for the vase, bouquet and binding and stitching a scrappy background is a fun way to use up stash while making a fast, easy quilt for decorating or gifting.
It warms my heart to see some of my mother-in-law’s chicken wire fabric (circa 90s) in this quilt.
The four colorful accent strips used in the #usebothsides line of patterns make it a great way to use some bold, maybe even eccentric, fabrics from your stash that might otherwise might be too wild for a calm quilt like this.
Something’s Brewingcontinues the trick of using both sides of one focus fabric on a scrappy background.
In this case, the bubbles and steam are the reverse of the spider-web cauldron.
I’m especially fond of the honey buzzard claw feet and broomstick. There are LOTS of fun Halloween fabrics out there (and maybe in your stash) that would make a great cauldron! Get this new pattern, first in a line of seasonal quilts, in my Etsy shop!
Patterns available at etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios
Since we’re stirring things up (and since I promised my Colorful Wings class that I’d share), here is a soup recipe to brew- works great in the crockpot or your favorite cauldron:
Taco Chicken Soup
1/2 lbs. cooked chicken
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can chicken broth
1 can Rotel
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 pkg. ranch dressing/dip
Combine ingredients in large pot or crockpot, heat mixture, stirring occasionally. Can be served with tortilla strips or chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and olives.
Ground beef and beef broth can be substituted for the chicken and chicken broth. Recipe given to me by Kim Mueller.
Next post will be a treat when I share my friend Nancy’s Oatmeal Ranger Cookies!
Tell me how you like decorating with Halloween quilts.
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