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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flora & Fauna

"Fauna is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. The corresponding term for plants is Flora." - so Wikipedia tells me.
This is a quilt I have been thinking about making for quite some time - not so much the flora & fauna aspect of it but the big colorful initial in the center and then detailed flowing quilting all around on the white fabric. 




A little girl named Flora just turned 5 so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to create this quilt and go wild with feathers and flower-ish shapes. 

The letter F is made from sewing scraps from my scrap bins into strips. I ironed the strips to a light iron-on fusible & cut the letter 'f' out. Then ironed it to the middle of the fabric securing with a small zigzag stitch.


I played with swirls, pebbles, feathers and petals.  The quilting was 100% improvised as I went with no marking.

Feather trees bloom on this quilt. 




In fact all sorts of wonderful flowery plants bloom on this quilt.





I didn't forget the odd vegetable - peas in the pod are really easy and fun to quilt.


I realize now that I forgot to photograph the strawberry patch that lives in this quilt. Can you spot it? There are a few strawberries peeking in on the top left hand corner of the photo below.  


There are also some fauna for little Flora to hunt out. In amongst the feathers and flowers live a caterpillar, a snail, a butterfly, a dragonfly, a lost peacock feather and a birds next with 3 eggs waiting to hatch (I need to work on my nests a little before I'm happy to share photos of them - I'm hoping a 5 year old will be more forgiving!)






I love quilting like this - free & easy - quilting what ever comes to mind next - experimenting with combinations of designs and shapes. Nothing could make me happier. (Although possibly someone feeding me diet coke & chocolate while I quilt .......) 

 

There is also a rather cute label on the back of this quilt. 

 

5 comments:

  1. Wow Rachael. Do you ever go back and look at your beginning quilting photos and compare them to now? What an improvement -- your quilting is so beautiful now!!!

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  2. As a fellow longarmer, this is the type of quilting I long to do! Free and easy, and the mind gets swept away. It's gorgeous!

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  3. Your quilts are simply exquisite. Such lovely patterns - I loved the feather and the pea pod!

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  4. Thank you so much ladies. This was a fun fun quilt to quilt.

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