Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Denim Garden















Well, that's it! I think I've finished sewing all the flowers on my denim garden. I'll leave it for a few days before I get it ready for quilting. When I see it with fresh eyes I'll most likely see things that need tweaking, something added or removed. A thought crossed my mind that quilt made with pieced blocks has an obvious finish line, but with applique there's the temptation to add just a little bit more. 

I've really enjoyed creating flowers with shapes and colours and adding personality with perle 8 thread.  Wool felt is a joy to work with, so easy to cut out a shape and simply sew it in place. Sewing through denim seams was trying at times and the result is imperfect stitches but you know me, I like a bit of wonkiness in my quilts.  

61 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

it looks fantastic Rachel.........so how are you planning on quilting it.........

audrey said...

WOW! What a great quilt! Love the fun, playful flowers!

Sharon said...

This is a knockout! I love all the stitching detail you've included. And the bright colors make me happy. Fantastic job!

Patchwork and Play said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous Rachael!

Stacey said...

Really fabulous….just love the way those colours pop!

Shakey Stitches said...

That is great. I like how the flowers come out of the pockets like a vase or pot plant. Too cute xxx ooo

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Oh my gosh, Rachael, you are making so beautiful things with denim! This is gorgeous! Love how the flowers grow out of the pockets. I'll have to show this to my mum. She loves things with re-used jeans, too.

Quiltjane said...

I am in awe of your magnificence!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Just beautiful - I love it! I can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Jeneta said...

Your stitching is AMAZING!! I am in awe (I am just not a stitcher!). It is incredibly gorgeous!!

Nony said...

This is so stunning! I just love it! I've never felt any inclination to use denim or felt, but now I suddenly want to make this. exact. quilt. You're inspirational!

Karen said...

This is such a stunning quilt. Your creative genius has run wild with this one. Love the use of the pockets for the flowers. And all the detail in the flowers is gorgeous, too.
I admire your patience with sewing through the denim.
Looking forward to the quilting.

Issabella The Cat said...

This is going to be utterly brilliant! I can't wait to see how you quilt it or if you add any more bright and beautiful flowers to it :)

DeborahGun said...

so so cool - brilliantly creative - I love it!

Marg said...

I agree with Quiltjane, perfectly said.

Sujata Shah said...

Rachael,
I don't even know what to say! This is absolute fun! Your stitches look amazing. Quilt - One of a kind.. love it!
I may never throw away old jeans!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This quilt is extraordinary! The love of color shows through and your fabulous imagination just beams. When I look at this quilt I feel happy!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

WOW!!! What an awesome quilt!!! I just love how you have the flowers coming out of the pockets.

DianeY said...

So beautiful! I'm in awe of the daffodil especially and love how you used all the pockets! Great work!

Taryn said...

This is an awesome quilt! It makes me so happy when I look at it :). I LOVE the use of pockets!

smazoochie said...

It is a joy! We really see the florist in you.

Vickie said...

I'm in awe at the things you think up to do ! The detail on the flowers is just wonderful. You have pockets full of posies Rachel!

Barb said...

This is so fresh and fun! You've really made something special! I love all your details and little touches. The embroidery is wonderful!

Julierose said...

Oh you're back with that lovely piece! It is looking so fresh and cheery--I love it. Hugs, Julierose

Deborah said...

Once again.....remarkable and stunning! I could take any one of your pockets and frame it!

Monica said...

This is looking just great, Rachael. It's such a good idea! And all the flowers are so cheerful.

Have you considered a bug or two? Just a thought. :)

Melissa P said...

I love all the fun energy in this quilt. Between the color and the flowers in this garden, there's just so much to love and admire. And the wool against denim really, really works.

Tonya Ricucci said...

fantastic. I can completely understand just wanting to add more and more.

Nifty Quilts said...

OH MY! It's the happiest piece I've ever seen! Your felt flowers with embroidery are just exquisite, each one. I love the dimensional quality. Your original idea for this quilt makes my head spin. It is really marvelous!!!

regan said...

This is my brand new favorite!!!!! I LOVE THIS QUILT! Totally fabulous in every way!

Shay said...

OH MY GOODNESS! You knocked it out of the park again. This is beautiful and a lot of fun. There really is no end to you surprising me.

Colette said...

Wow that is stunning, I love the colours against the denim, and the way they are growing out of the pockets!
How on earth are you going to quilt it!?

Susan Owenby said...

Perfect! I still love it. One of my favorites out there. :)

holly k said...

FUN!!!! Love it! Happy November! Needed those cheery flowers in the midst of our late cold, bleak fall!

Anita said...

Just gorgeous! Love all the different elements and textures :)

Deb R said...

Never seen anything soo gorgeous, just love it Rachael!!!

Quiltbenaco said...

Quante belle idee che mi frullano per la testa dopo ave visto questo splendido lavoro!!!!!

Complimenti
Ciao

Karen said...

Just awesome! You have done a wonderful job with your design and colours. Wool is wonderful to work with especially because of the no-fray thing.

Terry said...

A florist's hand at work. The bouquets' are a splendid result of your talents.

Sasha said...

I absolutely adore this quilt Rachael!!! It's so original and so creative. All of the flowers are perfect and so colorful. Your new headers is pretty dang cute too :)

Sasha said...

I absolutely adore this quilt Rachael!!! It's so original and so creative. All of the flowers are perfect and so colorful. Your new headers is pretty dang cute too :)

Susanne said...

You're so right about denim being hard to work with at times. It is heavy and bulky. I commend you if you can do hand quilting on it. The one I made for my youngest daughter was a log cabin and I had it professionally quilted. The gal who quilted it used a variegated red, white and blue quilting thread. The center if each block was a red fabric with white stars. The seams were so bulky and pressing them open to reduce on the thickness was hard too, but it all worked out in the end. I just love what you did with the flowers. It made it all pop right out and made it a "Happy" quilt. It is full of whimsey and wonderful colors. Definitely a one of a kind creation.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

needleandspindle said...

This looks like one of those marvelously fertile vertical gardens in an organic nirvana. It is beautiful. The combination of wool felt and denim cotton feels solid and right. The embroidery adds just the right amount of lightness and detail. It is quite a feat to have balanced all those strongly characters fabrics within such a vibrant subject. You Queen of such feats.

Crystallace said...

Love this quilt!

debsway said...

Looks absolutely fabulous!!!!!

Allie said...

LOVE this so very, very much!!!!

pompom said...

Rachael your flowers are wonderful. Its such a fun quilt. Just makes you smile.

Shaz said...

I just love your denim garden, so bright and cheerful, though I can't wait to see how you quilt it!!

LynCC said...

Oh, my! This is just fabulous :D The most unique jeans quilt I've seen.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the garden Rachael...what fun!

Leanne said...

Stunning !!!! I love it !!! L xo

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Love the daffodil! It's all looking so lovely :)

Janine said...

This is stunning! I love the bright colourfulness of those felt flowers against the denim :)

Em said...

This has got to be one of the most fabulous quilts I have ever seen! Wow!!!! Thank you for your inspiration!

Heidi said...

Wonderful combination ! Denim and felt. It shows that you had fun playing with the flowers :-)

Katy Cameron said...

Oh it's absolutely fabulous, love it!

Mary said...

This is amazing Rachael! So colorful and very Rachaeldaisy! I love working with felt too...it is fun not to have to finish edges! Gorgeous!

Mari Sol Perry said...

What a fabulous Quilt!!
So ingenious and full of life..
Its just an inspiration.

Tazzie said...

Congratulations Rachel, that is entirely wonderful news!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Th1ck said...

Just love this!!

Anonymous said...

Such a neat idea, the flowers design would also be neat to sew on a pair of jeans a person would wear :)

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