Friday, October 26, 2012

Expression of Morris - A Finish

Fussy cut prints, and shading with prints
I have a finish - - My Expression of Morris, (Book by Katie Friesen)

I started it ...well, a few years ago.
It was a class, and all of the rest of the participants did theirs in batiks, as Katie did in her book.  I wanted to stitch with this talented applique group and they allowed me to go my own way with fabric prints.

There were doubters - but I think they came around.  Their batik choices were beautiful as well.  Show and Tell was always a treat.




Same pale blue printed ground fabric used throughout
70" x 70"


The applique is all needle turn by hand, with hand embroidery for some added detail.

It is hand quilted - outline around the shapes, 1/2" cross hatch in the background, and a four petal motif in all of the squares.

I also made two pillow cases to match, even though I didn't do the final border so it isn't bed sized.

There weren't as many William Morris reproduction fabrics when I made it, so many of the prints worked because of the color or repeat.







I enjoyed finding details in the prints, using all prints in the berries.

Katie designed an small insect in each block.   They are very subtle, and another detail I love.

I might add some additional quilting on the leaves, but it is bound and I am calling it complete for now.







These are some of the prints I used in the flowers.

The small sunflower petals include plaids and floral prints of various scale and value.

The lily petals also have floral and stripe prints.

I learn a lot stitching with friends and my applique improves with each project.




Now I'm off to work on a 'newer' project...and I'm oh so OK having multiple projects in the works!
How about you?
Have a great weekend!



30 comments:

  1. Dawn, your quilt is wonderful. I love the way you have used your fabrics.

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  2. Congratulations on a beautiful finish! William Morris is a favourite of mine, I have a couple of applique patterns but have not started them yet ;)

    Elaine, UK
    Blog: www.rellus.com/Emily

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  3. Such a wonderful finish!! A beautiful quilt and I love the block with the bug in it. Such cute detail. I know what you mean about getting better as you go along in applique. I'm just starting out but I find that the more I go along the better I get.

    And multiple projects - I'm the queen of them! Doesn't help for having very timely finishes though!

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  4. Another amazing quilt (why am I not surprised?!). I love your fabric choices and the bugs - so creative. I am going to learn needle-turn one of these years! I've done a little, but really need to take a good class to get some hints and tips.

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  5. This is an heirloom! What amazing work--such attention to detail and incredible quilting. As much as I love batiks, I think this belongs in prints!
    I like to think that mulitple projects is the sign of a creative mind--or a frenzied one--I'm not sure which, in my case. : )

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  6. Wow! Now that is a gorgeous, gorgeous quilt! A definite heirloom, no doubt about that. I'm in love. Congratulations on finishing it!

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  7. Oh my gosh this is spectacularly beautiful! Your work is just beyond words. Speechless. I love the detail. So much interest here. I'm thrilled for you. So thrilled. Jumping up and down. Excited. Love it. …aka: congratulations.

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  8. It's beautiful, Dawn! And I think that on a pattern like this, needle turn by hand is definitely the way to go. What size is the finished quilt?

    I'm sure the other quilts are also pretty but I can't imagine a William Morris quilt in batiks. Your fabric choices are perfect.

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  9. Very, very lovely and I love your fabric choices. Sometimes you just have to go your own way and trust yourself and you get spectacular results!

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  10. Dear Dawn. As allways a very beautiful quilt from your hands. The colors are so perfect und what great details.
    I too love working on several projects at one time.
    Have a great weekend.
    Anne-Mette

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  11. Another amazing quilt. Your hands do such beautiful work. I always look forward to your blog post to see your latest accomplishments.

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  12. What a beautiful accomplishment, Dawn! Your fabric choices are great. This pattern and designer are new to me so it was nice to learn of them also.

    Judy

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  13. That is a beautiful quilt and beautifully made. I love your fabric choices, gorgeous prints and colors.

    Debbie

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  14. BEAUTIFUL! You've used these fabrics so well! Doesn't it feel good to have a finish?
    Multiple projects? I don't think I could work any other way!

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  15. Wow - I am so never going to be able to do something like this. Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm not familiar with William Morris - so new to many of the designers! I LOVE your choice of fabrics - especially since I'm not crazy about batiks!!

    I wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have multiple projects - but I'm dreaming of the day when I'm not so overwhelmed!!

    Blessings

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  17. A truly beautiful rendition. You should enter it on the blogger's quilt festival going on now. You are sure to win a prize. Love it!

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  18. So incredible! Love the prints you used and your applique work is AMAZING. I definitely agree with having multiple projects in the works. Wouldn't have it any other way.:)

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  19. You were inspired obviously. The quilt is so elegant.

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  20. Your quilt is absolutely breathtaking. I love the fact that you went your way and made it uniquely yours with the choice of fabrics and colors. Amazing!

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  21. Practice makes perfect they say. Your choice of fabrics makes the quilt. Your work is beautiful. Anxious to see the next quilt. Chris

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  22. Gorgeous piece. The added detail makes it very special. I knew you were working on a Wm. Morris piece but had no idea it was this intricate.

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  23. WOW! This quilt is gorgeous, love the fabrics that you have used. What method do you use to applique?

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  24. A labor of love, for sure. Absolutely unique and divine!

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  25. Just perfection in every way! I cannot imagine this in batiks - your fabric choices are spot on *s*

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  26. Wow, this is a gorgeous finish! Just adore anything William Morris-related. Love all the little details you included! Seriously beautiful in every way. Dixie

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  27. Gorgeous - your applique is perfect! Thanks for sharing. You are clearly a very talented lady :)
    Every Stitch

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  28. i always have way too many projects going at once . . . sometimes i wish i could just work on one thing at a time but my attention span is truly toooooo short~!

    love your finish~!~and it's hand quilted which is awesome. love those tiny stitches.

    i think by the time you finish a project like this one you must be very good at applique~!

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  29. Truly stunning Dawn. Aren't you glad you followed your intuition? Trish

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