I recently saw this photo of an amazing quilt. If I am reading the paper correctly, it says it was made by Karen Lambdin, border quilting inspired by a quilt called "Tree of Life" by Jan Hutchinson. A quick Google search found me photos of that quilt as well. (second and third photos) Someone correct me if any of that is inaccurate. I love it when it takes me a minute to figure out how someone did something, and these borders definitely did that! It is done entirely with quilting/trapunto, but it looks like an applique on top of pieced fabric. I have been wanting to try this technique ever since, and I found the perfect project to try it on, on a much simpler scale for now! (Keep scrolling :-) )
Close up of the border, pretty amazing!
This chickadee fabric was made to go with a particular quilt pattern, so there is lots of blank space around the birds. Usually there isn't enough space for me to get a whole greeting card in one piece of fabric, so I wanted to do something interesting with it. I decided to try that same technique, but much simpler. I drew a diamond grid, stitched the lines, then quilted densely in the spaces. All three of the last photos would work just how they are, although if I was just quilting the lines, I might use a straight stitch foot instead of free motion to make them a little straighter, ha! :-) It's hard to tell in the photo, but the one with the most quilting really makes the bird pop up. So fun!
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing. After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now starting to design kits and patterns Some of these are now available from Keepsake Quilting also. I teach classes at a local quilt shop, The Material Girls, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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