Saturday, June 23, 2012

Crazy Hearts Quilt with Beading (Times 2)

There are two of these quilts, for the twin beds in the guest room.  And they are oh so sweet!

I'd love to show pics of them on the twin beds, but I can't seem to get the lighting right for good pics in the guest room . . . so the deck will have to do for the picture shoot.  I'm working on my photography skills, but it's a slow go.

The fabrics are so sweet and feminine.  The yellow is very apricot-y and is lovely with the peachy pink.  The whole upstairs of the house where the guest room is has very pink carpet, so I get to indulge myself in pink!  If I were buying carpet I don't know that I would be so brave as to pick very pink, but I love it, I'm glad it's there!

The hearts are done with scraps, crazy quilt style . . . the machine decorative stitches were done prior to the applique.   The edges were pressed under and then appliqued on with a machine blanket stitch (which I never did manage to perfect . . . those curves are tough). 

The original plan did not include beading.  I used cotton batting for the sandwich, and added heart shape cut outs of polyester batting under each heart because I wanted them to be poofy.

Once all the quilting was done it occurred to me that the poly batting was not secured and could shift when washed.  I didn't want to quilt over the hearts, they would un-poof!  So the beading serves to secure the poly batting.  Gave me a chance to use some of my beads.  (Shipwreck Beads is 25 minutes from my house - I've run amok in there more than once!)  Shipwreck Beads > > >

With the beading and the poofing, the quilts are very tactile.  Being a tactile person (yes, I've been reprimanded in museums for unauthorized touching), it's nice to run your hands over the beads and poofy hearts.  I usually close my eyes to get the full effect of textures.  If you are quilting for someone who is blind, adding some texture doesn't take much extra effort and gives an added dimension of love baked into the quilt.

Crazy Hearts . . . Flower Pots pillow sham
After two quilts of poofed hearts and beading, when it came time to the shams, I was hearted out.  So flower pots it is for the pillow shams.  Totally girly!  The grid quilting on the sham was done with the walking foot.

A little bit o' the detail of the quilting which I am very happy with.  I am too impatient to bother marking, so the quilting is quite happily uneven.

On the summer bed in the basement.
Someday I'll have a sleeping porch.

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