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Blithe Blog Tour

By February 10, 2017blog

When Katarina Roccella put out the call for people to join her Blithe Blog Tour for her new Art Gallery Fabrics line called Blithe, I jumped at the chance. The fabric line is just gorgeous and a couple of the prints really spoke to me (yes, hehe, I do hear fabric speaking to me!!)

There are so many gorgeous prints in this line. Deer, owls, text, bows, flowers, mountains…..

I loved the two text prints – Philosohper’s Dreams and Philosopher’s Thoughts – nothing like a good text print!

     

but it was the Bows in Silence print that triggered the thoughts for my first mini.

To me the bows looked like butterflies flying through the Blithe forest so I thought I would make a wall hanging with pieced (and 3D!) butterflies and use some of the darker prints as the ‘trees’.

I made some of the butterflies have one wing coming out of the mini…. and a few others flying underneath!

And I couldn’t resist having one of the cute birds flying through the trees as well…. and a 3D stag peeking around a tree.

I made this as a mini to hang on the wall, but I can see a larger version of this being a great floor play quilt for a young child… lots of things to interact with!

I had a bit of fun with the quilting…. straight lines on the trees and wavy lines around the butterflies… just like Bows in Silence.

If anyone is interested I am happy to write up a tutorial for how to make the butterfly block as well as the 3D butterflies. Just comment here or on Instagram and if there is enough interest I will get to writing it up 🙂

 

The next inspiration came from the Evergreens Frozen and Dusk prints … I just loved those misty trees / mountains (and I used them as the backings for both of my minis here)

     

My second project is a mini / table topper and is a bit abstract.. but lots of fun to make!

Graduated dark to light background… to simulate dusk to dawn and then soaring mountains (or trees depending on what speaks to you) reaching for the sky and the light.

I needleturn appliqued the mountains on (using my hybrid method of fusible iron on and then needleturning) and then quilted all the angles… that was fun!

And with the last few scraps, I just had to make a zippy pouch.. it is the perfect size for my little travel iron!

I hope you have been enjoying the blog tour so far…. some fabulous inspiration in all of them!

Katarina has put up a list of everyone’s Instagram account names, so if you are on IG, head on over and check out the beauties each day. And I have added in the blog links as well.

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2 Comments

  • Mara says:

    Great minis Anne, are you sure the needle turn applique “was fun” lol, or was that the quilting you were talking about 🙂 Love the 3D stag peeking out of the tree, that mini would make a great play mat.

    • SWL says:

      Yes, well, the needle turn applique took a lot of time with my slow hand sewing, but I had started very early so could do just little bits at a time.

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