Thursday, August 8, 2013

An Applique Art Quilt : :

It feels so good to share this finished quilt today! I decided to call it my Applique Art Quilt, but was also thinking of calling it my "A" Quilt. "A" for lots & lots of Anna Maria Horner fabrics, for Art Gallery Fabric's Pure Elements, for Aurifil thread, for applique, and an "A" for the sketch stitch art piece I designed this finished quilt around. Lots of A's!! And, as it turns out my very favorite photo from my picture taking was on this pretty apple tree, perfect!

Butterfly. Branch

I tried my best to take photos of the whole finished quilt. A few in some of the beautiful spots we discovered on our walk the other night, along with a few others with a painted church door and an old brick chimney as my backdrop.

Applique Art Quilt

Applique Art Quilt

Applique Art Quilt

Right away, I could tell that this is just one of those quilts that truly shines up close and in person. It really is the details that makes this quilt for me, which I wrote about here back when I shared the finished quilt top.

Applique Art Quilt -- Yo Yo Flower Panel

A quilt that started a couple of Summers ago with a panel of handwork -- yo yo flowers made in Little Folks Voile and many little stitches!

Applique Art Quilt -- Yo Yo Flower Closeup

That quilt grew around my sketch stitch girl, with lots of improv patchwork, and one large block made of neutral pure element solids appliqued with fussy cut moths & butterflies from Anna's beautiful Sinister Swarm Field Study & Clippings Loulouthi prints!  

Applique Art Quilt -- Butterfly Details

That was finally quilted with several colors of variegated Aurifil, combined with some of the fun quilting stitches my Janome offers, as well as some simple hand quilted stitches that I really enjoyed adding!

Applique Art Quilt -- Details. White Border stitched with Variegated Aqua Aurifil

It's backed in one large piece of Coreopsis in Lime from the Loulouthi collection. I wish I would have taken photos with a bit more of the sky here, the bright green corn field and the blue sky matched this print perfectly! It was so gorgeous to see!

Applique Art Quilt -- Backed with Coreopsis

Applique Art Quilt -- Back with Front

I finished the quilt by binding in this Hugs & Kisses in wine print, again from the Loulouthi collection. I'm so glad I stashed some extra yardage of this particular print in each color a while back with my owl pillows in mind. It makes an awesome binding!!

Applique Art Quilt -- Binding Details

I wish you could feel this picture! The Little Folks Voile and the Art Gallery fabrics make this quilt so, incredibly soft!!

Applique Art Quilt -- Details. Softness

This quilt is the first quilt of many quilts I hope to make in this style. I have several sketch stitch pieces & some newly stashed Hand Draw Garden just waiting to become quilts, and I'm excited to jump right into the next one! Throughout making this one I did, at times, put pressure on myself to see it finished quickly. But every single time I would get it out to work on I would end up changing directions. In the end, I learned that that's okay, it came together in perfect timing, and now I'm ready to send it off to my friend!

Last year, right around this time, I had stepped away from this blog those last several weeks of Summer to spend with my kiddos before they went off to school. I was really struggling with my health, but mostly with the changes that were in store for me with my last baby heading off to school. It was tough, that day we took them all to school was so hard for me, but was made so much easier when that afternoon an amazing quilt was delivered to me all the way from Australia, made by my sweet & thoughtful blog friend Jodi. I shared here just how wonderful that was and I promised Jodi a friendship quilt in return. A quilt to be made with nothing but Anna Maria Horner fabrics, lots & lots of love, and hope to be able to show her how much what she did meant to me.

Applique Art Quilt -- Butterfly Branch

Having this blog and all of you to share with means so much to me, thank you all for encouraging me the way you do. This is such a dream come true!!      Maureen

80 comments:

  1. Truly a masterpiece, I think I have tears in my eyes lol. So so cute. :)

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    1. Thank you, Hyde! I have to admit to tearing up myself after going back and reading the post I shared about the quilt Jodi gifted me, it's so special! I'm so glad we've all adjusted, this blog has been such a blessing for me!

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  2. Wow! Amazing! What an amazing gift that you have and what an amazing friend to make this for someone !!! Beautiful

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  3. Really beautiful quilt. You continue to inspire, so thank you!

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  4. Maureen, this is just incredible. Your artistry shines through again. And isn't Jodi wonderful? I love that girl!

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  5. What an amazing quilt and story, thank you so much for sharing with us!

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  6. So beautiful, and so sweet to send it away.

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  7. Maureen you are not only a wonderful artist and quilter you are a warm loving person and we love that in you.

    Many blessing to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much Ginger, you are always so kind to me and my blog and I really appreciate it!

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  8. STUNNING! This is absolutely beautiful Maureen! You did a awesome job on it - artistry is amazing.

    -Q

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  9. Wow! This is beautiful. You did wonderful job.

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  10. so happy! it really is such a lovely quilt. and inspiring! thank you so much for sharing the whole journey. :)

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  11. Just beautiful! I find myself going back and forth looking at different sections, so much specialness going on to take in. You are such a talent, I enjoy your blog so much.

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  12. Dear Maureen, you have made amazing art quilt! I love everything in it! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and story behind this and the other quilt you got from your friend. x Teje

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  13. It's gorgeous Maureen! Your friend will love this quilt! (I read her blog too :)) I know she will find the comfort and beauty in your quilt just as you have found it in hers. Man now I'm thinking about my daughter starting school. I haven't touched my machine in awhile, I've turned to books because I can still cuddle with her. I miss sewing and I should slow down on the books and spend the little free time I have with her. Sometimes I just need some time to myself, but I know I'm going to miss all this time with her once she's starts school. Is it wrong to start crying right now... about 3 years into the future?

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  14. A lovely quilt - I especially love the butterflies, the hand stitches to create the flower stems and the stitches around the flowers as well as the thread colours on the white border. I think that these kinds of quilts are meant to come together slowly and you need to allow yourself the time to enjoy the process - we can all pressure ourselves into that sad production mentality at times - fight it, I say! ;o)

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, those are my very favorite parts, too! I have "worked to finish" almost every other thing I have ever made, it was such a treat to have this one project to work on here and there. I'm feeling very ready now to add in a brand new, slow moving quilt project to the mix. It's nice to have that balance!

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  15. I love all of your works so much, but can not tell you how much THIS one strikes me - pretty much right in the heart. The story behind it just makes it more so. I was showing the pieces of it from your previous posts to my husband last week as an example of what I was telling him I'd like to stretch my self to try as a new challenge in my quilting/art.

    This will bless your friend greatly.

    And, what stunning photos!

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    1. Thank you so much, Janelle! The whole story really does overwhelm me. It's impossible for me to put into words how amazing it was to receive such a special quilt from Jodi, just at the perfect time. I love it so much!!

      As far as this type of quilting art goes, this is truly the best example of what I hope to do lots more of in my future quilting adventures. It's definitely the best representation of my own style! Which makes all these wonderful comments so special!! I say if there's something you want to try -- go for!!

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    2. I also just went back and read both yours and Jodi's posts about the quilt she gifted you - I had my 6th, and last, baby on this past Christmas morning. I am SO utterly aware that all of his "firsts" are also my lasts - last time I'll nurse a perfect new person fresh from the hands of God, last time I'll see my baby's first tooth, etc. I don't hear many other Mamas grieve so openly as I feel about it - many seem almost giddy to be moving on. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who isn't. Thank you for sharing the honesty (both of you).

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  16. holy shit girl. You know I love everything you make, but this is INCREDIBLY gorgeous. I'm coming over right now so I can stare at it for hours.

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  17. Wow, Maureen! This quilt is gorgeous! I love how you've put a modern touch on a traditional piece. A lot of love and energy went into making this one - your friend is one lucky girl.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Yes, a lot of love, energy, and time and I learned so many wonderful techniques throughout the making of this one piece. It's been one big lesson and I love every bit of it! I'm so happy to be sending it off to Jodi!

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  18. I agree, it is too beautiful not to show off all the details, love it.

    Debbie

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  19. This is my favorite quilt that you have ever made and I can't wait to see more! You are an artist, Maureen!

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  20. Gaaaaaaahhhh, it's amazing. This is just so beautiful. I remember that post last year and I'm delighted this special treasure is going to her.

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  21. It is beautiful! Really love it.

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  22. I've been waiting for this post!! It came out absolutely stunning.

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  23. Oh my Maureen! What does one say?? I'm speechless, and so, so touched. This will mean so much to us. We will treasure it dearly! I'm going to be buzzing all day! And stalking our post lady for the next fortnight! Thank you! Thank you! It's so, so beautiful and the bringing together of different pieces I have loved over the years while following you is so special. I can't believe they're for me! (Tully wants to write something too: TULLYjoasqfbmn) :)
    xxx

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  24. I've been waiting so long for the final reveal and I was not disappointed. It's absolutely amazing. Stunning. I'm surprised that magazines, fabric makers, book publishers etc. have not contacted you to showcase this quilt in their publications. Quite a work of art by such a talented and compassionate person. eliz.i@sympatico.ca

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  25. Divine! Absolutely amazing! And so excited for Jodi! xx

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  26. Thats such a gorgeous quilt and it's so thoughtful of you to give it to Jodi. I am sure she is so excited! :) She's such a nice person as well, and definitely deserving.

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  27. Maureen I remember when you first started this quilt. It turned out so beautifully.

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  28. So excited to see the finished quilt. It is beautiful and so generous of you to send such a special quilt to a special person. I know she will love it!

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  29. Maureen, This is just astounding. Really really amazing. I hope you are so super proud of this. Every quilt has a story. Thanks for sharing this one. I hope you are well.

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  30. I have loved reading all about the progress of this quilt but the finished product is awesome! Great job!

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  31. There's only one word for it "Stunning"! I'm going to pin this immediately :)

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  32. This is absolutely my favourite quilt out of all you have made Maureen - stunning and so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. You never cease to amaze me with your sharp eye for perfection, seriously! All your quilts end up so amazing, I wish I had an eye for art and color coordination. I love making quilts, I also have health issues and quilting keeps me sane. I just seem to struggle with putting fabrics together, but I'm getting more experience and slowly learning :) Anyhow, you really inspire me and I admire your work so very much, this is beautiful! Keep them coming, I love to see new posts from you!

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  34. Maureen, your work is amazing! Love this quilt!

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  35. Absolutely beautiful! An amazing work of art!

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  36. What a lovely story Maureen. You and your friend are both lucky ladies! Congrats on your work - the quilt is amazing.

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  37. So beautiful and unique. Perfect backing, binding and quilting, too. That is going to be one lucky friend.

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  38. I can just imagine how soft this is in person. I especially like the top right and left parts o machine quilting and the butterfly background hand stitching. Pretty!

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  39. Omigosh it's an heirloom. It's incredible. Jodi's grandchildren will wrap themselves in it someday and I hope they know about the amazing friend their grandma had that sent her this quilt across the ocean...! So wonderful, Maureen.

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  40. SOOOOOOO beautiful! I loved it the first time I saw it! You are amazing!

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  41. Hey, I just got here, but I'm staying. :-) usually, I like quilts with more negative space and less heavily patterned fabrics than you often use. I find that quilts with a lot of dense patterns and fabrics can look dingy and heavy, but yours never do. By contrast, they look rich and have a timeless quality that I absolutely envy. I have no trouble imagining this quilt becoming more treasured and beautiful over time, and that's an important part of a quilt for me. :-)

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  42. Simply amazing!!! Your work is always so unique. Just beautiful! I tried but couldn't find your email address. Wondering if you eer speak at quilt guild meetings. We are probably 4.5 hours away from you or so.

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  43. Such a beautiful quilt Maureen ~ so much love put into it. The butterflies and the girl are so wonderful ~ really everything about this quilt is wonderful.

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  44. Grade A Quilt! Maureen it's breathtaking! So lovely to se how all the pieces came together!

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  45. Your Yoyo flowers are stunning :))

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  46. Oh Maureen, you should be so proud of your accomplishment. It truly is a work of art and love. Absolutely beautiful!

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  47. This is a stunning, OOAK quilt - what a lucky friend you have! :)

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  48. This is one beautiful quilt! So much work involved, but well worth the effort I'm sure.

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  49. Holy cow! That's gorgeous. Looks like it should be in a museum. I'm green with envy, but in a good way. Congratulations!

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  50. This piece really is museum quality......but so lucky you will have it for your own museum!!! I so love your self portrait. It's totally fantastic to see someone at peace with themselves and their innate nature to create AND design it in fabrics. Thanks very much for sharing yourself with us.

    I keep thinking I need to start my own journey....in a quilt but a artist in pen I am not.

    Thanks again.

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  51. Just stunning,Mauren.I love,love it and the pics are spectacular.Have a fun weekend!

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  52. What a gorgeous quilt! I just love your girl in thread sketching. This really is a lovely gift to give back to a dear friend.

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  53. love your applique animals/art quilt
    liked you on facebook and signed up for your newsletter.
    i crave aqua and scarlet fat quarters. hope i win.

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  54. Very pretty. I love love love it.

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  55. My favorite quilt you have shown here by far. I love it so much, I would totally buy it. I can only dream that one day I can make something so beautiful, and with so many different "A"'s.

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  56. This is incredible!!

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  57. Isn't it so thrilling to find a backing that is so perfect for your quilt, Love back and Front!!

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  58. I just took a closer look at some of the hand stitching, it's just fantastic! I've only done one quilt with that much stitching before and I think you've made doing another seem appealing :)

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  59. This is such an unbelievably beautiful quilt! I love all of the different elements and how they play together. Very inspiring!! And, what a story!

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  60. Wow. I think this is my favorite quilt of yours! I loved watching it come together from the sketch of the girl you made! It's so beautiful! You are immensely talented, and you inspire me so much! I hope to be a fraction of talented as you are some day :)

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  61. Oh Maureen, I'm in awe of this quilt. It is gorgeous and my absolute favorite so far! You are such a kindhearted person and an inspiring artist.

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  62. I can only say, that's one AMAZING quilt!!!!

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