Monday, March 12, 2007

Applique quilt

Finally my appliqué quilt is finished :-).

It started with a book from Gwen Marston. Her words about appliqué are straight from my heart ! She says that over the last years we added so much techniques which isn't necessary. I think she is right.
So I step 150 years back in time and I made my own pattern with paper and a scissor . I placed the pieces by eye. And I used my favorite needleturning technique.

I chose fresh colors. Grass green, red and I added a bit of pink and orange !

I was inspired to use the method they did in the 1800's .
Using this method described by Gwen and studying antique quilts I created my own applique quilt.


I saw in antique quilts that the borders can be different. I love that idea. So I played with the borders.

Most ladies in the past quilted through the appliqué patches. I thought to do the same. But I couldn't. Maybe next quilt :-)

Well here it is. I think it is a typical 'Lucy' quilt !


Lucy










46 comments:

Bea said...

So beautiful colours, love your design and the quilting!

Marcie said...

I love your design, Lucy! It is so fresh. That little sliver of pink in the tulips is clever and the different borders are wonderful! Great work!

McIrish Annie said...

It's a beauty!

Leslie said...

Another great quilt! You're right, it looks just like a typical Lucy quilt. I love how the pictures are shown one after another, like it took you no time at all! =)

Sassenach said...

I love, Love, LOVE the change in borders!

Angie said...

It's a lovely quilt, Lucy! I love how you came up with your own design! Wonderful job!! :D

Carolyn said...

Lucy, it is fabulous! What a beautiful design and the quilting is incredible.

Beth said...

Yep, that is another Lucy quilt! You are such a good quilter, I'm in awe!

Revee said...

I love the quilt - it turned out really well!!

Diana said...

Oh my gosh! How beautiful! I don't think I would have quilted through the applique either. What a beautiful quilt!

Deb Sews Quilts said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I have never tried applique but after seeing this maybe I should rethink that.

Conni Lu said...

Wow! It's gorgeous. Great job!

Gail said...

It's wonderful!

Holly said...

You make the prettiest quilts, Lucy. I like the yellow slits peeking out of the tulips AND the pink center.

La Tea Dah said...

Stunning! You make the most beautiful quilts! I love it! Great job. I like the way you make it so easy when I know it's not.

keryn said...

A lovely little quilt, you did a wonderful job. Makes me want to grab one of my lone applique blocks and turn it into a small quilt too.

pamina (laurence) said...

It's a beauty !!!

Laura said...

Your quilt is beautiful Lucy! Are you doing a class on this quilt? I love applique but am not good at needleturn, so if you are doing a class on this - maybe I can sign up for it!

Jane Weston said...

It is lovely and the quilting really makes it sing. Thanks for sharing!

The Calico Cat said...

Lovely! I like how you have rose buds on the top, but berries on the bottom...

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

True Lucy style - beautiful!!!!!

Dawn said...

Oh Lucy it is beautiful! I LOVE the quilting! I'm so slow with hand quilting!

Laura said...

Lucy it is fabulous!!! I can't believe you got it quilted that quickly. You did soooo good! Love it!

paula, the quilter said...

Lucy, this is a very lovely quilt.

Tonya R said...

Magic. Love the colors and how you made it all up yourself with inspiration from the past. Great job.

mereth said...

What a little Beauty! I love the way the vine doesn't turn the corner but it's still all balanced. You must have had fun designing and making this, makes me want to get back into my applique too.

Meredith said...

it is beautifull it really came together fast.

Ms. Jan said...

Your quilt demonstrates that there is nothing wrong with Grandma's way....it is so sweet and springy and lovely. Thanks for sharing it.

Sweet P said...

Truly an outstanding quilt. You are an extremely gifted quilter.

Linda said...

Oh, Lucy, your applique quilt is beautiful!! I have seen many Baltimore Album quilts (in person, in the museums, I live near Baltimore:) -- you are right, they often quilted right through the applique. Usually they have cut out the fabric from behind the applique to make only two layers to have to quilt through. Did you leave the white behind the flowers?

:) Linda

Linda said...

Oh, Lucy, your applique quilt is beautiful!! I have seen many Baltimore Album quilts (in person, in the museums, I live near Baltimore:) -- you are right, they often quilted right through the applique. Usually they have cut out the fabric from behind the applique to make only two layers to have to quilt through. Did you leave the white behind the flowers?

:) Linda

Caron Mosey, Realtor said...

Lucy, I LOVE your quilt! Gwen would be so proud.

Caron Mosey
Michigan

Hanne said...

I am taking a bow here - your quilt is so fresh and nice. I love the different borders too. You make me want to try too :-)

Happy Valley Quilter said...

So lovely,Lucy! Like a breath of fresh air!!!
Kairle

Karen said...

Oh it's so beautiful, Lucy. Love the In Progress photos. Heavenly quilt.

YankeeQuilter said...

I really love your block. You are right very Lucy!

Judy said...

It wonderful Lucy!! Question is you mind. What do you use to mark your quilting lines on your fabric? It looks like you just ran a needle or wheel or something over the fabric to make a mark. Can you share the tool?

Jeanne said...

Lucy, your quilt is lovely. It was fun watching it grow in the pictures.

Alena said...

Lucy,
your quilt is a beauty!!! I admire your hand quilting - as usual :o) -and I actually like the way you avoided the applique and left it unquilted...
have a nice weekend :o)

Libby said...

Oh Lucy, your quilt is just wonderful. I once got to see Gwen Marston speak on applique done in the past. You capture her work just right.

Lynn Dykstra said...

I think you set a record with the number of comments on this quilt!
It is wonderful--you truly caught the essence of this type of quilt.

gwen said...

I had to comment on this beautiful quilt as well. It seems I have to buy yet another book by Gwen Marston. I am not a great fan of appliqué but your quilt could change my mind! The setting, the colours, the quilting, everything is to my taste. Thanks for sharing.

Lily said...

Gorgeous work Lucy - found your blog via Judy's (Quilting with Ragdolls). Very impressive stuff!

Sandra said...

Wow Lucy!!! I love the red and green quilts of the 1800's and you have certainly done them justice. I think you are just going to have to put together a book of "Lucy's Designs". You do such beautiful work :-) I agree with you, sometimes the simplest tools are all we need to create something so beautiful.

VERO said...

Hola Lucy !! Very beautiful your aplique and design . A hug from Chile , Vero

Tazzie said...

Just gorgeous Lucy, the colours are just lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing you progress with your new applique project too!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)