This quilt design has many hidden opportunities to show off your skill. Simple machine applique makes a scalloped background. There are bias tape branches to stitch. The leaves and blossoms are cut in class with a Silhouette Cameo and ready to machine stitch. Optional: look at the sample quilts and decide if you will bead your berries or birds. You may wish to make cherries and blossoms instead of blackberries.
Sometimes my quilt ideas evolve and include the latest amazing fabrics. The interesting fabrics used in these 2 quilts come from Northcott. Which colorway do you like best? My favorite is the one with the copper bowl. The deep orange to lemon yellow fabric is an ombre as well as the fabric that made all the leaves. Find the pattern here. The appliqué shapes including the doily were cut using my Silhouette CAMEO. The petals of the geraniums were sprayed withTerial Magic and dried over marbles to give them shape. I did all the quilting myself using my Bernina. Find the pattern for the Geraniums in Blue here:
Some quilts have a long and twisted story. This Lava Lamp quilt I completed yesterday on 6-24-14. It started over a year ago at Spring Market in Portland when Northcott Fabrics showed me their upcoming line of Shimmer Fabrics. The fabrics are a collection of colors with 9 shades per color way, all with gold or silver accents. I designed 2 quilt patterns. My pink and grey Lava Lamp design was made by Northcott people.
I completed the Gladiola quilt just in time for Fall Market in Houston.
After Market I began my own blue and green version of Lava Lamp and it hogged my design wall all winter and spring. The ovals are machine appliqued and all the other curves are pieced. The edges are faced to preserve the curves. Lin Squires quilted it with a modern design with circles and triangles. She used Superior thread in a gold color and it looks wonderful with the gold highlights in the fabric. What a joy it is to have it completed!