I am participating in a blog hop hosted by http://www.seamstobesew.com/
where we each design a row depicting where we live and then make the pattern for the row and the best part is - you get it the patttern for free! And what's even better than a free pattern? 40 free patterns! Each of the 40 bloggers thru the month is giving her pattern away free ! Yes - FREE!
and what's more is each blog has a giveaway!
I have a Calibre Art Cutting Mat (12"x18")
You do need an embroidery machine to use the CD however but if you are lucky enough to have one then this is the giveaway for you :-)
Just enter using Rafflecopter at the end of this post and then visit the other bloggers to enter even more giveaways. After you enter my giveaway go to visit the other 3 bloggers who share my day.
Quilt Fabrication from Silicon Valley CA
So on to my row
Vermont Seasons - 42"x12"
fusible raw edge applique / free motion quilting
I live in Vermont and one of the best things about living here is the changing of the seasons and the fact they are so different so I wanted my row to focus on that. So basically I just took one simple landscape pattern and used different fabrics to show the season and connecting them with the trees.
|SUMMER - lush green colors - trees full of leaves|
|FALL - bright vibrant reds, oranges - trees full|
|WINTER - cold white and blue - bare tree limbs|
|SPRING - fresh light greens with tree foliage just starting|
I could also see these being made as 4 seperate mini quilts to hang on the wall and be changed out for each season. You could finish each one by binding them using the easy triangle hanging method or do a facing - OR mount them on a stretched canvas using velcro on the back to make it easy to switch up every season. click on the links to bring you to a free turorial on each method.
This project is mostly raw edge or fusible applique. After fusing all the different elements in place you layer the backing and batting like anyother quilt and you applique everything down simply by your quilting process. That means lots of free motion quilting! Don't be scared of it! If you have never FMQ'ed then now is the time to learn. With this type of applique you are basically just going around each motif to hold in place. See the lines on the snow in winter? Just lines - you can do this!
You might want to try doing just one scene making a mini quilt to start. You have nothing to loose but some time and a small amount of fabric. Your quilting world will never be the same once you have learned to free motion quilt - all it takes is practice.
The pattern is available in my Craftsy shop - here.
now back to the giveaway