Friday, June 12, 2015

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (mini quilt)

"She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" mini quilt, measures about 17" x 21"

I made this quilt for Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl for a private swap.  I started with a different plan that included some dresden wedges, but ended up feeling uninspired by them.  I decided it wasn't worth forcing, and went back to the drawing board.  I came up with idea of a flower losing petals in the quiet moments before sleep.

Quilting detail.

I've been really itching to use some Alison Glass Handcrafted for a while now, and felt this burgundy with yellow and orange bits made for a nice flower. I chose the Tula Pink Pixeldot in Coral for the center since the colors were a pretty good match and the hexagons seemed like a good fit for the center of a flower.

Flower center detail--I love this quilted hexagon texture!

The background fabric is Kona Ash and the binding is Kona Charcoal.

Quilting detail.

The backing is some shot-cotton that was given to me, so I'm afraid I don't know anything about it.

Quilt back.

This type of quilting is probably my favorite, at least on small pieces like this.  I get to experiment with new designs and different ways of combining them.  Sometimes the results are not at all what I expected, and that is fun too.

Quilt back, quilting detail.

For this quilt my newest interest was incorporating little orange peels in, I love the new texture they added!

Quilt back, quilting detail.

I used Quilter's Dream Orient (bamboo-silk-cotton blend) batting, and added a wool batting layer under the flower and falling petals for extra loft.

Flower and petals have two layers of batting.

Despite the dense quilting, the quilt remained soft and pliable.  I will definitely be using this batting again.

Showing how nice the drape is for this heavily quilted mini using Quilter's Dream Orient batting.

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not mini quilt.

I quilted it using mostly Aurifil #2600 (dove) for the background, but also used some #2311 for the center of the flower, #2545 for the flower petals, and a little bit of variegated #3817 for the petal flight paths:

Quilting detail using variegated thread.

I used Aurifil #2600 in the bobbin too so there would be a nice contrast with the blue backing:

Quilt back, quilting detail.  This one wasn't picked off, it's escaping, it's flying away!

You can go see the wonderful quilt Yvonne made for me over on her blog!

Quilt label.

30 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Renee! I love the design with the petals coming off the dresden flower and the quilting is fantastic.

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  2. Just really lovely--great idea, beautiful quilting.

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  3. That is crazy beautiful! Lucky Yvonne :)

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  4. What a beautiful design, and your quilting makes it sing.

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  5. Love this mini. The design with the petals falling is great and your quilting is fantastic. The quilted hexagon look in the centre of the flower really makes it pop and the background quilting is amazing. I'm sure Yvonne is very happy.

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  6. WOW!! That is awesome, Renee!! The quilting is over the top cool!! Major lucky Yvonne!! How small are those hexies??? They are awesome! Beautifully done! :)

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  7. Wow, those hexies! That must have taken a lot of patience! Great idea to have the petals falling down. Ingenious. You go. :)

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  8. Gorgeous mini! I made a Dresden with this same concept before but you execution is much better and your quilting is just awesome. Love the texture on the flower's center! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  9. Gorgeous mini! I made a Dresden with this same concept before but you execution is much better and your quilting is just awesome. Love the texture on the flower's center! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  10. Gorgeous mini! I made a Dresden with this same concept before but you execution is much better and your quilting is just awesome. Love the texture on the flower's center! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  11. Awesome! I love the Tula fabric you used, and how you quilted around it. It makes it look like itty bitty EPP hexagons. That Alison Glass fabric is beautiful too. Super fantastic background quilting and great concept!

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  12. Oh my, this is just incredible quilting. I love everything about this quilt. I am sure your swap partner is most impressed and happy with it too. x

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  13. This is quite extraordinary!

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  14. Amazing quilting! Love the idea and the outcome!!! Great pattern!!!

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  15. This is gorgeous, everything about it is gorgeous. Great quilt.

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  16. Yvonne must be over the moon about this quilt! LOL
    Your quilting is exquisite Renee! Thank you for the tip about using Quilter's Dream Orient! I am going to order some for sure.

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  17. Your quilting if amazing, Renee! Seriously WOW! Love that hexagon detail. Just wow!

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  18. Such a stunning quilt and such a clever idea. I love your attention to detail with the quilting, it makes the piece all the more special.

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  19. Lovely, lovely, lovely! The concept, the quilting, the colors are all just exceptional. I think the colored thread following the path of the falling petal is inspired. It's like the tiny life force of the little petal was being softly exhaled as it dropped slowly from the dying flower. Beautiful, artsy stuff there! I love it!
    Beth

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  20. Once again, you hit it out of the park! This is stunning and I am just positive that Yvonne LOVES it!

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  21. Lovely design and fabulous quilting! Love all the little details!

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  22. I particularly like how you have quilted around the tiny hexagons in the centre of the flower. It makes that area look like the pollen-filled centres of some types of daisies.

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  23. This is really amazing. The concept is very clever and from a distance it is very striking, then close up - wow!! That quilting is just so beautiful.

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  24. This is simply stunning, I love it! The design and the quilting are just perfect!

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  25. This is just beautiful - love those falling dresden petals. Another lucky recipient :)

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