Come on in and join me in a rug cuttin happy dance! It's so exciting to finally have this finished. The idea for the quilt started well over a year ago. The tulips are from Lori Holt's book Quilty Fun. However I started this quilt before her book was published. She originally gave the pattern on her blog for free during a row along. So I saved it. Of course I bought her book anyway with the intentions of making one of her patterns. But you know me...I can't stick to a pattern. In the book it calls for one tulip as a block. Using 4 tulips and some math I came up with the Promenading Tulips block.
|(not my tree, its Charles front yard)|
When I get an idea for a quilt it's just that...an idea. The details are always changing and morphing. You can read more about how I came up with the different elements of this quilt here and here.
Planning the quilting is another hurdle. The same technique is used in this process which means I do the quilt stare and keep my eyes open when surfing the web. With the inner scalloped border I knew I wanted the quilting to be dense enough to make the 3D effect really stand up, but I didn't want a quilt that was a stiff as board with that quilted to death feel. Finding that balance somewhere in the middle. The decision was made to leave some "poofy" areas towards the center of the quilt.
Now I bet you all are wondering about this truck. Ain't she a beauty! There's a story behind her too. A few months ago I was on my way to momma's, of course I always take the long way, windy through the country roads and enjoying the scenery. My meandering takes me through a small town of Providence. It's one of those 4 way stop towns with a church and a few houses. Well I spot this truck (not for sale at the time), how could you not see the bright yellow paint and orange wheel rims. I told myself should I ever drive by and see the owner outside I'd stop and ask permission to use his truck as a quilt prop. Well low and behold about a month later Charles and his wife were standing there just waiting on me! I whipped my ole hunk of junk up in the drive and introduced myself. You never know if people are going to welcome you or not when it comes to country folk, some live out here because they don't like people. But Charles and his wife were the good kind of country folk, telling me to feel free to use the old truck whenever I wanted. They've recently put it up for sale, and I love to take it home but....all I can do is wish and dream. Thanks Charles for letting me drool all over your girl!
Okay let's get back to the quilt.
You've gotta have crosshatching and feathers in every quilt, right? I love the traditional look from the simple crosshatched blocks. The yo-yo placement was marked with blue water soluble pen before quilting. After the quilt was quilted the yo-yo's were stitched in place with a few tack stitches. I wanted to the the 3D effect on those also.
The backing is vintage baby prints from my stash. Might as well make the whole quilt scrappy!
Thanks for stopping by and dancing with me today!
~ Lea Anne ~
today's freebie from Lori Holt of Beeinmybonnet