Saturday, December 08, 2007

Brenda's Palm Tree Quilt

Brenda's friend loves palm trees. Brenda made a quilt in a mystery class held at our local quilt shop, the Crazy 9 Patch. It was done in pale greens and teals with a beautiful blue green back. She wanted me to quilt palm trees on the quilt. I practiced drawing several trunks before I drew one that I liked. Then I was able to quilt it freemotion and filled in the palm fronds. The blocks were big - 16 inches and I was afraid that the blank space beside the trunks would puff out. I asked for help on the MQ Resource quilting forum and got some helpful advice. I quilted in a "tropical breeze" beside the trunks that will do the trick to keep the blocks from puffing up.
I used Signature cotton Seafoam thread on the top and PermaCore BlueJay in the bobbin with Warm and White cotton batting. I used Signature Parchment and Superior MonoPoly (in the bobbin) for the tropical breeze so it would blend.

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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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