Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Scrappy Tulip Bed Quilt

After writing yesterday's Tuesday Archive post about Machine Applique, I was reminded of this quilt I made before I started blogging (Oct. 2012). This wonderful assortment of 56 scrappy tulips were inspired by Kim Schaefer's Flower Festival book (it includes 50 Applique Blocks to "grow your garden").I took her Tulip Lap Quilt pattern and grew it into this queen size quilt. After having been displayed in the local quilt store for a bit...

...it found it's way to my parent's geust room. My mom was so kind to actually text me most of these pictures yesterday and flattered me when she replied:
"I only let special guest actually use the quilt." LOL!! 

The Applique Process:

I really did have alot of fun creating these little appliqued flowers... 

...and watching them grow on my design wall.

I used a button stitch to machine applique each flower to it's neutral back.


Here's a few close-ups of my our favorite tulips:

We love our dogs!
We enjoy our wine.

Quilting Trick:

Here's a great way to "try out" some designs without having to use a seam ripper later! Save your dry cleaning plastic or use any other thin plastic and lay it over your quilt. Then, using a black sharpie, doodle your FMQ patterns.
 As you can see, we kept this quilting simple.

The Back:

And don't ya love when you have enough fabric leftover from another project to create a back...it's like the BEST freebie isn't it! I had enough scraps from the tulips and fabric from my Underground Railroad Quilt to create a scrappy back:

With a special label:
Thanks for the pictures mom and for taking such good care of this quilty hug!
With smiles!
Val:)

28 comments:

  1. It's a great quilt! I have that book too and have made a couple of things from it.

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  2. What a geat quilt! Love how you turned the tulips for the hang. And the back is as pretty as the front.

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  3. I love your tulip quilt but I think my favorite tulip is the one you made for the label. The scrappy tulip is charming and of course the sentiment can not be beat.

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  4. Your quilt is exquisite! You did such a beautiful job!

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  5. Val, you get so much done and your work is beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cindy N

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  6. This is cool. Tulips are my favourite flower, so a whole quilt of them seems just perfect to me.

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  7. Oh Val, this is an incredible quilt, I admire you! Cheers.

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  8. oh wow I love the tulip quilt very much-I may need to search out that pattern-just lovely

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  9. I just searched online and bought this book-I have not been inspired to make a quilt in awhile and I love this-thanks for sharing Val

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  10. Aside from making a beautiful quilt, it's especially nice when you are making it for someone special! And thanks for the tip on the Quilting Trial with the dry cleaning plastic. Now if I ever dry cleaned anything, I'd be set!

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  11. Oh Val! It is so beautiful! I can see why your Mom takes such good care of it!

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  12. Love the tulips! And it's an interesting project to make, both applique and pieced. I like that you used I Spy fabrics, too. Lots to look at. Thanks for the look/see.
    Hugs

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  13. I love this quilt and I can't decide whether I like it better hanging on the wall or on the bed!

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  14. I love the quilt! Your tip for free motion quilting is great too. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. When I saw it hanging on the wall I couldn't figure out why some of the tulips were sideways - then I saw it on the bed. Derrrr.

    I love the back, especially the label.

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  16. What a great job for your first no wonder you are quilting such marvellous things. I enjoy reading your blog. Barb

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  17. Such a pretty quilt! Love the unique fabrics you used for each flower. Great pictures!

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  18. Wow Val! That is a gorgeous quilt. I would love to have one for my bed during the spring. Such a great tip for auditioning the quilt pattern...very clever.

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  19. This is such a special quilt! Moms are great. I sure miss mine.

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  20. Amazing quilt and beautiful stitching . So difficult to work with such large quilts.

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  21. Love the flowers they are fantastic.

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  22. It's beautiful -- I can see why she only lets special guests use it! Loved seeing that dry-cleaning bag trick -- very clever!

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  23. What a fun share. This quilt is perfect in that room! I have a few older quilts I should do a record for, too.

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  24. Definitely only a quilt for display or special guests! It's stunning! Happy New Year :)

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  25. Val what an adorable quilt to go along with that sweetheart of a mom you have! Thanks for sharing both with us. Your mom is so lucky to have that sweet quilt - a treasure ❤ Happy New Year!

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  26. Amazing. The dog bits are hilarious. :)

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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