I've now been quilting for three and a half years. This blog is my personal quilting diary, that charts my progress (and occasional regression) from the start. I use it so I can look back at my past projects...and hopefully see my skills improve!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Lush and Verdant

Not much progress to report this week.  I was inspired by the ferns in my front garden to draw some ferns unfurling and then to attempt to FMQ them.  I used a fat quarter yard of Kaffe Fassett shot cotton and Isacord thread.  I used a dark green thread for the ferns and regretted it.  The thread looks black, rather than green against the shot cotton.  I used Patsy Thompson's method for doing trapunto for the first time.  It does make the ferns pop.  I intended to leave the piece with just the thread  - like a wholecloth, but to my eyes, it looked pretty dull, so I used my Inktense pencils lightly to add a little dimension.  I think the piece would have looked better with some hand dyed backing...maybe next time.  I get frustrated with myself at times, but I learn from each and every mistake. :)

A fern in my front garden


  1. May be the peace will be the next time even more beautiful, may be. But I like it the way it is: a beauty. I love your quilting and I love the colors.

  2. Those ferms are really popping out of the background - I love them! Don't get too frustrated with yourself - it's a waste of energy! Take what you love about these and then move forward.
    How are you going to use them? They'd make a great folder or book cover, or even a cushion cover.

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I am not sure what I will do with the piece. I might just bind it and hang it on my workroom wall!

  3. I am not a FMQ expert, but to me this looks stunning. Very nice interpretation of your ferm.

    1. Thank you, Sylvia. It was fun to do!

  4. Sometimes it is difficult that your hands do not create what your head has in mind. It is your expectation of what it should like, but we do not have that 'picture' in our minds when we look at your work. It is very pretty!
    The other day I was having a good clear out of my craft room and came across a fern pattern. The bright green colours made me decide to keep it.
    It is always fun to experience and see what the results are. Next time you will bump into another issue, that's what it is being creative.
    How are you going to use it?
    I am a new follower on your blog, found you through the pictures on the Quiltmania mystery quilt.