Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ignore the color

Please ignore the overriding yellow tint to these photo's. I took them in the basement this morning and decided to post them because:
1) I am too lazy to bring the piece up and photograph it upstairs and
2) once you see the final quilt you'll be so happy at the colors and surprised because right now you're saying "what is she thinking - those colors are awful - poor Mim has lost it"

Anyway, I bought a book this past week with contempory baby quilts and it was like a door opened in my mind. (I'll post the book when I finish the quilt - have to give the proper credit.) Anyway, since them I have drawn designs for 5 quilts, and am working on number 1 - House on the Hill. All Applique work - which I have never done and is filled with fiddly bits falling here and there. But fun and colorful and SO different from piecework.

You can't see that the birds have legs and beaks, and the chimney will have embroidered smoke coming out. A few other little touches, including an awesome border and it'll be done.

Note the underground snake - my favorite.

The amazing thing about this type of applique work is that I can use tiny bits of fabric - not much goes to waste. Another opportunity to NOT throw anything away - oh joy.

Better stop admiring my own work now and get dressed and go off to the "real" job!!! The one that still pays the bills.

Have a lovely Tuesday.


sukipoet said...

a wonderful quilt. i like the way you say the new book opened a door in your mind. i love it when that happens. have fun doing all these quilts you have been inspired to design. !!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A beautiful quilt.I love the vibrant colors. I have always wanted to try applique but all those little pieces scare me. Are you doing it on a sewing machine?

Teri C said...

Oh this is fun! The door is opening Mim!!

studio lolo said...


Don't you love it when inspiration bites you in the arse?


Robin said...

Mim, a wonderful quilt! I am "sew" impressed! The colours are actually great - full of vibrancy and joy! (And yes, I ♥♥♥ the Snake!!!!!)

Brava to you!


♥ Robin ♥

Lynn said...

Very sweet work...I can see you really taking off here, like those birds in the sky...I can see you taking bits of a pattern and working your own "picture" in your own style and way. Perhaps that is what you have already done here. Great work, can't wait to see the true colors too.
My word is "joyach" sounds like Yiddish joy! LOL

Baino said...

Wow wish inspiration would bite me anywhere frankly. Gorgeous. I love the yellow too. Haha I thought your birds were little ghosts! GAH!

soulbrush said...

i wuv the colours and i for one will be buying your baby quilts when you open your new business (fingers crossed) xxx

Snowbrush said...

I think it's adorable.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

This is great. I bet these would sell very well.

PAK ART said...

I love art quilts. This looks so cheery and fun. I can see one in the future with all sorts of underwater creatures both real and imagined.

Lori ann said...

How beautiful! what a gorgeous quilt mim. i am so impressed and inspired, that is a lot of work. i haven't done applique in many years. i can't wait to see the book.
have a great week ahead!

p.s. word veri : hoory (hurray!)

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Looks like Spring into Summer, the birds on the wing and a cute house!