Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bright and Warm



Cosmos




Whether later afternoon or early morning, we are surrounded by warm bright colours as autumn slowly enters our days.




Somewhere in between these two ends of my days I've been enjoying a few minutes here and there of another brightness. I have just finished hand quilting little crosses on the large middle panel of my Sunlit Treasure quilt.




Here is the quilt top during basting some weeks ago. See those large white setting triangles? I'm trying to work out how to quilt these. The idea of machine stippling the entire cherry/white corner triangles is one option. Another option is some hand quilting - but what design to try?




I'm not quite sure - what do you think?


UPDATE 27th March: 

Thank you for making suggestions. After trialling a little hand quilting I decided an open stipple would work best. It provides strength and stability, especially considering these setting triangles form the corners of the quilt. The open stippling also gives a smooth, understated finish, not detracting from the feature central panel of flying geese, while providing a little contrast.







It's been well over 12 months since I attempted stippling, a little more practice won't go astray. I have completed one corner. The border of flying geese will be hand quilting just as the centre panel is.


NB "North by North East" quilt design by Sarah Fielke as found in her book Quilting From The Little Things.


Sharing at WIP Wednesday.



44 comments:

eileeninmd said...

The Cosmos is beautiful, love the color. And Your quilt is lovely. I wish I was so talented. Have a happy day!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Wow - what a beautiful quilt. I don't know very much about quilt designs, but know that my breath is taken away by hand quilted quilts - I guess I'm just impressed by the personal nature of hand work. The flowers are beautiful. As you head into Fall, we're so looking forward to seeing flowers again!

flowersandhome said...

Your quilt is just fantastic! I'm curious to know how you will quilt that white triangle. I'm sorry I can't give you any ideas. You're far more of a quilt connoisseur than I am.
Lovely cosmos flower and the cutest toadstool! Enjoy autumn, such a colourful season!
Bye,
Marian

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh I love this quilt! I definitely go for hand quilting but that's as far as my ideas go tonight!

Giga said...

Kwiatek piękny, słoneczny. Krople wody przy grzybku cudownie wyglądają. W kołdrze nie doradze, bo nie szyłam takiej. Pozdrawiam cieplutko.
Flower beautiful, sunny. Drops of water on the valve plug looks wonderful. The quilt does not advise, because I do not I sewed this. Regards warm.

Lisa Gordon said...

Karen, this quilt is absolutely gorgeous, and I am so in awe of all of the work that must have gone into making it. Quilting is something I have not ever tried, but am so tempted to do so. Really, really amazing work.

Have a wonderful day!

Rena said...

I think the quilt is absolutely beautiful-especially from a distance as you see the design as a whole. Great job!
And I love the little mushroom photo with the teeny balls of dew(rain?)in the grass. Adorable!

LynCC said...

How fancy are you wanting to go with the quilting? The white triangles offer optimal ground for a nice stencil-type design, maybe one with cherries in it somehow? But if you want to stay with a simpler, streamlined effect, you could quilt the zig-zag pattern of the inner field's seam lines radiating outward to the flying geese border.

Kukkaiselämää - My flowering life said...

Your quilt is stunning! You're very talented, Karen! Have a great Thursday.

MaryL said...

Wow!!! That quilt is stunning!! I know nothing about quilting so can't offer suggestions...but I know 'Fantastic' when I see it!! :)

Cinzia said...

Quilt and photos ARE WONDERFUL!!!!
Cinzia

geanina said...

beautiful photos!
:)

Rosemary said...

I am loving your apricot-coloured cosmos!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I must say - that mushroom pic is absolutely fantastic!

Elise Lea said...

I love all the picture you post. You have such an eye for nature and you quilt is absolutely stunning.

As for the quilting of the rest of it I have found recently that I like the look of combining machine and hand quilting, not to mention the benefit of added sturdiness to a quilt. I think whatever method you decide to use, keep the stitching open and airy. Stippling can be beautiful, but sometimes can be very dense. I love the way the white and cherry large spaces contrast the dense middle and border, and I wouldn't want you to lose that quality.

Fun60 said...

I wouldn't know where to start with that magnificent quilt.

Debbie said...

The quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! I have no advice to offer, I know nothing about quilting!! As you welcome fall, we are "not so patiently" waiting for spring!! Your blooms are beautiful!!

Nina Bille said...

Hi Karen, your quilt is very beautiful! Such a huge puzzle to sew it all together ... As you hear, I haven't tried to quilt, but one day I'd like to try!

Kovács Miklós said...

First of all the cosmos is a really great shot. I very liked those dynamic colours and blurred background. The quilt is very spectacular but I am not able to help you because I am a man :)
Greetings.

Dianne said...

Your capture of the Cosmos is stunning .... colour magical and clarity perfect. Brava!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

ohh... i love the warm colors of autumn! and your quilt is looking so great!! :)

Seeing Each Day said...

Such a vibrant photo of your orange flower. I love catching glimpses of your quilt - while they're different photos they still evoke the same emotion - it's so completely bright and happy and colourful and just a general shine and burst.

sharon said...

I think it is very interesting colorful and modern!

Linda R said...

Love the warmth and your flower shot. So pretty.. And Your quilt looks amazing. I Love the wonderful colors.

Hugs~

pattisjarrett said...

Have I told you yet today how pretty your quilt is? It will be interesting to see how you finish the large blocks.

Georgianna said...

I honestly don't know much about quilting so can't offer any suggestions but oh, my, that is one of the most beautiful quilts! I love the pinks with the greens – so full of life. I really admire such a creation and appreciate you sharing it!

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

G

Emreen said...

Love the cosmos flower and the mushroom.....

Carole M. said...

the cosmos capture is superb; I love it with the dark background and the wonderful colour in the flower. Your quilt fabrics look fantastic; doesn't colour just lift our hearts?

Cathy said...

Your quilt is stunning, and beautiful, and amazing! Such little pieces...

Personally I would hand quilt something in those white triangles, pulling out a color you would like to bring out in the quilt.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Wow!!! What a stunning quilt!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Wow, what a beautiful quilt! It's going to make a whole room look bright and sunny :)

Little Island Quilting said...

Such a pretty quilt. I have that book and am tempted to make it now !

Sue C said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. So fresh and bubbly. Well done.

newsurfiegirl said...

What a beautiful quilt! The colours are so beautiful.

Zafeiro Vaxevanidou said...

OMG! What a fantastic quilt! Your photos are incredibly shiny, and present beautifully this great pattern. It is already in my to do list...

Sara said...

Gorgeous colors and the white compliments it all beautifully:)

Cathy said...

You made a good choice. I was thinking a design something like that...it could be done by hand too... and I like your white quilting, so as not to distract as your said.

Linh said...

It's absolutely beautiful especially on how it lays on the bed. Good job

Namas te said...

Beautiful, and so much work!!! :)

Sewing Mom said...

Wow, that is truly beautiful!

Renee said...

Gorgeous quilt, the colors are so vibrant!

Krysta said...

Beautiful!

Esther said...

Fabulous is the only thing I can say at the moment!
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Kerrie Porter said...

I am in love with this quilt design! Amazing ;0)

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