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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Watercolored Quilt Finished.


Here's a quilt that I started in 
January of 2017

*******So Today *******
I'm celebrating finally getting it done :)
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The reason it sat in a drawer for so long
is because I was trying to find more
of this blue floral print for the boarder.
Then I finally decided to use polka dot instead,
and get it done :)


This is the label before stitching it on.


 After I purchased my fabric paints
I made this little chart.
It serves as a great reference.


First I drew my designs onto white paper. 
Then put them on my light box and
penciled them onto my white fabric.
Next I took them to the sewing machine and 
used black thread to free motion 
them onto the fabric before painting.
Then I free motion quilted each block.

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 Playing with the paint first
helped me to figure out how to make
them look like watercolors :) 


 This is one that I ended up not using.
I'm sure it will end up as a pillow
someday or a piece in a scrappy quilt.


 I thought you might like to see some of
the blocks up close. 







******* That's it!*******

 I hope you enjoyed your visit.
and that you'll leave a comment,
so I know you were here :)

Keep Smiling!

*******
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)






 

65 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Connie! I think this is my favorite quilt that I have seen on your blog. It looks so happy! I can’t think of any other word to describe it. You are so talented. The attention to detail amazes me. I can’t even imagine the work and time that went into it.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. This quilt was pure fun . . . so many different elements went into making it that the process was far from boring. Your comment warmed my heart this morning . . . wishing you a happy day:)

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  2. Connie, this is beautiful! The colors are so soft and gentle! You have a great talent for this.

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    1. Thank you . . . it started off as an experiment, I have never done anything like it before :)

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  3. Connie, you are so talented. The quilt is beautiful.

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  4. Your quilt is beautiful Connie! I LoVe the soft muted effect of the watercolours. You are So clever my friend. Just gorgeous & I love every single block ... even the one you didn't use!~!

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    1. I think that I should use that little rainy day girl in a sofa pillow or one to throw on the bed next Spring. I'll do something with it. I am delighted that you like this quilt . . . it certainly took me long enough to finish it.

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  5. So beautiful! You are very talented.

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    1. You are so sweet to say that, thank you :)

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  6. Hi Connie, Beautiful quilt. Is there no end to your many talents? Nancy

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    1. I hope not . . . trying new things is one of the ways to keep life interesting :)

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  7. Another awesome quilt! I like the polka dot fabric a lot.
    You are one talented lady!!!

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    1. You are so sweet to say that, thank you :)

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  8. Wow! I have never seen watercolors on fabric, and never seen a quilt like this. It is so pretty and so unique. Love your talent!

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    1. Hi Mari, this is a quilt that I have been thinking about putting in the county fair next summer . . . then I get afraid to have any expert quilters look too closely at my work. Sometimes it's maybe better to not know what they may say :)

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  9. Connie, you did such a beautiful job on that quilt!
    I've never seen a watercolor quilt before...very unique and beautiful.
    Sending congrats on a job well done!

    Smiles :)
    ~K.

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  10. What a beautiful quilt, Connie! I love all the watercolour style painted squares in different subjects. I especially love the two birds and the flowers on the middle left, but it's all lovely! Well done, indeed! Where will you use it, or is it for a gift?

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    1. Hi Sandra, I haven't decided what I'll do with it, but I have been thinking about putting it in the county fair. Then again, I don't know if I can take having someone judge my work. Sometimes it's better to not be judged and just enjoy it for what it is.

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  11. Such a beautiful quilt! I love the water coloring. And the designs are so sweet.

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    1. Thank you Linda, and you are so sweet to leave me these encouraging words. They do help me to press on and try new things.

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  12. Very artistic and clever Connie- well done indeed. Cheers. KEV.

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  13. I remember you showing us a watercolor block way back and I wanted to give that a try and never got around to doing it. This is another amazing quilt. You are so good at this.

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    1. Thank you Ann . . . it warms my heart knowing that so many of my blogging sisters like this quilt. It was an experiment that went the right way . . . not all of them do, LOL.

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  14. Connie you have excelled yourself with this one, stunning. I have some fabric paint and white fabric that I might have a go myself. You are an inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, while I was experimenting with the paints on the fabric I figured out that if I got the fabric sightly damp the paints blurred out and had more of a watercolor effect, otherwise they just looked painted. Just a tip for you to try.

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  15. I love everything you make but I have to say...this may be my favorite! I choose JOY settled it for me! A work of art my friend! WOW!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, comments like this keep me going forward with all my crazy ideas. I wasn't sure of this one when I started out, but it turned into an interesting project and fun, too :) I am delighted that you like it:)

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  16. Oh, how perfect! What a work of art!

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  17. So beautiful! What a keepsake quilt!

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  18. So clever of you. It looks lovely.

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  19. I'm so impressed!!! This is a beautiful quilt, Connie! It inspires me! I need to try this someday!

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    1. If you do, please let me know, I want to see your work :) It's always fun to try new things . . . keeps life interesting :)

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  20. Golly Gee, this is so nice! I am still looking at every photo trying to find just the right words to express how much I love this quilt. I have just recently bought a free motion embroidery foot for my Bernina and have been playing around with it, which is so fun. You have definitely found your artistic niche with this quilt which combines so many of your wonderful talents!

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    1. You are so sweet . . . and I am truly delighted that you like this quilt so much. You are going to have so much fun with your free motion foot. It creates room for your imagination to do so much. The first thing that I did with mine was I had a large rubber stamp of a vintage sewing machine. I stamped it on fabric and then free motioned over it to cover all the ink. After doing that I could see the possibilities and how easy it was to turn and curve around and do most anything you want with your stitches. I used that little project to make a bag to collect thread scraps before they went on the floor of my Art Barn :)

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  21. You are amazing Connie! How many times have I said that. :) Your quilt is beautiful. I was thinking how fun it would be to look at all your quilts in person. There must a stack of them to open and spread on the bed to admire.

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    1. You are so sweet . I do have many but I've also given many of them away. I learn something with each and every quilt that I work on . . . I guess I'm a learn as I go kind of girl. Your compliments are very heart warming and encouraging to me, thank you :)

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  22. How wonderful you are very talented indeed!

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    1. Thank you so much . . . this started out as an experiment, I had never painted with fabric paint before. I just get a kick out of trying new things . . . sometimes you win and sometimes you don't, but if you never try anything new, you miss out on a lot of fun :)

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  23. WOW! This is awesome! I have never seen a water color quilt before. This is beautiful!
    You are so talented.
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa, thank you so much . . . I had never tried anything like this before, but wanted to get my hands on trying something new. Girls just want to have fun, LOL.

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  24. Such a beautiful quilt. You are so talented!!!!

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  25. Wow! I have never seen a quilt like this, with watercolor blocks. It's so beautiful. Will this be used in your house somewhere or given as a gift?

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    1. At the moment I have no idea what I'll do with it, it was just fun to make. So for now it will go on the stack in my Art Barn or house. Someday it will be in the perfect place . . . time will tell :) I'm delight that you like it so much, that means a lot to me .

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  26. Oh Connie, I bet you were thrilled to finish this beauty, you did a fantastic job with the painting and stitching of the blocks, Beautifully done!

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    1. Thank you so much . . . and yes I am very happy to have it done and be moving on to the next project :)

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  27. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit Connie! YOU are so talented in so many ways! Your watercolors are beautiful. I was wondering how you "drew" them and then I see that you actually stitched them in black! Wow.... I'm so impressed. Each block is such a little work of art and they turned into a wonderful, warm quilt. I'm amazed at all you do! I've been wanting to try watercoloring on paper.. but now I want to try it on fabric... I love how it looks muted and the colors kind of have a glow to them. Thanks for the tip on wetting the fabric a little bit.. that's what they say to do on watercolor paper. I bet there are lots of ladies out there trying this! I think I may too. I always say that.. you always inspire me! Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn, that's what blogging is all about . . . inspiring one another, sharing ideas, and being there to encourage and build up one another. You, sweet friend have encouraged me to go deeper into my love of working with fabric and wood. You are always there to build me up and I truly appreciate your blogging friendship. At my age I need to do all that I can, while I still can :)

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  28. This is such a beautiful quilt Connie, I love how you've made it.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hello Jan, it is so nice to see you here again and thank you so much :)

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  29. Oh, I am in love with your beautiful quilt, Connie. Love, love, LOVE all the whimsy that is found within it. Your gorgeous stitched drawings are delightful and as for the polka dot border....just perfect! Your fabulous quilt has certainly put a smile in my day...thank you.

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    1. I did it on a whim just to experiment with the fabric paints and my free motion skills on the sewing machine. Thank you for your very sweet comment.

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  30. What lovely work Connie and your quilt is beautiful. Very interesting seeing your process as well x

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    1. Thank you so much . . . this was new to me . . . I had just ordered fabric paints and wanted to see what I could do with them :)

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  31. Hello Connie, Is this for real!?? Wowzer this quilt is a masterpiece. The bird blocks are such a fav for me. I am not a quilter but have huge respect for all of you! Amazing amazing . . . Take care, karen o

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    1. You are so sweet and generous with your comment . . . it warms my heart. I ordered my fabric paints from Amazon and this quilt was me experimenting with them and with the darning foot on my sewing machine.

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  32. Thank u for yourvisit and kind comments...u certain have created a beautiful treasure of a quilt...BRAVA!

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