Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tulip Farm


Here's my Tulip Farm top sans borders. It all fit together, amazingly enough.

The picture's dark as usual because it was late this afternoon when I took it, and I have it pinned to another quilt that is hanging on the wall, without benefit of light batting behind it!

I do like this quilt; I really like hand appliqueing folk art type blocks. I've tried my hand at Baltimore Album, and although I love the looks of them, it's not "my" thing -- I prefer the folk art, primitive type stuff. I'm hoping to finish this quilt this year. The top just needs a narrow inner border and the outer border is pieced with a few of the "pumpkin seed" blocks interspersed -- I have them done, just need to pull some fabrics to add to them.

The past week or so I've been working on a couple of baby quilts. I have one finished and the second one is in the process of being quilted. I ran out of the variegated thread I was using to quilt the first one, so had to order more -- which came yesterday, so finished the first today and started quilting the second. I'll get pictures when they're both done. These quilts are for my grandson's babysitter, who is due any day, and for a silent auction for a benefit for a very special baby girl (the grandniece of my best friend).

Every quilt I quilt from here on out is practice to improve my machine quilting. It's coming along well I think -- just need lots of practice to keep the stitches more uniform in size -- no more toe grabbers and I've finally learned to let the machine make the stitches, instead of me trying to man-handle it, so I am making progress. vbg

12 comments :

Dee said...

When you find something you're good at stick to it....you are very good at the folk art style. This is a really great quilt. Thanks for sharing it.

Patti said...

Joanne, your Tulip Farm is so pretty. Don't you just love every single thing those Blackbird ladies do? You are like me - I adore the folk art style and love hand applique. This one is on my very long list of quilts that I plan to do one of these days.

cher said...

it takes lots of quilt practicing to feel comfortable with machine quilting- good for you!

Finn said...

Hi Joanne, long time no see..boy, we have been busy, haven't we?? The tulip farm is looking great!! I do love your applique..*VBS*
Good job on keeping the practice going and not fighting the machine for control..Hugs, Finn

Sandra said...

I love your Tulip Farm quilt - would look just right on my bed LOL.

Laurie said...

Joanne,
Your Tulip Farm is amazing! And isn't it fun when something like that fits together???!!! ;o) I'm always a happier quilter when it works that way!!!
Hugs
Laurie

Jeanne said...
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Jeanne said...

Hi Joanne!
Your Tulip Farm is wonderful!
Mine is on hold this week :)

Dawn said...

Oh you know how much I love that quilt! It looks marvelous! I love it!

Dona said...

Joanne, I absolutely love the Tulip Farm. I'm going to have to give folk art applique a go. You do such marvelous work!!!!!

Linda_J said...

well done, Joanne! The folk-y applique looks wonderful. Baltimore style is nice too but much more formal looking, don't you think? I may be asking you where to find some bumble bee patterns later when I do the applique round for a round robin I am doing locally. The maker already told me a honey bee theme needs bees, LOL.

Kay said...

A great quilt! I love the huge tulip towering over the house!