I do what I can.
Realizing that some of you are likely already sick of the quilt I am entering, I promise that if you can just keep reading past my official entry (italicized and in blue so that those of you who might like to skip my diatribe of how much I love this new design can do so easily and be on to bigger (and brighter! So much brighter! /shameless tease) things.
Official Entry: "Ka-Bloom!", designed and quilted by me using Sue Pelland's Leaves Galore templates.
Entry Category: Favorite applique quilts, and crossing fingers that a machine applique and pieced quilt counts. If not, like I said, this isn't about the prizes for me anyway.
Entry Category I am so excited to see as a lover of block swaps but am not entering this year because I want to bore you all with this one AGAIN: Favorite group quilt
Entry Details: Several years ago I took a class with Sue Pelland, who is not only fairly local to my guild but is also just about the nicest person in the entire world. While that may be neither here nor there when it comes to her teaching skills (which happen to be awesome), it made her class a sheer delight from start to finish. Knowing I was a quilt designer, Sue let me know that I was more than welcome to design using her Leaves Galore tm templates and to be sure to show her the results when I did.
Three years later, I finally got out my templates one day and started playing with them, along with some fabrics I had fallen in love with at Art Gallery's booth at Sample Spree, back one time when I actually did get to go to Market (pause for dramatic pity party effect). It takes very little for me to fall in love with Art Gallery stuff, if we are being totally honest, but aren't they yummy?
If I were into naming designs for colors, which after one or two forays into that arena I know not to make that mistake again, I might have called it "Summer Sorbet." Instead, while on a bike ride one evening, which should be noted is an excellent time for a mom of three to actually take a moment and think, I started mulling over names for this new design. The thought process started with flowers (too common), went to fireworks (too dangerously close to holiday specific) and ended with a combination of both - "Ka-Bloom!" Exclamation point included for added intensity of course.
|Ka-Bloom! by Carrie Hansen|
Okay, so to those of you who skipped the details of my entry, welcome back!
Yesterday I attended my guild's monthly Open Sew event, where instead of finishing my daughter's Halloween costume I decided to start two new projects. Because one can never have too many UFOs, you know. However, there was a method to my madness, as I wanted a new fall tablerunner for my dining room, and decided to use this pattern to create one. Plus I really wanted to use some of my batiks as I thought this pattern would look pretty amazing in them.
Like most quilt designers, I love when quilters take my ideas and give them a little spin, and I figure I am allowed to spin my own design by making this quilt a fun new shape. So I give you the "Ka-Bloom!" tablerunner.
|I give it to you lying on my front lawn.|
|I give it to you lying on my front steps because it was so blendy with my mums and pumpkins.|
|I give you a close up of the machine applique. I used the smocking stitch and thought it looked pretty cool.|
|I give it to you where it will eventually lie, on the dining room table.|
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to see you back again soon!