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« on: March 22, 2008 02:01:24 PM »

A few days ago I dyed a piece of silk, and when it dried, I realized that it would go perfectly in my bedroom.  So even though I have a stack of unfinished quilts I need to get working on I immediately took my nice piece of silk and started cutting it up into random squarish pieces.  I was going to make perfect squares, but silk is squirrelly and likes to shimmy on the cutting mat, so I just kind of went with whatever it wanted to do.

After I had my stack of squares, I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with them.  I got a larger piece of fabric ready (about 22" x 48") and sewed my first square on, but then I was all... wait a minute.  Do I know what I'm doing?  And the answer was no.  I wanted to try to do something that I could have raw edges on and still look cool.  So I put the larger piece aside and just started working on a smaller, test piece.  The smaller quilt turned out to be 12 1/2" x 15".

Here's the finished result:

The background fabric is my favorite fabric everSmiley  It's some really drapey embroidered and printed cotton that I got at JoAnns a few years ago.  I made the drapes for my bedroom using this fabric, and also have a quilt top that incorporates this fabric in it as well that I need to finish for my bed.  I am so doing the matchy-matchy thing, which I normally don't, but I don't care since I love that fabric so much.

I took the silk pieces and folded them up and quilted over the pointy ends.

After I put the binding on, I went back and added the beads.  I think the quilt will be nice in the summer, when I have my windows open, and the breeze will blow the little silk blossoms around.

Here's a pic of it in my bedroom (I don't have a hangy thing for it yet, so we just stuck it on a dowel rod to take the picture).

I have those stripes painted at random widths and intervals around the whole room.  Smiley

And here's a pic of the silk before I cut it all up:

After making this, I'm still not sure how I'm going to incorporate my silk squares into the larger piece I was originally planning on making.  I'll figure it out at some point.  Smiley 

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008 02:10:06 PM »

This is glorious! Shocked So bright and fluttery and pretty, it looks like it's covered in butterflies! I love it! Totally wisted and hitting "This Rocks"!!! (Enough exclamation marks for you?!?!?!?)
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008 02:18:50 PM »

So pretty and unique! I love the color palette and it really is very springy.  Gorgeous.

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2008 02:20:19 PM »

« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2008 02:23:48 PM »

Well done, that is really beautiful! I want to come live in your room, it's lovely...
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2008 02:24:50 PM »

Wow!! This looked intriguing in the little thumbnail, but when I clicked to get in the post I was impressed.  It is just gorgeous.  I will be wisting it as well.

« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2008 02:25:33 PM »

Where is that THIS ROCKS button??? Wink Got it!

This is so amazing and unique - I can't believe that beauty!
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2008 02:32:12 PM »

Very beautiful.  Looking forward to seeing the larger quilt when its done.  I also agree that it looks like butterflies landing on the flowers.


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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2008 03:57:37 PM »

I love this, you have no idea how much. Wink It is so beautiful!

I'm always in awe of your creations!

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