Summer Sampler Quilt – choosing the motifs

I am about half done with the quilting on my Summer Sampler quilt. Progress has been slowed down with the arrival of Bailey Morgan                          Caleb and Bailey 2 10494546_10202481731181134_8765140620504520287_n

but in between Grandma time with big brother, Caleb, holding Bailey and some care giving for their parents, I have gotten to put a few stitches into my lap quilt.

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I read an article a long time ago in a magazine about choosing motifs for your quilt that encouraged the quilter to look to nature for inspiration. (I still have the article and will post it at a later time.) This quilt has such simple lines that I thought butterflies, stylized leaves, flowers and vines, along with echoing the geometric shapes would highlight and compliment the traditional block designs in the top.

I started in the middle with a butterfly using a purchased stencil:

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The stylized leaves and flower came from a book called 501 Quilting Motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting from the Editors of Quiltmaker Magazine (2011). The leaves and flower motifs remind me of the designs that were popular during the 60’s that we drew all over our school textbook covers that we made out of paper bags.

So I will post more pictures later after another cord arrives from home so my camera can talk to my computer. Off to do my Grandma duties!

Billie

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About travel4wine2013

I am a quilter now that I have retired from teaching kindergarten.
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