Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Finally finished some pieces!

I always welcome the opportunity to make a rooster quilt. A musician friend asked me to make a "mariachi Rooster" playing a guitar. What a fun challenge! I happened to have some perfect fabrics in my stash, and I bought a couple of fabrics with stripes, too.

The biggest challenge was getting the "arms" and "fingers" right on the guitar...

I think they will like it...

I have often described myself as a "bargello addict." There are certainly worse things to be.

For a long time I have wanted to make a bargello in lime green and black fabrics. When I was in Asheville this summer, I bought some wonderful Japanese fabric with the perfect lime green color, plus some great purples, oranges and blues. I added that to my color mix, and made two similar bargellos. I call this one "Tutti Frutti."

A year ago, I purchased some lovely Christmas fabrics in a little shop in North Carolina. I have never been one to make holiday quilts, and when I bought the fabric, I thought to myself, "I'll never use these!"

But recently, I came across them, and decided to make a little Christmas bargello.

As I cut my strips, it occurred to me that a Christmas tree would be fun. So here it is.

I quilted the tree with metallic thread, using a metallic needle that helped avoid the breakage that I have experienced with metallic threads in the past.

I also sewed on some holographic stars and beads, and I am very happy with the results.

If I have time before Christmas, I may make another...