Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Emilie Elizabeth

Hello Everyone,

Maybe you've been wondering what I've been up to.......or maybe not. Well I tell you that I've been designing and working on a new quilt called Emilie Elizabeth.  Emilie Elizabeth was my maternal grandmother's name.  Since she was the one who introduced me to quilting, I thought it was fitting to name a quilt after her.


I've had this idea for a medallion quilt for quite some time.  I've made this center a couple of times but it just wasn't right color wise.  Third time's a charm.  The whole quilt is going to be blues, reds, dark golds....basically the colors in the center.

I'm going to The Potty Mouth Piecers quilting retreat which starts today, so yesterday I thought I would just select the fabrics and save all of the applique preparation for the retreat.  The fabrics almost selected themselves, they were saying, "Me, me, me, use me!"  I couldn't stop working on it and prepared all of the pieces yesterday.

 
 
I prepared the background piece over the weekend and had it ready for the applique.  I tucked the little flange between the inner and outer fabrics and continued using the checked fabric in the ribbon and bow, giving it the effect of a twisted ribbon.  You know me, I have to have a flange on my quilts.
 


By the end of the day, the little applique pieces were pinned to the background and ready for stitching during the Olympics.  Look at all of the wonderful open space just waiting to be filled with machine quilting to enhance the design.


The rest of the quilt will be comprised of quilting components and blocks from my Patchwork Math book.  I'm really excited about this one!  It has to be an epic quilt, worthy of my grandmother's name.  She was a wonderful woman.  Although she faced many hardships in her life, she didn't let it bring her down.  She always had a smile, a good nature, and she was the best grandma a little kid could wish for.

I've got to get everything pulled together for the retreat.  It is in my friends incredible quilting studio up here in the mountains.  I'll be quilting and eating there by day, and come home to enjoy my own bed at night. I'll post pictures of the retreat over the next couple of days so you can be part of the fun too.

Soon,
Lynn

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother, Lynn. I have a hunch you will "do her proud".

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  2. ...and have fun at the retreat!

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  3. This is beautiful, Lynn, and definitely worthy of Grandma's name! She would be very proud! You're right, she was the best grandma in the world! Grandma was quite a role model! I know your grandkids feel the same way about you!

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  4. What a beautiful block Lynn, and lovely tribute to your grandmother. I can't wait to see how it develops.

    Have a wonderful time at your retreat!

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  5. Emilie Elizabeth is going to look gorgeous. I love the colours you're using. Have a wonderful time at the retreat.

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  6. This looks lovely! Have fun at your retreat (what a name for the group).

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  7. What a lovely tribute to your grandmother ! Have fun at the retreat !

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  8. So beautiful, you do such lovely work and your applique is stunning.

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  9. Looking forward to seeing this one come together as that centre applique is gorgeous. Take care.

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  10. This is looking beautiful already. Wonderful fabric choices! Enjoy the retreat...sounds like fun!

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  11. I've been in love with medallion quilts lately myself - have pinned about a million of them. Your new design is wonderful - the colors - the fabrics - and the flowers - love the plaid bias flange. It's a winner!

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  12. Your quilt will be a lovely remembrance of your grandmother. I love the medallion and your fabric selections.

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  13. Emilie Elizabeth...timeless...so.many little Emilies coming into the world these days....this quilt is a tribute to the woman who showed you how to be the wonderful Gramma you are today! Have fun not behaving with the PMQ's! This must be the studio you told us about while we were cruising the neighborhood looking for a bear for Sue!

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  14. Your grandmother had a beautiful name and I see this is going to be a beautiful quilt, Lynn! I can only imagine the fun you and the potty mouth's are going to have!
    Cheers!

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