Monday, April 25, 2016

Backyard Roses Blog Tour

Good Morning!!! Today is my stop on the Backyard Roses Blog Tour. I'm sharing a project I made using the beautiful new fabric Backyard Roses created by my friend Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs for Riley Blake Designs.

This fabric has such a sweet vintage feel to it. There are rich, saturated colors as well as softer, more pastel colors. I love it! I knew right away I wanted to make a Lone Star quilt with it. The colors really reminded me of a vintage Lone Star quilt.

I took pictures of the entire process in hopes of sharing a tutorial for it sometime in the future. I thought this looked really neat. I love the red center star.

So after I got the star finished I had so many ideas of what to do next I made up a few different options to see what I liked best. I wanted to use some applique on the set in corner squares and maybe even the triangles too. I tried birds first. 

I didn't like my first 2 attempts at all. After the time and work that goes into the Lone Star I really wanted to make this just right as well as show case these pretty fabrics.

I did like these birds but I decided against them all together. 

I decided to fussy cut the beautiful roses from the larger floral prints. I used the checked and striped fabric as baskets. I appliqued them to Riley Blake baby pink Swiss Dots. 

Later, I embroidered handles on the blocks with a brown colored embroidery floss.

I thought a lot about making a round robin style quilt. 

I made some Churn Dash blocks to go around the center star. I liked it a lot. 

I was going to add Lemoyne Star blocks to the corners of that round. I laid it out and let it sit for a few days. I decided on simplicity instead and made a wall hanging to showcase the Lone Star. 

I quilted in the ditch following the star's seams as my guide. 

I'm so happy with it. 

I was going to stipple but I was afraid it would take away from the star. 

I used a scrappy binding and I think it turned out really cute. 

I have plans to use those Churn Dash blocks and appliques pieces for another quilt. I am going to use every little scrap of this beautiful fabric!
Thanks so much to Nadra for asking me to be part of this fun blog tour! Please check out the other bloggers sewing pretty things with Backyard Roses!

4/25 - Why Not Sew
4/27 - Allie & Me
5/6 - Oh How Sweet
5/10 - Greenfietsen
5/12 - Ellis & Higgs

Happy Sewing!

xo Erin


Jacque. said...

ohmygosh, Erin. Absolutely stunning! I rather like your idea to just focus on the lone border. But, of course, I do love the churn dash blocks...looking forward to seeing what you do with them. As always, your work is beautiful and I am in love with that fabric! xo

gibbygoo56 said...

Beautiful fabrics. Thank you for showing them off. I've got to get this collection.

I am loving your star quilt. Gorgeous! I would love to see a tutorial on this star. Its so cool!

Carried Away Quilting said...

This is absolutely beautiful Erin! Just wow!! And I love how you shared your creative process throughout. I can tell that this was really a labor of love for you. Thanks for sharing all the details. What a beautiful quilt!

Libby said...

This is so beautiful, just awesome. WOW.... Love it.

Thanks for sharing !!

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Kay said...

This is just stunning. x

jenni said...

That is beautiful!

Kathleen said...

Wow, this is beautiful!!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Really do like the baskets and the fabric. I like the finished quilt - good job!

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Michaelanne said...

Erin...This is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you for sharing your creative process!! YOU are SEW BRILLIANT!!! My gosh...a quilt like this would take me a lifetime. AND ..that is if I followed a pattern. Left to my own imagination, I think (actually, I KNOW ) I would have set it aside, due to never being able to make up my mind!! EVERY decision you made is perfect! and ...You even have ALL THOSE PRETTY churn dash blocks now! Yay!!! Great job my friend :)

agnes said...

What a beautiful use of the vibrant prints! I just love those birds though! I hope you use them somewhere else!

Unknown said...

Dear Erin,
thank you so much for this wonderful share!! I love your quilt, it's just divine. So happy you're part of my blog tour!

Barbara McD said...

What a gorgeous quilt!! You've done a great job and I applaud your ability to take on a difficult quilt! I've had this quilt on my long-term list for years, and it's going to stay there for a while longer. Thank you for sharing with us!!



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