Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Frosty Ferns

I've had a UFO pinned to my design wall for over a year. I'd cut up a piece of fabric I had gelatin plate printed with ferns and stitched the pieces onto white fabric. And then.... the thing languished on my wall. I tried a few ideas but nothing spoke to me; I didn't know what to do next.

As I was out in the garden last week, I brushed up against some of my ferns. They're not giant-sized yet, but they are a very pretty shape. I brought a few indoors, traced around the edges, and free-motion quilted the silhouette of two of the ferns. An intermittent vein detail done with a running stitch in a contrasting thread completed the quilt.

Now to pack it up and send it off to the New Mexico Quilt Association Spring Fantasy Quilt show. They've accepted Frosty Ferns for their upcoming show!

Frosty Ferns: 18" x 24":


Detail:

9 comments:

Carole said...

This is lovely! very 'frosty' but with a freshness as when looking out.
Here's hoping it gets accepted!

Cindy said...

Gosh, Vivien, just gorgeous! Gorgeous! I love ferns anyway and they look so delicate and frosty in your piece... so well done! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Natalya Aikens said...

frosty ferns are lovely!

norma said...

This is terrific! The quilting design is the perfect finishing touch.

Beena said...

I love this! Most particularly, I find the way you arranged it all very striking against the white inner borders. Beautiful!

Barb Forrister said...

Vivien, this is such a beautiful and tranquil piece. Fantastic work! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Judy Alexander said...

Very beautiful piece. I love ferns. I have one spot on my design wall that is 3 deep with unfinished work...

Rayna said...

So, Vivien. I have this fern printed demo fabric that I can't do a thing with... Not to mention oodles of other small pieces that don't work together or with anything else. When I say you inspire me, this quilt is why!

Vivian said...

Great design in your little quilt. The fern stitching makes it even more special!