A couple of weeks ago I started working on a new quilt. Pieced this time, which I haven’t done much of in the past few months. But, of course, me being me, I couldn’t just decide to piece squares or triangles. Nope, not me. I had to design this really complicated quilt with all kinds of curves and small pieces.
It’s a tulip quilt, designed around a photograph I found. I isolated three of the many tulips on the photo, enlarged them a bit to make it easier to design, and traced them onto mylar to get the first pass at the design. Once I was happy with it, I photocopied it onto paper, designed the background, and enlarged it as much as I could onto an 11” x 17” piece of paper.
Then I trimmed the paper to size, folded it in 4’s, scanned each quarter design, and printed it on a plotter as large as it would go. I ended up with my original design enlarged to approximately 80” x 80”. Quite happy with the size, although some of the pieces are still small.
Next came the shopping. I decided I wanted red tulips, and I don’t have that many red fabrics, so I went from store to store gathering different reds, and some pinks for the lights. I realized that it is difficult to work with reds, as you have red, and then you have either burgundy or pink. But … after many trips to the stores around town, I gathered enough to begin.
The photo below shows some of the reds I used for the first flower I pieced.
After a few days and many fabric trials, I started work on the first tulip. This is the first petal I worked on.
The next photo shows the first and second petals.
When I finished the first tulip, and started on the second one, I changed the fabrics I used. Once the second flower was half done, the first one I made didn’t look good anymore, colorwise. I decided I had spent too much time on it to just discard it, so I designed another quilt around the flower and plan on turning it into a workshop.
This is the complete first tulip:
The photo below shows the flower and the leaf. I will work on the background next. I can’t wait to see what it looks like once it’s all put together.
I will post more photos soon. Keep reading. In the meantime, I hope you keep quilting.