Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tulip Progress

I have been making great progress on my tulip quilt and have completed the blocks.  I am suprised at how I haven't gotten bored which is something new for me.

I was surfing the net looking at other tulip quilts and found a real beauty on

The inspiration quilt had the tulips on a solid red background. I have been experimenting with different backgrounds.  I think my favorite blocks have the big polka dot background. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Yes, I am stretching out of my comfort zone.  I am used to creating straight line quilts such as Irish chains, trip around the world, and log cabins.  But I have been wanting to take my quilting to another level and so I created this blog to aid with this process.

I liked the string tulip quilt featured on the cover of "Georgia Quilts: Piecing Together a History" by Anita Zaleski Weinraub.  I have never created a string quilt nor have I ever appliqued, but I thought I would just go for it.  The problem that I had was how to create a template.  I searched for tulip templates, but could not find anything suitable.

I decide to delay this project for awhile and went to look at quilt books in my library for quilty inspiration.  I was thumbing through Barbara Brackman's "Making History: Quilts & Fabrics from 1890-1970" thinking I would work on another civil war quilt when I saw she had created a Georgia Tulip quilt inspired by the "Georgia Quilts" book.  Please check out for more information and quilty inspiration.

I used the templates from the book and enlarged them 125% because I wanted large tulips.  I then decided on a 12x12 background square.  While hand appliqueing the first tulip, I did have an urge to just quit but told myself to keep going.  I am glad I did because I like the look of the blocks. 

The more that I create, the more I am really liking this project.   

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Its National Quilting Day!

What a great day to be the first post on my quilt blog.  I am off to enjoy the day, but here is a hint of the project I am currently working on.