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 www.barbarabrackman.com 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.