Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Giverny Flowers #1

Amy's Creative SideHooray, it’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival Time! It’s a quilt festival for those of us that don’t get to go to Quilt Market and/or Quilt Festival.

We all put a link to a post about our quilt on Amy’s blog  and visit the posts throughout the week.

My favorite aspect of this festival is the story that goes along with the quilt, I always try to feature a quilt that is important to me in some way.

This year, I want to feature a quilt I made this summer: Giverny Flowers #1


  • Quilt Measurements: 28″ x 38″
  • Special Techniques used, if any: Improvisational pieceing, Free Motion Machine Sketching
  • Quilted by: ME!
  • Best category: Art Quilt

I’ve been doing free motion machine sketched botanical motifs for a few years now. Taking a leaf or flower and extracting the essence of it into a few lines gives me endless pleasure. But until this quilt, I’ve not really been choosing motifs for any particular reason other than I like the shape of the plant.

This summer, I was playing around with faux snow dyeing, and one of those pieces of fabric reminded my of Monet’s Water Lily paintings. I faux snow dyed a lot more of both the multicolor  fabrics as well as greens, golds and purples and improvisationally pieced the top. And then, instead of stitching any old flower in each shape, I used the main flowers from Monet’s garden!


Water Lily:

and my favorite, Wisteria:

Choosing flowers that have a reason to be together has opened a whole new direction for me. Although I don’t get to make my art at a fast rate, I’ve got so many responsibilities pulling me in many directions, I’ve got a lot of ideas of how to expand on this concept – I am really excited by this new direction!

Rest asssured, I’ll be sharing where this takes me right here on the blog! If you’re new here, why not subscribe to my posts or sign up for my monthly newsletter? There’s a form to do so in the upper right hand corner of my sidebar.

27 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Giverny Flowers #1
  1. Frauke
    October 26, 2012 | 1:23 am

    This is WONDERFUL !!! I love your quilting, just amazing !

  2. Eileen
    October 26, 2012 | 2:05 am

    Oh my goodness!! Your interpretation of one of my favorite painter’s work is so inspiring. I just have to try something like this. Thanks so much for sharing and have a great day!

  3. Vicki
    October 26, 2012 | 7:07 am

    It’s so beautiful and unique. When I started quilting it was right after I finished my MS degree/project on a rare plant. At that time I thought it would be so cool to do a quilt with a bunch of the plants that lived around the plant I studied… I didn’t have the skills to do it then but this sketching method might be a good way to actually accomplish it. Years later. 🙂

  4. Sylvia
    October 26, 2012 | 9:00 am

    I really like this piece!

  5. CitricSugar
    October 26, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Oh, wow! Your quilting is amazing.

    I’ve only just learned about snow-dying a week or so ago and have seen such amazing fabrics come out of it…

  6. Katy(LethargicLass)
    October 26, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    I like all the different flowers you used 🙂

  7. aimee
    October 26, 2012 | 6:45 pm

    looks GREAT, Candy! Looks like a garden painting!

  8. Vicki W
    October 26, 2012 | 6:58 pm

    It’s beautiful!

  9. Gretchen F
    October 26, 2012 | 7:15 pm

    This quilt is gorgeous. The colors scream pansies, and the sketching is a perfect touch!

  10. Amy
    October 26, 2012 | 10:53 pm

    Monet is one of my favorite artist for so many reasons. I think you conveyed the feel of his garden in Giverny so well. Your quilting is wonderful and your dyeing is fantastic. Great job expressing your vision! 🙂

  11. Sunshine Girl
    October 26, 2012 | 11:19 pm

    This is lovely – I love the colours you have used. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Sunshine Girl
    October 26, 2012 | 11:19 pm

    This is lovely – I love the colours you have used. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Karen
    October 27, 2012 | 5:20 am

    Beautiful colours. Your quilting of the flower images is lovely. It looks great.

  14. Joan
    October 27, 2012 | 7:01 am

    Wow, what a fabulous way to show off your fabulous snow dyes. I went crazy with them last year, and can’t bear to cut them up they are so pretty. Who would have thought that snow dyeing would give such incredible results. I have often refered to them as Monet looking fabrics myself!

  15. Lorna
    October 27, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Love the flow and freedom of this quilt. Your quilted flowers add so much volume to the quilt. Amazing and inspiring!

  16. Diane
    October 27, 2012 | 10:09 am

    This is beautiful. Love how you’ve free motioned those designs.

  17. Lynne
    October 27, 2012 | 10:11 pm

    It’s a gorgeous quilt, Candy, and I very much enjoyed reading your story!

  18. Dana
    October 28, 2012 | 4:53 am

    That quilt is really beautiful and so original. Your quilting is an inspiration. Thanks.

  19. Rene'
    October 28, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    Love your machine sketching of the different flowers!

  20. SewCalGal
    October 28, 2012 | 10:42 pm

    Beautiful quilt. Stunning free-motion quilting.


  21. Glenda Haffner
    October 29, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    What an amazing work of art. Love the pattern, the colors, the fabric, the thread sketching (simple, but elegant), and the quilting. Well done.

  22. Bev Kimmel
    October 29, 2012 | 8:31 pm

    The more I look at this quilt the more I like it. So inspirational!

  23. Vera
    November 1, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Lovely quilting!

  24. Derrith Scarbrough
    November 1, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I really love your quilt. The colors are beautiful and definitely give the watercolor effect. I love that it is unique and uses different techniques in a way you don’t often see. Beautiful job!

  25. marjorie
    November 1, 2012 | 4:56 pm

    lovely colours in your quilt

  26. Sharon
    November 1, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    Beautiful! Love your fabrics (great dyeing!) and your free-hand flowers are just amazing! And what a neat concept too, to use Monet’s garden for your inspiration.

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