Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Make Me a Quilt: Maggie


The Moon Beams
Hand dyed silks, cottons, and prints
Fused, machine quilted
17.5x23"



It's been crazy around here and I was so distracted by the swiftly moving renovation. There was even a day when I went nuts cleaning! Not like me, but I had had it with all the dust, and disorganization.
I couldn't think of what to do for Maggie's quilt, and when I draw a blank I look at art and hope it will give me a hint. I have lots of art books and saved so many postcards and catalogs from art shows, but when it comes to feeding the muse, Pinterest really does it right. This kooky tree collage was so fun and all these yarn bombing trees I have seen added to my confidence. And then I pinned these painted tree branches and became convinced that I could do something quilty with these ideas.

 Maggie suggested that she loved the ferns, but these silk ferns turned into pine trees, so do they count? I hope so. I had a real blast making this piece and feel like the trees I see daily could provide future inspiration.



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41 comments:

  1. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!
    Lucky Maggie.

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  2. OMG, Melody! I LOVE it! The black really does something and the tree! And the fern-trees! This is a killer! Knocks my socks off. I think you had a blast making it, too.

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  3. Anonymous7:53 PM

    I LOVE this! The colors,the wonderful quilted spirals,the way the quilting at the bottom echoes the (fern)trees and just everything about it. Julie

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  4. Who cares how your muse was tickled for this piece - it is, as a friend would say, amaze-balls! I gasped when I saw it!

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  5. You came up with the best piece yet, and they have all been beautiful. This is top notch! Love the prints you chose, and all the detail in the fern tree! Killer!

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  6. Sooooo gorgeous!!!!!!

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  7. Very fun and very very nice.

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  8. Fantastic, the best so far.

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  9. gorgeous! My favorite so far!

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  10. Hey Melody,
    I love the yarn bombed tree(s!) I've been "fabric bombed." As far as I know, the only person in the world to receive such a treat. I thought you might be interested in the photos showing it, on my blog:
    http://adventurequilter.com/blog/2013/04/fabric-bombing/

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  11. Melody, this is my all time favorite! It's fantastic, and I love the yarn bombing reference. Lucky Maggie to have such a great quilt!

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  12. One of your best ever! (And that's really saying something!)

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  13. Just stunning! Melody, you continue to inspire and amaze us all. Georgina.

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  14. OMG that is a stunning quilt! Lucky Maggie!

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  15. Fabuloso! Such vibrancy - it's a glorious piece of work. And, as coincidence would have it, this morning I was reading an article about the sculptor Lee Littlefield and his pop up sculptures of vibrantly painted trees, plants, etc.
    You probably know his work well, but just in case: http://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Husband-wife-artist-duo-present-works-in-1695976.php

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  16. I am so in love with this. My favorite.

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  17. Lucky, lucky Maggie! What a beauty!!!

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  18. Wow, this is beautiful! I love the trees but I also love the background.

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  19. I can't believe my good fortune!! This quilt is way beyond gorgeous/ cheerful/inspiring/colorful/ detailed/ calling for an up close study/creative/incredibly executed/ put it in the most prominent place in the house/original, on and on. I am indeed very lucky!!! And, feel very honored and even special, to have some work of Melody's.
    Maggie in Arizona

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  20. The silver moon just makes this piece. It is really beautiful Melody.

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  21. I absolutely love this - wonderful use of color and shapes

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  22. Anonymous12:48 PM

    Wow, Melody! I feels to me that you have produced something very original while still using your "tried and true" elements. You must feel soooo good about this. I wonder what you could do with the thought of the northern lights behind the tree branches as that's what the colors around the moon made me think of. Marken

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  23. Ann from MD1:21 PM

    Nothing short of AMAZING!!! There is so much energy - the way you used those beautiful fabrics and the wonderful quilting. When I read through Maggie's requests I wondered how you would put it all together, but you have done it again!

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  24. Like others, I think this is the best one yet...maybe my favorite of all so far. Just totally talks to me! Lucky, lucky Maggie!

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  25. Judy Morningstar6:54 PM

    Lucky lucky Maggie!!!! All that drywall dust must have increased your creativity (if that is even possible!) The fun you say you had making this piece comes through loud and clear. One of your best ever!!! Thanks for letting us all watch you work!

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  26. I literally gasped, too. Absolutely amazing!!!

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  27. Wow! Your head must be filled with glorious colour!

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  28. I just love this. It's wonderful.

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  29. WOW, just WOW!!!

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  30. Hey Mz Melody,

    Just had to tell you - I kept my PC up all day yesterday with my monitor filled with "The Moon Beams" so I could look up and see it. And, marvel at it. And, love it.

    Maggie

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  31. I'm thinking this is close to the best one yet!!! Wow!

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  32. Love everything you create, but this one is absolutely fantastic. It almost makes me want to use a swear word, as in "it is f*@#$% amazing", but I will refrain.
    I love it when people tell you their favorite colors and it is every color in the rainbow! There is NOBODY who can do what you do.

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  34. Fabulous! I love this piece immediately, and think I would continue loving it. I like the "Silken Moon" series, and enjoy the elements in this piece. Just wonderful!

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  35. Love love love! If Maggie's doesn't want, please move me up the list! I SO want a yarn/fabric bombed tree!! Love love love!

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