Friday, April 11, 2014

Make Me a Quilt : Melanie

Hand dyed cottons, fused, hand embroidered, machine quilted. 19x32"
 I usually cut away whatever is underneath the top layer before I finally fuse the shape. Not this time. I would still be cutting tiny bits away if I did. There is so much going on in this piece, that I thought 'just layer it!' Each leaf is two layers, the green and underneath the white. So you can imagine why I would not want to snip out the bottom layer. 
To make this design, I made lots of flowers and lots of leaves and then tried to assemble them in a natural looking cluster, adding stems and buds.
All the photos of nasturtiums show the busy-ness of the blooms peeking out from the leaves.


  1. Anonymous5:35 PM

    This is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

  2. Your quilt is a HUGE success, IMHO. Just gorgeous!!!! I'm sure Melanie is doing a happy, happy dance.

  3. OMG this quilt is STUNNING!

  4. Anonymous9:58 PM

    Love it,love it,love it! My grandmother grew nasturtiums in her garden and I always grow some to remember her by. Julie

  5. Wow! What a great new adventure!
    When I was small, I used to pick nasturtiums in summer. Nasturtiums are such happy flowers but I hated licking my fingers after picking them....

  6. Wow! You continually amaze and inspire me. The colors in this one are just glowing! I think I will have to plant nasturtiums this year...

  7. Hi, I follow your blog closely. What are these beautiful flowers again and succeeded so quickly.
    Have a nice weekend, greetings

  8. Piękne nasturcje!!! Piękne!

  9. I really love this one! Totally new, like none of your others, except that it is bright, cheery and fabulous! I have grown Nasturtiums for a few years, and you have beautifully captured the summery mood they convey... awesome!

  10. It is lovely! I love the little swirl quilting, too! You rock, Melanie!

  11. Lindo, muito lindo!
    Mais um trabalho brilhante! Parabéns!
    Um abraço!
    Beautiful, very beautiful!
    More brilliant work! Congratulations!

  12. Great job with the flowers! Much more realistic than your usual work.

  13. It's so good - it's EDIBLE!!!! Lovely Mel! How are you all settling in ? Do the dawns enjoy their new home too?

  14. Melody You are one talented lady!! No lines, dots and houses ...this time it's gorgeous flowers in a lovely composition.

  15. Wow, you've added another flower to your portfolio. I like those little quilted swirls, too. Also, the vertical orientation is surprising (for nasturtiums) and keeps me looking.

    A friend commented recently that she thought fused applique looks "flat", This certainly doesn't!

  16. Anonymous8:46 PM

    Very pretty quilt and it inspires me to get back to quilting!

  17. Love, love, love the nasturtium quilt. So beautiful!

  18. Will you ever offer a pattern for this quilt or instructions on how to make one? Thank you it is gorgeous!

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