Welcome to Day Two of the Blossom Blog Hop!!
I’m one of two scheduled bloggers for the day, so when you’re done here, make sure you go visit Sherry at Powered by Quilting. She’s amazing, and has written some great tutorials lately!
You probably know by now about the grand prize for this blog hop: the beautiful Rising Star quilt, designed by Lovingly Lissa, stitched by the bloggers of this hop, and quilted by Lisa and Lorelai. I have a giveaway, too! Check out the entry form at the end of the post to learn how to win a bundle of my hand-dyed fabrics, a pattern from Quilt Theory, two spools of Aurifil, and a cheeky pin, pictured here:
I live on a cranberry farm. In fact, I’m even featured on the side of some varieties of juice from the leading brand of cranberry juice. So when I was invited to join this blog hop, and I heard the theme was “Blossom,” I knew immediately what I had to do.
I took this picture in 2007, and I’ve always, always loved it. Almost since I started quilting, I knew I wanted to translate it into fabric, but I didn’t quite know how to go about it. I started and stopped and tried and failed and eventually moved on. Finally, after joining the art quilt club at a LQS and experimenting independently with lots of techniques, I felt confident that I could figure something out.
I found a tutorial from Leni Levinson Wiener over on the Bernina blog and pretty much followed her recommendations. (Then I ordered her Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook, which I will write about later this week, because it’s EXCELLENT.)
I figured out that enlarging and cropping the photo down to one major element was the best option, and I was off to the races!
I chose a mix of batiks, hand-dyed fabrics, and commercial prints, but I was stumped when I got to choosing the background. I put it up for a vote on Instagram and Facebook.
The votes ended up roughly even! So I compared the two photos in black and white…
…and made my decision.
From there, it was just a question of choosing the thread to define the petals and add detail.
I used a little Aurifil 28 wt (the dark pink) and several shades of Aurifil 50 wt. One of the beautiful things about nature is that there you don’t have to worry about perfectly straight lines. The whole process was liberating and delightful.
I used the same pink Aurifil 28 wt to finish the edges, and voila! The whole thing is about eight inches square.As part of the blog hop, we were asked to give some tips about social media. I’ve found that focusing on growing the following on one platform at a time has been the most manageable for me. Instagram was my target. Start by searching for a hashtag that interests you, and follow a bunch of people who use that hashtag. Like some of their posts, and comment–you know, be SOCIAL. If you have a blog, join a blog hop and/or offer a giveaway–ask people to follow you on Instagram as a requirement to win the contest. Join a swap or two (or three…or more. They’re kind of addicting.). My favorite is when someone hosts an event like the recent #igquiltfest, which was a month of daily prompts with a topic every participant posts about each day. I gained well over 100 followers during that event. Good luck!
Now, scroll on down and enter some giveaways!
Blossom Blog Hop Schedule
super-secret bonus prize:
Yay! You read all the way to the end! Just for that, you have an opportunity to enter ONE MORE CONTEST. Can you guess which two blocks I contributed to the Rising Star quilt? You may enter ONE guess for both blocks. Anyone who guesses both correctly will be entered in a drawing for a super-secret bonus prize (it’s one of those “I Quilt So I Don’t Kill People” enamel pins. Shhhh!). If no one guesses both, anyone who guessed one correctly will be in the drawing. If there are no correct answers, all entries will be included.