Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Just Hangin' Out"

Oh....I'm having so much fun lately, you wouldn't believe it!  (And it's not me who's been hanging out as you will see soon.)  As some of you know, one of my big loves is applique.  You can really create anything with it, if you can draw or are a good copier.  I bought a huge roll of blank newsprint about 20 years ago when I was breeding and showing dogs, and really never used it until last year.  I have no idea why I kept it all these years, since I'm really not a hoarder, but I'm so glad I did.  It's 24 inches wide, sort of see-thru-ish, and makes for wonderful drawings.  You might remember the princess quilts????  Well, on that same note, and with that same cute face, I thought a girl/tree/birds might be nice so I went to town. 

Of course, then you need the execution......ooops, wrong word, I guess, when we're speaking of trees and hanging around.  LOL  Just kidding, but I had to throw that in there for a little joke!  It's early in the morning, so bear with me.  

First, I quilted my background.  I'm not sure if that was a good idea or not, because I did have some trouble with it laying flat.  I think my steam iron wanted to make it all nice and fluffy like it would have come out of the dryer.  Not a good idea for the beginning of something!!!  Thank heaven it was only in the middle section and I figured I could "fix" it with a double binding.

Looking pretty sparse here:

But, it got better as I continued to work on it.  I added tuffs of grass, birdies, and leaves, and real ladybug buttons.   Plus if you look real hard, you'll see her buttons on her dress and the bows in her hair.

And the birdies

See the ladybugs?

And here she is....all done! The whole thing ended up being 14 inches by 24 inches. I hope you like her as much as I do.

"Just Hangin' Out"


Lauren said...

Wow! That looks so great! I love all the tiny details.

Cole's Corner said...

She is soooooo cute. Reminds me of me when I was kid.
I used to do that in the pretty dresses my Mom would make me.

beth said...

such a fun little quilt! makes me happy just looking at it!

Poppyprint said...

The foreground bird is hilarious, with his cocked head saying "who is this hanging from my branch!!?!" This is so cute and your applique is perfect!

Donna said...

You do such lovely work. I admire your talent.

Paula said...

I love it! So free-spirited and fun! I hope you consider making patterns (if you don't already).

Jen said...

You never cease to amaze me! Awesome work Carol!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love how you kept adding the layers. So cute!

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