Almost 2 years ago, my mom came with me to a quilt store and fell in love with a display model. She decided to buy the pattern and a kit of fabric so I could make a wall hanging for her.
The fabrics from the kit were OK. But not a great match. Wrong pink, wrong black, wrong style. Month after month I have been musing and looking for the right fabrics. As I was searching for the right additions, the project just sat in one the the boxes on the top shelf of a fabric cabinet. The left one to be precise.
The last piece of the puzzle is that gold and pink zinnias fabric I found at a local quilt show early March. This project made me fall totally in love with Kona Bay fabrics. I have since bought quite a few more of their designs. No specific purpose yet, other than petting them until the right project comes along.
|Bottom left - the zinnias|
I pieced the top during a weekend sewing retreat in Lewes, Delaware at the end of March. 2 days of sewing bliss to put it together along with a few other smaller projects, I love it. But I have to confess a few no so lady-like words escaped my lips while I was trying to get all those mitered corners to line up properly. Glad my little bug was not around at the time :). Then I had to set it aside for a while as I recovered from surgery.
A couple of weeks ago, I pulled it back out of its box to quilt and bind it. And since I'm a glutton for punishment (and I have enough fabrics left) I'm making another one almost identical, I just shifted the Geisha a little bit to avoid cutting the bridge in the background. I probably won't quilt the second one until the fall but I had to finish this one for my mom since her birthday is coming up soon. The whole family will be traveling to France to visit her for the occasion.
I kept the quilting very simple since the fabric is a work of art in itself. Just an outline in gold thread of the flowers.
After outlining the flowers I just quilted in the ditch to stabilize the design
When came the time bind it, my husband suggested plain black. Awesome idea actually. I pulled black satin from my stash and it really finishes the piece without distracting the eye from the design.
I can't wait to give it to my mom in person in August :)