Midnight Blooms Quilted Wall Hanging
I get a lot of inspiration from my garden. I also enjoy visiting quilt shows to see what other artists are making. The bi-annual Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild show in my hometown is a delight and one that lets me see what friends do with their fabric stashes.
This was one of my favorite small wall hangings, Midnight Blooms Quilted Wall Hanging. Quilts make wonderful wall art and this little gem would be a focal point in any room.
The color, red, is a personal favorite. Some quilters tell me they are afraid of that bold color but I love it, it not only easily adds an accent to a quilt but becomes a beautiful stage for detailed applique work.
Picking the right fabric tones is an art form all on its own. I have seen too many beautifully-made quilts with poor fabric choices but this is not one of them. The red fabrics are just the right combination of reds, complimentary to each other without competing.
The marbled border fabric has some yellow, which is nicely reflected in the other red fabrics used in the center block.
In addition to the color, the applique birds and branches remind me of the trees surrounding my house. Also busy with feathered visitors, this handmade quilted wall hanging nicely captures the summer joy I hear in my garden.
The other major factor in this quilt is the quilting, beautiful details, you can see it in the cream white background close to the birds and branches.
Others apparently thought this was a special work, too, it won 3rd Place in the Special Exhibit category.
Aren't those ribbons special? They were made out of felt and what a charming idea to make the top into a dahlia-looking flower.
Nice job, Alyce and Lee!