Poppies and Daydreams

I've been quilt addicted lately.  I recently joined the local Quilt Guild.  It's a huge group that is amazingly organized with the nicest ladies ever who are amazing quilters.  I entered this quilt in the upcoming quilt show, Common Threads Quilt Show, which is put on by the local group.  This past week at the meeting I showed if off and was happy to hear good things from the other members.  The group is mostly traditional quilters so they enjoyed seeing an art quilt up.  There is nothing wrong with traditional, I started there, but I like having fun with a quilt.    


I actually had a project for the Wichita Weavers Guild that inspired the making of this quilt.  We were to make something fiber related from a cocktail.  I had picked some yellow/orange drink.  When I realized the colors were coordinating with our living room I used that as inspiration as well.  I really love how this quilt came out.  The name of the quilt is the title of this entry.


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I was laying out fabrics to figure what I wanted to do.


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I painted the main background fabric with dye.  It's a cotton sateen fabric; I really love how this fabric absorbs dye.  I also put some pieces of cotton string in some dye to soak then laid them across the fabric.  After washing and drying, I added some gold spray paint splatters on it.  The borders are made up of silk and linen fabrics.  The poppy flowers are made up of cotton, silk chiffon, and silk charmeuse fabrics that have been naturally dyed with onion skins and osage orange.  The poppies were free motioned down with circles.  I left the petals raw edged so they would fray a little.  After putting the whole quilt together I hand beaded the centers of the poppies with brown glass seed beads and Swarovski crystal.

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The back comprises of some scrap fabrics that matched.  The orange fabric was hand dyed cotton sateen.  The brown fabric is Kona cotton and the small turquoise piece is silk.  I just wanted to add some fun on the back.  After assembling the quilt layers I free motion quilted the grass and stems in green colors, which you can really see on the chocolate background.