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Poppy Quilt Series

It’s no secret that I love poppies. And I shared with you how I painted poppies on fabric. Now I get to share with you quilting and finishing those poppies!


Our Out of the Box quilt group has been invited to have another quilt show at the Mammoth Lakes Library, opening in December. I’ll be posting more details as they develop, like dates and if we’ll have another reception. Until then, you can read more about our show last year! As the days got shorter and the weather cooler, I knew I needed to buckle down and get some quilting done for this year’s show!


So I decided to quilt at least 10 minutes every day, and to keep track of my time in a little book. And I’m here to share this motivation worked wonders! On some days after work, I’d set my timer and just do the ten minutes, and that was great. On other days, I’d be excited or more energetic and quilt for 20 to 30 minutes. And some days I didn’t quilt at all, but I mostly sat down at my machine every evening.

I found that no matter how tired I was in the evening, by setting the timer for ten minutes, it would always be over way before I was ready to be done. And doing just a little bit each day kept me excited for sitting down the next day, wanting to continue and stitch more. Before I knew it, I had my first (small) square pieced and ready to be finished!


On the first quilt, I chose squiggly lines radiating out from the center to match the circular pattern of the poppies. For the second quilt, I chose to try a winding curve pattern. And for the third quilt, I fell back on my tried and true love of swirls.

I love quilting swirls so much. I love their look and texture and the act of quilting them is so meditative. For the third quilt, I kept the pattern of swirls but alternated between two different variegated thread colors. I really like how it turned out!


Bit by bit, ten or so minutes a day, all three were ready to bind and stitch and finish! Each has elements that I love, and choices or things I would have done differently. That is what is great about working in a series, is I learn as I go and can discover what I like and what I think looks good.


Last thing left is to put my label on each and decide what to price them for. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library; I love that my stitching is a form of volunteering and giving back!


Do you have a favorite? I think the littlest might be mine, though there are elements of each I absolutely adore.


I’m tempted to keep this series going, painting and stitching more. It’s a journey where I’m not sure where it will end up, and it’s exciting to think about the unknown and what’s ahead.

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