Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daisies for Grandmama!

I created this 20" X 20" quilt for The van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge 2017.

Statement: This raw edge appliqued wall hanging uses an original Texture Quilt Pattern to create a pieced background inspired by van Gogh’s still lifes. Daisies for Grandmama features 32 blue daisies in a solid blue vase against a textured blue and black machine pieced background. It integrates raw edge applique pieces to create a painted impression, which mimics van Gogh’s painting style and adds texture through the use of thread painting. Uneven borders are a signature style of the quilter, Marcia Wachuta, which adds to the asymmetrical qualities of both van Gogh’s works and Marcia’s art quilts. The daisies were used to symbolize motherhood. A detailed process of the construction of this quilt can be found at That is right here... just scroll down.

Techniques and Materials: I created with raw edge applique using the thread painting to create the paint texture similar to Vincent van Gogh's paint strokes with my longarm quilting machine.

I was inspired by the daisies in my yard. We have fields of daisies in bloom in June and July every year.

And I was inspired by a number of vases of flowers that Vincent van Gogh painted. I liked this one the best!

Here's how I created my quilt!

I used my Textures Quilt Pattern to create the background fabric for my quilt, but I cut the pieces smaller in scale, as I only needed a piece about 17" X 17".

Textures Quilt Pattern available on in my store.


I entered my quilt in the The van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge 2017

Enjoy your day!


More information:

I used the Textures Quilt Pattern to create this quilt also.
And this quilt.
Born to Quilt

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

" May I " for the May Off Season Project Quilting Challenge!

I needed to make a baby quilt this month for a special couple. I decided I could make it work for the "May I"  Quilt Challenge, but what I did not know, is that it would fit perfectly! 

The couple is having a girl. I gathered my pink new and vintage fabrics and some vintage chenille fabric to add a soft texture to the quilt. I cut them into 3 1/2" squares and 2 inch squares to make some 4 patches. I had in mind spring flowers when I selected the soft pink fabrics.

It is ready to quilt!

I started longarm quilting with loops and swirls.

Then I quilted it again, following the loops and swirls to give it a ribbon effect.

I added a heart where I will add the name of the baby.

I zipped it off my quilting machine until I can get the name of the baby from the couple....

I selected to use double batting to give it more fluff as I want this quilt to be quilt to lay on the floor for tummy time. (Poly batting on the top and 80/20 batting on the bottom)

I found out the baby's name this weekend, so Tuesday I zipped it back on the rollers to stitch in the name.

Stella Mae Schmitz!   See it fits the "May I Quilt Challenge" perfectly!

I took a few extra photos in lighting at different times of the day.

My daughter says my granddaughter loves the textures of the soft chenille and the stitching on her quilt. Plus they love that I added the double batting for extra fluff!

The backside is a super soft Moda flannel!

I am linking up over at Persimon Dreams for the "May I Quilt Challenge" for Project Quilting.

I love the quilt challenges! 

I am sponsoring the Off Season Challenges for Season 8 with prizes of a PDF Pattern for each entry.  Everyone who enters will send an email me and select a pattern from my Craftsy Store and I will email it to them directly.

Each month, Project Quilting will have another quilt challenge. 

Try it you will LOVE it!

Be inspired to create!

Check out all the entries and information about the quilt challenges at Persimon Dreams (Project Quilting).

Enjoy your day!