Monday, February 24, 2014

Di Ford Mystery quilt

Thanks so much to everyone's kind comments about my son's book. I have not yet had a chance to respond as I have been out of town but I will hope to do that soon. And please come back on Wednesday when Kevin will be doing a guest post!

After seeing several posts about the new Di Ford mystery quilt in Quiltmania magazine, I knew I had another "must do" project for 2014. I have cut down on all my purchases this year but Quiltmania magazine is something I will continue to purchase. I just love the magazine, it is filled with inspiration and patterns that I love but it can be difficult to find. As it is published in France, we usually don't see it here until it had been out for a month or two. It usually hits the quilt stores first and then sometimes a month or two later can be found in bookstores of JoAnn's. I am so excited that I finally found a LQS, or at least one 1 1/2 hours away, that carries it so I can be sure to get each issue. And as soon as I found this year's first issue I began the mystery.

 

As you can see some broderie perse is involved. In the original mystery a Dutch chintz is used but it is the same chintz that I am using in LE so I wanted to use something else. And I really am hoping to make this out of my stash so I was delighted to find a piece of Lately From London by Moda that had these great flowers. It is on a tan background but with some careful stitching it works.

I may need to tweak a few of the diamond points as I am not happy with them, but I really hate unstitching appliqué so they may just stay as they are.

Unfortunately I do not have any of the stripe that is used to border this medallion but I did locate a promising stripe in my stash. I am thinking that I may alter it somewhat as it seems a bit too drab but will wait for the next installment before making that decision. And my hexagon flowers for the corners are not utilizing that stripe either.

So far I am having lots of fun with this one. Utilizing my stash is quite rewarding and it is fun trying to create something in the spirit of the original while still making it my own.

 

15 comments:

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Absolutely beautiful Heather! Just Wow. Thanks so much for sharing!

Janet said...

Very pretty! Nothing drab about your start and good for you to shop your stash so well!!

Brandie said...

You have given me something to ponder. Now I can't wait to get to Barnes and Noble to check the magazine.
My biggest problem will be my lack of fabulous fabric. I have serious fabric envy! Your fabric stash is gorgeous. I think I've been buying the wrong kinds for years. I'm learning a lot from you!

Cathy said...

Your block is so beautiful. I love the hexagon flowers in the corners. You do such a beautiful job at applique. Hugs

audrey said...

Simply gorgeous! LOVE this quilt.:)

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a beautiful center!! You are doing well to find all these fabrics in your stash, they look as though you purposely bought them. You've really been on a mystery quilt journey in recent times.

Every Stitch said...

Great fabric choices and such perfect broderie perse! It will be wonderful to follow your progress on this one - as always such an inspiration.
Hilda

Dorothy said...

Looking great. I like seeing the ones done with different fabrics. I think there will be too many the same.

Sally Bramald said...

YYour version looks lovely. Only someone with your skill could handle the different background colour. It is wonderful!

Barb said...

wonderful project. Love the colors!

Prairie Stitcher said...

Very nice. I love to see the process. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie P. said...

lovely! love that scalloped design around the flowers.

Barb said...

What a legacy!!! The book sounds just fabulous, I do love to applique but sometimes it is hard to sit still. Congrats to both of you on this book, mom for inspiring and son for writing.

Karen said...

What a beauty!!

Martine Kuciel said...

voici une version intéressante que j'ajoute à ma liste j'en découvre tout les jours de nouvelles félicitations