Last weekend I attended a Floriani workshop at my local quilting store. It was very well planned and executed. We were delighted to have Martha Pullen, who is a party all by herself, as one of our instructors.
For two days we sewed and learned, sewed and learned, and sewed some more. As is often the case, I shared a machine with two other sewists, and they were delightful ladies. The owners of Floriani, Ricky and Kay, were there as well as representatives from Brother. We all sewed on the Brother Dream Machine.
The presewn samples that decorated the room were so inspiring--I just couldn't wait to practice what I learned. Although I came away with tons of patterns and swag, I wanted to work on the kinds of projects I saw in the samples.
I used a Robert Kaufman fabric (already had fat quarters) for the background strips. Included in that bundle was a panel, and I fused those onto applique stabilizer, then did raw edge applique of the leaves, pumpkins and flowers.
A gold metallic thread was used to stitch over the veins of the leaves, and although it is a little hard to see, Swarovski crystals were used to embellish the appliques.
It is amazing what a little inspiration can do for your creative juices!
Although I listed this hanging in my Etsy shop, it is kind of posing on my loveseat right now. I can see it being used as a hanging, table cover, lap quilt, you name it!
Wishing you a whole lot of autumn inspiration!