Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Colors of Inspiration

Hello Everyone,

First I wanted to cover just a bit of business. I promised you a slideshow in my last post, just click here and turn on your volume (if you would like to hear the music). Lots of quilty goodness!

Also, my newest Podcast episode is NOW available, click here or go to my sidebar and click on the link to listen to some great tips. You can also check out my June Newsletter here. Lots of stuff going on!

Now on to more fun stuff and some great colorful inspiration. I recently finished this Pineapple quilt that I began about 7 years ago. Don't forget to click on the pictures to enlarge for a closer look.


I had the body of the quilt done, it was just waiting for a border to be sewn on... talk about procrastination. About 7 years to get that task done. Then another 3 months to quilt.


Another 3 months to bind. Boy, I am just a slow poke. Either that or it just wasn't top priority.


I do love it though. You can tell these are older fabrics too. They are definitely calicoes. I don't think I own any of those anymore.


I really like the quilting that I did, it was a floral edge to edge pattern. Now speaking of flowers, I took my camera outside on the one sunny day this week and took snapshots of some of the flowers growing around my home.

First up, my wonderful pink petunias in hanging baskets.



I just love them! They bring a smile to my face every day and remind me that spring is here.

Petunias in my window boxes too. I have window boxes on every window. It just cheers up the house and makes up for such a long dreary winter.


Pink Geraniums. Can you tell I love pink???


A white iris...


A beautiful purple bearded iris, just look at that color...


My Baptista is blooming. Hubby calls this my asparagus plant, because when it first starts to come up it looks just like it.


The next 3 photos are from the retreat that I was on. These iris were at the entrance of our retreat building and had the morning dew on them. I had to take some pictures and was really pleased with the outcome.


You can really see the dew drops...


Look at that pool of dew in the center of the iris. Very cool!


I hope that this colorful post brings you some wonderful inspiration!

Until Next Time....

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43 comments:

Hanne said...

Impressive quilt Jackie - and gorgeous quilting :-)

Lisa said...

I love all the color in this post! Those dewdrops are amazing- you must have a pretty good camera and know how to use it.
I bet your house is so pretty now with all the flowers. I always have some petunias in baskets, too. They smell so good. (I like the Wave ones the best.)

Exuberant Color said...

Beautiful flower pictures! I keep thinking I am buying the pink geranium and all I keep getting is another shade of purple. I love the dew on the iris.

I think that quilt wasn't high on your priority list but I bet you love it now that it is done.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Great quilt! And I love your flowers. It's so cool here in NH that I think mine have stopped growing. I do have white irises though that I love. They came originally from my MIL's house.

MichelleB said...

Jackie, that pineapple quilt is so fabulous! The colors are great. I think sometimes we forget how great calicos can look.

Janet said...

The pineapple quilt was a lot of work. Coodoos to you for the precise work and for finishing it. It looks great in traditional calicos. Since I have so few flowers (black thumb), I love looking at your garden.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful flowers and gorgeous quilt. Your quilting is awesome Jackie! Congratulations on your finish.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

WOW on that quilt! It is just spectacular! And I love your beautiful photographs.

Thimbleanna said...

Your quilt is beautiful Jackie! I still have lots of calicos -- I wonder if I'll ever use them?

Nedra said...

I love your pineapple quilt. Beautiful. I know what you mean about our tastes changing so much in 7 years. Calicos? Seems like forever ago!

little acorns said...

I love flower boxes! All of your flowers are so beautiful! (& it looks so green!!!) I also love your quilt. . . worth the 7 years! Yea for you - for finishing! (I have two (applique) unfinished quilts that are probably that old. . .!) At least you did it!
xo, Bren

Catherine said...

Fabulous flower pictures! Particularly the dew on the iris!

The quilt is worth the wait, imo -- it's gorgeous and your piecing is so fabulous!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my gosh you are right about color, it is everywhere in your post. I just love your pineapple quilt. Such soft pretty colors and the quilting!! also, "How does your garden grow" with beautiful colors all in a row!! So very pretty!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oh yes, great photos for inspiration and for a pineapple quilt in the future.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Holy Pineapples!
;-)

love the quilt! way finish it! I guess there's hope for my flower garden quilt going on 4 years....

Christine said...

WOW. Your Pineapple quilt is stunning. I love the quilting you've done on it .... wish you were closer so you could quilt some of mine.
Christine

jacquie said...

beautiful, jackie. and 7 years...wow! way to go getting it finished. isn't it interesting how our taste changes over time. somehow i missed that you are doing podcasts. such a great idea.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love your pineapple quilt. Isn't it interesting how fabric styles have changed over the years.

Purple and Paisley said...

wow, wow, wow on your quilt! i love the colors but mostly i love that back! gorgeous flowers, too...☺...what a happy post!

Christine said...

That quilt is beautiful and the quilting pattern love it, what is it called would love to try and order it.

cheers
Christine

Rumi said...

Yea for finishing your beautiful quilt! Looks amazing!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Wow Jackie, that pineapple quilt is spectacular...love your quilting. It was definitely worth the wait. Great flower pictures too.
~Karen~

Kathleen said...

Jacqui -- your pineapple is gorgeous! And I know what you mean about 'old' fabrics. I have quite a lot that just aren't my style anymore. I'm inspired by your example to think that I can still make a really handsome quilt out of them... maybe a pineapple quilt!

I've been reading your blog for ages now and have really enjoyed all your posts and your beautiful quilts.

em's scrapbag said...

Beautiful flowers. I absolutely love your pineapple quilt. You did a beautiful job.

Eileen said...

Oh what a beautiful post. You know I love the flowers. And the calico is so small on the pineapple quilt that it makes them almost look like solids. I REALLY love this. Just wonderful.

And I listened to your podcast on my new IPod. You do such a great job.. and very thourough. I am sure you will have lots of listeners!

belinda said...

Whew....I'm just plum 'tuckered'
out looking at all you've accomplished!! Everything is lovely and I'm glad I got caught up!

Annemariesquilt said...

About time this wonderful quilt is out and done. The white makes it very special.
You have lots and lots of beautiful flowers in your garden.

amandajean said...

the pineapple quilt is impressive!!! congrats on finishing a 7 year wip. i bet that felt GREAT!!! your flowers are gorgeous.

Sherri said...

The pineapple quilt is wonderful...I bet it feels great to have another finish. And your flowers are so lovely...I enjoy seeing them!

Karen said...

Wonderful pineapple quilt and the garden photos are beautiful!

Arlette said...

Jackie, I really enjoyed both your slide show and your podcast. Tons of beautiful eye candy and interesting information for a "non-quilter" like myself. If I should ever take the plunge, I will keep all your tips in mind.
You sure do have a wonderful flower garden. I hope you get some warm weather soon so you can really enjoy and relax in your garden. Too bad I can't send you our warm weather. Summer arrived way too early here this year. Take care!
Aloha!

Melanie said...

Hia Jackie, well done for finally finishing your pineapple quilt. I bet that is a welcome tick on your to do list. :-)

Ooo lovely plants- aren't they so inspiring with their colours and textures?

Have a great weekend.

PamKittyMorning said...

Love all the photos. I have a Baptista plant as well, although I call it a False Indigo. I've had to hunt it down after seeing it in a magazine, and never have seen another. Are they common to your area? I think I mail ordered mine.

henny said...

Jackie,
your quilt is wonderful!! But 7 years...I thought someone expert in quilting like you never leave a quilt job like that or like me, hahaha...because since my hubby's coming home almost 2 weeks ago, I never touch my sewing machine. seems we're always on the street every day :D
Great work then!
thanks for sharing all your beautiful flowers :)

Wendy said...

What a gorgeous quilt, you can now enjoy it everyday. I love the garden pictures, it makes me smile too.

Wendy said...

Wonderful photos of quilts and flowers - thanks for the colorful inspiration!

dj said...

Jackie,
Your work is beautiful! Would it be possible for you to email me? I wanted into the Halloween swap but was too late. I would like to swap any block of your choice for a Halloween block as I have an old Halloween round robin that needs more filler blocks. I can be reached at atticw@hotmail.com. I've been quilting for over 14 years, am very particular, and will do a nice job for you. My quilt blog is dreamworthyquilts.blogspot.com

Deana J

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Love the pineapple quilt. The colors are just gorgeous. Thanks for all your beautiful pictures!

Rita

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Your pineapple quilt is great! I love the movement that the design makes :)

Victoria said...

Beautiful quilt! I like the soft colors, gives it a vintage look. Must be such good feeling to have finally finished it :0) The flower photos are lovely... petunias and irises are two of my favorites.

Rose Marie said...

Love it .... the colours and the quilting along with your backing!

rachel griffith said...

beautiful quilt!!!
beautiful flowers!!!
:)

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love the pineapple quilt. I just discovered you blog today and am enjoying all the wonderful pictures.
Mary in Missouri

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