Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A closer look at Crimson Tweed

I finally finished the top! I am so excited to start quilting it. I think the machine quilting is really going to make the applique dance. I hope so anyway!
I changed the vines to ric rac because I love ric rac, and I really thought it would be fun here.

I also did a bit of editing to this pineapple after the photo was taken. It no longer looks like its tipping to the right. It was a very slight change, but I knew it would bother me if I didn't straighten it up. The pineapple is my addition, the original version has a pomegranite here.

Right now these birds have button eyes. I like them but they are too thick, so I am almost positive that I will change them to black thread before it's all done. I think I will be happier with them that way, but still not totally sure.

I also changed the center of the flowers from the original pattern. I loved the way Sue designed it, but I thought this would be easier, and it would give me a chance to use some cute stitches.

I think I actually made this block almost exactly like the directions. I changed the embellishments on the leaves a bit, and I tweeked the placement of the branches. I'm starting to see that I have a hard time leaving things alone...I hope that's not a bad thing!

I made the tree almost directly from the pattern as well. I might have added a few more ornaments. I do plan to embellish them with quilting. I will add some texture to them with lines or maybe swirls. This is totally still a work in progress.

And this is what it looks like as of right now!!! I am super excited about the way this is coming together. I hope Sue Spargo doesn't mind about all my "alterations"...you can see the ORIGINAL here at her website. Really special isn't it?

I was lucky enough to buy the book from her in person and she signed it for me!

Now I'm itching to quilt it!


  1. WOW! That is so fantastic! The best part of quilting is making the project your own!

  2. This is beautiful! I don't think I've ever followed a pattern exactly, either. Your "edits" look great and I know all the stitching will make it pop even more. Really nice job!

  3. That is an amazing quilt! You've done a marvelous job with it! Whoop whoop!!

  4. I love your changes and Sue will too! She encourages everyone to put their own tweek on things. Her stitches are just a stepping stone. I'm starting this quilt now!


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