Hello, my name is Holley Downs and I love reading blogs and now I've made the decision (not easy) to start one of my own. My favorite thing to do is read books, magazines, and patterns. I love fiber and color. I love to touch it and look at it. When I walk into a quilt shop I feel as though I must have died and gone to heaven. It is simply eye candy and food for my soul.
I search daily for ideas and inspiration from the books, magazines, etc. that I read for me to try. For those projects that catch my eye, I love to add my own special twist. Sometimes I make it different, sometimes I make it better, and sometimes it's perfect just the way it is.
I love fiber and color and cannot believe it took me years to find this out. When I began quilting five years ago, it opened up my pent up creativity and unleased my imagination. I find that reading books, magazines, articles, blogs, etc. inspire me to try. I do believe the most important thing that I've learned is to have fun at whatever you do and enjoy each step of the process!
One of my very favorite techniques is machine applique and I look for any excuse to do some everyday. I do love the look of needle-turn applique, but for me I am not patient enough for this technique. I guess you could say I am an instant gratification kind of girl and love trying out all the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I find the possibilities to be endless.
This picture of my interpretation of a bucket of sunflowers that I made in August 2010 was taken from the book more! hand applique by machine by Beth Ferrier. The cover features this bucket of sunflowers and if you see the book and compare with my little quilt you will notice instantly the differences. I chose to omit the sashings, one butterfly, placement, size, etc. If you follow by blog, you will find that I rarely follow the patterns and sometimes I don't read the instructions. I love having the idea and the templates to play with. Let's face it, the artist has done the hard work . . . I just like to see how far I can go with it. I also want the piece to be mine; however, always giving the artist credit for his/her inspiration.
Back to Beth Ferrier's book . . . A wonderful book filled with beautiful projects, ideas, templates, information, and easy to follow instructions. I love sunflowers, applique, hand-dyed fabric (a discussion for another day), so her books were just what I needed. Her books are worth the money and a great resource to have on your shelf.
This little wall hanging was so much FUN to create . . . from hand-dying the background fabric, going through my scraps, fusing, appliqueing, quilting, the whole process was extremely FUN! If you do not machine applique, please try it! I think you'll fall in love, too.
Be sure to check out Beth's blog . . . applewd.com/blog
Have a great day. Sew, Create, Imagine, and have Fun!
My ideas are free for your use and I would REALLY appreciate your feedback and comments.