Gracie’s Runway Debut

In my February 15, 2017 post I showed you the start of my art quilt.  I used a Laura Heine floral collage pattern called Potpourri…the cutest giraffe ever!

I renamed Potpourri “Gracie” because she just seems so, well…graceful!  Here is my finished masterpiece…Gracie’s runway debut!


Below is a close up of her face.  You can see she has a fairly tight meandering stitch to keep all the flowers in place.  I am totally in love with the background print.  It’s from the Desert Bloom collection by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs.  The fabric features text and sketches about gardening.  It’s the perfect background for a floral collage quilt!


Gracie’s tail was fun to make.  It was a floral print but when cut into smaller pieces, it looks like a collection of feathers.  It makes a nice “swishy” tail for a giraffe, don’t you think?


Below is a view of Gracie’s legs and feet.  I kept adding flowers here and there and finally had to tell myself to stop BUT can there really ever be too many flowers??!!  The grass is made from several different batik fabrics I had on hand.  I like how they add dimension to those lovely feet.


This was a fun quilting project.  It gave me a chance to learn a new technique and to go big and bold with color, pattern and texture.  I highly recommend giving one of Laura’s patterns a try!

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