Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Voila, Blooming Horrors

Blooming Horrors is finished at last. It measures 24.5" x 29.5"

The spiders and the year are stem stitched with perle cotton 8 or 3 strands of embroidery floss. The background spider webs and some of the quilting details were done with regular quilting thread.


I wove some perle cotton thread through my quilting stitch to get this interesting effect on the spiky flower:



What do you think? Is it out of balance? I'm wondering if it needs more down in the lower left corner.

It still hasn't gone up onto the wall yet. I'm behind on my Halloween decorating.

Two of my favorite people in the world, my aunt (who quilts) and uncle are arriving in just a couple of hours. Woohoo. Of course I've put off all sorts of cleaning and tidying because I work better with a deadline. I think that's NOW. You won't see much from me in the next 10 days. Take care and cross your fingers that the French don't get too strike crazy.

41 comments:

Clare said...

Bonjour mon ami. C'est fantastique, comme d'habitude.

I don't think it does need anything in the left hand corner.

Enjoy the next 10 days. If the strike continues and Mr le President doesn't give in there is a good chance that you could have Paris to yourself for a few days!

Buffie H said...

I've been following the progress of your blooming horrors with great anticipation of it's finish. It is just beautiful. I dont think it needs anything either, but if you did I have an idea that just might work nicely. My mum made a cushion for my daughter (she's a halloween baby) it's in purple and lime green and has a big black spider about the size of a dinner plate crawling on it. It has a black velvet body and head, eight black shiny beady eyes and furry black legs plaited from wool. This is stitched on top of a delicate shiny embroidered spiders web. The cushion has the words 'Come into my parlour said the spider to the - - - - ' and theres a button shaped fly trying to get away. It's very effective having a life like raised piece on a quilted subject like this.

de vliegende koe said...

Lovely Tonya, I think something in the left corner would balance the whole quilt just a little bit more, something yellow I think! Wonderful result!!!

joyce said...

I love it the way it is. I personally don't like things to be too symetrical. Enjoy your visit with your aunt and uncle. Hopefully the strikers will co-operate.

Hedgehog said...

Love the quilt! Have a great time with your visitors!

Sassenach said...

My 2 cents -- leave the lower left corner alone. Rule of thumb is that an uneven number of objects is preferred. If you look at floral arrangements, you'll see odd numbers. (A dozen roses is the exception, of course!)

Quilt Pixie said...

WOW! I haven't been enthrawled during the making, but the quilting/embroidery really makes this an exciting piece. I just love the spiders in the moon :-)

I'd leave the bottom left alone -- I rather like the asymmetrical movement it has personally...

anne bebbington said...

I love it just the way it is!!! Enjoy your visitors - aah French strikes - don't miss those! Mind you that's rich coming from a nation that have just had a succession of postal strikes

dot said...

Just wonderful. I like it. Enjoy your company and your new boo-quet.

Quilting Pirate said...

yah for another awsome project done! I so love the spiders on the moon!!

Tracey in CT said...

Looks great! I don't think that it needs anything in the lower left corner.

Barbara C said...

It's perfect! What a fun quilt! I especially love the rat and the flowers with skeleton centers.

jude said...

oh gosh, love all the details...and the rat! great color. love all of it.

Dawn said...

I love it! And I am so glad to finally put a size to it! I think it is perfect the way it is, and I love your quilting and details on it. Only thing is - the rat gives me the heebie jeebies!

Ms. Jan said...

The asymmetry is perfect as is! This is THE BEST Halloween quilt I've ever seen. Ever.

Yvonne said...

I love it...it's perfect. Have a wonderful time with your company. :)

Fiona said...

Just fabulous how it is - asymmetrical wins every time.

tami said...

I like it just the way it is. I don't think it needs anything in that corner. It would make it too symmetrical. Things are more visually interesting when they aren't symmetrical.

Lori said...

Superb quilt! I love it!

ROZ said...

Formidable (excuse my bad French accent, please.)

paula, the quilter said...

No, no. Don't add anything else. It works just like it is.

andsewitis Holly said...

It's fantastic - every bit of it. You have a great imagination and are so creative.

Karen said...

That is incredible. You're done, don't add anything. This could go in any art exhibit anywhere.

Sue in western WA said...

Maybe just something sparkly in that lower left corner? You don't want to cover up the date afterall. Could you go over the quilted lines of the spider web with an iridescent thread or something?

Love the spiders on the moon! (Love the whole quilt!)

Duyvken said...

I like the spareness of the bottom left corner and wouldn't add anything to it. Another great quilt Tonya!

Kristin said...

It's totally fabulous! I was quilting on mine last night and wondering when we'd see yours. I love everything about it. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your aunt and uncle and look forward to checking in with you later.

Studio Christine said...

...well, if you don't LIKE it the way it is.....it could come live at my house!! ;>)

It's boo-tiful the way it is, asymetrical is good!

SO much work for such a tactile looking piece..makes me want to reach out to feel it.......

Mary said...

It looks great - I don't think it needs anything else in the bottom corner.

Have fun!

Cascade Lily said...

Tonya it's just amazing. Love the idea of weaving thread through your stitches too. Fab, fab, fab!

lovejoy said...

It's Spooktacular!!!
Leave it the way it is! I was such a symmetrical person all my life and am enjoying being odd instead of even.
what a coingkidink - Janet and Morey are two of my favorite people in the world too.

Diane said...

Frightfully good!

Exuberant Color said...

I would leave it alone, it is a wonderful piece just as it is.

YankeeQuilter said...

You are just too organized...you finished a Halloween quilt before Halloween in the same year you started it! I am impressed! Love the quilt. Hope the strike and the rugby crowds don't drive you and your visitors crazy!!!

Katie said...

I like the lower left corner as it is. Have fun with your family. Take pics. :)

jmbmommy said...

I really like it...the spiderweb quilting inspired me. Don't add anything, it is just great!

atet said...

Tonya, it's beooootiful! Absolutely perfect as it is! Have a great time with your aunt and uncle.

CraftyRachel said...

What a wonderful result! So happy to see the finished product - I'm so impressed. It really puts me in the Halloween mood, too. All I have to decorate is a pumpkin!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

WOW that is wonderful Your Blooming Horrors! Just so great!

cher said...

the detail you added really make this Halloween quilt spooktacular! perhaps your initials to the left of 2007 ? it really looks perfect as is however-lovely you were able to finish before the 31st!

Judy said...

Very very cool! Love it immensely! You do the BEST stem stitch, I can't do it, tired and tried but it always sucks. Oh well, I just backstitch everything.

The quilting is perfect and I think it's perfectly balanced!

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