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Poppies on moda prairie paisley II

This quilt is a small sample quilt of mine that showcases the "poppies" pantograph, which I have quilted with a variegated thread in reds, blues, greens and yellows. 
 
I love the poppies panto, and although I am not really a big fan of variegated thread,  I am pleased that it does look OK and I certainly want to experiment more with some fantastic threads available - this one is by superior threads called Rainbows.  Sometimes I feel that a variegated thread "breaks up" the quilting design, but a bright variegated thread does look great on dark fabrics especially black. 
 
Recently I also found this great company in the US www.spoonflower.com who will print your own fabric from any digital design, which basically means that you can design your own fabric, so using a photograph of one of my quilts overlayed with my name and addess details,  I ordered some labels to be able to attach to the back of my quilts dating and detailing my quilts.  Something I confess that I have never really done before as most of my quilts are either on a bed, or a sofa or in my studio for a sample, or have been given away...  next time I order them I will make them a little larger with more space inbetween so that I can either piece them into my backing, or needle turn applique them onto the back of my quilts.  At the moment they have a fusing strip around the edges, but the fabric has frayed a little more than I expected that it would..  fun though.. and I can see lots or other ways of using this service other than for labels.
 
 

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