Hi, my name is Jeannie. I love to quilt….I mean I REALLY love it ….a lot! I only started my collection of fabrics about twelve years ago. That is what it has turned out to be, after all… a VERY large (7 Rubbermaid Tubs full!) collection of fabric. I have made nearly 80 quilts in the past twelve years. The story of how this particular quilt came to be, is what turned my quilting career in a different direction.
A few years ago, I found a yard and a half remnant of the iris fabric seen in the borders of my Iris Garden Quilt. It wasn’t much yardage, so I decided that I would make a center panel with appliqued irises. I would then use the remnant fabric as borders. Hmmm….I didn’t really want to applique! But I could already picture this quilt in my mind with iris blooms in the center. Suddenly it occurred to me….. I could paint a center panel! I discovered that the latest fabric paints are soft and flexible when dried, and very suitable for quilting.
I have been painting in various mediums for nearly 40 years. Why not? Wow, a whole new craft world opened up for me! That is how the Iris Garden Quilt came to be, and here are the steps that lead to that wonderful quilt. Mind you, I did not have a quilt in mind when ….
I took a photo of my neighbor’s Iris Garden.
Then I painted three beautiful blooms in oils, on a 16 x 20 canvas
When I decided to make the quilt center panel, I dreaded trying to make an appliqued piece. Instead, I sketched the pattern on to my fabric, then I matched the paints to my fabric. Then my real fun began!!
This was after just a few blooms were done
Wouldn’t you love to start a quilt with this as the center panel? Well, I have turned this beautiful painted panel into a fabric panel. Now you can order this work of art, frame it, or make it the focal point of your next quilt.
Iris Garden Center Panel
For info on ordering this beautiful print on fabric, just Click on the Patterns, Tutorials, and Fabrics tab you’ll find at the top right of this page.
And just to give credit where it is due, the Iris Garden Quilt was quilted by Peggy Barkle on her long arm machine. Peggy is a wonderful quilter, author, and speaker and I was so glad I chose her to do this very special quilt.