Sunday, June 02, 2019

Gaïa's Garden is coming along

I'm still at it! I've almost finished piecing Gaïa's Garden. It's not really piecing in the conventional sense, but more in the appliqué/collage sense.

Gaïa's Garden

This is Gaïa's Garden so far. I would say that the piecing is about 80% finished.
Gaïa's Garden so far
I finally added the swamp part. There is still work to be done to incorporate it within the rest of the piece but I'm hoping that it won't be too difficult.
The swamp or pond section
I've been stitching down the fabric pieces using Kimono Silk Thread. I love it. The difficult part is to not get carried away since I want to free motion quilt it rather than thread paint it. So as soon as I add the batting, then I'll be able to use what ever type of thread each section calls for.

I also know that parts of the quilt, like the sun, will look much better once it's quilted. I'm really looking forward to the FMQ.

What I learned
  • I really over extended myself with all of these pieces for this summer's show. It's going to be great but I hope that I remember not to do this again 😊 (those sound like "famous last words...")
  • As much as I've been wanting to make this piece for over a year (since I made Morning has Broken), I'm glad that I'm doing it but I'm now really tired of it. It's not because I don't like it, just because I would rather be doing something else right now. I am really looking forward to just playing for a while.
  • Quilt Canada is in 2 weeks, so after I finish this piece by next weekend, I'll be taking a few days off and really taking advantage of having Quilt Canada in Ottawa this year. I'll be sure to blog about my course and lectures there as well as the show itself.
Related links
Remember to come back on
Thursday to link up!
June's One Monthly Goal
This is the second time that this project is my OMG. Didn't quite make it for May, but it will be given to the show organisers to hang on the 16th, so it will get done! 😊

Linking parties
I'll be linking this post to a few linking parties. Why not see what's happening out there? Free Motion Mavericks, Oh Scrap!, Wandering Camera, Off The Wall FridayMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayMoving It ForwardWhat I Made Monday, Tuesday Colour Linky Party, Midweek MakersLet's Bee SocialNeedle & Thread Thursday, June's One Monthly Goal Link-up and To-Do Tuesday


  1. I've come to the conclusion that I just don't like sticking with a long-term project. Once I get started on it, I'm so ready to leave it go and start something new. My brain is always coming up with a new idea I want to try, or I see something I want to try, etc. Anyway, your garden is looking absolutely lovely! I've never tried thread painting; I can't even handle free motion! But I do like the look of it!

  2. Your Gaia's Garden is looking fabulous! I've never tried collage quilting but a friend in my quilting bee does a lot of it and I'm feeling the urge to give it a try. It looks like a great way to use all those snippets of scrap fabric that were just too beautiful to throw away!

  3. You can do it! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project!

  4. This is coming along beautifully! I completely understand the "remember not to do this again" thought... and mine were famous last words too! LOL!

  5. lol, I over commit every year, so good luck with that. But sometimes it is the only way to get things off the list too. Enjoy Quilt Canada!

  6. It's looks fabulous! At first I thought it was a painting :)

    Thank you so much for linking up on Wandering Camera!!

  7. Hello Andrée,

    Nothing like a deadline, is there?

    I love the riotously colourful garden. This is the sort of piece where I can imagine you getting involved with a bit of hand stitching and beads for the final touches...

    Love, Muv


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