Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday's Wanderings #21 - Quilt Market


The highlight of my week was definitely my trip to Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City.  And the vision that is burned in my memory and still brings a smile to my face, is Michael Miller's circus themed booth.

I still wonder how those elephants made the trip.

I really enjoy making these little blocks.  I giggle to myself when I add 3-dimensional details like the elephants' collars and ears.

You can really see the stitching.  I do like using the blanket stitch to stitch down fusible appliques.  Rayon thread adds a nice sheen.  The 30 wt Sulky thread is my preference.  It's a little thicker than the traditional Sulky.  (The lower the number, the thicker the thread.)

For pieces that will not be laundered, I found a great assortment of foam letters at the crafts store.  I use them to add letters or words.  They have a sticky back which is perfect for holding them in place while being stitched down.

I added the M for Michael Miller. 
They really do make wonderful fabric.



  1. This piece is adorable, Cheryl!

  2. this is too cute! did you email them a picture?? you totally should, it's so cute and well made and what an inspiration

  3. OMG! I can't believe how perfectly you've captured those whimsical and adorable elephants! What a perfect block to capture the week. You keep me in awe Cheryl.

  4. Love your block...great choice of fabrics and embellishments too! Really captures the essence of your photo! So playful! I agree, you should email them a photo of your block.

  5. Those elephants are so fun and love the appliqué of them, wonderful piece.


  6. You are such a wiz! Love your elephants.

  7. Great elephants, they were my favorite from your pictures.
    I also happen to love MM fabric too!

  8. Michael Miller's elephants were an inspired idea! What a great visual and who would forget it? You should definitely send them a photo of your block :)

  9. I loved MM's elephants too. Very cute booth. Thanks for sharing.


  10. Soooo fun!!! Love the details you've added & the quilting stitches suit it perfectly!!


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