I’m finished with my most recent mini that I’ve decided should be entitled “Dream a Little Dream”. It all started with an inspirational sketch and post by designer Sarah Jane. This mini is part of a swap over at flickr and my partner doesn’t know this is for her yet. So I can’t tell you a heck of a lot about her. But I will say that I identified with my partner (and also Sarah Jane) on the need to de-stress this year. Life gets in the way quickly and it is easy to become overwhelmed by our own particular circumstances. So I thought my partner would appreciate the simplicity yet emotional nature of this quilt. And so Dream a Little Dream was begun.
The girl in my mini is completely inspired by Sarah Jane’s illustration…but I’m quite pleased with how she turned into fabric and thread. I did this all with raw edge applique, a steady hand, and a lot of thread changes.
Her dreams are made up of all things lovely, sweet, and fantastic. Which just so happens to coincide with my love for Heather Ross fabrics. There’s definitely a reason I’m drawn to her designs. You will see that they appear often. And don’t mind me when I start waxing poetic and pulling out my love of Disney when I say ” A Dream is a wish your Heart makes”.
I also did a little stamping on this quilt. My very first time stamping on fabric! I did just a subtle (read: I didn’t want to mess up) stamping along the quilt with the title. The free motion quilting is also supposed to be dream like… flowing, relaxing, and wavy.
The details are big in this mini, but I think the overall effect is Simplicity. I worked to keep things a little less overworked and I hope that it “works”.
So, dear partner, I hope that you love this mini as much as I do. She’s been peaceful and joyful for me…just what I think you will enjoy about her. I’ve loved having her finished for a while and getting to her enjoy her on my design wall. I don’t always get to spend much time with the items I make for a swap and I feel lucky to have had her for a bit.
73 thoughts on “Dream a Little Dream”
The quilting is perfect!
This is such an inspiration!
Angela – she's perfect! I love that you kept it simple, but of course there are so many scrumptious details. The quilting was perfect!
I love your work Angela, it is absolutely beautiful!
Hello Angela! This is so beautiful and adorable quilt! You are so talented!
I am happy that I found you again, because I remember always your quilt 'Where bluebirds fly'! Then I lost you and couldn't remember where to find your blog. I think I saw your quilt in the quilting festival.
Sunny wishes from Greece! x Teje
You are extremely talented. Really.
Wow this is so amazing. Painting with fabric instead of a brush. You are a true artist.
Magical. Lovely. Absolutely beautiful with such heart put in it for your friend.
Inspiring as well for us to all dream a little dream each day.
I love it!
So original and so out of a creative mind!
AMAZING!!! So detailed and lovely!
Angela, did you do all of that by machine? Wow. Wow. Wow. Great job!
I'm pretty sure I have already commented on this quilt, but I saw it in the linky and just had to come back to say "we have a winner!"
Seriously though, this really is truly amazing and I wish you the best of luck!
This is awesome! Great job!
This is so very beautiful.
i absolutely love this mini!!! and congrats on making it into sliced! i saw that yesterday and was so thrilled for you!
What a wonderful quilt! I've never tried stamping on a quilt. You got me intrigued! What ink do you use? Great free-motion, great applique, great idea!
So indescribably amazing!
This is so beautiful. Can you scan it and start selling prints??? Awesome.
Holy cannoli, this is probably the most amazing applique I've ever seen on a mini. I had to look at your close up pictures to check if the dreams were even stitched on. Brava ma'am, brava.
Just wanted to let you know that I adore your mini quilt and voted for you!!
now I really can say "we have a winner!" Congratulations – so well deserved!
Stunning and precious! Thanks for sharing.