Friday, March 8, 2013

A Slice of Lime...

Limes by Christina Fairley Erickson
Freehand machine embroidery, freemotion quilting and decorative stitching
Do you get more and more productive the closer you get to a deadline?  This is a pet peeve of mine (not to mention my husband's!)  Why is it that we have to get right up to a deadline before we get motivated?  I really thought that with my finishing each of the 5 x 7 pieces each week, I'd be looking great for the Salsa show's deadline of April 6.  Perhaps I am doing fine... it's a bit hard for me to know, since I've never made a quilt-as-you-go quilt.  I suppose I'm worried that putting it all together will prove a bit harder than I've imagined.  Two more 5 x 7 blocks to go.

Here are the other pieces completed so far:

Any thoughts on what I should do for sashing and putting them all together?

The lime seemed like it might be a bit tricky- there was a lot of reflective light in the photo and the juiciness of the cut lime.  I decided to start with the darker parts of the sliced half, and then added progressively lighter colors.  For the whole lime, I began with the outer edges (the parts furthest away) and worked my way towards the center.  
When I finished the machine embroidery, I completed the background with more decorative stitching and freemotion quilting.  I used the same sort of squared stippling that I'd used with the Peppers, which I'd learned on Leah Day's FreeMotion Quilting Project.

Finally, I added the limes on top with extra batting to give them dimension (hand applique.) 
Working on the freemotion quilting
Quilted background completed

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Blogs I Recommend and Link-up:

Freemotion Quilting Project

Freshly Pieced

Nina Marie Sayre's Art Quilts

Quilt Matters

Richard and Tanya Quilts

Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. Wow! Stunning!!! I also feel the same way as far as deadlines. Quilters just must be procrastinators at heart! Keep up the beautiful work!

  2. What can I say? Pass the toquilla and I don't even drink. Your ability to create a sense of light, shadow and depth improve with each block.

    I wouldn't add sashing. Instead use the quilt as you go method and select a bright yellow fabric as the binding strip. If you wanted you could additional embroidery in the binding strip, but I probably wouldn't. A solid yellow would frame each block, give the eye a place to rest and provide a unifying factor, beyond the fiesta colors and edibles.

    This is going to be a stunning quilt.

  3. These are cute! Great idea stitching onto a printed photo! I like the background designs too, especially on the tomato.

  4. Love your work! It brings such a great dimension to it.

    Have you tried debuting different fabrics by laying the blocks out on top of a potential sashing fabric? Take a photo and see how they look to you. I'd try a black along with some other solids and see how it frames the blocks out.

  5. This is a wonderful series. You could make a quilt out of it, but you could also make a series of framed or mounted wall art pieces.

  6. I am in awe of each new design as you post it. These limes look so refreshing and realistic, I'm tempted to pass the salt shaker! Yum!

    And, yes, I work better close to the deadline as well. Wish I could be one of those planners who space everything out evenly and allow plenty of time at the end, but I'm not.

  7. Your lime is gorgeous. I love they way you've accomplished the shading. I agree with Gynned, these are beautiful without sashing :)

  8. These are so amazing, Christina! Whoop whoop!!

  9. The lime block looks great. I agree a very the blocks and try different colors. I would go with black or a dark color.

  10. You do such fabulous work! I have been watching as you create each block. It's very impressive. I'm excited and eager to see the next 2 blocks.

  11. Wow, it looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  12. The limes look great! I like that you added them on top of the quilted piece. Fun to have that extra dimension!

  13. They are amazing...have yu thought about making the sashing stripes different sizes of rectangles but all the same colour?

    It will be interesting to see your final piece.

  14. Your colors are great! I can't wait to see all of your blocks together in a quilt.

  15. Wow,looks good enough to eat. lol

  16. Hi, Christina. Beautiful stitching, as usual. Besides the compositions in this series, I LUV your stitched backgrounds. So original and pleasing.
    best, nadia

  17. Thank you for linking up in March to Richard and Tanya Quilts on our Link a Finish Friday. We will have a new linkup available every Friday. So stop by and share what you have been working on and check out what others are doing.