Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fanciful Stitches: The Windmill

This quilt was inspired by a windmill painting by Vincent Van Gogh called Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre: La Butte Montmartre. Someday I would like to meet Vincent. I just love his work.
Like Vincent, I too enjoy a good vegetable garden. But next to the windmill where I live we grow tulips for their beautiful color and for that wonderful tulip smell that perfumes the air in Spring. It's good to be a tulip grower.
Think of the Windmill project from Fanciful Stitches as a canvas for using all your favorite embroidery stitches. Pattern the blades with Straight Stitches. Trim the Windmill structure with Stem Stitches, Blanket Stitches, and Needle Weaving. Plant your gardens with French Knots, Pistol Stitches, Scattered Seed, and Running Stitches. As the song says: There's a Whole Lot of Stitching to Do!

And now my fellow glee club members, if you leave a comment on this blog today, a lucky singer will win a Fist Full of Threads! Everybody sing!

71 comments:

Carol said...

Another Happy Quilt. Your work is so light hearted.

Barbara said...

it's Tuesday at Laura's - what can I say but beautiful inspiration

Gene Black said...

Van Gogh is one of my favorites. He passion truly shows in much of his work.
It is tragic that you and I will never get to meet him in this life.

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Being of Dutch descent I am a tulip & windmill fan.
Love the bright colors.

Quiltbug said...

Van Gogh is the artist I picked for my quilt art club challenge. So far I have not really been inspired but I think your colours have inspired me. I might do his bedroom painting. I would love to win threads to embellish it.

Helle said...

Your windmill quilt is lovely!! I would like to live in that one, please. Thanks for the chance. Greetings from Seoul

Kathy said...

I love Van Gogh's work too. We used his swirly skies for inspiration in our winter mural recently. I would love a chance to win some of your threads!

sewinggeek said...

Your Windmill is just perfect!. It would be interesting to meet Vincent...I wonder what he would think of art quilting.
A chance to win your beautiful threads would be amazing. I used to love embroidery but don't enjoy the DMC that I have collected over 25 years.

Sheila said...

I love the quilt, such nice colors.

Mommarock said...

It amazes me what you take on to quilt.. i would never dream to do. Things that seem so challenging, and yet they always come out so fantastic. Such pure talent!

Liesbeth Wessels said...

Yes I love van Gogh very much and I like you interpretation of his work. I like to go to Amsterdam to van Gogh Museum. I like his choice for colors! In the village where I live there is a windmill still working, making flour. greetings from a dutch girl, liesbeth

maria said...

You are always an inspiration!

Ruth B said...

Tra...la...la...la...la...etc. (That's me singing. Be grateful you can't hear it.) Another fun post. Always a treat to see what you are up to!

Maggie Szafranski said...

Tiptoe...through the tulips.. (sung in falsetto with my wild curls flying with each toss of my head!)

Musicmaker said...

Laura, your art is developing in a wonderful way. Lots of variety and stitches.

Relentless Toil said...

I heart the tiny birds!

Edith Bieri said...

Love your quilts and all your inspirations you share with us.

Quilt or Dye said...

Van Gogh is also one of my favorites!

Jean said...

The tulips are my favorite part!

Jean

ConundrumChum said...

Very pretty!

Paula Ganyard said...

I particularly love the sky in this quilt. It is a beautiful fabric.

Carol Kamin said...

I love the tulip farms in the Netherlands. They are so beautiful, as is your quilt. Thanks for the joy of this series.

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

Oh this is wonderful!! Have you seen the "tribute to Vincent" fabric line? It's wonderful - I had to have a bunch of it!!

THanks for the inspiration. I'm happily planning my drive across the continent to Empty Spools...yay!!

Suzanne said...

Another delightful quilt Laura! Love the tulips.

PuebloMom said...

Ok, this is sooo my week to win the stunning threads. Its my birthday this week. That has to give me a little more luck. heehee

WoolenSails said...

Love your version better, much happier colors.
I need to take a look at the piece I am doing, need to figure out the stitches to keep it prim, but not boring.

Debbie

gill said...

I love this quilt! especially the tulips - you are so talented and an inspiration to us all

Lisa said...

Love your windmill and tulips! I'm a Van Gogh lover too. Have you ever watched Doctor Who? I was delighted when Doctor Who did an episode where they visited Van Gogh - I know I'm a geek and I love it. Fictional as the show was it helped bring the painter to life for my teenager and created another Van Gogh lover.

Beth from Maine said...

My son and DIL came to visit from Malta via Amsterdam and brought me a package of 16 giant purple tulips. When they visited the next year I told them how lovely they were . My DIL burst into laughter at the way I pronounced tulips. She said it sounds like two-lips and dissolved into laughter. I asked her (a Brit) how she pronounced it and she responded "te-u-lips".
I still love them in spite of ridicule.

judi said...

nice array of stitches! do ra me ....
<3 judi

Joan said...

can't believe the pattern on the windmill blades is stitched! it looks perfect.

Gerrie said...

I am about to do some handstitching on a piece and I found my self thinking what would Laura do?

mad elena said...

Your stitches really make the windmill. Do re mi . . .

Marybeth said...

I tested at 2% music ability in high school so I will just hum. But I can use exclaimation points when it comes to this windmill!!This week this one is my favorite!!!! hehe. Marybeth

Debbie said...

Those blades are fantastic, Laura. Gotta win a Fist Full of Threads this time!

Betty Jo said...

Laura, I really really like your windmill..it's so delightful! Cheers, BJ

Jane Moxey said...

What can I do in reaction to this lovely windmill quilt except burst into the opening bars of "Press On Chicago Fuse..."Actually I've got a two-lip quilt in the works myself! Of course I do still say "t- eooooo-lip!"

Kathleen GP said...

Fabulous perspective on this piece, Laura.

And that luscious background fabric!!! I'm going to order some today while the January sale price is still happening.

Thank you.

Jamie said...

I love to visit your blog! You are so creative and the blog is so colorful! Makes me happy! Jamie V in MT
http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
amzanioli@yahoo.com

Maud said...

Love the sky in this quilt...I think I too, need to order that fabric. Interest is in the details.

Nancy said...

Colorful, creative... love this!

Merrie Jo said...

Love it!! Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists.

Janny said...

I am also a Dutch girl and I love the works of van Gogh.....! This is a good interpretation of a Dutch mill.

taiqi said...

No wonder you like Van Gogh--intense and saturated color palate--the same reason I like him. Lovely windmill. Janet Wright, Friday Harbor, Wa

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I don't know much about the arts; but, of course, I know of Van Gogh. I probably just like what I like. Your work catches my eye and makes me happy.

Same with singers. My father was an excellent singer. Me, I can't carry a tune, but a tune can carry me on an adventure. Just went on one with Bon Jovi......grin. Love his voice as well as yours.

Billie

Janet said...

Van Gogh is my favourite classic artist. Love your interpretation of him.

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

Van Gogh is a great artist for stitchers to look at for color and texture. Did you know that he spent some time looking at Dutch Tapestry weaving? A rare expample of the textile arts inluencing painting, it is usually the other way around. Love your windmill.

Jenice said...

I love the fabric you used for the background. What a clever idea.

Kathy, die Stichm├╝cke said...

I love Vincent van Gogh, too. It`s agood idea looking at his paintings for structure.

Laura said...

I'm already singing!
Can you hear me?

Marilyn said...

sing a song of tulips. lined up in a row. ;-)

Marcia W. said...

This quilt looks so different from the others in your series for the new book.
I have a glee club song too: Stitch to My Lou!
Thanks for the fist full of threads giveaway.
p.s. the poppy pattern pdf will not download for me from the fairfield (?) site - gives file damaged errors.

tesuque said...

Ah, tulips. It must be spring somewhere!

Karen said...

You've got to know I am humming Tiny Tim's song "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" right now. Can't you just see him with his ukelele? Okay, on a serious note, I love the windmill...so colorful!

Madalene said...

I can see why you would love Van Gogh with his strong colors.
Beautiful piece! I love the sky.

craftirn said...

I love your colorful Quilts. That windmill is beautiful.

susan said...

Happy Tuesday Laura! I LOVE this piece. Actually I love ALL your pieces but this one seems different somehow. I can't wait to get your book! I think you said the presold books will be sent in February, is that right? Or will they arrive in February? Christmas is coming in February Laura!

dollie said...

Wonderful!

Cobi said...

I missed last week's give-away. I'm in time this time. I have Don McLean's song "Vincent" in my head now. Not singing out loud, makes the kitties leave the room. Being Dutch I feel very much at home with the mill and the tulips. Have heavy scenting hyacinths in my window sill right now. Love them.

Mary Andrews said...

I love Van Gogh too and have done one of his trees. Embroidery makes great Van Gogh brush strokes.

Mary

Jennifer said...

Another great quilt! Your new book is sure to be a hit with all this eye candy in it!

vrgnamgnta said...

Nice windmill...looking forward to the book...

Zizophora said...

I really look forward to Tuesdays to see what's next, and I'm always surprised. Love the tulips and the sky!

Terry said...

The tulips are the perfect compliment to the windmill!

Jackie said...

I am singing so loud over here in Canada, I am sure you must be able to hear me!

Jan D. aka DJ, Miss Thready, etc etc. said...

Best to hear my song virtually, at least you can turn off the sound! Love the windmill. My ancestry is Dutch, so I love all things Windmill.
Keep those stitches coming!

Bev said...

I'm singing, singing, singing along. Can't wait to get your new book and work some of these stitches into my little quilts.

Sherrie said...

I am also a lover of Van Gogh. i was lucky enough to go to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam some years ago. Love the Tulips and your sky!

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Pattie Crum said...

Van Gogh is one of my favorites also. The Van Gohh museums in Amsterdan and Arhnem are so inspiring. I never missed an opportunity to go there when I lived in NL.