Friday, September 20, 2013

My Happy Flowers

I am in love with fabric right now. The different textures and prints. How they play so nicely together or maybe even when they don't. Then this yellow! So different from my normal buttery yellow golds I've been buying for years. Occasionally I pick up something random 'just because' and recently I realized that I have a small stack of very odd yellows (compared to my normal stuff, that is).
Prep work for Happy Flowers
Aren't they yummy? I'm so enjoying the crisp, tart, puckered-up look to them. During my recent trip to Portland, I found myself in a JoAnn's one evening and somehow ended up with just over a yard of this black stripey linen. Will it fray badly even though I pre-washed it? It has the very best feel to it and I literally could. Not. Resist. Plus it was 40% off or something wonderful like that. It's definitely destined to be my block background unless I get totally scared away from it.
Yep, gonna go for the bilious green stems
Then I'm seriously thinking about using the weird green/gold fabric for flower stems, which I suppose would be obvious since it's already prepped for that same purpose. When I bought this fabric, I picked it up and set it down at least three times, then showed it to my mom just to see how badly she would gag over it. It's so ugly, it's positively gorgeous, which makes no sense whatsoever.

I cannot even begin to describe how happy these flowers are making me feel even though it's early days for them yet! Sometimes I think we tend to over-think things and this project feels very 'go-with-the-flow'. I'm hoping that will help balance out the tedium of working on some current ufq's.
Rolling stone block with Scrap Basket
Just playing, I decided to make a sample rolling stone block to see how it might look next to my scrap basket centerpiece. Wrong colors of course, but I've been eyeing this block pattern for a couple years now wondering how I could work it into a quilt project. For some reason I started out making my sample block from directions that included TEMPLATES, which generally I avoid like the plague. On the first try I forgot to add seam allowances so the fabric pieces had to be dumped into the scrap basket/garbage as necessary. Second try I did something wrong with the triangles. More for the garbage (now you see why I make sample blocks?). Then finally I got smart and re-did the entire pattern with rotary cutting directions I measured out by myself. Approx. 2 hrs. after initial cutting I had Success! One properly finished 9" block!

Um.. tonight while sitting in my corner of the couch where the lighting is very good for hand quilting, I remembered a book I've had for years (Block Party by Marsha McCloskey). It's currently sitting on a shelf in my quilting room. Oh yeah, and it just happens to have full rotary cutting directions for 9 blocks, including the rolling stone block--I know it does. Yep. I'm the idiot. Obviously much more focused on fondling my fabrics right now than figuring out the most efficient way to cut up my fabric. lol

13 comments:

  1. Your flowers & fabrics are VERY happy indeed! I love that striped linen you have - might have to go looking for some of it myself! If fraying is a problem you could run a bead of Fray Check all around the edge of each block - it really doesn't take much time and prevents that problem from developing.

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  2. I love your flowers!! I think that linen is destined to be your background. I think it's great you had to have a fabric because it's so ugly it's gorgeous. I've bought fabrics for that same reason. Yours makes perfect stems. I'm looking forward to seeing rolling stone blocks next to your basket.

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  3. fun post! I smiled all the way through. ;)

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  4. Playing with fabric is so satisfying ugly or not.

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  5. Love the flowers and the background fabric is perfect.

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  6. Those are very pretty flowers, and I love their stems and background. If you have trouble with fraying, I suppose you could iron on some interfacing, even just where you're going to cut the edges. I saw something similar at JoAnn's this summer, and thought I'd go back and get some. Luckily, I forgot about it until now!

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  7. They are very fun flowers, even the stems, in a strange kind of way (with their very unusual color), add to the flowers. I like your background grey/black linen. I have been collecting linen for a year or so with the expectation of using the pieces for a quilt. I have heard that linen frays very easily and that 1/2" seams work best. I'll be interested to see what your experiences are with linen, Audrey.

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  8. Love your flowers! And your scrap basket - that is really a neat pattern. I would like to make one of those with wool flowers!

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  9. I am interested to see where your happy flowers are going! Google was no help at all, lol.

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  10. Love your flowers! And that background fabric is great, interested what your experiences with this fabric will be!

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  11. Love the flowers and the color combinations!!

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  12. Love those happy flowers! And the scrap basket is delightful!

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