Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Flowers and Other Fun Stuff

Still working on my happy flowers. I have the applique done on the blocks now and then I decided to sew a double zigzag around the blocks. It really needed it. That linen--it's definitely going to want to fray on me! I made the mistake of cutting out from behind the applique, which was fine for the cotton. Not so much for the linen though. I think I'd better fray check all those edges just to be sure before I continue on with the quilt.
Happy Flowers
After I put these blocks up on the wall and stared at them for a day or two, I made an executive decision to make five more blocks. Having too many square quilts just gets frustrating to me and it feels good to mix it up occasionally! So far I'm really enjoying these blocks, especially while I'm working on them. (Maybe I'll just keep on making them forever or until I run out of fabric? lol) It's only when I put them on the wall and view them in different light that I start to wonder.  Hmm... You know, these colors could be just a wee bit tough to work with...
My oldest daughter--can't believe she's a senior.....
I wanted to throw in a quick picture of my daughter. She got the first session of her senior pictures done and as she was headed out the door, she turned around and grabbed one of my quilts for a prop--her idea! Guaranteed to make her momma love her pics, no matter what.*wink
Lovely, lovely  fabric!
And then, yesterday this little stack of loveliness came in the mail! Ellen from Little Jewel Quilts sent it to me after I didn't win her giveaway awhile back! hehe Thank you Ellen! She wrote in her note that she hoped these fabrics were something I could use. Oh boy, can I ever! My brain is already spinning with ideas. Gotta love the kindness and generosity of the quilting community!

18 comments:

  1. I love your flowers!! I can't believe you got them all appliqued so quickly. 5 more blocks will look great , the more the merrier! That is such a beautiful photo of your daughter, how clever of her to use the quilt as a prop! I know you'll come up with brilliant ways to use those fabrics.

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  2. Fun post. Your DD is beautiful, how fun she wanted a quilt. Love the blocks. I totally agree about square, don't have too many. And how nice for the lovely gift :).

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  3. You are welcome Audrey. I am glad you will be able to use them. Your daughter is beautiful - maybe she will one day be a quilter! I love your flowers and I think it is a good idea to add a few more. Square quilts have their place but I do prefer rectangles.

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  4. What a sweet gift from Ellen!! I am really loving your newest quilt. Please continue!!
    How fun to have your daughter grab a quilt for a prop! She is lovely.

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  5. Beautiful daughter. My son is also a senior. Your blocks are looking great!

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  6. how sweet your daughter grabbing a quilt for a prop! what a girl - you must be so proud of her she is a beauty.
    Love the quilt - I have not worked with linen much but have heard some others complain about it and others that love it. there are some using it for the love entwined quilt that I am working on also.

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  7. Your daughter is a real beauty (and smart too - nobody else will have gorgeous quilts starring in their senior pics)

    LOve those little flowers of yours ...linen is the worst fabric ever for fraying!

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  8. Your quilt is looking so good! I know what you mean about square quilts - I just made the decision to set some blocks 3 x 5 instead of 4 x 4. It will be a couch quilt - so long and skinny will work just fine! I often add a bead of Fray Check to blocks when I do a lot of applique - it sounds like the perfect solution for your problem.....

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  9. What a sweet daughter!
    I love the applique flowers,so simple yet nice!

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  10. Beautiful flowers AND daughter! I love the charcoal linen, and I can see how it could be tricky to work with.

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  11. I smiled as soon as I saw the flowers. No wonder you call them happy flowers. I can envision one of your pinks or light blues with them. I haven't worked with linen yet but have some pieces to begin one of these days. I read that it's best to use a ½" seam on linen and after reading your comments about the fabric raveling, I think I'll plan on that.

    Your daughter is beautiful!

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  12. Love your happy flowers!! Is that your design or a pattern? Your daughter looks like a real sweetie! Have fun with those fabrics.

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  13. A lovely photo of your beautiful girl. Your happy flowers look great!

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  14. your pomegranate blocks are wonderful. I love that pattern.
    your daughters photo is lovely - and that she wanted to include is a quilt is fantastic!

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  15. Your daughter is beautiful...and obviously has a great sense of style! Must take after her momma. :)

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  16. The dark linen looks great with your appliqué and your daughters senior pic is beautiful. Looks like it was a good week.

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  17. Happy flowers indeed! Love them! And your daughter is beautiful. How lovely she thought of using one of your quilts in the pictures.

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  18. I like the simplicity of the applique blocks. Suits me to a tee.

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