Hi everyone! Today is my day to participate in the Where Flowers Bloom blog hop hosted by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks! I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s beautiful projects and cheery flowers so far (and a few other creatures included as well!)
For my project, I chose a pattern from Annie’s Craft Store from the e-book A Year of Flower Blocks (affiliate). While perusing the file, I came across this lovely block for the month of June. Since these blocks are 15 inches square, I decided to make a mini quilt that can be hung or used as a table mat.
I love roses! Roses and peonies are my very favorite flowers, along with dahlias, gladiolas, magnolias, etc., etc. Well, you get the picture – I really love ALL flowers! I just can’t grow them! LOL I did not get my mother and grandmother’s green thumb! Though I do have some lovely gladiolas growing right now. Heck, I even turned a yellow rose bush red! I’m not sure exactly how that happened, but after about 6-8 years of blooming the most beautiful yellow roses, the next year it turned a deep beautiful red!! I’m NOT kidding! Had they turned purple, I would have loved them even more!! ??
So with my favorite color being purple, I set out to make my rose wreath in those colors. The first task I had was to either buy a premade doily or make one. Whoa Nellie!! Doilies are not the easiest to find, so I decided to try my hand at making one. I learned a lot about doilies! Here is the beginning of the doily (from the back side). All those little dots are where you are supposed to punch 1/8 inch holes!
So, I took this with me and, while sitting in car line waiting to pick up the grands, started punching holes. BIG MISTAKE! I realized after I punched all those holes that I had to zig zag around EACH ONE! Oh my! Some of you may remember I bought a new Pfaff Creative Icon back in March and I remembered one of the reasons I fell in love with this machine. So I decided to look through the special stitches and found a lovely eyelet pattern. I placed some stabilizer behind those holes was able to enlarge the eyelet so that it pretty much covered them up and decided not to punch out the middle because it was larger than any punch I had! I think it turned out pretty well. I also had to zig-zag around the scallops of the doily as well. I did that by placing some water soluble stabilizer (WSS) behind the scallops and zig-zagging, then using a damp cloth washed away the WSS from the edges.
Here is a close up of the eyelets. While, not perfect, they were a lot easier than the three holes!! All in all, I was pretty pleased with how the doily turned out – and I might consider making another one – after all they say hindsight is 20/20!!! ?
After the doily was made, I stitched together the base of the quilt – some more tiny little blocks and strips!
This is the center block that finishes at 3-1/2 inches square! It’s pinned to the center of the doily so the rose stems can be tucked under before I stitched it down permanently!
Next I centered the doily on the base of the quilt, stitched it down using a machine stitch with the look of a hand stitch, and started adding the roses. I had built the roses on an applique sheet using my handy new Cutterpillar light box. I love using Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 for my applique because I can move an applique around until I decide on it’s permanent home!
Here is a close up of the center!
And voila – the finished project (along with a couple of my “helpers!”) Chloe was thinking she surely wished that chair was bigger so she could fit in it and love on that little quilt! And Yogi was just being the perfect little gentleman! (He could probably fit in the chair if he wanted to be there – but he’s old and cantankerous at times!!)
But WAIT – THERE’s MORE!
How would you like to win your very own copy of A Year of Flower Blocks courtesy of Annie’s Craft Store? Just fill complete the Rafflecopter form by clicking HERE! A winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter on Monday June 18th!
I do hope you will visit the rest of the bloggers in this beautiful blooming garden! Here is the schedule!
Monday, June 11th
Wednesday, June 13th
Thursday, June 14th
Friday, June 15th
Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you have enjoyed my project! Thank you, Carla, for hosting this fun and beautiful blog hop.
I’ll be linking up next week with:
Connie at Freemotion by the River
Dione at The Clever Chameleon for the Chameleon’s Colour Party
Lorna at the Wednesday Let’s Bee Sewcial
Kelly at Needle and Thread Thursday
Sarah at Confessions of a Scrap Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
Until next time…