Over the last three months we have been pretty much locked in our home, with only banking or grocery shopping to occupy us. This has meant that I had way more time on my hands and spent way more time in my sewing room. I am a hoarder of UFO's; I start things and stash them. So once I ran out of immediate projects, and could not shop to start new ones UFO's became the only thing to keep me busy.
A good couple of years ago I started this project. I copied floral prints onto gold paper (a paper that you can trace through, pin to fabric and then sew through it and tear the paper away easily). I did put a stabilizer on the back of my fabric before sewing the designs on and used very small stitiches. Once I had the stitched design on I use Derwent Coloursoft and Intense pencils to color in my designs. I did find that the stitching helped keep me within the design lines. Pretty much like you were coloring in a color book. I made three floral blocks. Once I got all three quilted with in the colored florals areas, I had to sew the three together and quilt it to a back and batting.
I decided on this rather heavy quilting design. It took forever to do, lots of sewing, but I am very pleased with it.
So done at last. I bound it in the cream back ground fabric. Yes the center block has a slightly difference back ground. I have no idea why I did that although I like it!I wish I could say that things are rather dull around here, but a minor dry rot and trim painting turned into a major roof replacement last week. I guess we can't complain to loudly as the old roof was 27 years old. This might put a bit of a dent in the quilt budget though.
For you fans of of my daughter's peacocks and ducks. One of her young male peacocks has been showing off for their little female peacock. She's a real snob it seems, poor guy resorted to flirting with a couple of the 13 ducklings my daughter's lady duck hatch earlier in the spring. Some guys just don't get a break.
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UFOs have been front and center in quilt studios across the nation from what I can tell. Your flowers are wonderful. Your backgrounds really add interest. Do Derwent Coloursoft and Intense pencils require a fixative? I've done flower coloring once in a class but the teacher supplied embroidered blocks which were mostly outlined flowers. I would love to do more but just don't want to commit to another hobby... The poor peacock and the ducks could care less! Happy new roof. Think of all the quilts your protecting from a leaky roof. (well, it might have happened eventually!) Enjoy your work.ReplyDelete
Good for you, finishing up those UFOs! That is a pretty one and looks like it was a fun technique to try, too.ReplyDelete
WOW that is a lovely quilted piece--I love the "see through" look ...ReplyDelete
nice work on this Hugs from afar, Julierose
That flower wallhanging is gorgeous. I like the colored-in look.ReplyDelete
Awesome flower blocks...they will be beautiful when done. I've been working on UFO'S too. Have a great day!
Hi Donnalee! I love that flower hanging especially with the center block backing being slightly different. You did a lovely job coloring them, and the quilting really makes the flowers themselves stand out. EEK on needing a new roof. But 27 years is a good run for the old one. That poor male peacock . . . some guys just have to try harder than others. HAHA! Thanks so much for linking up today. ~smile~ RoseanneReplyDelete
I am in love with your project!!!ReplyDelete
We are going to replace all our windows soon then the window coverings. I don't even want to think about the roof right now.ReplyDelete
I'm a huge fan of your daughters peacocks and ducks. They are most adorable.
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I am getting ready to start one of those jobs that I know will lead to more. You know, the different background on that center block really adds interest. It looks great. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.ReplyDelete
LOVE that new/old project!!ReplyDelete
So glad you were "forced" to finish this, the flowers are so pretty. Thanks for sharing at the Chameleon's Colour & Inspiration Party.ReplyDelete
Those floral blocks are GORGEOUS!! Good luck on the roof!! Sorry about that!ReplyDelete
Your penciled flower quilt is so wonderful! How great that you found time to finally finish this lovely project. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.ReplyDelete