If you read the blog regularly this post is going to seem to come out of left field. This project hasn't seen the light of day in a year and a half. But I need a hand sewing project and it seems best to get this one out again rather than starting a new one.
First, some background.
It all starts here with this tin of blocks that I bought from the Virginia Quilt Museum probably 15 years ago. I bought it exactly like this with dozens of flower blocks basted together. There were enough of the basted flowers for 3 quilts. I think I paid $15 for the whole box.
Under the blocks there were hundred of petals. Most are stacked with like fabrics and basted into little stacks. In 2011 I washed and sorted all of the blocks, picked a set of 55 (no duplicate fabrics) and started appliqueing them to white fabric.
They make me so happy. I love every one of the 55 that I completed. Then I took a break to finish the Cathedral Window. But now I have some travel coming up and football season just weeks away so that means lots of available hand sewing time. Fortunately, this project has a lot of hand sewing left to do.
The layout is going to be kind of like this.
Last night I got the center together. It's so sweet it makes my teeth hurt!
I cut all of the sashing and the binding and today I started planning out the vine borders.
The border will be 8" wide and I think I like the look of this 1/2" vine. Now I need to play around with the shape of the vine and how I want the flowers to attach to the vine.
So this is what's on my design wall for the next week or so. Mom and I are taking a little road trip Sunday so I think I will take my solid fabrics and make up a bunch of centers. I need them to help with the layout.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.