Saturday, January 1, 2011
My First Post!
Hello - My mom (Mary Anne) and I both love applique quilting and have been following this blog for a while. She is working on the Hearts and Flowers while I decided to try the Flower Pots. I am a novice to applique quilting but I have been cross stitching for years. I can't sew a straight line on a sewing machine to save my life but I love hand sewing.
I used a variety of "brights" for this pattern, including quite a few Fassett fabrics mom gave me from her stash. ( Thanks mom!) I deviated a bit by embroidering a stem stitch for the stems on top of the flowers which have them. I felt it gave the top stems a more delicate look.
I am still struggling with fussy cutting and spend way too much time trying out different combinations but I sure do love these Kim McLean patterns!
By the way, I don't take credit for the blue and red flower on the right. Buddy, my black lab, watched me digging through my fabric tote and thought it was a game. I wasn't having much luck picking out combinations and I sat back, flung up my hands and said "I give up!" Buddy reached down with his teeth and pulled out the blue and brought to me. I made a pile of fabrics that sorta matched and made him pick out a couple more pieces and this flower combination was the result. Unfortunatly he got bored with the "game" and has retired from fabric selecting.
Thanks to all of you for sharing your wonderful blocks!