I love flowers, any size any colour is all right by me. So this hop is perfect for me. Over the winter there is a sad lack of flowers (except for expensive blooms in the flower shops). So as Spring arrives I love to watch the flowers in the garden gradually come into full bloom. This spring has been very cold here in the UK with the weather folks telling us it's the coldest spring for 30 years. Because of this the flowers have been late and winter has seemed to go on for months. So have we got any spring flowers?
Yes we have but not as many as usual. First the miniature cyclamen,
then the Camilla,
and of course primulas
and spring pansies.
Our two apple trees had lots of blossom but that is now over and the roses are in bud but not yet open and we also have quite a lot of bluebells. So lots of flowers to see outside.
There has also been flowers in my sewing area as I prepared for this blog hop organised by Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt and with Carol from Just Let Me Quilt as our cheerleader. Thank you both, you have done another great job.
I started by gathering all my floral fabric together, I really didn't realise I had that much! Most of it went back into the cupboard ready for another project. I then started thinking about my design. I wanted to make a pieced block as most of the flowers I have done in quilting have been appliquéd. I knew I was going to be making a mini quilt and that I wanted it to be 18 inches square when finished. I also found that I needed to piece my batting as what I had left wasn't quite wide enough. However this is easy using a zigzag stitch and isn't noticeable when you quilt .
This is what I came up with as my design. I must have seen the flower block somewhere before but I couldn't find it so sat down with some squared paper and worked out how to sew it. Now I definitely remember how much bigger I need to make the squares for half square triangles. I managed to get three of my floral fabrics into the quilt.
I used a variegated thread for the quilting and my backing fabric was the same as the outer border. The flower blocks are quilted in the ditch and the outer border has a random trail over it
This mini was made to be swapped and has gone off to its new home in Canada. I hope she likes it. Now you need to go and see what everyone else has been up to for this hop. Here's where to find them.
Sew Many Yarns (You are here)
It's been lovely to see you and I hope you'll come back to visit soon. Take care and I hope you have some 'me time' today.