Finished! Flower Fantasy

Hand Applique, Hand EmbroideredFlower Fantasy-An Embroidered Quilt

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersI did it- A finished quilt in 2014!  Help me celebrate!

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersI started this quilt many years ago   (Read more HERE)  but dropped the project because the colors seemed too bright and there were areas of embroidery that I didn’t like.

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersWhen I found it in a box earlier this year–I was in need of a little strong color in my world, so I started working on the embroidery again.

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersBy ripping out a few areas of stitching, I was able to resurrect this project into something I like.   This is typical of my work flow.  I often get to a stage where I dislike my work and abandon the project.  When enough time has passed, and whatever frustration is long forgotten,  I am able to look at the quilt with fresh eyes and less harsh criticism.  Then I can enjoy the project again.

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersI think I will frame this little quilt and will be glad to have a garden of flowers even in February!

What’s your work flow like?  Do you ever abandon projects and revive them much later?  I’d love to hear!

Now that you’ve dug up all your UFO’s (Read more HERE and HERE)  Have you found any diamonds-in-the-rough?

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…All photos, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  Please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com for any other use!  Thank you.

 

Flower Variations–The Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 

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Good Morning, Quilters!   Thank you to all of you who solved the “Bushel and a Peck” mystery (see more in A Valentine for my Mother…the song is from Guys and Dolls.   Also, I really enjoyed last Friday’s discussion about Quilt Labels.  I will be changing how I stitch my labels now–into the FMQ and into the bindings.  Sad to think we have to be so theft-aware with our quilts!

The Flower Variation Tutorial

A frequent request from readers is more explanation on using the motifs and tutorials in quilts.  In today’s tutorial we begin with  The Square Flower Tutorial and try stitching it in several variations to fit different quilt shapes.

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Many quilts employ The Half Square Triangle.  One way to use our Flower design in a Half Square Triangle is to stitch the center of the flower in one of the corners.

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The other half of the square could be left with minimal quilting…

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Or…another Half Square Flower could be added in the opposite corner…

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We can also stitch the center of the flower ON the middle line

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Leave the other half of the square with minimal stitching to emphasize the  flower design.

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Another common quilt shape is the Quarter Square Triangle

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Our flower could be adapted to fill this pattern as well.  Again, a simple outline of the other triangles looks great and emphasizes the Flower Motif.

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 We can vary the look of The Square Flower by  changing the position of the center

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Each flower has a different look.

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This adds another dimension to any square.

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The next time you have a shape to fill, try the very Variable Flower on your quilt!

NOTE–This tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 820 (without a BSR) using Robison-Anton rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.  The squares are 4-1/2inches.

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other purpose please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com….Thanks!