I finished another step on the Lilies on the Pond quilt this evening. The machine quilting is complete, origami butterflies are all folded and stitched to the borders, and beading is started. It was a very nice project to work on in front fire on a cold and rainy Sunday.
Quilt is almost finished
Closeup of the block and butterfly
Closeup of butterfly and beaded block work
This weekend with the help of Amanda I finished folding the butterflies that that will float on the borders of the Lilies of the Pond quilt.
Some of the border butterflies for the “Lilies on the Pond” quilt
Now I just need to finish the border and background beading work before these little accessories an be added.
I love lily pads, the flowers they produce and the insects that they attract. So much so, that last year I started designing a quilt that reflected my love of pond and toad lilies. This summer I finished the folded blocks and piecing, and about a week ago the machine quilting was done. I used a dense but simple quilting pattern on the top so that the flowers and origami butterflies would stand out on the piece.
The picture shows the machine quilting. I am in the process of sewing down the flower petals, once this is done the butterflies and beaded embellishments will be added.
The Window Seat quilt is now finished. I have to really push myself to tack on the last few beads. I love to use beads in my quilts, but dislike the large amount of tacking that is required to set all of them in place.
I made this wall quilt to hang on a small wall between our kitchen and dining room. The flowers in the piece were created to honor the large patches of day lilies that are just about to open in our front yard.
I love these hexagon flowers — they are very easy to make and scale. They also help in using up leftover fabric and batting. I cut a large number of fabric and batting units and carry them with me to work on during car trips, waiting for appointments and to work on during meetings at work.
The following will step you through cutting and sewing together the units.
- Cut 8″ fabric hexagons (6″ & 4″ ones work as well if you like smaller units). Note: the finished flowers will be half the size of the fabric units.
- Cut 4″ batting hexagons (3″ & 2″ ones for smaller units).
- Mark the center of the batting and the center of fabric hexagons and each of the sides on the back of the units.
- Layer the hexagon, right side down, with the batting hexagon centered on top of the backside of the fabric hexagon. Keep the layers centered and take a couple of hand stitches at the very center, or use a fusible spray.
- Fold opposite sides of the fabric hexagon around the front, matching the center marks on the side of the hexagon with the center of the batting. Hold in place with a few hand stitches.
- Continue folding all six sides of the fabric around to the front, leaving the folded ears loose.
- Fold the hexagon in half; pin the ear (triangle) so it lines up perfectly. Sew the triangles, wrong sides together, along the small batting hexagon.
- Open up each ear and flatten. With right sides together, fold up the loose point at the center so it lines up with the outside point of the hexagon. It will look like a diamond with the wrong sides of the fabric showing.
- Bring the two long raw edges together. Press in place.
- Bring the top half of the diamond down to meet in the center of the hexagon. This will give you 3 dimensional diamonds, with all sides finished, on top of a hexagon. Take one or two stitches to tack the points down.
- Stitch a small button in the center of the hexagon to cover the center tips of the diamonds.