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.
Driftwood buttons were used in the flowers and stone & wooden beads and bone buttons were used in the quilt header
I just finished a hand pieced and quilted wall hanging based on Grandmothers Garden done with paper piecing. The technique that I employed folded the batting into the origami folded units, which allowed me to quilt as I went.
Driftwood buttons were placed in the center of each unit to add some additional dimension.
This project was great to work on during car trips waiting for appointments.
With all of the rain that we have had the last two weeks I have just about finished another UFO. Last night I finished folding down the flowers and stitched them in place and started adding the beads that represent berries on the branches. The quilting was done with gold and copper metallic thread — not one of my favorites to work with, but appropriate for this quilt. All of the flowers were created with an origami folding technique — it is a lot of fun but takes a bit of time — maybe that is why it took me a year to finish this small wall hanging.
It may be a few days before I get back to adding the berries since the weather took a turn for the better and it stopped raining… so I spent this morning deadheading the flowering plants in the beds around the house, mowing the lawn and weeding and fertilizing the vegetable beds. Since we received 6 days of rain I am really enjoying the outdoor activities … now if we could just get caught up around the house so that we could spend some time with the kayaks on the water…. There is always next week…
Today was our quarterly shopping trip to replenish he pantry. It was a gorgeous day for a 4 hour drive (round trip) — the sky was a lovely blue, the air crisp, very few cars on the road, good conversation and wall hanging to finish. And finish the wall hanging I did. It is pictured below.
On the way home we took a bit of A side trip to King Arthur Flour in Norwich. Haven’t been there since they renovated the store and bakery — quite impressive. …
This quilt was created a a reminder of all the Philadelphia Flower Shows that I enjoyed when we lived in PA. The units origami flowers that were folded around a batting center — that allows you to quilt as you go. The 96 units were then hand stitched together into the wall hanging on the rocker in the picture. Not sure what I am going to do with the quilt, but I enjoyed the process.
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.