I am writing up the pattern for the flowering wreath quilt that I made for the RJR Fabrics blog hop.
This time I have decided to use fabrics that I bought while in the USA attending Quiltcon.
Bari J beautiful florals mixed with some co-ordinating grunge on a background of essex linen.
I have chosen the four fabrics to be the four main large flowers and then coordinated another 8 / 9 fabrics with each of these fabrics, to make up the flowers and leaves in each of the quarters of the quilt.
When I made the original ‘flowering wreath’ quilt I made all of the flowers and leaves first and then placed them onto the background fabric all at the one time. This time I am going to make up the top of the quilt and place it on my design wall and then build the wreath one flower at a time.
Okay, I am off to make up the top of the quilt out of the essex linen and then start making my four main flowers………….to be continued!
I made the top of the quilt using the background fabric yesterday and today I am going to start making the flowers and leaves.
I chose to repeat the main fabric twice in each quarter. I couldn’t help it, I just loved these fabrics so much that I wanted to feature them as much as I could and I thought it would help with the flow of the wreath.
Beautiful aren’t they?
It is a very enjoyable process choosing the fabric and then watching the flowers come to life.
Day three and four
I am slowly making progress. Yesterday and today I have been making the flowers one at a time, trying to balance the patterned fabric with the plain grunge and also balancing light and dark fabrics.
I am three quarters of the way through and are stopping for the day.
Here are some progress shots, what do you think so far?
I should have the layout completed by tomorrow!
Lots of beautiful yellow circles in different sizes to make the centres for the flowers.
and finally the quilt top is all layed out.
When ironing down the petals, its a good idea to put a pin in the middle of the flowers and then make sure every petal tip is facing the pin, this way you will get petals that are radiating perfectly from the yellow centre.
Here are a few pics of the flowers ironed onto the top before sewing down.
Sewing them down and then the quilt will be ready to load onto the longarm.