Sunday, May 20, 2012

Flower Garden Problems

 If you remember check here - I have been working on Flower Garden by Kim McLean.  I had prepped all 24 of the blocks for this quilt and stitched about 15 when I decided to start washing the blocks and getting ready to trim them up and attach some of the sashing strips.

 I normally don't pre wash my fabrics (maybe I will start)  because I ran into some trouble with this one.  The stem fabric bled so badly it all had to be replaced and the block I washed had to be taken apart and completely redone.  So glad I only washed one block.

So I set about removing and replacing  the stems on all the blocks.  I washed the stem fabric in Retayne,  remade the quarter inch stems and replaced them on the blocks.  Then I started stitching again but as I went along I decided the stem fabric looked so flat and lifeless now I just didn't like it anymore so I found some new fabric and remade the stems.

Now I am happily back stitching and really like the blocks so much more than before.  I know all this might seem crazy to some of you but I have been told by those who know me I am a process not a product person, so it really does not bother me at all.
Happy stitching,


  1. Oh, Nancy!! These blocks are so fabulous I can hardly stand it!! I love how you can take Kaffe's big bold prints and turn them into such exquisite, delicate flowers!! And the Aboriginal Dot you used for the stems is perfect!!! Kris

  2. Your blocks are awesome. I use Tide color catcher sheets when I wash my quilts the first couple of times. The work great.

  3. Not crazy - beautiful! You do creative and wonderful applique. Love your fussy cutting and fabric choices.

  4. Very interesting... I really like it... Thank you so much...

  5. your blocks look beautiful, I love your new stem choice btw. I just pulled my blocks out last week and started working on them again
    I just love this quilt.
    thanks for sharing your blocks , love the fabric choices you have made/great use of the fabric.

  6. Your flower blocks are marvelous! So sorry you had bleed problems. I have a question for you. Before you started this quilt, did you buy special fabrics for it. If you did buy fabrics for it, what did you look for? I'm thinking my stash is way to staid for this flower quilt, but I'd sure like to start one. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


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