Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's got to be a Habit.

I think blogging is just like's a habit or routine you get into.  Once broken it's hard to start back.
You have to really push yourself to get going again.
Lately I have had a lot of distractions in my life so here I am pushing myself.

I am almost finished with all the applique on my Flower Garden quilt.  I know this is a terrible picture but I just can't figure out how to photograph 24 blocks and two borders without having a picture overload.  I am working on the bottom border now and then I only have the top one left to do.
My next step with this quilt is to wash and trim all the blocks.  Then I have to decide if I want to sash it like the pattern with scrappy  2" squares sewn together or use just one fabric for the sashing. If anyone is interested in making this quilt it is a Kim McLean pattern and really fun to do especially with all these wonderful Kaffe fabrics.

One quick question before I move on.  Does anyone recognize this fabric?  It's the tree in the bottom border.  I have something to use but just curious as to what this might be.

Last year I bought this pattern  "Feathered Tulip in Vases" from Dawn at Collector with a Needle.  Dawn and her daughter find antique quilts and reproduce great patterns from them.
Well, I have been forever trying to decide what type fabrics I wanted to use.  Did I want to use solids like in the original quilt or look for prints?
In the end I decide on prints and the original colors of the antique quilt.  The pattern colors are much lighter but thats because they have faded so much over the years.
If you click on the link above and go to Dawn's blog you can see the fabrics she has chosen for her version of the quilt.  The pieces are quite large, something I like and I hope it goes quickly because I have this one in the waiting.

Calico Paradise is also one of Dawn's reproduction patterns and it is really something.  Maybe if I start now I will have the fabrics chosen when I finish Feathered Tulip in Vases.
We can always dream can't we?
Happy stitching,


  1. We love so many of the same patterns. Yes, blogging does need to be a habit, I've slacked a lot lately, but when doing hand applique and quilting for customers, there isn't a lot to show sometimes. I love the fabrics for your flower pots, this is an amazing pattern.

  2. I'm having the same problem with my blog--just can't seem to force myself to write something--or show the disaster that I am working on. You might ask about the fabric on Someone there would likely know or maybe Kim would see it and remember too. Your Flower Garden is looking fabulous!

  3. Your applique blocks are beautiful!

  4. Nancy, your flower garden is beautiful! I really like the fabrics you chose for the Feathered Tulip quilt also. It is going to be so pretty!!! It's okay to start more projects because I know you will get them all finished. I have several going now myself!!

  5. I have enjoyed watching the progress on your Flower Garden quilt. Brilliant, beautiful fabrics were used.

  6. What gorgeous applique! And thanks for the link. I love to see what others do with antique quilts.

  7. Nancy - Your Flower Garden blocks are gorgeous as always!! You know what a big fan I am of your work!! Glad you are back - sometimes it takes a break to really remember how fun blogging can be!!!


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