Monday, July 9, 2012
Flower Garden----Library Challenge Quilt
Finished! This is the little quilt I created for a challenge called Vintage Patchwork Revisited. I blogged about it here. It is not my original pattern but one from Lori Smith of From My Heart To Your Hands called "Flowers for my Love". I contacted her and asked her permission first. I did edit out some of the pieces. I am calling mine, Flower Garden......how original!
The pieces I had to work with were small so I pieced some of them together for the larger parts, like the blue flower above.
I lucked out in that the pieces I got had lots of same color ways.
The only fabrics that are new are the green polka dot, the yellow centers and the bird fabric.
It is fused and machine buttonhole stitched as was typical of that time period.
Again I pieced this together and like how it turned out. The light colored fabrics stand out with the dark blue background, even though it was hard to get good pictures.
This is a new fabric that plays nicely with the vintage ones.
I like to carry the theme to the back of the quilt too, especially if it is going to be auctioned off. It is a nice little surprise!
I used the triangle method for hanging the quilt. If you have never done this you will love it! Take a 3 or 4 inch square and fold it on the diagonal, wrong sides together and press well. Place them on the top corners, lining up the raw edges on the back of the quilt. At this point you can baste (by machine!) them on or just pin them. Continue to apply your binding as usual, being careful that the triangle are in place. A dowel fits in there perfectly! This only works for small quilts as large ones would sag.
I chose to do a more traditional pattern because I think it will play well to the audience. The point is to raise funds for the library and in that respect I feel traditional will "sell" better. A lot of people still don't know you can hang a quilt on the wall!