Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Snippet Flowers in a Vase

It's time for the June Goal Setting Party of The Lovely Year of Finishes Challenge.

Based on what I've learned to date, my goal should be something I want to finish or that I have to finish within the month. Since I have no June deadlines for any of my projects, this leaves me with a choice. Let it be a wise choice!

This month's goal is a UFO that I started in 2008 (although it could be older). It was part of my Common Thread Quilt Guild UFO Challenge list – the Snippet flowers in a vase that I couldn't find! I did find it some time in April (under the bed, with another quilt that was ready to FMQ) but I really, really didn't like the borders. Now the borders are history and I had a great time thread-painting it.

It just needs a little more thread painting and then it'll be ready for new borders and quilting.

I started this quilt years ago after watching a quilting show on television (I think I was home sick). I don't think I was quilting then, but I've always had a fabric stash. I bought some kind of adhesive, ironed it to the back of the fabrics and started cutting snippets. I remember using a White Rose flyer for ideas when making the flowers.

It was probably made within a year, but I had no idea what to do with it. I knew I had to sew it to make sure that the snippets stayed on. That's why it was put away. Now that I can FMQ, it's time.

I started by following the outlines of the flowers, but eventually got more creative. I read somewhere that when thread painting, you can (and sometimes should) go outside of the area to create an effect. I love it when someone tells me that I can sew or colour outside of the lines! I think that it was quite effective.

I’m not sure what fabric I'll use for the border. I think I want to make it look like a framed picture. I also want to add texture to the vase and table, ideally with some shading.

Come back at the end of June to see the finished project!
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  1. I really love this idea! I've been rather timid about machine applique, but I think I could do something more free-form like these flowers. Actually, I've got a basket block that I started but didn't like the flowers in the pattern, so it's just an empty basket....maybe I'll try this!

    1. Good luck! It`s great to find techniques that aren't so intimidating. I generally avoid any time of appliqué but I'm slowly trying to get better at machine appliqué. It is intimidating, especially if you don't want a country look to your quilt.


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