Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Flower Garden

Photo's as promised!


For those who haven't seen this before, I'm using Kim McLeans beautiful pattern called  Flower Garden.


I am only making five out of the six flower panels in the pattern, and instead of using a plain background for the appliques, I'm making the backgrounds out of stripes of fabric sewn together.


So I only have two long panels to go.

Panels are around 65 x 10 inches each

Some of the background fabrics and all of the flower appliques are done using Keiko Goke fabrics, an amazing Japanese quilt and fabric artist, you can see her fabrics here. I have purchased a lot of her fabrics from Liza at Glorious Colour, some from Superbuzzy, Equilter and Snow Cotton (a Japanese website).


When I took these photo's the other day, I didn't realise the fairies had been visiting that tree again...


...our little 'fairytale' mushrooms (that is what I call them because until last year I only thought these appeared in fairytales, not in real life!! They are actually called Amanita muscaria). Over a couple of days they go from little babies pushing their way through the soil, to being rather ugly, though statuesque adults!!

click on photo to see closer

Don't you just love the colours of nature? xo

37 comments:

susis quilts said...

hi cathy,you flower garden looks fantastic especially your striped background matches wonderful with the flowers,happy stitching,susi

audrey said...

i just love your version of this quilt--completely incredible background!

Janine said...

ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh!

enough drool???

so very nice!

pate said...

Beautiful and refreshing, you are so talented! Thank you

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Wow! Absolutely fabulous!!! This is so different from anything else out there in the ether at the moment - and I love it!!

Teje said...

Hi Cathy! That is going to be the most beautiful quilt! Your desing with the colourful backround is perfect! I love your unique style! x Teje

Betweens said...

What a wonderful way to use up your scraps with the background pieced into strips! I have pieced backgrounds but not that small! Love your work of beauty, plus you are very fortunate to have fairies visiting you and building their garden home with you.

Kathie said...

I love your quilt, I actually pulled out my flower garden blocks last week too! OMG I wish I would have followed your lead and did scrappy backgrounds very fun, love the look! keep going and can't wait to see what you decide for the border?
those are beautiful fabrics, every time I see one of your quilts I want to go fabric shopping!
Kathie

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love it......

cottonreel said...

I love these designs , your quiltis stunning

Salley said...

So original and so colourful. Love it. No vertical sashing?

Patchwork and Play said...

These are stunning Cathy! Such a unique and creative take on the pattern! Inspiring!

Oops-Lah said...

Your fabric choices take your Flower Garden to a whole new level! I just adore it! And I also love those magical little mushrooms although they are rather poisonous.

judith lockhart said...

Your flower garden is stunning! How did you decide on your background fabrics? A particular line or just similar fabrics?

Josie said...

Wow! Your flower garden is stunning!!! I love the strip pieced background. You have a fantastic eye for design and colour. I'm awestruck!
Love the magical muchrooms too... bet the faeries sit on them when you are not looking.....

Saska said...

Love this. I agree that the striped background makes the flowers pop!

fiberchick said...

The background is inspired. You are crazily talented!

Sujata Shah said...

Kathy,
Your quilt is my favorite version of this pattern. I love your fabric choices. They make it look like a flowers painted on a old, aged fence boards. LOVE IT!

Annie said...

It was nothing short of genius, Cathy, to strip piece your background for those awesomely whimsical flowers! A single row of blocks can stand alone just as well as grouped into a quilt. I'm so anxious to see how you are going to play out the rest of the design.

Donna~~ said...

Your flower garden is growing so nicely--and quickly! (I guess I need to water mine) Those mushrooms are so unreal--must be their magic that helps your quilts grow so lovely!

Nedra said...

You know I love everything you make!
And those fairy mushrooms...I did not know they really existed either! Wow.

Janet said...

Nature has great colors!! What an amazing mushroom - I'd be suspecting fairies too :0) Your blocks are wonderful! I love the backgrounds you are piecing.

Doris said...

I thought those were just "fairytale" mushrooms, too! Thaks for setting me straight.

Your quilt is stunning...

Rhonda said...

Your quilt looks amazing!! So much tiny detail! I have enjoyed following its progress!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Beautiful, I love your mixed piece background, it makes the flowers really stand out!

Barb said...

Sooooooooooo amazing!

Kat H said...

Genius! Beautiful background and colors!

Jenny M said...

Love your use of the background strips. It's looking wonderful.

Marit said...

One of my all time favorites! So happy to see more pictures of this darling ; )

kim mclean said...

Your flower garden is looking great Cathy! I think 5 panels will do the job nicely. I love your pieced backgrounds and they make great contrast to your flowers, Kim McL

Kim said...

Well I thought they were made up too!
Look how beautiful those little mushrooms are :0)!

Of course nothing compares to your quilt so far. Amazing! And of course it must feel great to have that lovely comment from the designer :0)!!!! Wow.

Happy sewing

Rafael's Mum said...

Absolutely beautiful Cathy, and thanks for the mushroom sequence too. I knew they existed but never knew they spread out and got all brown and ugly!

Sharon Nisson said...

I love the Flower quilt and especially your background. I have the pattern but don't know how to begin. Am intimidated by the size. I've never worked with patterns so big. Any tips one words of advice will be greatly appreciated. I really really want to make this quilt. THANKS!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

That is just gorgeous! The background really sets it apart. :) I'm jealous of your mushrooms. :D

Patricia said...

Your flower garden quilt is stunning! Just gorgeous. I too thought those mushrooms were only from storybooks; thanks for the great pictures of them.

Quiltfarmor said...

Love it, the quilt makes my glad. / Meg

Jenn Thurston said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love how the flowers pop against the background!

Jenn
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