Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Flowers are Growing

One of my New Year's Resolutions this year has been to finish up a few projects I have had on the go for a while. My Kim McLean Flower Garden quilt was started way back here in September 2011, so it is high time for this to be worked on until finished (the quilt top at least, heehee!). I now have four rows of pretty flowers sewn up, with only one row (four flower blocks) to go....


Kim's gorgeous pattern is 6 rows of flowers and an incredible border, however I decided early that my version is going to be an assault to the eye already with the pieced backgrounds and bright Keiko Goke fabrics so I am only making a smaller version.


I still love the back it is so textural with all those seams and applique stitches!


So now I only have four blocks to go...well three actually, as I finished another one this week....


I love that stripe behind the reverse applique windows in the flower head....


So what else is happening round here? DH and I had a wonderful day and a half at Philip Island with good friends on their folks farm, got some lovely pics on instagram...a farm fence (we had stunning weather)..


Seriously sensational succulents!...


And Kenny, all grown up and very handsome he is too! We first met Kenny as a frisky foal here


Back home, I'm madly sewing up some netting for my plum tree to beat the plum thieves currently stealing our beautiful fruit!! (click on pic to see him closer!).


Now back to work on those applique flowers! xo

36 comments:

LynCC said...

Wow! Those succulents really do look remarkable.

giddy99 said...

LOVE the flower quilt; it's amazing!

Salley said...

You are a trooper to applique through all of those seams! New fence??? I never get tired of seeing your version of the Flower Garden.

Valerie said...

Beautiful quilt & beautiful "scenery"! :-)

Deb said...

Happy New Year Cathy! I love your version of this quilt. Absolutely unique - delightful.

Carla said...

I've always admired this quilt...so glad that it will soon be completed so it will get the attention it deserves. Happy 2013, Cathy!

Cardygirl said...

Your flowers look great!

Jenny M said...

Love how you have incorporated sooo many fabrics. Your Flower Garden is ' growing' so well!

Oops-Lah said...

When we first moved to Australia (many years ago) the colourful birds everywhere was something I couldn't get over. At home we were only able to see those at the Zoo and there we had them in our own back yard. The one in your tree is another of those gorgeous examples, although he (it must be a he) is a bit naughty!
Your Flower Garden is another thing I can't get over! It's just so beautiful and I can't wait to see how you are going to finish it!

Nic said...

Apart from being fruit thieves, those rainbow arakeets are noisy buggers. At least I'm assuming that's what it is, that's what we had in Brisbane. I hope the netting helps, bith to keep the fruit and to lower the nose :)

MONA said...

Love your version of the flower quilt!
You make me want to quilt a version up as well! Happy 2013!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Love, love, love your quilt! It looks fabulous!!

Annemarie said...

The quilt is beautiful! And indeed the apartments behind commodities. Greetings, Annemarie

Kathie said...

love these blocks :) your fabric choices are just fun
yup this is my goal this year too
have to get them back out and just get them all done
I have loved this quilt from the first time I saw it.
can't wait to do the tree quilt, can you?
Kathie

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your flower quilt. What a great idea making the background fabric like that. Enjoyed your pictures. Looks like you live in a lovely place.

Nedra said...

It's been fun to watch as this quilt progresses. My word for this year is "Finish!" I have so many starts that need to be worked on.

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Marit said...

It is such a treat every time you share progress of this project. LOVELY!
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fiberchick said...

Your flower quilt is just gorgeous! I love the Goke fabrics too...

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Cathy! I just love your flower quilt and your new header is wonderful! Wow you really have parrots in your garden! x Teje

Stina Blomgren said...

L O V E it so far... It is wonderful..:0))
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Danielle said...

LOVE the quilt ! magnificent!

Judith said...

What a lovely quilt! Love the colours. Love the horse but love that stunning bird pinching your fruit. Wish we had birds as colourful as that here.

Nifty Quilts said...

Stunning! I've enjoyed seeing the progress on this. You had such courage to choose those fabrics. They work beautifully!

pandchintz said...

The flowers for your quilt are looking so gorgeous. Keep going!! How cheeky is that lorikeet?!

Suz said...

Assault to the eyes - what a wonderful way to go blind! It would look absolutely divine with a full on applique border. I have applied to attend a workshop with Kim at the NZ Symposium in Taupo in July, which I'm really hoping I get my first option for - we need to choose one of her patterns... hmmm, so many great choices, so little time!

Cathy said...

Truly gorgeous...cant wait to see it totally finished, keep going!!

PatSloan said...

jumping up and down squealing!! this is so great!!!! smooches!

Jackie said...

Love, love, love this quilt!! Just unbelievable!! Oh and that bird is just gorgeous... what kind of bird is it??

msstitch01 said...

Looks beautiful Cathy. Have been a long time reader of your blog but have not commented before. Your pieces are all lovely.

Mystica said...

Love the bird!

meredith said...

WOW!!!!! I'm in love!!!! That flower garden quilt is FANTABULOUS!!!!!! (as my fab friend would say) Absolutely wonderful!! I want to make this, it is so gloriously happy!! Great job & thanks for sharing!! So happy to have found your blog! Happy new year!
:)

Leland said...

This is fantastic. I am in awe of your ability to make those endless fabric choices and have it come out looking organic. An inspiration!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Flower Garden is beautifully creative and colourful - so many different fabrics for the eye to enjoy.

Kitty Seebregts said...

What a fantastic quilt!!
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