Sunday, April 5, 2009

material obsession: fanciful flowers

From the Material Obsession book, I decided to try one of the patterns out for (another) college friend of mine who is expecting a baby girl. I picked the Fanciful Flowers design-- one they call "advanced".I really don't like doing applique by hand, and after one disaster of a practice block, alleviated my problem by machine stitching very close to the flowers' edges, and using a lightweight fusible interfacing for all of the flower parts and the back of the white. Here's a picture of the huge (18 1/2" square) blocks that I've made so far:What can I say, Butch is a good quilt model.

I didn't work at all on the Lotus quilt today; it's been raining and I really needed to work with some fun happy colors. This is a total stash/scrap quilt. Some Amy Butler, some Sandi Henderson, some of this and some of that.

In other news, here's what else has been happening at Park Ave.:

That's our new chandelier and our new "Midas Gold" faux tin ceiling. This is our foyer, directly above where I took the first picture. The crown molding isn't up in this picture, but it is in real life.


  1. I know just what you mean about hand applique. I have done it, but would rather fuse and satin stitch or blanket stitch...or just heavily quilt it and do raw edge applique! I love the bigger blocks. Bigger blocks usually mean a project that will come together faster. And what can I tell you? I like the more immediate gratification!

  2. More power to those who love to hand applique but I am NOT one of them! I love to see detailed hand work but I don't have the patience for it. You quilt's going to be pretty. I need to check out that book.

  3. These blocks are going to make a gorgeous quilt!