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You've probably noticed I haven't blogged here for a few weeks, but that doesn't mean I'm not blogging. I'm now blogging right on the website. Below are some snippets of the latest post, but if you want to keep up with the post weekly be sure to subscribe to our new blog list here: Blogging List
Well I went to get out my quilt today so I could begin stitching and realized I had not brought a variegated pale blue thread with me which is really what I want for the sky. I could start elsewhere but I really prefer starting with the background as you would with applique.
It suddenly occured to me that my applique flowers can be made in a number of other ways, not just applique so today I wanted to show you how I created a new block from one of my existing flower blocks - actually, I chose my very first flower block in my BOW series, the pansy.
The flower for August is Gladiolus - such a beautiful flower in so many colors. When I made my collection of flowers, I definitely included a gladys as we often call them, but this week I decided to make a second block using pink instead of my original red.
I'm thinking spring despite these hot summer days we experiencing. Spring sounds much more cooling don't you think? Thinking about spring, I decided it was time to make a new flower block. A crocus comes to mind as I remember seeing these mostly popping up in early spring, although apparently, they are also a winter and autumn flower too.
Isn't if funny how when you are out shopping you find something you never went out to intentionally buy, but the thought of it just sparks a brilliant idea? In fact, the thought gave me a great idea to create some very personal unique gifts to give away. I was actually in the art section of a store looking for sticker albums for the kids (gosh I didn't know these were so hard to find!) when I spotted some inexpensive ready framed canvases. Okay, so I'm not a painter, but I thought why not use them to mount some of my flower blocks!
Many quilters don't know that the majority of my applique stitching is raw edge. Even just recently, when I was showing some of my applique flowers, a number of quilters asked, "is that really raw edge?". Of course, there are some secrets in my technique which reduce fraying and give the appearance that the edges are turned under.
Well today is the last flower block for my BOW program, but it is not the last flower to be made. Be sure to check in next week for two more flowers that are not listed in the BOW program. For the last BOW program flower I have a tiger lily. I had this flower scheduled for the last by request from my daughter as today, 27th December is my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. I made this one with lots of love for her.
My mum sent me some photos of her sparaxis from her garden so I just had to make one in my block series. The colors are so vivid. She has two different sparaxis, a pink and an orange. I chose to make the orange color.
It was a wonderful goal to reach 50 published flower blocks this week and now I'm busy putting them all into four block packs. Today I put together packs 5 and 6 and uploaded them to the website. 1 through 4 have been there for a while now.