Saturday, February 9, 2013

" Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future."

Isn't that the truth? The holidays came and went. Family get togethers were fun, but the quietness after everyone leaves is almost overwhelming sometimes.

The kitchen is still in progress. We now have nearly all the doors and drawers installed, and I'm beginning to love the convenience of drawers that open up with full extension so I can get to the backs of them, and they don't even fall out onto my toes. And the doors can't slam, and will softly close if I get them close to shut. The soft green color coupled with the white appliances and new sink pleases me. Two doors were miscut and had to be rebuilt, and we are still waiting on the rip out of the woodwork and badly installed bead board. But there is light at the end of the kitchen remodel....literally!

Little appliqué block before and after straight stitch details.
In the mean time, I'm working on a newly commissioned work, a king-sized quilt top made up of Wall Flower squares. First task was making the little appliquéd blocks and then adding stitching details.....72 of them in total. When I put them on my design wall while cutting and constructing the strip sets for the stars, I found that these simple little squares made up a beautiful design all by themselves. Then I played around rearranging them and found several more pleasing designs. I may have to make another quilt later made up solely of these little blocks.

Here are some of the options I found for them:

Option #1: Blocks

Option #2: Scallops

Option #3: Diagonal Rows

Option #4: Clamshells
So, this isn't exactly what I had in mind for these little squares. They are actually to be part of the Wall Flower Stars that will make up a king-sized quilt....there are NINE of the Wall Flower Stars with a total of 72 little appliqué squares. That's a lot of them, but aren't they fun?

Wall Flower blocks on the design wall.

If you are interested, there is a pattern available for the Wall Flower block in my webstore along with an instructional DVD and Star Flower ruler to make accurate cutting easier. Here is your chance to learn my technique for stitching together stars in which 16 seams come together in the centers. Yes, there is a way to get these centers to lay flat! The DVD is a 2-day workshop in a 2-hour video!

Final setting...too big to get a great photo but you get the idea!
P.S. If you choose to post any of these photos on any other website, social media (Facebook!) or Pinterest, please give credit where credit is due, and provide a link back to my website. These are copyrighted images, and these designs were created with a lot of effort on my part. Do not steal them. If you wish to make something similar, please purchase my pattern, and give credit when you show your quilt to me as the design source or inspiration! After all, this is how I make my living, and without you, my customers, I wouldn't be able to continue to do what I do. I'd have to go back to my day job!

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